Get Qantas Club lounge membership for 45% off

Get Qantas Club lounge membership for 45% off

Got a friend or workmate who's jealous of your Qantas lounge access but doesn't have the status to get past the front desk?

Now's the time for them to sign up to the Qantas Club and score 45% off their membership fee.

This special deal lasts until Tuesday September 10th, so there's no time to dilly-dally: just dial the Qantas Frequent Flyer Service Centre on 13 11 31 and quote the promotional code QCM1 – as per the Qantas Club membership offer being promoted by Merivale, partners in Qantas' new Qantas Club pop-up dining venture.

This will see the cost of an initial one-year membership plummet from a seriously steep $855 to just $470, including the one-off joining fee.

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

14 comments

  • tonywills

    tonywills

    6 Sep, 2013 11:17 am

    Seriously!! It is hard enough to get a seat in the Qantas Club lounges around the country now let alone a whole new raft of members. Recently in Adelaide, I had to join a group of loud people who had clearly arrived early enough to take advantage of the bar offerings. The Wi Fi was so poor due to the amount of users I eventually just gave up as there was no progress with even the most simple web page. The bar had long queues to get a drink and the food buffet was running out faster than anyone could replace it. There is a Chairman's lounge at Adelaide that gets used by the odd Passenger - how about opening up a 'Business Lounge' with that instead of everyone clammering to get a decent lounge experience. Sydney and Melbourne offer these - but they are becoming over crowded now as well! During busy periods, it is actually more relaxing finding a spot in the general terminal rather than endure the over crowded Qantas clubs.

    No member give thanks

  • PLATY

    PLATY

    6 Sep, 2013 11:31 am

    The separation of business lounge and Qantas Club (QC) was tooted as fixing the overcrowding problem. Pigs might fly.

    QF is more intent on raking in the membership fees than controlling the volume of those with access.

    Cash grab first - customer second.

    No member give thanks

  • Hold the Peas

    Hold the Peas

    6 Sep, 2013 12:22 pm

    I just rang and the guy I spoke to had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. I had to give him directions to this page to read it for himself. He had no issue honouring it and was off to speak to superiors and communications people as no-one there had been briefed about it.

    No member give thanks

  • David Flynn

    David

    6 Sep, 2013 04:06 pm

    Hold The Peas: this deal is being promoted at http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/qantas-club-membership-offer/ so the  Qantas Freq Flyer Service Centre should be fully informed of the deal!

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  • Hold the Peas

    Hold the Peas

    6 Sep, 2013 05:42 pm

    Thanks David! Noticed the article had been updated. The guy I spoke to didn't have a clue but he got me sorted. Apparently you can redeem the code online on the Qantas website as well. Would have done that if I had known.

    Despite what others have said, this is a good offer and suits my personal situation perfectly.

    No member give thanks

  • gippsflyer

    gippsflyer

    6 Sep, 2013 03:01 pm

    Even at $470, you'd still have to fly frequently to make it worth it, and given the peak crowds you'd probably be better off using the money instead to buy decent food and drink at the many F&B outlets at most domestic &international airports. Lounge membership is still seen as a status thing, but really it's only a good perk if you get it for free (due to status) or its included in your ticket price - and that goes for all airline lounges.

    No member give thanks

  • PLATY

    PLATY

    6 Sep, 2013 03:46 pm

    To put the $470 in perspective....the Platinum Amex Card (currently around $900 but risimng soon to $1200) offers:

    • QF Club (via Marco Polo Gold = OneWorld Sapphire)
    • $200 annual travel credit
    • VA lounges
    • Prioity Pass (lounges)
    • AA Admirals Club lounges
    • US Airways Club
    • Delta Sky Club
    • Accor Platinum/Advanage
    • IHG Gold
    • SPG Gold
    • Carlson Gold
    • Hertz Gold Plus
    • Avis Preferred
    • Travel insurance
    No member give thanks

  • PLATY

    PLATY

    6 Sep, 2013 03:47 pm

    PS Plus 80,000 bonus points transfereable to 9 airlines including QF, VA and CX among others

    No member give thanks

  • gippsflyer

    gippsflyer

    6 Sep, 2013 04:07 pm

    AMEX is great for point earning to boot, but in all honesty most reward programs often not really worth the effort required (but perfectly fine if earning status on the company dime, or because you were staying there anyway - rarely is there enough incentive to change travel plans just for reward program).

