Qantas lifts price of Qantas Club membership

By David Flynn, August 1 2017

Qantas is increasing the cost of belonging to its Qantas Club lounge program, with both joining fees and annual membership fees heading north from today.

However, they're not massive jumps: the joining fee for individual memberships notches up from $385 to $399, while a one-year membership lifts from $510 to $540. Two-year membership goes up from $925 to $980, and four years from $1,755 to $1,850.

This means that if you were just about to join the Qantas Club, yesterday it would have cost you a minimum $895 but today you're up for $939.

Qantas says "the small price increase of less than six per cent... reflects the investment made in new lounge facilities across the network."

The airline also hopes to soften the blow by allowing Bronze and Silver frequent flyers to earn three Qantas Points for every dollar they spend on Qantas Club membership fee (which of course goes up if you use the right credit card, such as a five points per dollar earn if you whip out the Qantas Premier Mastercard).

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.

PK

PK

03 May 2012

Total posts 113

While it is true that Qantas has invested in new lounge facilities, in my view substantial price increases will only be warranted when Qantas deals with and invests in the international lounge that most of its QC members have contact with and most frequently - the Sydney Intl QC/Bus lounge. 

Ryan K

Ryan K

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 303

Not to mention the windowless dungeon that is the Melbourne International Business Lounge. 

Nick Sydney 2

Nick Sydney 2

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jul 2015

Total posts 223

Plain nasty is the Melbourne lounge. 

cavemanzk

cavemanzk

NZ

13 Aug 2016

Total posts 39

If even NZ can get an space in Melbourne with Windows for there lounge, why can't QF? NZ just doubled the size of there lounge too,  probably now making it one of the best in MEL exluding the QF F Lounge.

kimshep

kimshep

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 492

David - just out of interest .. has there been any change in the cost of membership / joining when using QFF points to join . renew?

David

David

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2334

Yes kimshep - up 5,000 points to join; 3,000 extra points for one year membership; 5,000 more points for two years, and 10,000 more points for four years.

Mightyreds

Mightyreds

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

Total posts 266

Thank god for a life membership or else I would have to question the ongoing expense.

Lps988

Lps988

20 Jan 2017

Total posts 33

Any idea if corporate rates have gone up also?

clarkysdonga

clarkysdonga

18 Aug 2015

Total posts 49

Priority Pass all the way baby

Mightyreds

Mightyreds

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

Total posts 266

No coverage at Australian domestic airports so very limited usabilioty on that front. Not bad when flying international.

alex_upgrade77

alex_upgrade77

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

Total posts 244

If I remember correctly, PP now give you a $36 credit at many premium F&B outlets at various domestic terminals? 

MitchW

MitchW

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Feb 2016

Total posts 8

Yes Alex, that is correct. I visited Bar Roma in Terminal 3 recently with my wife and received  2 x $36 off the bill. I need to point out that my PP membership tier allows 1 guest at no charge. In my opinion this option is better than QC as you get a proper meal.

Jo145

Jo145

06 Jan 2017

Total posts 5

On top of the 24% price hike 18 months ago ... I've given mine up, it's just not worth it.

mviy

mviy

05 May 2016

Total posts 527

Whether things have improved depends a bit on what you use. Some lounges badly need improvement such as the one in Hobart, a capital city with a QF lounge that is terrible compared with the ones at airports such as the one at Cairns that don't even service a capital city!

Also the moving of Jetstar to a separate domestic Terminal in some airports a while back made using the lounge impractical when flying Jetstar. Even where they do use the same terminal Lounges in airports such as Hobart are opened to cater for QF flights not Jetstar timings.

The pricing change for QANTAS Club membership means that I'm now more keen that I was before to keep Gold or above status and progress towards Lifetime Gold which is perhaps exactly the reaction they're after.

GBRGB

GBRGB

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 220

Agree about Hobart and Townsville is the same, whilst not a capital the amount of govt and business travellers through TSV is very high yet the Qantas Club is smaller than my house, half the time it's so full I sit outside anyway just to get a seat, and about as dated as one could imagine, unless something changes I won't renew when my current QC membership expires.

11sjw

11sjw

11 Mar 2012

Total posts 293

You'd want to know you're flying regularly to justify the spend.  The food offering in a domestic QC is ordinary at best.

