The ultimate Qantas Club guide: membership costs, benefits & FAQs

Qantas Club membership goes beyond airport lounge access, with perks like priority check-in and extra baggage at your disposal.

By Chris Chamberlin, January 27 2015

Qantas Club membership gives travellers a nice mix of the usual Silver and Gold-grade Qantas Frequent Flyer perks, but in exchange for an upfront membership fee rather than being earned through frequent travel.

Among them – access to Qantas and selected partner airline lounges, priority check-in, a boosted baggage allowance and the ability to upgrade to business class at the airport.

If you’re not familiar with the Qantas Club, here are the basics to get you started. But first...

How much does the Qantas Club membership cost?

Qantas Club membership costs $540 for one year, $980 for two years or $1,850 for four years for Australian tax residents, plus a $399 joining fee for new members. These rates apply to the most common membership type, 'Individual Membership'.

Discounted rates are available to a spouse or partner of existing Qantas Club members too, when signing-up for a 'Partner Membership': priced at $360 for one year, $620 for two years or $1,150 for four years, plus a $199 joining fee.

Cut-price membership is also available when signing up in a group of 10 or more travellers under a 'Group Membership', where one year costs $442.80, two years costs $803.60, and with a joining fee of $247.38.

Regardless of membership type, all Qantas Club memberships allow the cardholder to access domestic Qantas Clubs and international Qantas business class lounges when travelling with Qantas or Jetstar.

In many overseas airports, Qantas Club members are granted access to partner airline lounges when departing on a Qantas-operated flight, where a Qantas-operated lounge is unavailable: while also gaining access to fast-track airport perks like priority check-in, and an extra baggage allowance on eligible flights.

Qantas Club membership benefits

1. Airport lounge access

Paid-up members have access to domestic Qantas Club lounges whenever travelling onwards with Qantas or Jetstar, and can bring one guest into the lounge with each visit at no extra charge.

Internationally, the basic rule is that wherever Qantas flies its own aircraft, Qantas Club members can use the same lounge as business class passengers on that flight.

On home soil and in ports such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Auckland, that’s the Qantas international business class lounge, and in Los Angeles it’s the combined Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific ‘Oneworld lounge’.

To ensure smooth lounge access, always carry your Qantas Club membership card
To ensure smooth lounge access, always carry your Qantas Club membership card

In other cities on the Qantas network where the Red Roo doesn’t have its own lounge facilities – including Dallas, Shanghai and New York – access is provided to partner airline ‘associated lounges’ as varies from airport to airport.

For a full list of these associated lounges, visit the Qantas website.

2. Lounge access with other airlines

The Emirates business class lounges in Dubai open their doors to Qantas Club members travelling onward on a QF flight number, although all other Emirates lounges are off-limits to these travellers.

In airports with a Qantas-operated lounge, access is also offered when booked on a Qantas codeshare flight – including the Qantas lounges in Australia when travelling with Emirates, China Eastern, Fiji Airways and more.

As a relatively newer addition, Qantas Club members can now visit Alaska Airlines' lounges in Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage and Portland too when travelling with Alaska Airlines on a QF codeshare flight number, when connecting to or from a Qantas international flight.

Finally, American Airlines Admirals Clubs welcome Qantas Club members the world over when jetting onwards on a QF or AA flight number – the latter being a less-publicised perk of the program.

3. Qantas priority check-in

When travelling on a Qantas domestic flight, Qantas Club members have access to priority check-in facilities including Premium Service Desks for assistance and booking change requests – or when flying with carry-on baggage only, can check-in at most major Qantas Club lounges.

In Brisbane, Qantas Club members also have access to Qantas Premium Lounge Entry: a private check-in facility and security screening point, which connects directly with the Qantas Club lounge. Just note, priority security screening is not available for Qantas Club members at any other airport, unless flying business class.

Prior to Qantas-operated international flights, Qantas Club members can also use dedicated priority check-in lanes marked "Qantas Club" – or when these are unavailable, premium economy or business class priority check-in channels, as directed.

4. Extra baggage allowance

Taking a domestic Qantas flight in economy class? Rather than the standard 1x23kg baggage allowance, you can pack an extra 9kg, as that's boosted to 1x32kg for Qantas Club members.

When jetting abroad with Qantas or Emirates to most destinations, your baggage allowance shown on your ticket is instead boosted by 12kg, except on flights to North and South America, where you're instead given one extra checked bag in economy and premium economy.

