Cathay Pacific Hong Kong arrivals lounge access

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Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Hi All, reasonably sure the answer is yes but asking anyway.


I’m QFP/OWE and will be flying CX PE to HK later this year.

Will I get access to the arrivals lounge with this fact pattern?

Thanks folks.

Fatherdamo

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Feb 2017

Total posts 10

Yes. Owe is admitted but no guest

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Terrific, thanks :)

Longtoo

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2017

Total posts 29

Yes. There are some pics for your refs. It is very basic and small. Only good if you have to wait to checking in to your out bound or a quick shower before heading to town.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 988

Just 'decoding' for readers who are not familiar with the jargon: QFP = Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status and OWE = Oneworld Emerald status (and PE = premium economy). And as indicated above, yes: if you are on a Cathay Pacific flight even in premium economy or economy class but have Qantas Platinum (or Platinum One) status you can use the Arrivals lounge :)


Longtoo: thanks for sharing those photos, you're quite right, the lounge is very small and quickly gets crowded, so the line for showers can be very long! I usually duck into the Arrivals lounge when I fly into Hong Kong on CX138, as it often lands an hour before the airport express train to the city begins running at 5am! A quick bit of breakfast and tackle the inbox, and before you know it it's time to jump on the train!

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Thanks folks - perfect. my business partner arrives two hours after me on a different flight so just looking for somewhere to “hang out” until he arrives.

Last editedby Steve987 at Mar 03, 2018, 08:52 PM.

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Just 'decoding' for readers who are not familiar with the jargon: QFP = Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status and OWE = Oneworld Emerald status (and PE = premium economy). And as indicated above, yes: if you are on a Cathay Pacific flight even in premium economy or economy class but have Qantas Platinum (or Platinum One) status you can use the Arrivals lounge :)

Longtoo: thanks for sharing those photos, you're quite right, the lounge is very small and quickly gets crowded, so the line for showers can be very long! I usually duck into the Arrivals lounge when I fly into Hong Kong on CX138, as it often lands an hour before the airport express train to the city begins running at 5am! A quick bit of breakfast and tackle the inbox, and before you know it it's time to jump on the train!

Haha - yes - sorry David - lots of short hand in that sentence!!

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 988

Steve: no worries, I totally get that it's second-nature to many people including very frequent flyers! We just like to have AusBT accessible to a broader and more mainstream audience, so every now and again when there's a bit of alphabet soup happening in a thread where the topic would be very useful for many people, we'll duck in and decipher :)

lionelhutz

Member since 20 Jun 2014

Total posts 38

Tha arrivals lounge is very small and crowded and the wait for a shower is often nearly an hour. That said, it is invaluable when arriving on CX178 at 7am. Nothing like a shower to start the day, and they'll iron your shirt too. Also, no one in my office starts until 9:30am so I can wait for a shower and still get in on time!

But it is frustrating to think that there are probably dozens of shower cubicles free in the Cathay departure lounges at that time.

Last editedby lionelhutz at Mar 04, 2018, 11:00 AM.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 988

About a year ago we asked Cathay Pacific if it had plans to give The Arrivals lounge a much-needed make-over, but there were no firm plans at that stage.


I'm given to believe that CX is aware of and concerned with crowding issues, especially for showers, but the problem is lack of available space in the public area of the terminal... if a suitably-sized area came up for grabs and the price wasn't insane, I have the feeling CX would eagerly pounce and be happy to roll out a new Arrivals lounge with Ilse Crawford design.

Last editedby David at Mar 04, 2018, 05:22 PM.

sdtravel

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 Jun 2015

Total posts 81

Ive used it several times as a QFP on CX138 flight just as David has and agree it is invaluable, perfect thing when getting off a night flight and while waiting for the Airport Express.

But the key is to get there early. I was hand luggage only one time and made a bee line to it and got a shower straight away. When i got out of the shower there was a line of 8+ people.
Another time even with my bags coming out super fast with priority by the time i got to it there was a wait of 4 or so people.

Arza

Dragonair - The Marco Polo Club

Member since 10 May 2015

Total posts 1

About a year ago we asked Cathay Pacific if it had plans to give The Arrivals lounge a much-needed make-over, but there were no firm plans at that stage.


I'm given to believe that CX is aware of and concerned with crowding issues, especially for showers, but the problem is lack of available space in the public area of the terminal... if a suitably-sized area came up for grabs and the price wasn't insane, I have the feeling CX would eagerly pounce and be happy to roll out a new Arrivals lounge with Ilse Crawford design.

Last edited by David at Mar 04, 2018, 05.22 PM.

The lack of plans could be due to upcoming works at Hong Kong airport. The Arrival is situated between T1 and T2.


T2 will be closed in 2019 all the way up to 2023 due to terminal expansion (seems more like rebuilding to me though). I am not sure how the construction will affect the interconnecting area between the two terminals but I would not be surprised if the entire area is also revamped.

Joseph

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Sep 2013

Total posts 28

As others have said its a small lounge, I would also add dark with no natural lighting.


Good for a quick shower/bite to eat but I would not like to hang out there for a few hours.

James Barker

Member since 13 Sep 2016

Total posts 10

If you are in business class and travelling carry-on only then yes, you can be among the first off the plane at HKG and through immigration and not have to queue for the showers. But anything which slows you down means taking a number and waiting.

PCHammond

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 24 Aug 2017

Total posts 21

When I went to the arrival lounge in HKG, it had a 1+hr wait for lines and it was so crowded that there wasn't even anywhere to sit. It was also incredibly hot inside.


Ended up grabbing a few bottles of water and heading out. Thats all it was good for.

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