Qatar Airways now sells access to Doha Al Mourjan business lounge

By David Flynn , May 25 2017
Qatar Airways now sells access to Doha Al Mourjan business lounge

Qatar Airways has joined Gulf neighbours Emirates and Etihad in letting travellers pay their way into its Doha airport lounges even if they're not flying in business class.

The airline has pegged entry to its opulent Al Mourjan business class lounge (below) at 450 Qatari Riyals, or A$165.

The sprawling Al Mourjan lounge is the size of 10 Olympic swimming pools and spread across two storeys, which are connected by a grand spiral staircase astride an eye-catching infinity pool water feature.

However, paid entry is limited to passengers on Qatar Airways flights booked by the airline – travellers on codeshare flights and Oneworld partners such as British Airways need not apply. (Tickets booked on frequent flyer points also don't make the cut.)

Read the AusBT lounge review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan business class lounge, Doha Hamad Airport

A flash of cash will also open the door at the airline's designated lounges for Oneworld frequent flyers travelling in economy.

The 'First Class' lounge for Oneworld Emerald members – including Qantas Platinum and BA Executive Club Gold – lists at QAR300 (A$110), with the 'Business Class' lounge for Oneworld Sapphire members (including Qantas Gold and BA Executive Club Silver) at QAR250 (A$92).

However, unlike Emirates and Etihad, entry to Qatar's Al Safwa first class lounge remains restricted to actual first class flyers.

Also read: Is Emirates' Dubai business class lounge worth $100 to visit?

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.

I'll be damn!


So SQ is the only one now with the ridiculous policy!

But at AUD 165, talk about overpriced! It's definitely not worthit. 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

24 Feb 2016

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What is ridiculous about an airline restricting lounge access?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

How do you figure that???

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

Total posts 245

$165 is a lot of cash - but I can see it being good value if you have many hours with nothing to do, since Doha's airport isn't exactly great for entertainment. Pretty yes, but boring as well. 


For just a few hours though, it's certainly not worth it. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

Total posts 714

Is there any limit on the number of hours you can spend in the lounge after paying your $165 at the desk?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

I hope so, can just see the bogan crowd sitting there for a full day to drink as much as they can!

09 Jun 2016

Total posts 1

This may have been addressed already; if so my apologies in advance, but  if I am in Economy on a QR ticket can I use a lounge in Doha as a QF Platinum holder?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 377

Yes, as QR is e member of oneworld and you hold oneworld emerald status.

27 May 2017

Total posts 19

"The 'First Class' lounge for Oneworld Emerald members – including Qantas Platinum and BA Executive Club Gold – lists at QAR300 (A$110), with the 'Business Class' lounge for Oneworld Sapphire members (including Qantas Gold and BA Executive Club Silver) at QAR250 (A$92)."

Though wouldn't they receive acces for free anyway under the onworld lounge agreement ? @djsflynn 

13 May 2016

Total posts 13

Doubleplatinum

If youre gonna spend 165 AUD to get into the lounge just to drink... you would probably get much better value just sat at a bar in the airport

The price is definitely not worth it but that's fine... it will only appeal to those sad people who can't handle being in an airport without lounge access so it definitely wont lead to overcrowding


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