Hong Kong Airport lounges for Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Oneworld

By Chris Chamberlin, August 11 2015
Hong Kong Airport lounges for Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Oneworld

Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Oneworld passengers have plenty of lounges to choose from at Hong Kong Airport... so many, in fact, that it's worth knowing all your options and then deciding which to visit.

For starters, you're not limited to a lounge operated by the airline you're flying on.

Qantas passengers and top-tier Qantas frequent flyers can drop into a Cathay Pacific lounge, while CX travellers can also check out the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, thanks to both airlines' membership in the Oneworld alliance.

These lounges are strategically placed through Hong Kong Airport's main T1 terminal.

If you've got a few hours in transit at the airport you might want to sample the unique features of few lounges rather than stay put in just one – provided you plan that 'lounge crawl' in advance and leave enough time to get to your departure gate.

(Of course, any more than six hours' stopover and we'd recommend heading into the city on the Airport Express, paying just HK$100 – around A$14 – for a day return ticket and poking around the Kowloon or Central districts.)

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge

Where it is: take a sharp right after clearing passport control at the northern end of the terminal. It’s close to Qantas’ regular departure gates and directly above gate 15.

When it's open: 7:30am to midnight

Who gets in:

  • First and business class flyers with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, other Oneworld airlines and Emirates
  • Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Qantas frequent flyers travelling with the airlines above and Jetstar
  • Emirates Gold and Platinum Skywards members flying onwards with Qantas or Emirates
  • Marco Polo Club Gold and Diamond members flying with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or other Oneworld airlines
  • Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members of other programs travelling onwards with a Oneworld airline
  • Qantas Club members flying with Qantas, Emirates or Jetstar (provided you're booked on a Qantas/Jetstar flight number)

What's so special: BBQ pork bar, plate of the day and yum cha treats

With seating for up to 300 passengers, the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is divided into different ‘zones’ for dining and working, or even just for relaxing and sipping a cocktail.

The showpiece is the Spice Temple BBQ Bar, which serves up char siu barbecued pork (although other dishes and vegetarian options are also available).

There’s also a plate of the day served in the main dining area from around 5.45pm to 7.45pm – just in time for the evening’s Qantas flights – while yum cha trolleys serve up light bites such as dumplings with chilli sauce, salt and pepper calamari and Hong Kong-style egg tarts.

There are abundant AC and USB power ports plus a dedicated family zone down the end of the lounge.

For what it's worth, we rated the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge as the best international business class lounge in our Australian Business Traveller Awards for 2015.

Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge

Where it is: turn left after immigration at the southern end of the terminal (directly past the Cathay Pacific check-in zone), above gate 2.

When it's open: 5:30am until the last Cathay Pacific departure

Who gets in: first class passengers with Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Qantas and other Oneworld airlines, Qantas Platinum and Platinum One members, Marco Polo Club Diamond guests and Oneworld Emerald travellers booked on a Oneworld airline.

What's so special: private cabana rooms and a champagne bar

Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge, The Wing breaks out all the stops with a dedicated champagne bar plus a dining area with à la carte menu catered by The Peninsula Hotel.

There are also five private Cabana suites, each with its own shower, full-sized bath and a couch that doubles as day bed if you’re after a little privacy or a nap before the long flight home.

Add some lovely views over the tarmac and there are worse places to cool your heels before a flight.

Also read: First look – Cathay Pacific’s new Wing First Class Lounge, Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Business Class Lounge

Where it is: enter from the airport's lower level, near gates 2 and 3 (although the lounge is split over two floors including a space adjacent to The Wing First Class).

When it's open: 5:30am until the last Cathay Pacific departure

Who gets in:

  • First and Business class flyers with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and other Oneworld airlines
  • Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Qantas frequent flyers travelling with the airlines above
  • Marco Polo Club Silver members flying with either Cathay Pacific or Dragonair
  • Marco Polo Club Gold and Diamond members travelling with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or other Oneworld airlines
  • Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members of other programs travelling onwards with a Oneworld airline

What's so special: Long Bar, Noodle Bar, cafe and 24 shower suites

Split over two levels, The Wing Business Lounge comes with a whopping 24 shower suites on the lower floor, along with six workstations, a buffet counter with cold food and four Asian and Western hot dishes.

But you'll want to head upstairs for the Noodle Bar, serving Chinese buns or 'bao' including the popular Char Siu Bao, along with made-to-order hot noodles...

... the iconic Long Bar (which is aptly-named, as it stretches for 23 metres) for drinks...

... and the Coffee Loft, where travellers can enjoy freshly brewed coffee or tea and a pastry baked in the lounge's kitchen.

