Airport arrivals lounges can be a godsend after long overnight flights – you can freshen up and enjoy a bite to eat on the ground before bouncing to your first meeting, or to hotel check-in at a more reasonable hour.
Several airlines belonging to the Oneworld alliance (a group which includes Qantas) operate arrivals lounges at their home ports.
But because Arrivals lounges don't fall within the usual Oneworld access rules, just who gets through the doors?
As it turns out, it varies significantly between airlines: here's what Aussie travellers need to know.
Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge, Hong Kong
Nestled into the walkway between Hong Kong airport's Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, you can use this lounge if you're inbound on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair business class and first class.
Top-tier frequent flyers arriving on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair flights are also on the invitation list: this include Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold or Diamond members, Qantas Platinums, British Airways Executive Club Gold and other Oneworld Emerald-grade frequent flyers.
The lounge itself is a compact affair, but it's sufficient for a quick pit-stop before you catch the Airport Express into the city.
There are eight showers where you can freshen up...
... plus a small dining room with a la carte table service.
American Airlines Arrivals Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 3
Qantas partner American Airlines operates an arrivals lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3, which is open to first class and business class passengers on both those airlines as well as British Airways and Cathay Pacific.
American Airlines' top-tier Executive Platinum frequent flyers travelling on AA flights in premium economy or economy are also waved through the door, but not their Qantas Platinum equivalents.
At the time of writing the AA Arrivals Lounge is closed for refurbishment until June, with eligible American Airlines passengers (but not Qantas or Cathay Pacific flyers) offered temporary access to the British Airways Arrivals Lounge at Terminal 5.
When the AA Arrivals Lounge re-opens mid-year, travellers will enjoy all-new private shower suites, dressing areas and valet pressing service, along with an improved food and beverage zone.
Until then, there's no alternate lounge available unless you're also a Qantas Aquire member, in which case you can duck into the Regus business lounge at Heathrow T5.
British Airways Arrivals lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 5
Located in BA's Heathrow T5 hub, access to this Arrivals lounge is largely restricted to travellers coming off long-haul international BA flights such as those from Australia, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East (relatively short hops from most of Europe don't count).
You'll also need to be in first class, Club World business class or holding BA Executive Club Gold/Premier or Iberia Plus Platinum frequent flyer status on World Traveller economy or World Traveller Plus premium economy.
While American Airlines Executive Platinum members stepping off British Airways and American Airlines trans-Atlantic flights are also welcome to use the lounge, Qantas Frequent Flyers are not – unless of course you've been flying in BA first class or business class.
For those eligible, BA's arrivals lounge packs in an impressive 94 shower suites and six cabana booths, full breakfast and valet facilities and a private Concorde Breakfast Room for first class passengers, Concorde Room cardholders and BA Premier members.
Qatar Airways Arrivals Lounge, Doha
Just touched down at Doha's Hamad International Airport in Qatar Airways business class or first class? Make a beeline for passport control – you'll spot Qatar's arrivals lounge shortly after exiting the immigration area.
Joining the expected amenities of showers, free wireless Internet access and a business centre is both a buffet and an a la carte restaurant, allowing travellers to maximise their sleep on board before enjoying breakfast on the ground as they arrive.
Also offered is a smoking room and general seating and TV areas, but if you've arrived off an economy flight – regardless of your Qatar Airways Privilege Club, Qantas or Oneworld frequent flyer status – you won't get through the door.
Japan Airlines passengers arriving into Tokyo
In lieu of a full-blown arrivals lounge, Japan Airlines instead provides complimentary shower facilities on arrival at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports to eligible passengers.
Those include Japan Airlines’ business class and first class guests arriving off an international flight plus JMB Sapphire and Diamond members, JGC Premium guests and JAL Global Club cardholders after the same – but again, not other Oneworld Emerald members like Qantas Platinum.
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