Qantas have announced that they will now sell single entry passes to their low-tier frequent flyers for both their domestic and international airport lounges.
As an American Airlines Platinum/One World Sapphire holder this is bogey news, being a frequent user of the Qantas International Lounge, which is already a jungle at the best of times.
The scheme is being introduced on a trial basis, with passes restricted to Bronze and Silver-grade Qantas Frequent Flyer members booked to travel in what Qantas describes as ‘off-peak periods depending on the time, day and route, when there is capacity in the lounges.’
“Off-peak basically means when we know it will be quiet, based on our monitoring of loads and the schedule,” a Qantas spokesperson explained to Australian Business Traveller.
Having been in many lounges across the globe I find that the best lounges are the quietest lounges. Whether you’re there to work or rest, the less people the better. More people means less seats, more mess, depleted food and drink, shower and bathroom queues and more noise. I also believe this decision by Qantas devalues their loyalty scheme, especially for those who’ve flown the segments to earn their spot in the lounge.
Eligible flyers will receive an email invitation to purchase lounge access for themselves as well as their travelling companions between three and five days prior to travel. The passes will be sold only online, and will not be available at the lounge itself on the day of travel. Lounge passes will cost $49 (or 7,000 Qantas Points) for entry into domestic Qantas Club lounges; $69 (or 9,900 Qantas Points) for International Business Class lounges.
Yet another reason to read my article on Why I Chose Virgin Velocity Over Qantas.
Head to ABT for more info.