New Qantas Platinum One perk: free passes to first class lounge

New Qantas Platinum One perk: free passes to first class lounge

Qantas is now handing out free passes to its first class lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles as a new perk for Platinum One-grade frequent flyers.

Each Platinum One card-holder will receive two invitations to the Qantas first class lounges each membership year – with those invites sitting atop the usual allowance to guest in one fellow traveller who's booked on the same flight.

The passes – which are also valid for business class lounges – are issued online, reflecting the airline's move to digital lounge passes as a way to circumvent them being sold through trading sites such as eBay and Gumtree.

They can be transferred to any Qantas Frequent Flyer member but have to be assigned to that member's Qantas flight.

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6 Comments

  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Sep, 2017 10:29 am

    Wow! Fantastic benefit. This certainly makes aiming for P1 that little bit more tempting. Though I'll need a Double Status Credits promo to come my way to consider booking the extra flights to get there.
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  • downdata

    downdata

    14 Sep, 2017 10:37 am

    Hmm shouldnt this be a gold benefit to entice them to reach plat in the same sense that silver gets business lounge passes? I dont see much benefit for say a plat holder to reach p1 when they can already get in the 1st class lounges.
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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    14 Sep, 2017 10:42 am

    The benefit is that they can give the passes to other people!! 
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  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Sep, 2017 10:47 am

    The FLounge is meant to be hard to get access to. There are a lot of Gold members. If Gold members got annual invitations the First Lounges would have to be made bigger even if a lot of Gold members were turned away due to capacity constraints.

    This perk could be useful for a Platinum One member who normally travels for Business going away on an annual family or to guest in an additional colleague on a work trip.
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  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Sep, 2017 10:48 am

    annual family holiday I meant
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  • downdata

    downdata

    14 Sep, 2017 10:55 am

    Yea.. as a P1 holder you can already bring in 4 people into Fclass lounge with the complimentary emerald status for your partner... i doubt there are many instances where the average travelling family have more than 4 members...
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  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Sep, 2017 11:21 am

    Many people do have more than 2 kids and some P1s would be single and thus be unable to give anyone Partner Platinum as the rules currently stand.
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  • Flying Fish

    AWA2602

    14 Sep, 2017 10:43 pm

    This will be very handy when I'm travelling with my elderly parents. Being able to only guest one of them into the First Lounge as P1 when we're all booked in J has meant that in the past we've just had to use the Business Lounge or using points to upgrade my parents from J to F.  This change means I can guest them both into the First Lounge. Winning!
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    14 Sep, 2017 12:01 pm

    Hardly a big deal. It would be rare that a P1 would turn up with too many people per policy but have excess people turned away. Simply formalises an existing informal benefit. Presumably too it will be the single use users who get turned away if capacity is an issue on the day. A nice headline but not much more.
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  • brianborowsky

    brianborowsky

    14 Sep, 2017 02:28 pm

    I think there's more value here than people are acknowledging. As @JohnPhelan points out, the value is being able to give the passes to someone who is NOT travelling with you. So I could give my mum a first lounge pass on her next holiday. Or I could give the two passes to my mate as a wedding gift, so he and his new wife could visit the lounge on the way to their honeymoon. 
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    14 Sep, 2017 02:56 pm

    Are we sure?

    "They can be transferred to any Qantas Frequent Flyer member but have to be assigned to that member's Qantas flight (or partner flights with a QF flight number, such as Emirates codeshares)."

    Is "that member" the P1 or the recipient?
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  • GregXL

    GregXL

    14 Sep, 2017 03:20 pm

    The transferor is not mentioned in the sentence.  So "that member" is the transferee.
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    14 Sep, 2017 08:36 pm

    Aha...


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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    14 Sep, 2017 08:36 pm

    "The member using the complimentary invitation does not need to be travelling with the Platinum One member."
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  • Happy Trails

    Happy Trails

    14 Sep, 2017 03:20 pm

    "They can be transferred to any Qantas Frequent Flyer member but have to be assigned to that member's Qantas flight (or partner flights with a QF flight number, such as Emirates codeshares)."

    The FAQs state otherwise:
    "Complimentary Invitations can only be used when the customer is departing on a Qantas operated flight and booked on the QF flight number. "
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  • CBR boy

    CBR boy

    14 Sep, 2017 04:12 pm

    Those two statements are not at odds with one another. The pass can be transferred to another QFF, but gets linked to their membership. The holder of the pass can only use it when departing on a Qantas flight as a QF passenger. 
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  • mviy

    mviy

    14 Sep, 2017 04:36 pm

    Those two statements do contradict. A QF operated flight with a QF flight number is not the same thing as an EK operated flight with a QF flight number.
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  • Bob Burgess

    Bob Burgess

    14 Sep, 2017 05:36 pm

    This is a really smart move by Qantas, a great benefit for P1 members which 'costs' Qantas nothing but will make the P1s feel great because they can share this great First lounge experience with family and friends, and if they're Gold that one visit will probably 'incentivise' some of them to get to Platinum!
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