Biztravel 101 | Single-use Qantas Club lounge invitations often come about through high-end credit cards and when reaching Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver status.
For starters, Silver frequent flyers receive one lounge invite each year while ANZ Qantas Black, Westpac Altitude Black, American Express Qantas Premium and Amplify Signature cardholders with St. George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA each receive two passes.
So exactly where and how can these invitations be used?
Each pass is valid for a single lounge visit – and for one person only, so if you’re travelling with a colleague or your partner, you’ll need two passes to get both of you through the door.
You’ll also need to be travelling that day with a Qantas (QF) or Jetstar (JQ, 3K, BL, GK) flight number on your ticket – which also includes Emirates, for example, if it was booked on a QF flight number instead of the original EK code.
Qantas Club lounge passes: domestic flights
Within Australia, pairing a Qantas or Jetstar boarding pass with your lounge invitation is the key to relaxing in any domestic Qantas Club before your flight (although not in the airline’s separate domestic business class lounges, which are reserved for Platinum frequent flyers and business class travellers).
Joining that list are Qantas Clubs in Alice Springs, Broome, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Devonport, Emerald, Gladstone, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Port Hedland, Rockhampton, Tamworth and Townsville.
Qantas Club lounge passes: international flights
When jetting abroad with a Qantas or Jetstar flight number on your ticket, your lounge invitation could instead be used to visit one of Qantas’ international business class lounges.
Those exist in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, while travellers from Adelaide flying with Emirates on a QF flight number or with Jetstar can use the domestic Qantas Club lounge before clearing outbound passport control, thanks to the layout of Adelaide’s terminal.
It’s a similar situation in Darwin where the only Qantas Club lounge is located in the airport’s domestic area, so when flying with Jetstar to Denpasar (Bali) or Jetstar Asia to Singapore you could stop by the Darwin Qantas Club before leaving in ample time to clear security and passport control.
Similarly, your lounge invitation also gets you through the door in Auckland, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Singapore, Tokyo Narita and Wellington where Qantas operates its own international business class lounges.
Qantas Club lounge passes: where they don’t work
Most surprisingly these passes aren’t accepted at the Qantas-operated business class lounge in Los Angeles, as this is technically a ‘Oneworld Lounge’ run in partnership with British Airways and Cathay Pacific, rather than a ‘Qantas business class lounge’.
Also off-limits are all Emirates lounges – whether in Australia, Dubai or elsewhere across the globe – the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge in Nadi and indeed all other lounges not run by Qantas which are deemed ‘associated lounges’.
While paid-up Qantas Club members can visit associated lounges, pass holders are lounge-less in Bangkok, Christchurch, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dubai, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London Heathrow, Manila, New York, Noumea, Queenstown, Santiago, Shanghai and at Tokyo Haneda Airport.
If that’s where you’re headed, use your lounge pass before your flight from Australia, save it for another time or take a look at the global Priority Pass lounge program, which gives you access to over 850 lounges across the globe regardless of which airline you’re travelling with.
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