The opening of Qantas' own lounge at London's Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 has added a home-grown option for the airline's passengers before flying back to Sydney, Melbourne and soon Perth.
However, many Qantas travellers – including first class and business class passengers along with Platinum and Gold-grade frequent flyers – can also visit the T3 lounges of Oneworld partner airlines British Airways, Cathay Pacific and American Airlines.
This lounge-hopping can be done under the rules of the Oneworld alliance to which Qantas, BA, Cathay and American Airlines all belong – so don't think that just because you're on a Qantas flight and there's a Qantas lounge, you can't check out those other airline lounges and, if you choose, camp out there for a drink or a meal.
(We reckon the Cathay Pacific lounges are the pick of these: they're like downsized versions of Cathay's superb The Pier lounges at Hong Kong.)
That privilege is reserved for first class flyers on Qantas' Airbus A380 services and members of the elite Chairman's Lounge.
Some Australian Business Traveller readers travelling in Qantas first class have reported being turned away from the Emirates lounge since the Qantas lounge opened.
However, a spokesperson for Emirates has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the previous arrangements remain in place, with "First Class and Chairman’s Lounge Passengers flying via London on a Qantas aircraft and ticket" are still on the door list.