Qantas Gold frequent flyers can now use priority lanes to skip the boarding gate queues on Australian domestic flights.
A Qantas spokesperson confirmed the change to Australian Business Traveller, advising that “cabin crew are currently announcing this benefit to customers upon boarding and airport signage is being progressively updated across the network.”
New signage is already in place for some Brisbane flights.
Domestic priority boarding lanes are already open to business class passengers, Qantas Platinum and Platinum One card-holders and their fellow Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers.
The priority boarding benefit will also cover equivalent Sapphire members of Oneworld partner airlines such as British Airways Executive Club Silver and Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club Gold.
Rival Virgin Australia has long offered domestic priority boarding to its Velocity Gold members – a perk held dear by many frequent flyers as it not only means less time standing in line but a better chance of finding space for your bag in the overhead lockers.
The change also aligns the Red Roo with the rest of Oneworld, with priority boarding one of the published alliance-wide benefits for both Sapphire and Emerald-level travellers stuck in economy.
Earlier this month, Qantas Gold frequent flyers also picked up priority baggage delivery and a boosted baggage allowance whenever flying with any Oneworld airline, including carriers such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways.
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