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’.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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