Qantas passengers now have four Bangkok lounges to choose from

By David Flynn , March 3 2017
Qantas passengers now have four Bangkok lounges to choose from

Qantas closed its dedicated lounge at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in late 2015 but with new lounges from Oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines, along with Qantas' own global alliance partner Emirates, travellers have a surprising amount of choice before waving bye-bye to BKK.

Louis’ Tavern CIP Lounge

The first lounge on our list is one we suggest you skip, unless you're a Qantas Club member – in which case it's the only airport lounge at Bangkok that'll let you through the door.

The Louis’ Tavern CIP Lounge at Concourse G (near gate G2) is the lounge to which Qantas steers all eligible passengers ahead of flight QF24.

That includes business class passengers; Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers; Qantas Club members, and travellers holding Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status with any other Oneworld airline.

The Louis’ Tavern CIP Lounge is better than having no lounge access at all, but it's more about function than flair.

At least it has hot meals and showers, the latter of which can be very welcome after a day in Bangkok. 

Cathay Pacific lounge

Also located in Concourse G is a superb little Cathay Pacific lounge. Opened in 2015, it shares the same Ilse Crawford design as Cathay's most recent lounges.

This is where we suggest that Qantas' business class travellers make tracks for, along with Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers – all of whom have access to the lounge under the terms of the Oneworld alliance to which both Qantas and Cathay Pacific belong.

Cathay Pacific's Bangkok lounge has a great set of dining options, starting with the airline's signature Noodle Bar and its selection of freshly-prepared Asian noodles including wonton noodle soup, Dan Dan noodles, dim sum and pad Thai (plus a separate vegetarian menu).

There's also a cafe-style area with lighter snacks, sandwiches, salads, yoghurt and desserts such as creme caramel and pandan cake.

Finally, the tended bar has a wide selection of cocktails and mocktails.

Japan Airlines lounge

From March 1st 2017 there's another Oneworld lounge available for the consideration of Qantas passengers – this is the revamped Sakura Lounge of Japan Airlines.

Located on the same floor as the other lounges, but down from the intersection of the E, F and G gates, JAL's upgraded lounge –like the Cathay Pacific one – boasts AC and USB power sockets by at every seat.

There's even a smoking area if you need a last pre-flight gasper.

The new menus provided by Japanese restaurant chain NIPPON-TEI include beef curry (below) and Japanese appetisers.

As Japan Airlines is a Oneworld member, the same lounge access rules apply as for Cathay Pacific: Qantas business class as well as Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers are all entitled to pop into the JAL lounge.

Emirates lounge

Head towards the D gates for the Emirates lounge, which is open to Qantas business class passengers and Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers as part of the Qantas/Emirates alliance.

(It's not widely known, but the Qantas/Emirates alliance includes frequent flyer access to Emirates lounges across Australia, Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, when you'e flying either Qantas or Emirates.)

It's a typically Emirates lounge: spacious, an upmarket 'international' design with a good selection of food and wine (including champagne) plus shower suites.

If you've flown to Bangkok and back with Qantas, which of these lounges have you tried and which gets your vote as the best bet for the business traveller?

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

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1227

Great lounge hopping opportunities.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 578

CX Lounge for me, though the noodle bar was a little bit uninspiring in terms of choice.


Also many business travelers may not like to hear this, but the lounge was also ok with a couple of little kids (1 and 3) and didn't count them as guest, unlike the EK lounge. And they looked after them very well indeed.

Though if kids are allowed might try JAL next time for a bit of variety and to test the waters.

06 Mar 2017

Total posts 4

JAL count anybody 2 years and up as a guest like EK. QF and CX are the only OW partners in my experience who don't count kids as guests.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Jan 2017

Total posts 3

Travel to Bkk regularly, EK lounge is fine,quality food and Bev,my favourite for sure Is the CX lounge with a great noodle and cocktail bar. Will be going to test out the Sakura lounge next visit

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold

21 Mar 2016

Total posts 3

The Louis Tavern lounge was horrid. Terrible food, the air-con didn't work all that well and the whole place just felt very dated. The only reason you would enter the lounge is for the smoking area. I didn't try EK or JAL but the CX lounge didn't have a smoking area. So unless you feel the need for a pre flight smoke best to avoid this lounge. 

The CX lounge I really enjoyed but during my visit it was very packed. Would love to try the other two options next time I'm out that way. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Dec 2014

Total posts 55

I travel to Bangkok frequently and typically use the EK lounge (although they aren't particularly welcoming if you are on QF24 instead of EK418 - including no announcement even though it is a codeshare flight with EK). I tried CX but didn't find the range of food particularly inspiring - sounds like I may have hit a bad day. Will definitely give JAL a try next time.

Etihad Platinum

01 May 2015

Total posts 16

I just used the EK lounge for EK418. Showers were tiny, only two of them servicing the entire lounge. Poor quality compared with others I've used

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Aug 2016

Total posts 26

Compared to qantas and Cathay I always find the food at emirates lounges pretty average.....even at the first lounges

A couple of things to bear in mind.


The old JAL lounge was only open mornings and evenings, so wasn't an option for the Qantas departure. Don't know if the new lounge is any keeps the same hours.

The EK lounge insists on a Qantas-issued 081 ticket, so if you're on, for example, an AA award ticket - no entry.

lm1
lm1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Feb 2015

Total posts 29

You're correct for QF24 evening departure.... JAL lounge isn't open until 1800, so CX or EK are the go. Luckily they're very close to each other.

lm1
lm1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Feb 2015

Total posts 29

Same for a Bangkok airways issued through boarding pass - was knocked back because of this. CX had no problem.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Oct 2012

Total posts 20

I would always go for the Emirates Lounge...  but am tempted to give the Cathay lounge a go after reading this on my next trip in the next month...  

