Best Qatar Airways Doha lounge: Oneworld Emerald flying business class

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TomTom77

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 03 Nov 2015

Total posts 45

Hi,

I am qantas platinum travelling in Qatar airways in business class. When i transit through Doha, can I use the Al Safwa the lounge?

The website says the lounge is only available to first class passengers and business class travellers that are Privilege Club Platinum (it does not say one world emerald)

If not, what's the best lounge I can use?

dimi

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Jul 2012

Total posts 146

You will not get access to Al Safwa lounge, and will be asked to visit their “First Class” (different from Al Safwa) lounge instead.

Last editedby dimi at Dec 02, 2019, 05:54 PM.

TomTom77

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 03 Nov 2015

Total posts 45

Is the Al Mourjan or First Lounge better? The first lounge looks pretty rubbish from what I can see

Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2014

Total posts 81

Al Mourjan is infinitely better.

You can pay to use the Al Safwa lounge, I think it's 600QR but I'm not sure, I've never paid for it.

TomTom77

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 03 Nov 2015

Total posts 45

Thanks Rosco, great advice

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jul 2011

Total posts 834

Definitely Al Mourjan (via Business class of service) over the First Class (effectively just oneworl Emerald) lounge

Joe

Member since 03 May 2013

Total posts 85

As per a recent flight, SYD-BEY if your onward flight out of DOH is ticketed 'First' you may use the Al Safwa lounge(despite arriving in J class). All QR Middle Eastern sectors are ticketed Y or F, no J, as J effectively becomes F - bonus!

On the return if your incoming flight to DOH was over 5 hours and ticketed 'F' you can also use the Al Safwa lounge. This is despite your onward connecting flight from DOH being in J. Of course if you are connecting to an F flight out of DOH Al Safwa it is by default.

Al Safwa is sheer bliss. Only -ive is you need to pay to use spa services. Day rooms are divine almost proper hotel rooms in concept. Other slight -ive is food could be a notch higher in standard but still great.



Last edited by Joe at Dec 03, 06.45 PM.

Last editedby Joe at Dec 03, 2019, 06:50 PM.

cochinjew

Member since 25 Oct 2019

Total posts 1

QR has some quirky rules about Lounge uses. The Al safwa rules are explained well above. When I used to do CAI mileage runs, got to use Al Safwa, which is truly wonderful. If you are flying QR on a paid business class ticket, and not an upgraded ticket, you can use Al Mourjan, this rule also applies to arrival lounges. The so called First Class Lounge should be called III class lounge, really terrible ..

I have not used the new Al Mourjan which seems to be wonderful, I am not even sure whether they are open, but I have a flight with stop over in DOH using their stop over hotel programme at Marriott Marquis for two nights. I certainly would explore the new Al Mourjan if they are open. I am fond of the old Al Mourjan and have wonderful memories of countless visits to that great lounge.

Himeno

Member since 12 Dec 2012

Total posts 279

There are 4 QR lounges at DOH. The named Al *** lounges (Safwa for F, Mourjan for J). These can only be used based on class of service.

Then there is the "First Class lounge" and "Business Class lounge", access to which are based on status. Go for the Al X lounges if you are in J/F.

They can be a bit hard to find at times. The directional signage is confusing. Both the lounges are upstairs with staff at the base of the escalators checking boarding passes before you can go up stairs.

cloud-9

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 28 Mar 2014

Total posts 11

If you are fortunate to get upgraded from J to F on QR you can still only use the Al Mourjan lounge not the Al Safwa. As Joe says, they do check travel class on boarding passes!

The Al Mourjan has several day rooms where you can relax, especially handy on a long layover

P

Member since 17 Jan 2018

Total posts 7

The supposed first class lounge is just a business class lounge at best. Why they restrict access to the Al Safwa makes no business sense because who wants to fly to Doha anyway? Unless they are in transit or going there for work. QR should be trying to attract business class/emerald OW FFs! Poor strategy on their part.

Bottom line, much better off taking Emirates who will give you access to real First Class lounge in Dubai.

OttoV

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 24 Aug 2018

Total posts 30

My wife ( platinum) and I ( gold) will be flying with Qatar in J class to Doha and flying with Qatar to Athens mid 2020. We will be looking to freshen up in Doha. Any recommendations on which lounge to use- forget food, wines etc, just a good place to stretch legs and refresh.

cloud-9

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 28 Mar 2014

Total posts 11

If you are on QR J then Al Mourjan is the place.

A huge 2 storey area, try walking round it for exercise!

There are some lovely day rooms upstairs, just opposite the bar/buffet, if you have a long layover

TimHughes

Member since 25 Oct 2010

Total posts 10

Curses and Boooooo to QR for being the only major Oneworld hub with status lounges different to class lounges.

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jul 2011

Total posts 834

Originally Posted by TimHughes

Curses and Boooooo to QR for being the only major Oneworld hub with status lounges different to class lounges.

Also BAs LHR /JFK Concorde Room (First and CCR cardholders only) plus the Bars at SIN, DXB, IAD.

And AAs new Flagship First Dining section at JFK, MIA, DFW, LAX, and soon LHR

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