Cathay Pacific says it will continue to direct Cathay Silver members to The House lounge – formerly the den of Etihad Airways, and now run as an independent lounge by Aspire – while sending all other loungeworthy travellers to the Qantas Business and Qantas First lounges.
The House will also welcome those travellers, it seems – a group that is mainly business class passengers along with mid-tier and top-tier frequent flyers – although a Cathay pacific spokesperson tells Executive Traveller those passengers “are still directed to the appropriate Qantas lounges while they are open when departing Sydney.”
“It is only Cathay Silver members, who are not eligible to enter Qantas lounges under Oneworld admittance rules, who are directed to The House,” the airline states.
That means business class passengers on Cathay’s daily 3.15pm CX100 flight – along with Cathay Gold member and their Oneworld Sapphire equivalents – can still of course head to the Qantas Business Lounge, while Cathay Diamonds and Oneworld Emeralds will naturally make a beeline for the delights of the Qantas First Lounge.
However, on those days when the the 10.20pm departure of CX138 comes after the Qantas lounges have locked their doors (usually timed for the 9.35pm departure of QF25 to Tokyo), “Hie thee to The House” is Cathay’s cry.
Of course, passengers can still make the most of some Qantas lounge-time up until the final call for QF25, and then make a short stop at The House until CX138 starts to board.
The House is also home (no pun intended) to British Airways, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Philippine Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, as well as welcoming Priority Pass members (upon payment of an additional $20 ‘Premium Lounge’ fee).
It’s also open to passengers on any airline for $77 as a walk-up rate or $66 if they book online.
Just note that at the time of writing, à la carte dining has still not returned to The House, with only a relatively limited buffet spread on offer.