Qantas delays opening more Qantas Clubs, Business & Chairman’s Lounges

Frequent flyers will now need to wait until at least September before Qantas unlocks any more domestic airport lounges.

By Chris Chamberlin, July 30 2020
Qantas delays opening more Qantas Clubs, Business & Chairman’s Lounges

Qantas is pushing back its previous plans to re-open more domestic Qantas Clubs, Business Lounges and Chairman’s Lounges across Australia, with affected facilities now keeping the shutters down until at least September.

With the impacts extending across every Australian state and territory, here’s what you need to know.

Further Qantas Club re-openings deferred

Qantas had previously expected to re-open all Queensland Qantas Clubs in July and most other Qantas Club lounges across Australia “from August”. However, these re-openings are all now planned “from September”.

This affects what would normally be the busiest Qantas Clubs in the airline’s domestic network, in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, along with Qantas Club lounges in Darwin, Devonport, Gold Coast, Hobart, Port Hedland and Rockhampton.

Qantas Club lounges that had previously re-opened are remaining open, including in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Broome, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Emerald, Gladstone, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Tamworth and Townsville.

Chairman’s Lounge re-openings bumped

Like many of those Qantas Clubs, Qantas’ collection of six Chairman’s Lounges were also set to welcome back travellers from August – but these re-openings are also now planned “from September.”

Chairman’s Lounges are found at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth domestic airports, serving members of Qantas’ by-invitation private club of the same name.

Read: What it’s really like inside the Qantas Chairman’s Lounges

Melbourne’s Business Lounge remains closed

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Victoria, the re-opening of Qantas’ Melbourne Business Lounge had previously been delayed.

Its opening date is now tentatively planned for September 2020, but like Qantas’ other lounges that remain shuttered, this could change again if local restrictions continue to impact travel.

Qantas’ other Business Lounges in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth have all now returned to service, and welcome all lounge-eligible travellers while Qantas Club lounges remain closed in the same cities.

The news comes as Queensland prepares to close its borders for a second time to all visitors travelling from Greater Sydney, from 1am on Saturday August 1, due to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.

This joins Queensland’s existing ban on visitors from Victoria, with Queensland residents returning from the state – and from 1am Saturday, also from Greater Sydney – required to complete two weeks of mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Queensland.

Also read: How coronavirus has changed Qantas lounges for the better

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

05 May 2016

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I expect the lockdown in Vic will continue into September, maybe even to the end of the year and the borders to interstate to remain closed for a period of time after restrictions ease.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 May 2016

Total posts 5

Both the Sydney and Canberra Business Class lounges are open and available to all Qantas Club members - have been open since July 1st.

Sorry for this basic question, but do the complimentary QF lounge passes issued by credit card companies give access to the Business lounges, or just the Club lounges?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 May 2016

Total posts 5

I think the answer would normally be "it depends" on the card - at present only the QANTAS Business Class lounges are open and offering Business Class Lounge amenities to any one with Club access - so right now your credit card pass would get you into the Business Class lounge regardless. This will change when more demand comes on and more lounge space is needed - the Club lounges will progressively open, although this has been delayed until September - possibly October (later for Melbourne I feel).

Hi QFFPlat, many thanks for that clarification.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2011

Total posts 50

Any news on whether or when the Melbourne lounges will reopen now?


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