The best ways to use complimentary Qantas Club lounge passes

By Chris Chamberlin, June 30 2017
The best ways to use complimentary Qantas Club lounge passes
Disclaimer

Executive Traveller may receive a commission when you apply for these credit cards via our links.

You should seek independent advice and consider your own personal circumstances before applying for any financial product.

Complimentary Qantas Club invitations are your ticket to some pre-flight time in the airport lounge, with Silver-level frequent flyers offered one invitation each year and selected credit cardholders given two annual visits – but what are the best ways to use these great gratis passes?

Sure, you could pay a visit to the Qantas Club or a Qantas Regional Lounge for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat before your next domestic flight, but arguably, these passes are better-spent when flying overseas: particularly in Qantas’ excellent business class lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Read: These credit cards get you Qantas Club airport lounge access

That’s because you’ll likely have more time to enjoy these lounges and all they have to offer – especially so before overnight flights home, taking advantage of shower facilities, bartender-mixed cocktails and then a pre-flight meal to maximise your sleep in the air.

You might also use a pass for access to Qantas’ new international business class lounge in Brisbane for a barista-made cuppa and breakfast ‘plate of the day’ when jetting abroad in the mornings, or a relaxing place to unwind with a beverage in-hand before a flight later in the day.

Other places where you can use these lounge invitations internationally include Tokyo (Narita only), Honolulu, Auckland and Wellington – in all cases, when travelling onward on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number – but with the notable exclusion of Los Angeles, Dubai and London.

Alternatively, they can also be used for entry into the Qantas international business class lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth: but these lounges are all relatively dated – so consider saving them for the international ports with the better lounges.

If your wallet wields a top-level American Express card like the AMEX Qantas Ultimate, Westpac Altitude Black, AMEX Explorer, AMEX Platinum Charge and more, you could instead use this card for complimentary access to Sydney Airport’s AMEX Lounge (rather than the Qantas lounge): saving your Qantas pass for another day.

And, if you’re already a Qantas Gold or Platinum frequent flyer and don’t need the lounge invitations for yourself, you can always use them to bring an extra guest into a lounge when travelling together, or can gift the invitations to a friend or family member to enjoy the lounge in your absence.

Disclaimer

Executive Traveller may receive a commission when you apply for these credit cards via our links.

You should seek independent advice and consider your own personal circumstances before applying for any financial product.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

23 Jul 2012

Total posts 21

Coming LAX - BNE on AA J connecting to a QF J SYD.  I can access this new BNE lounge can't I, never done BNE i before.   Do they have a make it your self fresh juice machine?   :) Thanks 

As you're flying Brisbane-Sydney on a domestic flight you'll have access to the domestic Qantas Club lounge only using a complimentary pass - not the domestic business class lounge or the international lounge which is in a different terminal.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2014

Total posts 112

As you are flying QF J BNE-SYD you will have access to the Domestic Business lounge in BNE and not require a pass at all.

Right you are - missed the 'business class' bit (my mind was on lounge passes given the article). :)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jul 2015

Total posts 223

The Sydney lounge is ok. Melbourne substandard.  Best of the bunch are HK and Singapore.  

03 Jul 2017

Total posts 4

- I am flying on Jetstar from Sydney to Honolulu;

- have a complimentary a Qantas Club access pass;
- am not a Qantas Club member; and
- do not have a Qantas boarding pass

Can I access the lounge? Thanks.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Apr 2016

Total posts 6

As far as I am aware on a JQ ticket (any class) with a complimentary pass should be all fine to enter the QF International Business Lounge in SYD.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Aug 2018

Total posts 1

My ticket is QF ticket Leaving Los Angeles on QF12 heading back to Sydney, can i use my complimentsry Qantas lounge pass to access Qantas business lounge LAX?

This is covered in the article.

01 Nov 2018

Total posts 1

Hi,

I have received 2 complimentary Qantas Lounge passes and will be travelling with my wife and 3 kids. 16, 13 & 10 years old to Johannesburg.
Will the children need passes to access the lounge with us ?
Also are these passes able to be used on the return leg if we don’t use them in Sydney ?
Thanks


Hi Guest, join in the discussion on The best ways to use complimentary Qantas Club lounge passes

Notice (8): Undefined variable: infiniteScroll [APP/views/news/view.ctp, line 216]
Notice (8): Undefined variable: infiniteScroll [APP/views/news/view.ctp, line 222]
Warning (2): Invalid argument supplied for foreach() [APP/views/news/view.ctp, line 222]