Cathay Pacific Hong Kong arrivals lounge access

By Steve987 | Mar 03, 2018, 03:07 PM
Hi All, reasonably sure the answer is yes but asking anyway.

I’m QFP/OWE and will be flying CX PE to HK later this year.

Will I get access to the arrivals lounge with this fact pattern?

Thanks folks.
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By Fatherdamo | Mar 03, 2018, 04:02 PM
Yes. Owe is admitted but no guest
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By Steve987 | Mar 03, 2018, 04:36 PM
Terrific, thanks :)
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By Longtoo | Mar 03, 2018, 05:07 PM
Yes. There are some pics for your refs. It is very basic and small. Only good if you have to wait to checking in to your out bound or a quick shower before heading to town.

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By David | Mar 03, 2018, 05:50 PM
Just 'decoding' for readers who are not familiar with the jargon: QFP = Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status and OWE = Oneworld Emerald status (and PE = premium economy). And as indicated above, yes: if you are on a Cathay Pacific flight even in premium economy or economy class but have Qantas Platinum (or Platinum One) status you can use the Arrivals lounge :)

Longtoo: thanks for sharing those photos, you're quite right, the lounge is very small and quickly gets crowded, so the line for showers can be very long! I usually duck into the Arrivals lounge when I fly into Hong Kong on CX138, as it often lands an hour before the airport express train to the city begins running at 5am! A quick bit of breakfast and tackle the inbox, and before you know it it's time to jump on the train!
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By Steve987 | Mar 03, 2018, 08:52 PM
Thanks folks - perfect. my business partner arrives two hours after me on a different flight so just looking for somewhere to “hang out” until he arrives.
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By Steve987 | Mar 03, 2018, 08:53 PM
Just 'decoding' for readers who are not familiar with the jargon: QFP = Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status and OWE = Oneworld Emerald status (and PE = premium economy). And as indicated above, yes: if you are on a Cathay Pacific flight even in premium economy or economy class but have Qantas Platinum (or Platinum One) status you can use the Arrivals lounge :)

Longtoo: thanks for sharing those photos, you're quite right, the lounge is very small and quickly gets crowded, so the line for showers can be very long! I usually duck into the Arrivals lounge when I fly into Hong Kong on CX138, as it often lands an hour before the airport express train to the city begins running at 5am! A quick bit of breakfast and tackle the inbox, and before you know it it's time to jump on the train!

Haha - yes - sorry David - lots of short hand in that sentence!!
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By David | Mar 03, 2018, 09:42 PM
Steve: no worries, I totally get that it's second-nature to many people including very frequent flyers! We just like to have AusBT accessible to a broader and more mainstream audience, so every now and again when there's a bit of alphabet soup happening in a thread where the topic would be very useful for many people, we'll duck in and decipher :)
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By lionelhutz | Mar 04, 2018, 10:58 AM
Tha arrivals lounge is very small and crowded and the wait for a shower is often nearly an hour. That said, it is invaluable when arriving on CX178 at 7am. Nothing like a shower to start the day, and they'll iron your shirt too. Also, no one in my office starts until 9:30am so I can wait for a shower and still get in on time!

But it is frustrating to think that there are probably dozens of shower cubicles free in the Cathay departure lounges at that time.
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By David | Mar 04, 2018, 05:20 PM
About a year ago we asked Cathay Pacific if it had plans to give The Arrivals lounge a much-needed make-over, but there were no firm plans at that stage.


I'm given to believe that CX is aware of and concerned with crowding issues, especially for showers, but the problem is lack of available space in the public area of the terminal... if a suitably-sized area came up for grabs and the price wasn't insane, I have the feeling CX would eagerly pounce and be happy to roll out a new Arrivals lounge with Ilse Crawford design.

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By sdtravel | Mar 04, 2018, 08:53 PM
Ive used it several times as a QFP on CX138 flight just as David has and agree it is invaluable, perfect thing when getting off a night flight and while waiting for the Airport Express.
But the key is to get there early. I was hand luggage only one time and made a bee line to it and got a shower straight away. When i got out of the shower there was a line of 8+ people.
Another time even with my bags coming out super fast with priority by the time i got to it there was a wait of 4 or so people.
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By Arza | Mar 05, 2018, 02:10 AM
About a year ago we asked Cathay Pacific if it had plans to give The Arrivals lounge a much-needed make-over, but there were no firm plans at that stage.


I'm given to believe that CX is aware of and concerned with crowding issues, especially for showers, but the problem is lack of available space in the public area of the terminal... if a suitably-sized area came up for grabs and the price wasn't insane, I have the feeling CX would eagerly pounce and be happy to roll out a new Arrivals lounge with Ilse Crawford design.

Last edited by David at Mar 04, 2018, 05.22 PM.

The lack of plans could be due to upcoming works at Hong Kong airport. The Arrival is situated between T1 and T2.

T2 will be closed in 2019 all the way up to 2023 due to terminal expansion (seems more like rebuilding to me though). I am not sure how the construction will affect the interconnecting area between the two terminals but I would not be surprised if the entire area is also revamped.
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By Joseph | Mar 05, 2018, 09:53 AM
As others have said its a small lounge, I would also add dark with no natural lighting.

Good for a quick shower/bite to eat but I would not like to hang out there for a few hours.
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By James Barker | Mar 05, 2018, 10:02 AM
If you are in business class and travelling carry-on only then yes, you can be among the first off the plane at HKG and through immigration and not have to queue for the showers. But anything which slows you down means taking a number and waiting.
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By PCHammond | Mar 07, 2018, 05:03 PM
When I went to the arrival lounge in HKG, it had a 1+hr wait for lines and it was so crowded that there wasn't even anywhere to sit. It was also incredibly hot inside.

Ended up grabbing a few bottles of water and heading out. Thats all it was good for.
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By Ian_from_HKG | Mar 08, 2018, 12:41 AM
I would also add that the food offering is pretty uninspiring.

Frankly, if you have access through Priority Pas or another lounge access scheme, I would recommend going to the Plaza Premium lounge instead.

Although I am a long-term Cathay loyalist (although my loyalty is dissipating rapidly, but that's another story) I have to say it is probably the most pathetic arrivals lounge I have ever encountered.


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