Travel with extra checked baggage on eligible flights, a perk of your Qantas Club membership
Travel with extra checked baggage on eligible flights, a perk of your Qantas Club membership

5. Request 'on departure upgrades' to business class

When booked in economy on a Qantas domestic flight, you'll be able to request an upgrade to business class in the lounge using your Qantas Points.

Upgrades remain subject to availability, but may be possible even if you'd previously tried online without success. The number of points needed for these upgrades is the same as when requesting in advance, however, and you may not be guaranteed full catering, so this is more of a backup plan rather than a go-to.

6. Priority when flying standby or on a waitlist

On fares that allow 'waitlisting' – such as where you've booked one flight but are hoping to move to another, if seats become available – Qantas Club members are given priority over Bronze-level frequent flyers.

The same applies when trying to purchase a ticket on a fully-booked flight at the airport: if a seat on that flight becomes available at the last minute, a Qantas Club member on the standby list would be offered the seat before a Bronze frequent flyer.

7. Discounted rates on Qantas Meeting Rooms

Whether you're just after a quiet place to work or are hosting a meeting at the airport, Qantas Club membership unlocks discounted rates on meeting room bookings.

Sometimes, the cost can be reduced to less than half the normal asking price, although costs vary based on airport location and time. Meeting rooms are available at Sydney T3, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canbera, Darwin, Townsville and Gold Coast airports.

Qantas Club membership types

Individual Membership

The most common Qantas Club membership type, Individual Membership is open to all and can be purchased for one, two, or four years. A joining fee applies to new members, but does not apply when renewing an existing membership before the expiration date.

Partner Membership

Reduced-price Partner Memberships are reserved for the spouse or partner of an existing Qantas Club member, when both travellers live at the same address.

This membership type offers great savings and can also be bought for one, two, or four years, and are best-used when both partners travel separately rather than together.

That's because the existing Qantas Club membership would already allow that spouse or partner to join the member in the lounge as their guest, so the only need for a separate Qantas Club membership would be to cover other travel.

Group Membership

When 10 or more travellers join the Qantas Club together, discounts can be had of up to 14% on one- and two-year membership rates. This is most common when a group of employees at the same company band together to access Group Membership discounts, although the group of 10 can be comprised of anybody, even a large family or a circle of friends.

Corporate Membership

Many companies which have travel contracts with Qantas also have access to Qantas Club Corporate Membership rates, which are no longer published by Qantas. If eligible, these rates can usually be accessed by contacting your company's travel coordinator.

Smaller businesses with a Qantas Business Rewards membership can also save 10% on the costs of individual Qantas Club memberships for directors, owners and employees when signing-up for that membership via the Qantas Business Rewards portal.

In any case, whether you have an Individual Membership, Partner Membership, Group Membership or Corporate Membership, access to lounges remains the same, as does the availability of other travel benefits: all that varies is the price.

Qantas Club Membership FAQ

Is Qantas Club membership worth the cost?

That ultimately depends on your individual travel patterns, but if you're normally stuck buying the cheapest fares in economy and are earning as few as 10 status credits on every flight, it could well be worth it.

You'll need to earn 700 status credits to qualify for Gold frequent flyer status and thus free airport lounge access, which is a staggering 35 round trips from Sydney to Melbourne on those discount economy tickets in a single year.

Assuming you're forking out the one-year membership fee and the full joining fee (totalling $939), you'll have 70 opportunities to visit the lounges before reaching Gold, making the net cost of each visit $13.41 and easily justifiable.

But if your travel is far less frequent, calculate your own 'cost per visit' and decide based on your personal circumstances.

Can I bring more than one adult guest into the lounge?

Yes – you will need to purchase an ‘Annual Guest Card’, which allows you to bring an extra guest when visiting Qantas-operated lounges throughout the year.

The card affords no lounge access privileges on its own, and is only valid when the guest is entering at the same time as the paid-up Qantas Club member.

An Annual Guest card costs $350 per year for Australian residents, with slightly cheaper rates available to residents of foreign countries.

Travellers can also redeem their Qantas Frequent Flyer points for lounge memberships and Annual Guest Cards, although you’ll get little more than half a cent in value per point redeemed – so we’d suggest keeping them for your next upgrade to business class.

Can I bring children into the lounge?

Yes, and in some lounges they can enjoy a dedicated 'kid zone' or 'family zone', but the guesting rules vary depending on which airline operates the lounge you’re visiting.

Qantas allows Qantas Club members to bring two children aged between four and 17 years into the lounge in addition to one adult guest, plus any accompanying infants aged three years and younger.

