Adelaide Airport's Qantas Club lounge is somewhat unique for Australia in that it doesn't just serve domestic passengers: it also welcomes international flyers, who depart from the same shared terminal.
That means you'd use this same lounge whether flying with Qantas from Adelaide to Sydney, or with Qantas' web of partners abroad including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.
By special agreement, this domestic Qantas lounge also rolls out the red carpet for selected Air New Zealand international passengers, so wherever you're headed, come take a look at what's inside.
Location & Impressions
After clearing the main security check, you'll find the Adelaide Qantas Club in the terminal's 'domestic zone', directly opposite from gate 21.
It's a good place for the lounge to be, easily accessible by all domestic travellers but also used by those flying internationally from Adelaide, thanks to the design of the airport.
You're greeted by a large business and working zone, and as you go exploring, you'll uncover the buffet, barista station and a tended bar tucked around the corner.
Just be mindful of the time if travelling overseas as you'll need to clear a liquid check and outbound passport control after leaving the lounge but before boarding your flight.
- Business and first class passengers of Qantas, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways
- Travellers connecting to or from an international business or first class flight with Qantas, Emirates or a Oneworld airline, even if booked in economy on the domestic leg
- Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers travelling with any Oneworld airline; with a QF flight number on their ticket; or with Emirates or Jetstar
- Other Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members travelling with any Oneworld airline, including Qantas
- Qantas Club members booked on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number with any airline, including Emirates
- Qantas Silver frequent flyers and eligible credit card customers presenting a single-use Qantas lounge pass and flying with Qantas or Jetstar
- Air New Zealand Koru, Gold and Elite members and other Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers prior to Air New Zealand flights only
- American Airlines Admirals Club members travelling with Qantas on a QF or AA flight number
- Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum cardholders booked on a Qantas or Emirates flight with a QF or EK flight number
- Passengers with Jetstar Business Max tickets
- Qantas travellers who are invited to pre-purchase access for $49 during off-peak periods only
Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers travelling in economy with Air New Zealand can instead visit the nearby Virgin Australia Lounge, also located before passport control.
Serving primarily as a domestic lounge, the food and beverage selections here mirror what you'd expect of other domestic Qantas Clubs around the country as opposed to international Qantas business class lounges.
For domestic flyers, that's on-par with the usual Qantas Club offerings – but for those bound for foreign lands, it's a step below what you'd find in most dedicated international lounges.
Yet when using your own tech, we much prefer these office-like workspaces which not only give you room for your gadgets and power outlets to charge them, but also extra bench space that's 'yours' for things like bags, documents and books if you've a serious task ahead:
Wireless Internet blankets the lounge and proved adequate during our visit with download speeds of 11.26Mbps, uploads of 12.57Mbps and ping speeds of 29ms, although power points are seldom found outside of the business and working areas.
We'd also like to see USB power outlets making an appearance – particularly handy for international travellers as they're practically universal... and for that matter, some universal AC power outlets wouldn't go astray either.
It's a great layout when the lounge is quiet as it gives you the feeling of more personal space, but when the lounge fills up, sharing cocktail tables and seating nooks with strangers isn't ideal.
As we've found in other domestic Qantas Clubs, the shampoo, conditioner and shower gel are merged into one all-purpose liquid, so you'll want to either bring your own conditioner or ask the staff if they have any at hand:
All things considered, this lounge is adequate for domestic flyers and has an overall vibe that – in our books, at least – ranks it ahead of many other Qantas Club lounges across Australia.
But for domestic business class passengers and also international flyers, it's realistically not what you'd usually expect: but in the same token, it's not a disappointment, either.
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