Qantas Club members will no longer be able to use Qantas international business lounges when travelling in economy on an Emirates flight number as of October 1st, the airline revealed today.
The new rules will also keep Qantas Club members out of Emirates' airport lounges at Dubai unless their ticket carries a QF flight number.
While the move doesn't affect status-tiered members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, it will impact the many thousands of Australian business travellers who pay upwards of $400 a year to use the Qantas Club lounges in Australia and partner lounges overseas.
In the same vein, under the initial terms of the Qantas/Emirates alliance Qantas Club members could use the Emirates Business lounge in Dubai when travelling on an Emirates flight.
That changes from October 1st, with the Qantas Club card only valid for entry into Qantas and select partner lounges if you're on a Qantas or Jetstar ticket with the appropriate QF or JQ flight code.
For example, if you're heading from Sydney through Dubai to Frankfurt and flying in economy, you'll have to be on the Qantas codeshares for those flights – which are QF8415 and QF8047, respectively – rather than the Emirates flights EK415 and EK047 – in order to use the Emirates Business Lounge during your Dubai stopover.
The new restriction also applies to the American Airlines' Admirals Club lounge in London for Qantas Club members travelling on an Emirates flight number.
The changes hold particular sting for residents of Perth, given that Qantas no longer operates regular international flights out of the West Australian capital while partner Emirates runs two daily flights to Dubai and beyond.
Those travellers will need to make extra sure they're booked onto the QF flight number of those Emirates flights.
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