Qantas will permanently close the doors to its longstanding international business class lounge in Bangkok this weekend with passengers relocated to the Louis’ Tavern CIP Lounge in Concourse G from Sunday November 15.
In an email sent to frequent flyers, Qantas spruiks that the new lounge offers “many of the same amenities seen in Qantas-operated lounges” such as shower rooms, wireless Internet access and complimentary food and alcoholic beverages.
The email also shares that "a number of Qantas team members will be available in the CIP Lounge to help throughout the transition."
All passengers who can currently visit the Qantas Bangkok Lounge before QF24 to Sydney will have access to the CIP Lounge, including business class passengers; Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers; Qantas Club members and both Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire cardholders.
Situated on Concourse G’s third level and nearby gate 2, the new lounge provides tarmac views and plenty of natural light before boarding Qantas’ early evening flight…
… but for an international business class lounge leans strongly toward the ‘basic’ side:
"With only a small number of customers experiencing the lounge on a daily basis, the decision was made to offer eligible customers access to the CIP Lounge instead," a Qantas spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller.
"The services in the 24-hour operated CIP lounge are consistent with other Qantas international lounges," the spokesperson added, with "gourmet refreshments", hot meals, a business centre, daily newspapers, and international magazines among the other amenities.
Bangkok lounge access: Cathay Pacific, Emirates
Under the Oneworld alliance lounge rules, business class passengers and Oneworld Sapphire/Emerald frequent flyers (including Qantas Gold and above) could instead spend their time in the brand new Cathay Pacific lounge at Bangkok – also located in Concourse G.
There you’ll find Cathay's signature Noodle Bar and its selection of freshly-prepared Asian noodles including wonton noodle soup and tom yam soup…
… and bartenders waiting to mix up your favourite cocktail or mocktail:
That said, Cathay's lounge comes without showers, so you may want to freshen up before your overnight flight at the CIP Lounge before walking across to Cathay's lounge for an early dinner.
There's also the option of the Emirates lounge in Bangkok for Qantas' business class passengers and Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers...
… boasting Emirates' signature dining and buffet amenities, and of course, showers:
In years passed Bangkok was key to Qantas’ international network, serving as a stopover hub for the Roo’s flagship QF1 service from Sydney to London Heathrow, although the onward Bangkok-London leg was axed in 2012, replaced by Singapore and then again by Dubai.
Qantas continues to fly daily from Sydney to Bangkok and also codeshares with Emirates, which too offers one flight per day in each direction.
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