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It's out with paper and in with pixels as Qantas moves its single-use airport lounge passes from paper slips to digital invites.
Wallet-sized lounge passes, which can be used to access any domestic Qantas Club and most Qantas international business class lounges (excluding Los Angeles), are currently issued with selected credit cards.
They're also popular items offered for sale on eBay, with each pass fetching between $25 and $50 depending on how distant its use-by date stretches into the future.
However, Qantas is replacing those paper passes with a digital invitation stored and accessed online.
The airline has already made the switch for Silver members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, who are now receiving their annual allotment of one lounge pass in digital form with the e-card accessible through the Qantas website, and AMEX Qantas Premium cardholders.
Travellers can link their invitation to an upcoming Qantas flight via their frequent flyer number or transfer the digital lounge invitation to another Qantas Frequent Flyer member.
"ANZ Frequent Flyer Black cardholders and those with a Westpac Altitude Black card who have opted in to the Altitude Qantas program will start receiving them in the near future, but in the meantime they can continue to use their paper invitations as normal," a Qantas spokesperson tells Australian Business Traveller.
American Express already provides digital lounge passes for selected AMEX cards – among them the ANZ Qantas Frequent Flyer Black, Qantas American Express Explorer and Qantas American Express Ultimate cards – which allow two visits per year to the American Express lounge at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal.
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