Lounge options South Africa

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MaximillianW

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Dec 2016

Total posts 30

Hi,

I'm flying to South Africa on Qantas next year and hoping someone can inform me of the lounge situations, it's not the easiest to find online.

1. what options are there domestic when I'm transferring from Johannesburg to Cape Town on the same Qantas ticket but on a SAA flight; and


2. what one world options are there on the return to Sydney out of Johannasburg.


My wife and l are both Gold QFF.

Thanks

sanj747

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Nov 2016

Total posts 141

Hi,

I'm flying to South Africa on Qantas next year and hoping someone can inform me of the lounge situations, it's not the easiest to find online.

1. what options are there domestic when I'm transferring from Johannesburg to Cape Town on the same Qantas ticket but on a SAA flight; and


2. what one world options are there on the return to Sydney out of Johannasburg.


My wife and l are both Gold QFF.

Thanks


I did this trip 4 years ago but was in J class. Didn't have time on the way to Capetown to visit the lounge but on the return leg went to both the BA lounge and SAA lounge in Johannesburg. Neither were great.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 136

Stand to be corrected, but pretty sure this is right. It’s been a year or so since I’ve visited either of these lounges and not from the flights you’ve mentioned, so check opening times. In order of your questions.


1. Domestic option - SAA. The VIA lounge is pretty good, especially by the standards of African lounges in general. I’m usually of the view that the ‘home’ lounges of an airline should be the best option if available (SIA a dishonourable exception).

2. Only Oneworld lounge option is BA galleries lounge. Literally the definition of ‘least worst’, but acceptable. I think Qantas use one of the contract lounges (shared with CX from memory). I haven’t visited, but have not heard good things. Your Qantas status would allow access to the BA lounge.

boghraty

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Jul 2017

Total posts 10

I visited the SLOW Lounge before a flight from CPT-JNB last September. I was flying Comair (i.e. BA) business and I think this lounge was the only option available to us in Cape Town. Fairly small lounge, spread across two levels. The breakfast selection was OK, wifi pretty slow. They had a couple of showers there.

MaximillianW

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Dec 2016

Total posts 30

Thanks for the feedback, yeah l got the impression there were options but not that great. I though there was an Emirates lounge but not completely sure on its hours.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,106

Thanks for the feedback, yeah l got the impression there were options but not that great. I though there was an Emirates lounge but not completely sure on its hours.


The Qantas/Emirates alliance covers North Africa, but South Africa is excluded in the same way that North America is.

feka742

Member since 24 Jun 2016

Total posts 9

1. Important to note that even though your SA flight is ticketed by QF, it's on an SA flight number (QF doesn't codeshare with SA). As far as I'm aware, your QFF gold status won't get you SA lounge access on its own - you would need to be flying in J for access to the SA domestic lounges at both JNB and on the return from CPT. No SLOW lounge access when flying SA - only Comair/BA.

2. At JNB, QF will direct you to the Shongololo Lounge (which is a contract operation). Not bad but not great either. BA Galeries is your other option - also neither great nor terrible, but better in some respects (especially for work - no real work space in Shongololo and wifi is much better in BA).

Austline

Member since 23 Aug 2011

Total posts 41

Traveled Mel/Lhr/Jnb/Dur/Jnb/Syd/Mel, 2 months ago.

I am OW Gold was travelling PE and Y, used the Slow lounge in Johannesburg and Durban BA[Comair] Y, and the BA J lounge Johannesburg,. QF direct pax to the Shongololo lounge JNB. I thought that Slow lounges were okay for domestic lounges, good food selection but crowded. BA lounge okay not on a par with the QF lounges
SA have their own lounges and are okay but to get access you have to be travelling in J or top tier with SAA or Star Alliance.

jamieavenger

Member since 19 Aug 2013

Total posts 23

Slow Lounge in Joburg has excellent food and very spacious.


Have done the BA Business Lounge and First (as a guest of an Emerald) in Joburg. They do the job but are identical, except First had Taittinger.

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