Steve987

Steve987

23 Feb 2015

Total posts 254

I've always considered it something that becomes worthwhile at silver level travel. Travel less than that and you may as well buy F&B in the terminal.

lind26

lind26

24 Apr 2014

Total posts 269

Very true!

Zaps1971

Zaps1971

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Aug 2014

Total posts 76

Why did it surprise anyone typical Qantas?????

Skippy

Skippy

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Apr 2017

Total posts 1

I'm sitting in the PER QC right now, surrounded by high-vis-clad guests. I'd raise it with the staff, but the surly, dismissive response I received when enquiring about an upgrade a few minutes ago doesn't warrant any further engagement. Wondering whether I'll bother renewing.

traveller90

traveller90

29 Jan 2012

Total posts 108

Flight Deck / Qantas Club lounges were great in the 80's and 90's for those who remember, then with the collapse of Ansett and Golden Wing Lounges, QF lounges devalued their offerings due to lack of competition. Virgin lounges then evolved but were little competition to the corporate hold held by QF.

Simply without solid competition QF domestic lounges will continue to provide a watered down product with increased prices, while they will try to hold ground against the competitors with their international product, thought with their MEL international lounge it makes you wonder what they are thinking.

I supose though if we remember prior to the late 80's the only lounge access QF provided was if you flew internationally in either J or F/P,  then at least now we have a lounge can buy into if we choose.

mdbrown

mdbrown

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jul 2015

Total posts 7

Im a FIFO worker and I don't wear Hi-vis in the Perth lounge. You cant judge someone from the shirt they wear. I'll tell you now that on our planes and our buses we are exemplary travellers. Almost robotic sheep like order. No noise, no music, no talking on mobiles near others, seat belts on and off only when told, everyone stays in there seats and get off in perfect order, left to right, front to back, usually in silence. Maybe the staff who attended to your enquiry pre judged you.

Col Short

Col Short

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Feb 2016

Total posts 1

Well I hope they spend some cash on the Melbourne domestic QC.It certainly has a way to go to get someplace near some of the other QCs around Australia - and they aren't all that luxurious. 

QAtraveller

QAtraveller

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jun 2017

Total posts 2

I just had the dubious pleasure of using the Sydney Business Class lounge at the international airport there was standing room only. The overseas lounges are great. This new increase in cost is high and it is really those that don't fly that much that are really paying. I only reason I accept to pay the cost for the lounge is because sitting in airports now is just a terrible thing to have to do. For example 2 weeks ago my flight with QANTAS was delayed for over 14 hours and I was thankful that I could sit in the lounge.

BevanMcBevan

BevanMcBevan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Mar 2013

Total posts 134

Look QF do a great job in the International Lounges (LAX & SIN for example). Domestically, if you've never been to other Domestic Lounges globally you'd probably complain. So, on an international scale the QF Lounge ain't that bad. Not too sure? Fly American or United to do a check & balance.

QF_ALT

QF_ALT

02 Jul 2017

Total posts 11

QF does a great job? Really? Other than the SYD/MEL F lounges they are miles behind. The QF lounge in SIN is average at best. Try the CX F lounges in HK (any of them) or the JAL F lounge at either NRT or HND for comparison. It's not just about the lounge per se, it's the service standard provided by their personnel.  QF has completely lost its way. As an aside, I note that AJ has recently announced that QF will upgrade its J seats. Good news - for those still flying QF J in 10 year old seats (are there any?). The Asian & Middle Eastern carriers have redefined premium travel.  

lindacad

lindacad

21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2

I am not sure why high-vis shirts present an issue.  I purchase QC for the facilities, not for the attire/company of others.

mdbrown

mdbrown

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jul 2015

Total posts 7

What does the $399 joining fee pay for? I know for a fact its not an admin related cost. Plucked out of thin air? My QC membership just ran out, I wasn't aware, and they are currently very hardball and charging people the re-joining fee after being members for many years with all our details in the system. Don't rely on Qantas to remind you.

Cyphar

Cyphar

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Nov 2017

Total posts 24

Weeds out mass membership. If it was too cheap with no joining fee, then the lounges would be even busier

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