Qantas is once again flying between Sydney and Bangkok, but the lounge options at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport have changed since those blissful pre-pandemic days.
The Flying Kangaroo once had its own Qantas Business Lounge and Qantas First Lounge at Bangkok, when the airport served as a stopover for the flagship QF1 Sydney-London Boeing 747.
Although that Bangkok route ended 2012 the lounge soldiered on until late 2015, at which point Qantas pulled down the shutters and began directing lounge-worthy flyers to the Louis’ Tavern CIP Lounge.
Now rebranded as the Miracle Lounge, and situated on Concourse G’s third level and near gate 2, it’s still the airline’s official go-to before QF24 wings its way back to Sydney – the good news is that for most travellers, there’s a much better option.
That’s the Emirates lounge, which is open to many Qantas flyers under the Qantas/Emirates partnership.
Located on Concourse G, towards the D gates wing, it’s your typical Emirates ‘out-station’ lounge (meaning it’s not at the airline’s home hub, which in this case is Dubai).
Visitors can expect a spacious lounge with a relaxed ‘international’ design, a much better selection of food and wine (including Champagne) than the Miracle Lounge, plus several well-maintained shower suites if you’d like to freshen up after a day in the Bangkok heat and humidity.
And it won’t be over-crowded: Emirates’ evening flight from Bangkok to Dubai leaves at 9.25pm, whereas Qantas’ QF24 is wheels-up shortly after 6pm.
Of course, Qantas’ top-tier frequent flyers and business class travellers also have access to three Oneworld airline lounges at Bangkok, at least in theory.
Sadly, Cathay Pacific’s boutique-like Bangkok lounge – with its elegant Ilse Crawford design and signature Noodle Bar – remains closed, like most other Cathay Pacific lounges around then world; likewise, Qatar Airways has yet to reopen its Bangkok Premium Lounge.
Japan Airlines’ Sakura Lounge is open, but only from 6pm – about the same time as QF24 is pushing back from the gate – in line with JAL’s curtailed flight schedule while Japan remains largely closed to overseas visitors.
Qantas Bangkok lounge access
Here’s your quick reference to Qantas lounge access at Bangkok’s accurate at the time of writing:
- Qantas Club members: Miracle Lounge
- Qantas Gold frequent flyers: Miracle Lounge and Emirates Lounge
- Qantas Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers: Miracle Lounge and Emirates Lounge
- Qantas business class passengers: Miracle Lounge and Emirates Lounge
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