Boost your lounging limits with a Qantas Club Annual Guest Card

Boost your lounging limits with a Qantas Club Annual Guest Card

A Qantas Club membership or Qantas Gold frequent flyer card is normally your ticket to airport lounge access with one guest in tow, but if you’re regularly travelling with more than one companion, a Qantas Club Annual Guest Card boosts that limit to two guests per visit.

For Qantas Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers, the usual limit of two guests per domestic lounge visit can be boosted to three with an Annual Guest Card, albeit in selected lounges only.

As Annual Guest Cards are issued in the name of the host – not the guest – there’s no restriction as to who the card can be used for: on a business trip, that could be for a colleague; on a family holiday, a relative; or on a group jaunt, a friend, as the guest can change with every journey.

Here’s what you need to know about the Qantas Club Annual Guest Card.

Qantas Club Annual Guest Card: pricing

Because an Annual Guest Card isn’t a full Qantas Club lounge membership – merely an entitlement for somebody who already has lounge access to host an additional guest with each lounge visit, over and above their normal allowance – the Annual Guest Card is priced accordingly.

Australian residents can purchase a 12-month Annual Guest Card for $350, while New Zealanders are charged NZ$335.

Residents of all other countries get a reduced price of A$255, while the card can also be purchased for 50,000 Qantas Points in lieu of cash for residents of any country.

Again, Annual Guest Cards are issued only to individuals who already have year-round access to Qantas lounges, such as Qantas Club members or Qantas Gold frequent flyers (and above), as an ‘add-on’ to that existing membership.

Qantas Club Annual Guest Card: lounge access

The Qantas Club Annual Guest Card can be used to bring an extra guest into the following Qantas-operated lounges, when the host – that’s the (fully-paid) Qantas Club member or Gold/Platinum frequent flyer – is already entitled to lounge access on the same day:

  • All domestic Qantas Club lounges
  • All domestic Qantas Regional Lounges
  • Qantas-operated international business class lounges
  • Qantas’ Perth Transit Lounge

For example, a regular Qantas Club member (or Gold frequent flyer) taking a Qantas flight from Sydney to Melbourne would normally have access to the Sydney domestic Qantas Club with one complimentary guest: but with an Annual Guest Card, can bring two guests instead of one.

However, Annual Guests Cards are not valid in any other lounge types, even if the host has access themselves. This includes:

  • Domestic Qantas business class lounges
  • The Oneworld business class lounge in Los Angeles
  • First class lounges
  • Partner airline lounges, including those that ordinarily welcome Qantas Club members such as American Airlines Admirals Clubs and the Emirates business class lounges in Dubai
  • Qantas ‘associated lounges’, being the contract lounges at overseas ports where Qantas flies but doesn’t operate its own-brand lounge, such as in Shanghai, Tokyo Haneda, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York, Bangkok and so on.

There’s just one exception, and that’s in Perth.

Because the Qantas domestic business class lounge serves as the de facto international business class lounge for all eligible passengers jetting to Singapore and Auckland, the Annual Guest Card can be used to bring in an extra lounge guest prior to those flights only.

On all domestic flights departing from Perth, the Annual Guest Card is instead only valid in the domestic Qantas Club, or in the Perth Transit Lounge for passengers taking QF10 from Perth to Melbourne after arriving from London on the same flight number.

Qantas Club Annual Guest Card: lounge locations

As Annual Guest Cards can’t be used at every lounge provided for Qantas passengers, here’s a definitive list of where an Annual Guest Card comes in handy.

Domestic Qantas Clubs: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville.

Domestic Qantas Regional Lounges: Broome, Coffs Harbour, Devonport, Emerald, Gladstone, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Port Headland, Rockhampton and Tamworth.

To use an Annual Guest Card with a domestic flight, the host must be travelling onwards that day on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number. Guests need not be travelling.

As Annual Guest Cards aren’t valid in domestic business class lounges, Qantas Platinum-grade frequent flyers may choose to downgrade themselves to the Qantas Club to be joined by a third guest – being the two that are normally permitted, plus an extra via the Annual Guest Card.

Qantas international business class lounges: Adelaide*, Auckland, Brisbane, Darwin*, Hong Kong, Honolulu, London Heathrow, Melbourne, Perth (T1, T4*, and Perth Transit Lounge, when eligible), Singapore~, Sydney, Tokyo Narita and Wellington.

* These lounges are located in the airport’s domestic departures area (before passport control) and are shared with domestic passengers.
~ Due to capacity issues, the Qantas Singapore Lounge is currently directing some travellers to other, nearby lounges during peak periods to alleviate overcrowding.

For Annual Guest Card privileges at international lounges, the host must be travelling onwards that day with a Qantas or Jetstar flight number on their ticket.

This can include codeshare flights operated by other airlines such as Emirates, although in this case, all guests need to be travelling: a requirement to physically access most of these international departure lounges anyway, but remains true in airports where domestic and international passengers mix.

As a reminder, Annual Guest Cards are not valid at first class lounges or at any partner airline lounges – so Platinum frequent flyers departing the likes of Sydney or Melbourne with an extra guest would need to use the Business Lounge instead of the Qantas First Lounge, to take advantage of the Annual Guest Card.

Purchasing a Qantas Club Annual Guest Card

As Annual Guest Cards aren’t offered for sale via the Qantas website, you’ll need to call Qantas on 131 131 between 7am and 7pm (Sydney time) Monday to Saturday, and press ‘2’ for the Qantas Club team.

From New Zealand, the number to call is 0800 101 500; from the UK, it’s 0845 7 747 100; from the US and Canada, 1800 227 4220; from Europe and Ireland, +44 20 8600 4333, and from anywhere else, you can dial either +61 2 9433 2329 or +61 3 9658 5302.

Have your membership details and credit card handy, or your Qantas PIN if spending your Qantas Points instead.

However, it should be said that 50,000 Qantas Points – the asking price of an Annual Guest Card – would otherwise be enough for an upgrade from economy to business class on flights like Sydney-Singapore, which may present better overall value than a $350 cash saving.

Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

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