Qantas Club, Gold & Platinum access to Alaska Airlines lounges

By David Flynn , July 1 2017
Qantas Club, Gold & Platinum access to Alaska Airlines lounges

Qantas frequent flyers and Qantas Club members will enjoy access to a wider range of Alaska Airlines lounges following an upgrade of the partnership between the Flying Kangaroo and the Seattle-based carrier.

From today, Qantas Frequent Flyer members with Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status, along with Qantas Club card-holders, can use Alaska's Board Room lounges in Seattle, Portland and Anchorage – provided they are travelling on an Alaska flight which connects to or from a Qantas international flight.

This will be especially welcome for Qantas travellers darting between Los Angeles and Seattle: while they've enjoyed Board Room access at LAX, there's been no such arrangement ahead of the return trip from Seattle.

In return, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K members, along with Alaska Lounge members, will see the doors swing open at all Qantas-operated international business lounges and Australia-wide domestic Qantas Club lounges when booked on a Qantas flight.

Qantas is also adding its QF flight number to four new Alaska Airlines routes between San Francisco and Orange County, Minneapolis, Albuquerque and Kansas City – as well as its service between Los Angeles and San Jose – as part of the expanded codeshare arrangement.

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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2013

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Hopefully this could be a sign of a future QF 787 destination - such an easy entry point to the US!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

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I doubt it. With the huge amount of AA connections already available through QF's LAX and DFW flights, I suspect they've got North America pretty well covered. They also have the almost daily SFO flight, daily JFK and seasonal Vancouver flights.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

Total posts 714

Are QFF's getting the raw end of the bargain here?


Alaskan FF's can use the Qantas lounges prior to any Qantas flight whereas Qantas Frequent Flyers can only use the Alaskan lounges when also traveling on a Qantas international flight.

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 994

That's the first thing I noticed as well.
Also, what about when the AS flight is AA coded?
Or an AS coded AA flight?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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The official statement said


 "In addition, from today, Qantas Frequent Flyer members with a Gold status or higher, and Qantas Club members, will have access to Alaska’s lounges in Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage and Portland whenever they travel on an Alaska flight, connecting to, or from, a Qantas international flight."

So one would assume that AA coded AS operated flights are ok if they're booked in conjunction with a Qantas Flight. AA Operated flights won't get access to Board Room lounges.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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So AS appears to have updated their website.


MVP Gold and Gold 75K will only get access to Qantas operated Business Class lounges when booked on a Qantas international flight. 

The means no domestic lounge access for AS FF's.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2014

Total posts 52

Great news David, as I'm flying on this very route to LAX to catch the 789 back to MEL in December. Is this updated access rules written anywhere? I anticipate an argument with a lounge dragon. :) 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2014

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Perfect! I'll be sure to print that.

15 Feb 2013

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So now that Alaska bought out VX, will they turn the Virgin lounges into AS lounges? And then potentially be useable flying out of LAX when arriving on a QF flight?

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Aug 2015

Total posts 28

While this is an improvement, it would appear that Alaskan is getting the better deal here with no requirement to be connecting to or from an international flight to access a Qantas club lounge but QF members don't get the same if just flying AS domestically in the USA or on an AS flight number.

21 May 2017

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Three of us travelling via HKG to Middle east in October, with Cathay Pacific. How do we access a decent lounge in HKG for our 5 hours stopover. We're flying Premium Economy [E]. 

Hi Peter, that's a question you can ask in our Community area as the topic here is Alaska Airlines lounge access in the USA.


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