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Jul 2013

Total posts 17

I have been to the CIP lounge. I think there are two of these. The one I went to didn't have shower and toilet. You need to get out of the lounge to the public area. The food was woeful, dry sandwiches and dim sum that sat in the baie Marie for a long time. Vowed never to go back into CIP lounge. Rather sit outside in a coffee shop. Have also tried Emirates lounge and it was fantastic. Next trip will be to the Cathay Lounge. Sad that Qantas doesn't have a BKK lounge considering it is a popular destination for Aussies.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 78

I just flew on QF24 from Bangkok to Sydney. I spent 60 minutes in the Cathay lounge and then went across to the Emirates lounge for 90 minutes.

Personally, the Emirates lounge is considerably better on every criterion.

I’ve used the Cathay Lounge three times, and once you scratch the surface there actually isn’t much going for it. The noodle bar is ok, but I had much tastier soup on the streets of Bangkok for 50THB. The buffet options are limited (particularly by Asian standards). The lounge also played really annoying musak. The seating is seriously uncomfortable (they have quite a few options but they are all designed for tall people and I couldn’t find a seat with good back support – in particular the booth seating they have in front of the noodle bar is shocking). The wifi was very slow (even though the lounge was empty)

 In contrast the food in the Emirates lounge was really delicious (especially the seafood curry). The wines were better quality. Wifi was fast. There was no music or gratuitous noise. There were also much better seating options (both for dinning and relaxing). Both lounges have fantastic staff.

I’m not a fan of Emirates bling, but I think they have got this lounge just right.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

04 Mar 2018

Total posts 23

You guys are great. Went to CIP lounge at F but they have no showers. Sent to CIP at G2. Not good welcome. No smile. Went to shower both had been used. No attendant. Found cupboard outside and helped myself. Food and atmosphere like a bus station. Read this post. Went to cathay. Pleasant welcome. Much more professional. Bar service with smile and welcome attitude. Finger food fresh and nice

I am looking at booking a jetstar flight out of Bangkok to Singapore (which only has an economy cabin). I am qantas gold. Do I have any lounge options?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Jun 2014

Total posts 11

If you are on QF8418, EK418, booked thru Qantas, what lounge can QC members access?

They can't. When Qantas ran its own Bangkok lounge, you'd have used that, but now, there's no access unless you fly with Qantas.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Jun 2014

Total posts 11

So need to be on QF24 then... Hmm... A380 vs. 330....

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Feb 2018

Total posts 8

Is that only if you have an EK flight number? On the Qantas website, entry for the CIP lounge states: Next onward flight that day must be a Qantas marketed flight. (QF flight number)^


So wouldn’t that imply OP gets access to this lounge (but not others) a long as they are on a QF flight number?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Jan 2017

Total posts 3

Just a heads up,Qatar airways have a lounge in bkk that’s available to QF business class. It looks lovely from the outside, I didn’t get further than the front door because i had shorts on (only long pants)

Ended up in the Miracle Lounge D5 quite comfortable with a view of the planes

24 Aug 2016

Total posts 5

So can a Qantas P1 use the Cathay or JAL lounge when they are flying on QF8418 (ticketed as both QF and EK418 on boarding pass)? Just got told nope... is that right? really wanted to try the noodles!

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 578

That is correct. The flight needs to be operated by a OneWorld airline not just ticketed.


The only exception is let say there was still a Qantas lounge in BKK you could access that because your flight was a codeshare with Qantas flight number.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Feb 2018

Total posts 8

Has anyone flown out of BKK to Southeast Asia on a QF codeshare with Bangkok Airlines, and had luck with accessing a lounge that isn’t the Louis Tavern?

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 578

Luck being the key word. As mentioned above on a code share where the operating airline is not a OneWorld airline OneWorld rules do not apply.


In which case the lounge Qantas has contracted is the only lounge you can use.

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 517

Do any of these lounges, CX, EK, QR have a nap/snooze area?

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 578

Just checked in for QF24 and the checkin person said to use either Emirates or Cathay lounge.


No mention was made of the Louis Tavern that is listed on the Qantas website.

I would have used the Cathay lounge (where I am now) anyway but just thought it was interesting that the checkin person directed me to Cathay and Emirates.

Funnily I am travelling in Y and have the wife and two small children with me (I am Qantas gold) and she pointed out the Emirates lounge wouldn’t let the kids in but Cathay would.

If there was one place that could do with a decent OneWorld lounge than Bangkok would be it. There are so many OneWorld airlines flying here that use third party lounges it isn’t funny. And the likes of CX are busy due to OneWorld access ‘rights’.

Ush
Ush

13 Dec 2017

Total posts 3

Currently using Cx lounge in Bkk after being directed here by staff at checkin for our Qf24 flight tonight Business class

No push for Qf lounge was a surprise
It is very busy in here at 300pm with 5 afternoon departures
Nowhere near as good as Hkg lounges but. We will handle it

20 Jun 2019

Total posts 1

Early for flight to Sydney, so hit Cathay and Emirates lounges up. Emirates far better, excellent food (Biryani, Satay, and lots more hot dishes) though the Cathay dim sum etc were pretty shoddy. Wine and spirits also far superior in Emirates, and more space too, although neither particularly rammed. Will try JAL next time.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Aug 2016

Total posts 10

Flying on the Code Share El Al flight to TLV - sat in the "miracle First Class CIP Lounge" - the new improved name I presume for the tavern.

Reading above, as El Al isn't OneWorld, this is the only lounge I have access to?

Its ok. Not the worst I've been in by far, but certainly not up to CX/EK/QF standard


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