Is there a Qantas Club dress code?

By David Flynn, August 15 2016
Is there a Qantas Club dress code?

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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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

01 Feb 2015

Total posts 113

Good! I see nothing wrong with this. I do think High-vis should be exempted.  

Storytime: Saw someone get kicked out of the Pier in HKG yesterday for walking in barefoot- good!

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sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

How difficult is it to take a 'High Vis' vest off?

05 May 2016

Total posts 537

I do think allowing High Vis but not allowing those other things is quite inconsistent. It shouldn't be difficult at all for people to take high vis clothing off and put it in their carry on.

You wouldn't wear high vis clothing to a nice restaurant so they shouldn't allow it in the lounge either, but they do.

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sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

Exactly, it's supposed to be a club type environment, not a meeting of the storeman and packers union.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

lol storeman and packers union haha!

I've seen plenty of people in the Club wearing Boardies (as recdently as two weeks ago in the Perth Intl lounge) ! Where have the good old days gone when people used to dress up to fly?

05 May 2016

Total posts 537

For long haul flights you want to be as comfortable as possible rather than dressed up. Still it's not hard to change on board a flight.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 749

About 1971

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 247

I wonder if a Virgin shirt would be classified as an " offensive image or slogan" 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Sep 2011

Total posts 85

Take Qantas board member Todd Sampson as your style guide and you can't go wrong

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Aug 2016

Total posts 1

Thank goodness there is still some decorum in the world, removing dress codes takes away the 'special' element of being a part of such an environment. It shows respect for others and yourself. Take away the dress code and you remove the pleasure and privilege of membership.

Well said! 

28 Aug 2016

Total posts 20

Hold on, did I read that there IS a domestic business lounge in ADL? Is it hidden, or just recently opened?

Nope, no business lounge in Adelaide: the dress code simply applies in Qantas Clubs and Business Lounges in the cities listed above (as applicable).

28 Aug 2016

Total posts 20

Ok, understand. I ask, because there are more Qantas clubs than just those cities listed and the dress code applies there too. 

All good, I was just panicking that there was a secret door I've never known about in ADL. A bit like the old QC in Hobart - if you didn't know where it was and didn't ask, you'd never find it!

Hi Blart, Qantas has confirmed that the dress code only applies at the domestic lounges in the cities we've named. It doesn't apply in Darwin, for example. :)

28 Aug 2016

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Righto - got it now.

Pmb
Pmb

13 Apr 2017

Total posts 1

I got kicked out of Brisbane QC for wearing thongs on a Sunday morning, well done qantas ! Sprit of Australia really  thats  right 51% . Whats more Australian than wearing thongs on a Sunday morning. 

I've been a gold member for 17 years I think this will be the last. So if qantas kicks out people on socioeconomic basis how about race or religion what's next …ban the burqa ??
Disappointed 


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