Qantas Club members get another six-month extension

The life of your little-used Qantas Club membership card will now span through to at least March 2021.

By David Flynn , September 14 2020
Qantas Club members get another six-month extension

Qantas is adding six months to the membership of Qantas Club members, as many of its airport lounges remain closed – along with state borders – with no prospect of overseas flights until 2021.

The extension applies to All Qantas Club memberships valid as of September 23 2020, and is the second six-month booster rolled out since the coronavirus pandemic decimated domestic and international travel.

"We understand your travel plans may have been impacted this year, and it continues to be a challenging time for everyone, so we are giving eligible Qantas Club members extended access to all membership benefits for another six months," the airline says.

"There's no need to register or contact our call centre, your Qantas Club membership will be automatically extended by the end of September 2020 and you can view your updated details by visiting My Account at qantas.com or the Qantas App."

However, as Qantas won't be issuing new membership cards to reflect the revised use-by date, it's recommended that travellers download the Qantas App, which now includes a 'digital card' which can be used for airport lounge access.

In addition , "if you have purchased an Annual Guest Card, this will also be extended for a further six months. If the Annual Guest Card membership year ends between September 2020 and August 2021, your existing guest card can be used to gain entry to the lounge for the additional six months."

The same extension period also applies to complimentary single-use lounge passes issued to Qantas credit card holders and Silver-grade frequent flyers.

Once again, passes which are valid as at September 23 2020  "will automatically be extended by the end of September 2020, with an additional six months from the original date of expiry."

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

David

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.

With Qantas international flights not taking to the air until at least July 2021, is now the right time that Qantas should be refurbing its flagship lounges. I know this is an unnecessary cost right now, however the timing is perfect at the moment with no passengers travelling though Australia's gate ways.

Lounges may include:

Sydney Business International

Sydney Domestic Business and Club

Melbourne Business International

Possibly smaller domestic lounges like Hobart, Adelaide??

What does the ET community think?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Dec 2014

Total posts 43

I think there is absolutely ZERO chance of this happening.  Qantas is in survival mode at the moment so any capital expenditures will have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

A380 refurbs - stopped

Project Sunrise - on hold

Lounge refurbs - on hold

I think it is going to be quite some time before Qantas will be comfortable enough to start thinking about resuming any of these types of projects.  

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2404

The lack of passengers makes this the perfect time to upgrade all of those lounges. However, the lack of passengers is also why Qantas is behind the fiscal eight-ball with a cash burn of $40m per week (!), is unable to keep most staff on payroll, has taken out over $1bn in loans against its Boeing 787s with almost $2bn more in equity raising, and will seek to reduce costs by  $15bn over the next three years of lower activity.

Thus, as much as we wish it were different, don't expect any of the lounges to be upgraded during this downtime: it is, as you say, an unnecessary cost right now, and those are exactly the costs which Qantas is aiming to strip out.

(You can also imagine the terrible optics of this: "Qantas sacks thousands of loyal workers but finds the money to upgrade its business class lounges.")

QF

02 Nov 2012

Total posts 40

and Auckland QC / First lounge (but cash preservation probably ranks #1 :()

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Nov 2011

Total posts 15

I agree this would be an ideal time for such an undertaking, especially considering how crowded the Sydney Intl Business lounge and domestic lounges are during peak hours.  The Intl lounge is often a complete zoo. I think they will hold off on any capital investments until profit figures are sold and then funnel all Qantas pax to the EK lounge temporarily or build a new lounge in the new precinct that has been discussed and just keep the international lounge open.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 263

People should keep an eye on their QC membership, I was talking to someone at QF recently and enquired about my QC membership in case it is required if my flying doesn’t resume next year and was advised the system is struggling to automatically pick up all the changes. I still have approx 3 years of unused QC left from when I went to gold about 6 years ago, but the details are no longer on their system, I was advised I will have to provide details and contact them if my gold status ceases to have the QC membership reinstated. So QF have lost 3 years of my QC membership in their system, they can’t find it and if I want to use it, I have to provide all the information, I can imagine how this is going to pan out.


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