To say there’s been confusion around Qantas’ access rules for international travellers at its Perth lounges would be an understatement.
The airlines’ decision to shift all its overseas flights to the new ‘international wing’ of the otherwise-domestic Perth Terminal 3, the launch of non-stop Boeing 787-9 flights from Perth to London and the opening of a new ‘international transit lounge’ have all left business traveller and frequent flyer scratching their heads over which lounge they can use before their flight.
Australian Business Traveller has gone over the new Perth lounge access rules with Qantas, so here’s what you need to know.
If you’re travelling on QF9
Qantas has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that its new Perth International Transit Lounge is available to all eligible passengers booked onto the new QF9 non-stop flight from Perth to London.
This includes travellers connecting onto QF9 from other destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Adelaide.
'Eligible passengers' covers those flying in business class; being Qantas Platinum One, Platinum, or Gold status (or their Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire equivalents); having Emirates Skywards Platinum or Gold status; being a Qantas Club member; or having a Qantas Club lounge invitation.
If you’re travelling on QF10
Access to the Perth International Transit Lounge is much tighter on the QF10 return leg from London.
The lounge is available only to eligible travellers (see above for who this covers) arriving from London and continuing through to Melbourne.
If you have a connecting Qantas flight to any city such as back to the east coast, or are booked on the domestic Perth-Melbourne leg of QF10, you'll have access only to the domestic Qantas lounges at Terminal 4.
If you’re flying with Qantas to Singapore or Auckland
Qantas flights to Singapore and Auckland (the latter is currently a seasonal service) now also depart from T3, not Perth’s main T1 international terminal – but the swish transit lounge is off limits to them.
Eligible passengers should head to Qantas’ domestic T4 lounges, and be sure to leave enough time to make their way across to T3’s international wing to catch their flight.
However, there's some upside here: eligible international passengers on those non-Boeing 787 flights will all be welcome at the domestic Qantas business lounge, even if they'd otherwise qualify only for Qantas Club access.
This includes Qantas Gold frequent flyers and their Oneworld Sapphire equivalents; Emirates Skywards Gold card-holders; and Qantas Club and Qantas Club Annual Guest Card members.
Features such as a tended bar, pizza ovens and a fresh contemporary design make the Qantas T4 business lounge a significant step up from not just the Qantas Club but the old Qantas international lounge at T1.