Cathay Pacific’s The Cabin Lounge

Where it is: near gate 23, at the start of the airport terminal's main spine

When it's open: 5:30am until the last Cathay Pacific departure

Who gets in: as per The Wing Business Class Lounge

What's so special: a video conference suite for international 'virtual meetings'

The most techno-loaded lounge on Cathay’s home turf, The Cabin comes packed with 11 PCs, six iMacs, a video conference suite and 20 Internet-connected iPads for web browsing, playing games or reading preloaded newspapers and magazines.

The Deli offers Italian antipasti plus made-to-order hot sandwiches and salads, as a welcome change to the usual buffet fare.

The Health Bar is The Long Bar with a wellness twist, mixing up a signature ‘morning special shake’ aside freshly-squeezed juices, blended smoothies, Chinese herbal teas – and, for the rest of us, cocktails.

Just be warned: The Cabin can get exceptionally busy, and rather noisy, compared to The Wing Business Lounge or the rather nearby Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, so we'd recommend those are your first stops.

Lounge review: Cathay Pacific's The Cabin

Cathay Pacific’s The Bridge Lounge

Where it is: at gate 35 (catch the Skytrain people-mover from the terminal's main hub and you're dropped right at the door)

When it's open: 5:30am until the last Cathay Pacific departure

Who gets in: as per The Wing Business Class Lounge

What's so special: design is reminiscent of a cosy living room, provided that living room also had its own bakery!

Modelled more along the lines of a relaxing residential space than a bustling airport lounge, warm colours and timber floors make you feel at home whether you’re in the northern or southern wing of The Bridge.

Turn right on entering the lounge – it's directly across from where you exit the Skytrain – to find pizza, sandwiches, pastries and of course bread at The Bakery...

... along with Asian and Western soups and salads, a Long Bar and a TV lounge where you can put your feet up.

The other side of the lounge offers hot and cold dishes, desserts and leafy salads at The Bistro;  espresso, muffins, pastries and cookies at The Coffee Loft; shower suites and iMac computers.

Photo tour: Cathay Pacific's new The Bridge lounge at Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge

Where it is: near gate 63 (note that The Pier Business Class Lounge is now closed for renovations)

When it's open: 5.30am until the last Cathay Pacific departure

Who gets in: as per The Wing First Class Lounge

What's so special: day suites, foot massage, à la carte dining and extraordinary design

Just how good is Cathay Pacific's newest flagship lounge? Good enough that we consider it to be the world's best first class lounge.

Start with the eight private day suite nooks where you can take a break from your hectic travel schedule in your own private space...

... but leave time to indulge in the relaxing foot massage service...

... before enjoying five-star fare served in the dining room from an à la carte menu...

... and finished off with a drink or two at the well-stocked bar.

All of this is wrapped in a thoughtful and carefully-curated contemporary design where you'll want to slow down and enjoy this incredibly calming experience before jetting off.

Photos, video: Inside Cathay Pacific's new The Pier First Class lounge

Dragonair’s G16 Lounge

Where it is: near gate 16

When it's open: 6am until midnight

Who gets in: as per The Wing Business Class Lounge

What's so special: an on-site chef whips up specialties like wonton noodles and fishball noodles

The 'gate 16' lounge of Cathay Pacific's regional arm Dragonair isn't a bad spot to rest up if your flight's leaving from nearby – although we'd suggest you skip this lounge and head upstairs to the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.

A chef serves up Hong Kong culinary delights such wonton noodles and fishball noodles from 7am in the morning, but these favourites end at 6pm – just when you'd hope to enjoy these for dinner.

There's still a self-serve buffet, but with no showers in the G16 Lounge, we'd suggest heading to either The Wing or The Pier to freshen up and for some delicious noodles from the Noodle Bar.

Cathay Pacific’s The Arrival Lounge

Where it is: past the arrivals hall (so you'll need to leave the airport's secure 'airside' zone), at the centre passageway connecting T1 and T2, below the Airport Express station

When it's open: 5am to midnight

Who gets in: travellers arriving on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair in first and business class, along with Marco Polo Club Gold and Diamond members, Qantas Platinum and Platinum One flyers and other Oneworld Emerald travellers arriving in premium economy or economy.

What's so special: it's a great little haven after a long flight before you head into the city.

Most travellers to Hong Kong will want to make a beeline into the city and check into their hotel.

But if you arrive on an early morning flight – such as CX138 from Sydney, which is scheduled to land at 5.30am – or you have to go straight to a meeting, The Arrivals is a great stop-over.

There are eight showers where you can freshen up, a small dining room with a la carte table service where you can refuel, and wireless Internet to quickly catch up on work.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2223

The ultimate summary of OW lounges in HKG!

On a side note, why is the QFi HKG lounge open at 0930?

Air France and KLM now use the Qantas lounge in Hong Kong, so the lounge opens earlier in the day to cater for these travellers.

