I am flying to LAX via United Airlines but am a Qantas Platinum member, is there any way whatsoever I can access lounges at either end?

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BigBuster15

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Apr 2016

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I am flying to LAX via United Airlines but am a Qantas Platinum member, is there any way whatsoever I can access lounges at either end?

Hayden

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Jan 2015

Total posts 94

nope

Boof

Member since 29 Aug 2013

Total posts 33

From where are you flying? 

United no longer have any Clubs in Aus, they us the NZ lounges I think and you may be able to buy your way in to them but won't get any access complimentary. 

Being QF platinum and flying United is like buying a Merc wearing a BMW hat. Won't get you anywhere...

You should take a look at other options for lounge access such as the AMEX lounge in SYD if you have an AMEX card for example.

Regards,

Boof

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

NZ stopped doing paid access to their lounges last year, so that option is no longer there. :)

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

Certain American Express cards will get you access into the American Express lounge at Sydney Airport (assuming you're flying from Sydney and not Melbourne) regardless of the airline you're flying.

(Full list here in our review.)

United departs from Terminals 7/8 at LAX where the only lounges are United-operated. You can buy your way in for US$50 but to be honest, it's not worth it when there are no showers, limited free alcohol and relatively domestic-style food. US$50 would stretch much further in the terminal.

Another option in LAX if you arrive at the airport really early could be the Korean Air/SkyTeam lounge in TBIT. You can get in free if you have an Aussie Diners Club card. The lounge also accepts Priority Pass cardholders flying with any airline if you have a Priority Pass membership or can get one free with your credit card (such as with Westpac Altitude Black, Citi Signature etc.) :)

styelonthego

Member since 03 Mar 2016

Total posts 7

If you're flying in Business First, you should be able to access the primary lounge that United use at SYD or MEL, which I believe is the NZ lounge. On the LAX to Australia segment, again, if in Business First, then skip the Terminal 7/8 United Clubs (they are truly awful) and use the Star Alliance Lounge in the TBIT. It's amazing.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Couldn't you buy an annual United Club membership, which would get you access to United and all Star Alliance Business lounges across the network?

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Oct 2013

Total posts 768

with the week Aussie dollar it works out cheaper to buy an Air Canada membership, same deal but cheaper price.

It does not give you anytime access the UA Lounges which can be useful if say departing CX from Hong Kong.

BigBuster15

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Apr 2016

Total posts 2

am flying from Sydney (sorry forgot to mention this), but the flights to LAX were 2,5k cheaper than the Qantas equivalent.....  

iambents

Member since 21 May 2012

Total posts 4

If your UA ticket was $2.5k cheaper than a QF ticket - you must surely be flying Business - and will automatically have lounge access in the NZ lounge for both departures? 

apacau

Member since 02 Jun 2013

Total posts 34

It won't help for lounges, but if you wanted some useful points out of your trip, join SQ Krisflyer, earn points for your trip, which if needed can then be converted across to Velocity.

jackthomas

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Gold

Member since 04 Jul 2014

Total posts 88

Status Match Potentially?

Tagentjay

VA

Member since 10 Sep 2014

Total posts 19

Paid entry into Skyteam lounge in SYD 55AUD

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

And be accosted by futuristic looking furniture? Eeek!

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