Whether it's a barista-made latte in the morning or a simple rum and Coke after lunch, the Qantas Club lounge at Perth Airport is the go-to spot for travellers heading back east or venturing about in Western Australia.
Best of all, there's now more lounge space than ever for Qantas passengers in Perth – join us as we roam the Qantas Club for lounge members and Gold-grade frequent flyers.
Location & Impressions
After clearing security, follow the walkways to the central terminal area and take the escalator up and into the lounge.
The Qantas Club is relatively spacious in an almost-semicircle shape and affords tarmac views... ... and while peak periods often found the space relatively cramped in times past, there's now more breathing room in the Qantas Club.
That's thanks to the opening of the new Qantas Business Lounge for business class passengers and Platinum frequent flyers, who now venture there – instead of the Qantas Club – making for a better experience for all travellers.
- Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers prior to Qantas, QantasLink, Emirates, Jetstar or Oneworld flights
- Qantas Club members before Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar flights
- American Airlines Admirals Club members before Qantas and QantasLink flights with a QF or AA flight number
- Qantas Silver frequent flyers and eligible credit card customers redeeming a complimentary lounge pass before a Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar flight
- Oneworld Sapphire and Oneworld Emerald members when their next onward flight that day is with Qantas or QantasLink and carries a QF or other Oneworld flight number (no access when flying Jetstar)
- Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum cardholders where their next onward flight that day carries a QF or EK flight number and is operated by Qantas, QantasLink or Emirates
- Passengers flying onwards in Qantas or QantasLink business class
- 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
Many of these travellers including Platinum frequent flyers, Oneworld Emerald members and business class passengers may also use that new Qantas Business Lounge, located on the lower level near the Qantas Club entrance staircase.
Our late morning visit found barista stations pumping out great espresso coffee, although in cardboard cups rather than glassware and mugs as you'd find in the Business Lounge... ... joined by fresh snacks... ... and healthy salads with your choice of garnishes and dressings, but which could have used a little protein: As is now practically a staple of Australian domestic lounges, the makings of a ham, cheese and tomato toasted sandwich are available, along with more fresh items for regular sandwiches... ... apples scattered around the lounge for a quick and again healthy snack... ... and a tended bar that opens at midday. Here you'll find a selection of wine and beer, and in a one-up over Virgin Australia's lounges, basic spirits are too available by request.
A sizeable computer lab fills the far right of the lounge with iMacs running both OS X and also Windows for more PC-familiar users... ... and which offers a quiet space to plonk your laptop and recharge away from the hustle and bustle of the bar and TVs: Forgetful travellers who left their phone charger at home or in their hotel room can also get a top-up from the handy mobile charging station... ... although with no way of securing your phone, you'll want to remain nearby.
Power points and more apples – although not USB ports – can also be found tucked away underneath the longer benches opposite the main coffee hub and servery... ... complemented by functional WiFi that was up to the task and which proved more reliable than in the Business Lounge.
Despite catering well to business travellers getting work done before their flights, the Perth Qantas Club equally suits guests looking to relax and unwind before hopping on board.
High tables with bar stools are ideal for a quick drink with friends or a casual snack... ... while more comfy chairs suit longer stays – many with one cocktail table shared between two seats although others unfortunately stretching to one table between four: The same is true throughout the space where eight travellers share two tiny tables... ... including at the more plush seats closer to the entrance, although as these sit immediately behind reception and the path in the middle is used by all lounge guests as they enter, these chairs are usually vacant unless the other options are limited. Children are also catered for with a dedicated play corner in the far left of the lounge... ... while a number of private shower suites are available, particularly useful to freshen up before Qantas' overnight flights to Australia's east coast... ... but which provide a solitary bathroom liquid from a soap-like dispenser rather than separate pumps for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel – so don't think twice about taking the toiletries with you from your last hotel and using them here instead of the 'conditioning shampoo soap'.
Chris Chamberlin travelled to Perth as a guest of Qantas.
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