Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 21 Aug 2013
Total posts 47
QF First lounge access transferring from int F to dom J flight. I know it's technically not possible/allowed due to the airport's configuration with arrivals/departures, but has anyone EVER managed to do so? Dodgily, or otherwise?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 23 Oct 2013
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Not quite sure what your trying to get at but when you land on a QF International Flight (or any international flight) you have two options
- Go through transit security back into the departures lounge but you will need an onward international flight to do so
- Go through customs/immigration and then arrive landside (where the QF transfer bus is)
So unless you have an onward international flight, the answer is no its not allowed.
Technically and I would not recommend trying this, but you could go through transfer security and back into the departures lounge but then I am not quite sure how you would get out of there. Even if you did get to the international departures and up to the Qantas lounges they would not let you in. But please don't try it, In Brisbane I have seen some do it as a mistake (I don't even understand how) and it's taken security to come and escort them back downstairs as there really is no way from airside departures to airside arrivals.
Member since 18 Jun 2015
Total posts 81
Technically OneWorld access policy would allow it but practically its not possible as there isn't any way to get airside without an international boarding pass.
Was similar to TBIT in LAX some time ago. Pax allowed to use the OneWorld lounge but as you not allowed in TBITwithout an international boarding pass for TBIT you can't get in. Several years ago LAX changed the rules allowing you into TBIT with any boarding pass.
But given you need to pass through immigration and security its unlikely or impossible to have such a thing in Australia.
Thanks @henrus and @sdtravel - this now makes much more sense. I will take your sound advice, @henrus, and definitely not attempt it. My home port is MEL but a redemption in QF First came up for a trip home from the States in February, so I snapped it up as they are so rare. It's LAX-SYD then a short hop back to MEL in J; hence my query about accessing the F lounge in transit. The SYD domestic J lounge will have to do!
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
There is not a international QF flight anymore from SYD to MEL that carries domestic passengers, JQ yes, but not QF.
SO you will have to collect bags and clear SYD international immigration, customs and quarantine, get the transfer bus to the SYD domestic terminal to get your domestic flight to MEL.
The QF transfer bus is very good, as you get quite close to view the planes in the international zone, quite close up. Good for a stickbeak. VA's bus use the public roadway, but QF's bus uses the inside the fence road.
Prior to your J domestic flight to MEL, you can use the SYD domestic QP, have been in there twice, was at sunset though, so couldn't see anything too well, as its all mood lighting.
You can't use the QF international J lounge on arrivals, as its upstairs, and the arrival is downstairs, ie, arrivals is one level under departures. Not like SIN where its all the same level, arrivals and departures.
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