Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 27 Nov 2017
Total posts 3
My wife & I recently flew QF91/SB149 SYD-NOU in W for work.
Both were previously QFF Platinum
for 8 years until declining long haul product standards & QFF attitudes led us to look
elsewhere. We’re still QFF lifetime Gold.
Outbound flight was Qantas metal
/ operated as an Air Calin codeshare. We had the audacity to book through Air
Calin as they were 40% cheaper than Qantas were charging for their own flight. The
inbound was Air Calin metal / operated as a QF codeshare.
On the outbound we were refused access
to the Sydney Qantas Business lounge due to our crime of booking through Air
Calin. This was clarified twice in a civil but curt exchange. As owners of a
successful customer-focused business I would question the wisdom of turning
away 2 QFF Lifetime Gold members on a Qantas flight on a minor technicality, knowing
the taste that would leave.
Or put another way, for not
paying an extra $400 each for the questionable privilege of using the crowded QF
Sydney Business lounge with its well-known shortcomings. It was no hardship to
find breakfast outside of same or better standard than the QF lounge. Nor
were we overly fussed about doing so.
Conversely on the inbound, Air Calin allowed
us into their modest Hibiscus business lounge in Noumea due to being QF Gold
and the flight being a QF codeshare. Even though QFF carries no status nor has
any official alliance with Air Calin. And probably done to improve the customer
Makes you wonder if Qantas’
enforcement of technicalities takes priority over the customer experience in
the longer term. Or did this episode just confirm what we already thought about
their attitude towards QFFs? There has been a definite shift over the past 5
years. I’m sure many will say rules are
rules in the corporate world. And customers will correspondingly vote with
Member since 10 Jul 2017
Total posts 86
I'm sure if the CEO was behind the counter they would have let you in without question. The problem is the bellboys don't think big picture..hence the reason they are bellboys and not CEOs.
Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Jan 2017
Total posts 14
If your not loyal to qantas then I think they might see your lifetime gold as a liability. All the more reason to turn you away.
Member since 07 Jan 2011
Total posts 148
Unfortunately airport lounges are getting busier and busier so it's no surprise that QF are limiting the passengers allowed in by being very strict with the entry conditions.
Member since 01 Jun 2016
Total posts 27
That doesn't surprise me. By passing on booking through QF, regardless of the ticket cost, they missed out on revenue that they would have otherwise received. While they could receive payment from Air Calin for passengers accessing the lounge, as far as I understand the lounges at SYD are often packed. They're essentially disincentivising you from not sending money their way, which is fair enough
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
The same rules apply in Australia with Fiji Airways, for example, where Qantas Gold members get no lounge access if travelling on an FJ flight number (unless flying Fiji Airways business class which includes lounge access in the fare).Because you booked direct with Aircalin on an SB flight number, the fact that Qantas codeshares on the flight is irrelevant - as you booked an SB flight number (which means Qantas earns no revenue from the ticket price), and Aircalin isn't a Oneworld alliance member or other strategic partner, Qantas Gold counts for nothing. :)This is where the AMEX Lounge comes in handy, along with Priority Pass - although Priority Pass only provides food and beverage credit in Sydney international, not a lounge.Another avenue in Sydney is to pay to access the SkyTeam Lounge at the door, but honestly, for the prices they charge I'd probably rather just visit a restaurant and have a nice meal there!
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 156
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 641
I was refused access to Air France Lounge in Paris in the days they code shared with QF to Singapore with my QF Gold card, so it is not unusual.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
Member since 07 Feb 2013
Total posts 431
It wasn't a "minor technicality" as you put it, you didn't have access to the lounge full stop with the ticket you had. Not sure what being a lifetime gold has anything to do with it? If they broke rules for everybody, like you expected them to do in this situation, the lounges would be chocked full.
Member since 11 Mar 2012
Total posts 159
You weren't eligible for entry. Out of interest, would you pay the extra next time to be eligible?
Member since 10 May 2017
Total posts 55
If someones willing to pay $400 a head for airline lounge access, please give me their details
Originally Posted by 11sjw
Definitely not, especially for THAT lounge. We weren't really that fussed as mentioned since it was essentially just a domestic outbound at a civilised hour.
QFF interestingly sent us a questionnaire whilst when Platinum asking many questions which led me to believe there was a groundswell of discontent amongst QFFs. One of the questions related to devaluation of QFF tier status which I definitely think has occurred.
Member since 21 Jan 2017
Total posts 43
Gold or not is irrelevant in this case. Maybe a P1 can give this a try and report back what happens.
Member since 04 May 2018
Total posts 15
Just a question. Why would P1 get treated any different under the same circumstances ?. As people have pointed out the "rules are the rules".
Member since 22 Jul 2015
Total posts 83
Happened to me when flying in Fiji air. Platinum and the FJ flight was early on a Saturday but no, the gatekeeper was unmoved!
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