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Is there a dress code for the Qantas Club or Qantas Business lounges – and if so, what's the acceptable dress standard?
Qantas has a 'smart casual' dress code for its Qantas Club lounges – as well as the domestic Business lounges – in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.
That doesn't mean you have to dress up to the nines for your flight, but you'll want to avoid wearing the following:
Singlets: never a good look, swap the singlet for a polo top or T-shirt (just be sure the T-shirt doesn't carry what Qantas describes as "offensive images or slogans")
Thongs: this includes rubber thongs and Havaianas, as well as expensive fashionista footwear with just that single strap between the toes. If it's got a strap around the ankle or is more a sandal or slide than a thong, you're good.
Bare feet: well, that should go without saying!
Beachwear: this includes board shorts
Head to toe gym wear: a pair of leggings may pass muster, as might an 'active wear' top, but don't turn up wearing both as if you're headed for an hour on the treadmill
Revealing clothing: to some extent this one's open to interpretation, but if you wouldn't wear it to a decent cafe or restaurant then you shouldn't be wearing it to a Qantas airport lounge
Sleepwear: not just a pair of Qantas PJs but slippers and even UGG boots are also on the 'no entry' list
Clothing that's generally in bad nick and one wash away from falling apart: while Qantas doesn't have a hard and fast rule on this, the airline notes that "lounge staff will use their discretion to determine if a visitor to the lounge meets our smart casual dress guidelines," and can refuse entry to a guest on that basis.
Note that work uniforms including high-visibility gear are allowed, as long as they're clean.
Also note that these restrictions apply only to the domestic airport lounges at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.
Other Qantas lounges around Australia have looser rules but, in the end, it's up to the lounge staff to make the call on whether or not you're suitably kitted out.
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