The 'Kid Zone' at the Darwin Airport Qantas Club lounge
The 'Kid Zone' at the Darwin Airport Qantas Club lounge

In Dubai, Emirates considers all travellers to be guests regardless of age, and doesn’t recognise Annual Guest Cards – so for a Qantas Club member, their partner and a child to all have lounge access, you’d need to pay for a second, full-rate Qantas Club membership.

For other lounges, refer to the Qantas website.

Can I buy Qantas Club guest passes on eBay?

No, and in fact, you shouldn't be able to buy them anywhere. While Qantas does hand out complimentary invitations to use its domestic Qantas Club and international Qantas Business Lounges, these are not intended for sale.

They can be given away to family, friends, colleagues or even a random stranger at the check-in line if that's your fancy – but selling the cards (or digital invitations) is not allowed, which is why eBay is now blocking frequent flyers from listing these 'free' invitations for online auction.

Read: eBay cracks down on sales of 'free' Qantas Club lounge passes

Qantas complimentary lounge passes can be physical cards, or digital invitations
Qantas complimentary lounge passes can be physical cards, or digital invitations

What happens if I pay for a Qantas Club membership but then progress to Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold before it expires?

Gold frequent flyers essentially receive free Qantas Club membership among their suite of perks, so when you climb the status ladder beyond the Silver tier, your paid Qantas Club membership is paused.

Should you subsequently drop from Gold status down back down to Silver or even Bronze, your remaining period of paid Qantas Club membership automatically resumes from where you left off.

And, if you happen to achieve Lifetime Gold status before being able to utilise your full paid Qantas Club membership, contact Qantas to discuss your refund options.

Qantas Club lounge access - FAQ

Can I use Emirates lounges?

Not within Australia – if you’re travelling with Emirates and are booked on a Qantas (QF) flight number, you can instead visit the Qantas international business class lounges in Australia before you depart.

Brisbane's Qantas international business class lounge is yours to enjoy, when booked on a QF flight number
Brisbane's Qantas international business class lounge is yours to enjoy, when booked on a QF flight number

You can, however, access the Emirates business class lounges in Dubai when flying onwards with Emirates on a QF codeshare flight number, although access in other ports such as Paris, Rome, London Gatwick and Frankfurt isn’t offered – even if you booked a Qantas codeshare flight.

Can I use the Qantas lounge before a Qantas flight with a BA, MU, EK or other codeshare flight number?

No. Even if you’re travelling on a Qantas aircraft with a kangaroo on the tail, you only enjoy lounge access if your ticket shows a Qantas or Jetstar flight number.

For example, British Airways codeshares on Qantas’ flights from Brisbane to Singapore – so if you book on the BA flight number, your Qantas Club membership won’t afford any lounge access.

Do I get lounge access when flying with other airlines such as Cathay Pacific, British Airways or even Virgin Australia?

No, with the exception of American Airlines where you can visit the Admirals Club lounges, or if your next onward flight was booked on a QF codeshare and there’s a Qantas-operated lounge at that airport.

Want to visit the Qantas Hong Kong lounge? You'll need to fly with Qantas, or at least, book a QF codeshare flight
Want to visit the Qantas Hong Kong lounge? You'll need to fly with Qantas, or at least, book a QF codeshare flight

Can Qantas Club members still access the BA Galleries or Terrace lounges?

Unfortunately not – this privilege was discontinued when Qantas ended its reciprocal partnership with British Airways to instead align with Emirates on flights to Europe, many years back.

Qantas Frequent Flyers, including Qantas Club members, can still earn frequent flyer points and status credits on BA flights, and Gold and Platinum members (Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire) can continue to visit the British Airways lounges under the standard Oneworld access rules.

I have another question...

That's okay – feel free to ask in the comment box below and we'll help if we can!

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

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S

13 Sep 2013

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Wow... this article is written as though the reader is a naughty child being told off.

Don't like hearing the word 'no'?

14 May 2017

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Lol makes you not to join, even if you were intended to. 

Complimentary passes can be purchased from gumtree. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Jun 2014

Total posts 38

. . . which is exactly how Qantas treats its QC members.

QF

27 Jan 2015

Total posts 3

Think you can still use AS Boardroom despite flying AS metal with a AA flight no. I've done this years ago and can also bring in a guest at LAX. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Jan 2013

Total posts 246

I wish QF made this as simple as UA and AC do. That is $665CAD ($673AUD) a year for use of any Star Alliance lounge whilst travelling on an AC or any Star Alliance coded ticket, (that’s a total of 1,269 destinations).

It seem better value than ‘$895 per year for use of any QF affiliated lounge when traveling on a JQ, AA or QF coded ticket’. (That’s a choice of 77 destinations). I’ve excluded EK and AA destinations as correct me if I’m wrong, but you’re not guaranteed entry at those destinations.

