The frosted glass doors at Qantas’ invitation-only Chairman’s Lounges will be slide open once again from December 7.
These exclusive spaces – tucked away in the domestic terminals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide – had been shuttered since March, with Chairman's Lounge members redirected to the nearby Qantas Business Lounge during the closure, where available.
But as state borders soften and travel restrictions are removed, Qantas is keen to bring back that Chairman's Lounge warmth and familiarity to its VIP set, especially as they take time out for their own brief getaways and holidays.
Chairman's Lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth will all re-open from Monday December 7, with the Canberra Chairman's Lounge unlocked as of Wednesday December 9.
Most of Qantas’ other domestic lounges will also return one week prior on December 2.
Included on that list is Melbourne’s Business Lounge, as well as the Qantas Clubs in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Devonport and on the Gold Coast.
After December 9, only the domestic Qantas Club lounges in Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Port Hedland and Rockhampton will remain closed, with Qantas Club members welcomed into the Business Lounges of Canberra and Melbourne in the meantime.
Virgin Australia's VIP travellers are less fortunate.
The Club lounges – Virgin's competitor to the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge network – at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth remain closed.
Indeed, the fate of The Club remains unknown, with the airline saying it is "under review".
Virgin Australia has currently reopened just one of its domestic lounges, being in Brisbane, and has confirmed its lounges in Alice Springs, Cairns, Darwin, Mackay, Perth Terminal 2 and Wellington have been permanently closed.
Back at Qantas, the Roo stands ready to reopen some international lounges as soon as travel bubbles take off.
This could even see the Qantas First Lounges opening first, and welcoming all lounge-eligible travellers who’d otherwise use the Qantas Business Lounge.