    Very few reward programs offer guarenteed upgrades or benefits (lots have 'subject to availability' benefits which are pretty worthless since availability is often opaque to everyone but company agents).

    One thing I like with Platinum Velocity Rewards, for example, is the four upgrades to Business from an Economy Flexible fare. This is valuable and are fairly easy to get provided you don't leave it to the last minute. Comp top tier HHonors and Europcar status is also nice (but again programs with lots of 'subject to availability' benefits).

    Will highlight the Langham Group's 1895 hotel program as being one of the better hotel reward programs, fairly easy to reach elitish grades and good late check-out bonuses (subject to availability again, but they seem to be pretty fair with it).

    In short, there are some good reward programs out there, but in most cases usually the rewards are more to the company than you

    :-)

    No member give thanks

  • PLATY

    PLATY

    6 Sep, 2013 05:52 pm

    In agreement, Gippsflyer.

    The standout is the Hilton Diamond with the first year of VA Platinum. I have successfully enjoyed double upgrades on each of my monthly stays at the BNE Hilton this year and the breakfasts are good value if you're in a mood for a hearty cooked meal to kick start the day! 

    However, I'm considering converting my Hilton (160,000) and Marriott points (70,000) to AA points (c.35,000) to redeem a QF business return CNS-PER, saving $4,000 in airfares, which I calculate to be better value than using the points in the hotels! 

    Also the VA upgrades are handy (which have the added bonus of crediting the business class status credits until VA fix their woeful booking engine!).

     

    No member give thanks

  • gippsflyer

    gippsflyer

    7 Sep, 2013 09:18 pm

    Hilton Brisbane is the best place to benefit, especially given BNE accomm still tight. I don't like the Hilton beds much though (Westin and Sofitel beds most preferred by me), and the Exec Lounge isn't the best (but its not "subject to availability", so decent perk for Diamond), but Hilton Brisbane usually ok to good for service.

    Yes, I noticed the status credit bump! Nice side-effect. I don't mind the VA booking engine, but I wish seat selection wasn't limited to time of booking (on the plus side, whatever seat I have secured is always the one I get, which is not what happens consistently to me with the Qantas system!).

    No member give thanks

  • LoveToFly

    LoveToFly

    7 Sep, 2013 08:56 pm

    just wondering where the benefits of the other airline clubs is listed on the amex website? any links?

    seems like a great deal

    No member give thanks

  • gippsflyer

    gippsflyer

    7 Sep, 2013 09:21 pm

    AMEX like to be "exclusive" with their Platinum Charge Card so they tend to make all the details a little hard to find. It's not really as "exclusive" as they make out, but the benefits are generally greater than other cards (but then so is the annual fee lol)

    No member give thanks

  • PLATY

    PLATY

    8 Sep, 2013 06:14 am

    The benefits are hard to find online even once you have the card! They are listed behind the login when you go to their website with a slash platinum.

    May I suggest you contact them directly to get the info?

    Note that the anual fee is about to rise significantly so if interested perhaps apply sooner rather than later and scoop up the 80,000 point bonus.

    Thier service levels can range from excellent (prompt, professional informed) to absolutely hopeless (web site with benefits  six months out of date, double charging of annual fee, "loss" of 250,00 points for 2 weeks during transfer to QF, charging the annual fee from application acceptance not activation of card, etc), even at the Platinum ($1,000 anual mark) and Centurion (black card) ($5,000 annual) level!

    No member give thanks

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