(That also works in your favour when flying with Cathay Pacific during the day or are heading to Singapore on Jetstar Asia, as you can use the Qantas lounge.)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2223

Ah, that makes sense! It's a shame there isn't an AM departure partner out of SIN ;)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

Total posts 182

Not wanting to pontificate but I am writing this in the wing in HKG having arrived from Perth this morning, I took the train to HKG central and the return cost HK$100,  see photo attached.  Walked to the central mid levels escalator and back, went to a bar there called the Yorkshire pudding and had a few beers, they do some great sangers too. Train takes 25 mins to central, less to Kowloon, and runs every ten minutes.

The wing cabana suites are nice and I have used them in the past but they can be cold temperature wise in winter and they cannot control the temperature as it is on the airport air con system, not the lounge.

I didn't realise the pier had reopened though.

One thing to note is the CX lounges do not make boardi announcements unless the flights have a delay or gate change.

Anyway, look out London, here I come again.

Hi woganfan,

Cheers for the pick-up. When I was there a few weeks ago, it was HK$180 return from the airport to the city and back on my Octopus card, but yes, a same day return is just HK$100 – all fixed.

The Pier First Class is currently closed, although The Pier Business Class is open (thus the same access rules as per The Wing Business Class).

Enjoy The Wing and your onward flight to London!


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

Total posts 182

Ah yes. Octopus is more pricy.  I never considered that.

The lounges in Hong Kong look so cool!


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Jul 2013

Total posts 12

Fantastic article - I have to ask this though - if you could only go to one lounge in HK, and you could go to any Oneworld lounge, where would you go?

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2375

JA: it'd depend on what I wanted from the lounge, but for me it'd probably be a choice between Cathay's The Wing First Class and the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Apr 2012

Total posts 54

Good story Chris that is an excellent reference point for locations of both first time & return travellers.

IMO, don't though, not treat yourself to a day in Hong Kong if you are transiting for a period of more than say 4 hours, although depending on your status, 4 hours is at the lower end of what is the minimum.

Otherwise get to the airport early to enjoy a variety of Lounge experiences.

Had a look at the dates of some of these post and suddenly freaked out! Have I lost track of time! Its only the 11 Aug today but some of the post are date 14 Aug!

Only just realised its a year old! LOL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1191

I've always been intrigued by the way AusBT recycles articles.  You can certainly refresh content and label the article as updated, but it's a little disingenuous to republish them as new articles with the current date.

Good to see you back, eminere. We regularly refresh our 'timeless' articles with the latest information - in this case, with Cathay's new The Pier First Class Lounge and removing The Pier Business Class Lounge from the page as it's now closed for refurbishment works.

As every reader doesn't read every single article that we publish when it's initially run, and as we often receive traffic from people searching for this and similar topics, offering the latest information ensures that these readers see the correct details, while allowing readers who weren't with us a year ago to benefit from our content.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jun 2014

Total posts 168

If you only pick one J lounge, with kids in tow, which one would it be?

The Bridge. Has more nooks and crannies to amuse kids. At least, if i was a kid, i'd much prefer to be playing hide and seek there. 

01 Feb 2012

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Question re this - I am transitting in HKG, with a 2 hour stop over. I'm flying into HKG on CX business, but departing in CX economy (no status). 

I don't think I have time to go to the arrivals lounge. Do you think I might be able to get into the other CX lounges?

26 Jul 2013

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I'm in excactly the same boat and was wondering what you found out?

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

Total posts 239

Honestly, Hong Kong put's so much time and effort from aesthetics that aren't over the top (they look classy at the very least) to ammenities to environment - they put practically every other country to shame with their lounges.

Haven't had a chance to visit any of the new lounges - but thsi guide really makes me want to 'drop by' just to see the experience!


Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

These all look geat lounges.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold

01 Apr 2016

Total posts 1

There's also the Emirates Lounge which I'm in right now.

It's directly above the Bridge and seems to be largely deserted (19.30 on a Friday). I'm Qantas Gold flying J to Melbourne, so not sure if it's the J or the Qantas FF that got me in?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Oct 2012

Total posts 20

This is a great summary...  

A related question on Cathay: I'm flying Qantas Mel to SYD (Domestic) and then international connection HKG / LHR with Cathay (with Qantas FF booking).  

Does anyone know if we will be checked through at SYD (bags / boarding passes etc) and can bypass the checkin in SYD with Cathay?  ie go straight to immigration etc and head to the lounge.  

Also interested to know in HKG with lounge access to Cathay (am Platinum / Emerald level FF); as I have wife and 2 kids travelling: (18 and 15) can I check-in to multiple lounges at once (as Qantas Lounge opens after we leave... ie First and Wing or Cabin as they have a stricter definition on number of guests: so we can all have a break during the 4 hour transit...   unless you think I could try and sneak the kids in so we are all together...?  


12 Jul 2016

Total posts 1

have 7 hours in Hong Kong.  Can we leave transit bags in Cathay Lounge and take train to visit the Great Budha and be back in time for a shower before taking off for Paris.

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