[I wasn't able to find details on the joining fees, so we may need to subtract a few hundred from those sums as that isn't the total annual cost].

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Oct 2013

Total posts 26

Am I able to use Qantas lounge passes in Santiago? - I am on QF27/28. I am not a member but have some passes?

Nope, the lounge in Santiago is operated by American Airlines. Qantas Club passes can only be used in Qantas-operated lounges.

You will, however, be able to use the Qantas International Business Lounge in Sydney before you depart Australia on QF27.

GDC
GDC

30 Jan 2015

Total posts 1

As an alternative the is the promotion of the Priority Pass for Visa Platinum or Infinite cardholders. www. prioritypass .com/ VSINAP

Discount of 50% on the Standard Membership, where you'll pay an annual fee of US$50 and US$27 per person every time that you access one of the lounges and you are not locked to any airline or its alliance.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Feb 2015

Total posts 1

Does Qantas Club Partner membership entitle the partner to take in a guest?

Yes, a partner membership is the same as a standard membership but at a reduced price.

25 Feb 2015

Total posts 25

What I would be interested to know is where Qantas-operated international lounges are actually located outside of Australia. Of course there's a lot of talk these days about the fantastic Singapore, Hong Kong and business and first lounges in LA, but I get a bit confused on the Qantas site as to which other lounges are actually operated by QF or not....

Jacksonthe link provided in the article to the Qantas website shows which are operated by Qantas and which aren't.

For a full list of these associated lounges, visit the Qantas website.

(On that page, 'international lounges' and 'international business lounges' are operated by Qantas, 'associated lounges' aren't.)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Apr 2015

Total posts 1

I have a Life membership of the Qantas Club bought in 1993. Can I take 1guest flying on Jetstar into an Australian domestic lounge when she is flying but I am not ?

29 Apr 2015

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Hi, am I able to use the 30 day admirals club membership to access the Qantas club in Singapore when flying on qf8404 to Melbourne (operated by Emirates)? Thanks

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Jun 2015

Total posts 1

Can my 18 year old son use a complimentary Qantas Club guest pass at Los Angeles on his flight from JFK to SYD?

Ckh
Ckh

07 Jul 2015

Total posts 1

If I have a bronze membership but upgrade my flight to premium economy or business etc would I still be entitled to the lounges? And would I be anle to bring a +1?

Qantas premium economy tickets don't include lounge access unless you're already a Qantas Club member or are a Gold frequent flyer (or above).

An International business class ticket with Qantas lets you bring one guest into Qantas lounges who must be on the same flight. For domestic business class flights, one guest is permitted but doesn't need to be travelling.

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jul 2015

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Hi, can you please clarify for me if I can access the Qantas lounge in Perth when flying Emirates or does my Qantas club membership give me access to the Emirates lounge. 

Also, which lounge can I access in Dubai and in London for the return trip. 

Thanks, appreciate your help, Julie 

Hi Julie, the answers to all of your questions were in the article:

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Can I use Emirates lounges?

Not within Australia – if you’re travelling with Emirates and are booked on a Qantas (QF) flight number, you can instead visit the Qantas international business class lounges in Australia before you depart.

You can, however, access the Emirates business class lounge in Dubai when flying onwards with Qantas or Emirates on a QF flight number...

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In other cities on the Qantas network where the Red Roo doesn’t have its own lounge facilities – including Dallas, Shanghai, London and New York – access is provided to partner airline ‘associated lounges’ and varies from airport to airport.

For a full list of these associated lounges, visit the Qantas website.

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(If you aren't booked on the QF flight number, you have no lounge access. You also have no access to Emirates' Australian lounges in either case, but do have access in Dubai.)

23 Jul 2015

Total posts 3

what about gold members? if flying international on non QF/codeshare airline, can we access the business lounge?

Hi Helen, this is a guide only to the paid Qantas Club program. Please see our separate guide to Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, which covers lounge access rules and much more.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold: the unofficial guide

28 Jul 2015

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Hi

I understand that I am able to access the Emirates lounge in Dubai, but as a Qantas Club customer or a Gold Qantas Frequent Flyer am I able to access any Emirates lounges outside Dubai?

For example, I am thinking of catching a flight from Venice to Singapore. Even when booked through the Qantas website they push me onto their codeshare partner Emirates. Am I able to use the Emirates lounge (if there is one) in Venice?

Hi Victoria,

This is covered in the FAQ above:

"You can access the Emirates business class lounge in Dubai when flying onwards with Qantas or Emirates on a QF flight number, although access in other ports such as Paris, Rome, London Gatwick and Frankfurt isn’t offered – even if you booked a Qantas codeshare flight."

