Qantas Club members will enjoy another extension to the paid lounge program which will take their membership through to early 2022 – a time when the airline expects most people to be flying again, both within Australia and to a handful of overseas destinations.
Qantas says it will add seven months of complimentary membership to any Qantas Club membership account due to expire on or after 30 June 2021, along with new members and membership renewals made between 30 June and 25 August 2021.
The seven month extension also applies to partner memberships and annual guest cards – but not to Qantas Club memberships provided as a benefit of the Qantas Points Club Plus program, as the airline considers those as 'complimentary' and not eligible for an extension.
Also getting a seven-month boost to their expiry date are those handy single-use Qantas Lounge invitations which can be used to visit domestic Qantas Clubs and international Qantas Business lounges before a flight – provided the passes were issued on or before 30 June 2021 and were still valid as of 26 August 2021.
"The extension will be automatically applied to your invitations and updated in your profile," Qantas says. "You can view the expiry dates of your invitations via the Complimentary Lounge Invitations portal."
The airline won't be issuing new Qantas Club cards showing the revised expiry date, and recommends installing the Qantas App on your smartphone, as this includes a Qantas Club digital card which you can flash at lounges to gain entry.
Qantas plans to restart international flying in December 2021, pending the government's promised easing of travel restrictions once Australia passes the 80% vaccination milestone.
Popular overseas destinations Singapore, London and Los Angeles are among the first to return, with lounges at those airports also set to reopen (although as Executive Traveller reported last week, Qantas will permanently close its popular Hong Kong lounge).