Qantas Club Membership / LAX Lounge / flying American codeshare can I get entry?

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KelvinHuynh

Member since 14 May 2017

Total posts 4

Hi All, 

Looking for some guidance from experienced travellers. 

My Parents are going to the US, so I thought I'd be nice and buy them a Qantas club membership assuming the were flying Qantas. I've since found out they are but it is an American Airlines code share. Mel-syd-sfo then lax-mel on return. 

So question is will they be able to use the Qantas Domestic and international lounges in Australia and also Qantas lounge at LAX? 

Thanks

KelvinHuynh

Member since 14 May 2017

Total posts 4

I should add it's a Qantas operated flight just aa flight number

Last editedby KelvinHuynh at May 14, 2017, 06:34 PM.

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Oct 2013

Total posts 768

Are all the flights on a AA flight number? If so then an American Airlines Lounge membership would be better than a Qantas club membership as the latter would provide zero access to any lounges.


The AA lounge membership will cost US$550 (~AU$744) and will provide lounge access in Melbourne (Qantas Club) and Sydney (Qantas Business Lounge). At LAX you can only use the American Airlines terminal 4 lounge not the TBIT Qantas one. There is a walkway connecting the two terminal that is through security but they'll have to walk from the lounge to the gate before the flight and keep an eye on the time as no TBIT boarding calls are made/shown.

Even then I wouldn't recommend buying it for just three flights as that pricing each visit at AU$124 per person which I think we can all agree is a bit pricey.

For AU$77 per person, you can buy access at the door to the SkyTeam Lounge but this jumps up to $132 for 5 hours if they have a longer layover. There are no pay in at the door lounges in TBIT so the next best thing I could suggest is a priority pass membership (access to the Korean Airlines TBIT Lounge) but even thats a bit excessive as it would work out to be AU$104 per person for the visit.

Finally, Qantas Club cards will only get you access to lounges if you have a QF or JQ flight number on the ticket so if all flights are only with an AA code then buying a membership will be pointless.


KelvinHuynh

Member since 14 May 2017

Total posts 4

Thanks henrus, yes they are all aa flight numbers, approx 11 flights in total. I got my dad the Qantas club mainly for the US domestic flight so he can access admirals club lounge. Would have been a bonus if he could access the Qantas lax lounge and the domestic qantas lounges but it doesn't seem it's posibble

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