However, you have also mentioned Qantas Gold – Qantas Gold does give you Emirates lounge access wherever possible when flying with Emirates on the QF or EK flight number, but Qantas Club only provides Emirates lounge access in Dubai, not in other ports.

18 Oct 2015

Total posts 1

Hi,

I am a Silver QFF and hence have the single Qantas Club complimentary invitation. I am flying Sydney to Paris (both Qantas code flights) and was wondering whether my complimentary invitation would allow me to access the Emirates lounge in Dubai on my stopover? Although it is a 'Qantas Club Invitation' I'm skeptical as to whether I would actually be allowed in?

Cheers,

Dan

07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1229

No it won't... it's a Qantas Club or Int Business Lounge invitation. The lounge in Dubai is a Emirates Lounge. Details are on the back oif the pass.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Dec 2015

Total posts 10

Hi Chris, I was just wondering if I can use my wifes Qantas gold freq flyer card to access the qantas lounge if i'm not flyiing with her. I know I can be her guest anytime I am with her.

Cheers,

Justin Loel

Hi Justin, no – benefits are not transferable and you may find the card confiscated if you try to do this. You'll need your own Qantas Club membership or to be travelling with your wife to have access to the lounges.

19 Dec 2015

Total posts 1

Can kids accompany adults using guest passes to Qantas Club (through ANZ Black FF card)?

rlk
rlk

03 Jan 2016

Total posts 1

Qantas used to offer half price QClub membership to those that alreay had it I beleive so it was circa $4-500 per year instead of $9-1000 per year. Does this still happen? The reason I ask is I had Q Club then went up to Gold for a few years and now im looking likly to lose gold so I wondered if I could still access the half price QClub price or if I have to go back to squaere 1? 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Feb 2016

Total posts 28

Qantas YVR -SYD can I access  the BA lounge or any other lounge in YVR prior if:

I have a business seat or 

Qantas Club Mship or

Qantas Club Silver?

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Hi, I cant seem to find anythng on Yvr lounge access for QC members.  Now that Q flies there seasonally what options do travellers have for departures or arrivals?

Even flying on J seat w/o qc mship?

thank you

Hi kamere, as this information isn't listed in Qantas' own public lounge guide your best bet would be to contact Qantas directly.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Feb 2016

Total posts 28

HI Chris,  I rang QC to clarify about lounge access in YVR for QC m'ship.  Nothing.

She did not give a definite answer as to whether gold and above or J Pax could enter any lounges prior to flight.  I see OW- BA galleries gate 64 and  CX lounges.

Any suggestions from passengers that have flown this QF route Yvr-Syd?

24 Apr 2016

Total posts 2

we have 2 adults and 3 kids travelling.  One adult is a qantas club member and we are considering a partner membership for the other.  What do you think our chances are of the Emirates Business Lounge letting us in with the additional child (2 years old)?

24 Apr 2016

Total posts 2

sorry should have said we are travelling on a QF flight number

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

03 Jul 2016

Total posts 2

Hi all, first time using this site but hopefully using much more when I move to oz. 

 

I am from GB, and travelling from Scotland to Perth in a couple of months. 

I am not a quantas club member, but a British Airways Silver card holder. This is sapphire oneworld status which gets me lounge access, priority check in,boarding and baggage allowance. 

with the flight I am looking to book, it is with Quantas but operated by Emirates via Dubai. 

My question is- will my sapphire status, and by booking a 'QF' flight allow my status benefits on my journey! I.e... Will I be able to use the Emiates/Quantas lounges? 

 

Thanks

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Feb 2017

Total posts 1

Will Qantas Partner Membership give me access to the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai when travelling alone or with my wife, who is a full Qantas Club Member?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

03 Jul 2016

Total posts 2

I recently travelled from LHR to SYD via Dubai with Qantas. I have sapphire One World Status from British Airways and had no problem accessing Emirates Business lounge in Dubai.

I am sure you will be allowed to access..if not Emirates are now allowing access for a fee too. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Jan 2015

Total posts 1

Was about to sign up my wife as a Partner for QC but not sure it will get her into Emirates lounge at Dubai - she's on EK flights to Glasgow from Perth. Can you shed any light on this?

19 Jun 2018

Total posts 1

Hi there,

Would a Qantas Club Membership or Qantas Lounge Invite as a Silver Member gain access to the Emirates lounge in Munich with a QF flight number?

Hi Tom, this was covered in the article: please take the time to read it before commenting.

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