Qantas Club membership just got more expensive

Qantas Club membership just got more expensive

Qantas has bumped up the cost of Qantas Club membership which gives infrequent flyers access to airport lounges, priority check-in plus additional checked luggage.

As of August 1 the annual fee jumps from $485 to $510, with two year memberships up from $875 to $925.

Paying up front for four years of Qantas Club membership still remains the best value, despite that cost increasing from $1,660 to $1,755, as this works out to be $438 per year.

The one-off joining fee also takes a hike from $370 to $385. Why it now costs almost $400 to mail out a plastic card, even with its fancy smartchip, remains a mystery.

Qantas Club members generally enjoy a mix of perks applicable to Silver-grade and Gold-grade Qantas frequent flyers but without having to rack up hundreds of status credits on your flights.

For example, priority check-in and extra checked luggage allowances are on par with Silver frequent flyer, although Silvers receive only one complimentary invitation to the Qantas Club per year.

Gold frequent flyers get automatic access to the domestic Qantas Club lounges as well as selected international airport lounges, as do Qantas Club members.

(However, by the time you've been flying enough to make the most of Qantas Club membership you may end up earning Silver status.)

The cost increases will probably rub some travellers up the wrong way given that Qantas has recently tightened the screws on Qantas Club lounge access at its newly-opened Los Angeles Business Lounge as well as for Qantas lounges and partner airline lounges for passengers who are not booked on a flight carrying a QF or JQ flight code.

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Gary Walter

Gary Walter

Gary Walter is a travel manager for a large Australian company and, in his spare time, an enthusiast of squeezing the most out of frequent flyer programs.
 

15 comments

  • watson374

    watson374

    5 Aug, 2014 09:23 am

    It was inevitable that Qantas Club fees would be jacked up - funnily enough, I had a conversation on this very topic over dinner last night - but since this is the internet, I must come across as extremely offended and demand some rectification.

    So, I want to see Silvers given more QP passes, since QP is now 'worth more' (also I'm a self-important netizen).

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    5 Aug, 2014 09:37 am

    I realy don't like the way Qantas is heading with continual change after change to the detriment of its customers, this is just another in a string of badly thought out ideas, outragious pricing for so little, I'm yet to see any airline or any business for that matter carry on this way.

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  • watson374

    watson374

    5 Aug, 2014 09:39 am

    How about United?

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  • whipper

    whipper

    5 Aug, 2014 09:52 am

    Its called inflation.  Its how a business stays in business.  Not sure why you think the QC memberships should never increase - very delusional.  And even with the increase the membership is still great value. 

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    5 Aug, 2014 10:12 am

    It's only a $25 increase for an annual pass and $50 increase for a two-year pass.

    I'd imagine the cost of the joining fee is artificially high to ensure people who sign on stay on. Or conversely to ensure prospective marginal users stay out. The latter is further supported by Qantas' strategy not to offer daily or monthly passess.

    In effect Qantas is creating a "Premium Economy Class" segment in it's on-land offerings. 

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  • lind26

    lind26

    5 Aug, 2014 11:52 pm

    I would have thought the $400 joining fee is a deterrent to joining. I would have thought they would make more money with no joining fee  since it would be more attractive to less frequent travellers but maybe they want to edge them out instead

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  • mern2001

    mern2001

    6 Aug, 2014 09:52 am

    Whipper, do you work for QANTAS? You do seem to have an undying love for what ever QANTAS do - right or wrong.

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  • whipper

    whipper

    6 Aug, 2014 10:24 am

    No I do not work for Qantas.  Having lived overseas I think the airline attracts to much small minded criticism.  Also comparing United lounges - that are rubbish to QF lounges is a joke.  QF's domestic lounges run rings around even UA's international lounges.  And as for Air Canada - yikes.  Even SQ's lounges outside of Changi can be incredibly patchy. 

     

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  • Bert_Hinkler

    Bert_Hinkler

    5 Aug, 2014 04:51 pm

    I've seen this sort of stuff that Qantas is doing all my life, everytime a company goes down these paths, they fail BIG TIME.

    My friends and myself have a bet going how many percentage points Qantas drops over the 12 month period before they sack Joyce.

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  • PuriPuriMan

    PuriPuriMan

    5 Aug, 2014 09:53 am

    Didn't take long, did it, another erosion / sorry / enhancement of the supporters of the national airfarce!  What next ...

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  • dommey

    dommey

    5 Aug, 2014 09:59 am

    I don't get this. Why did they offer discounted Qantas Club membership last year? http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/qantas-club-membership-offer/

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  • Jono

    Jono

    5 Aug, 2014 10:34 am

    Not sure how much of this can be put down to inflation, but I do see the point. A lot of it seems like QF continuing to ignore customer aquisition in the name of customer retention. I've been thinking of my lounge membership options and QF looses out through their red tape:

    QF: $510 to renew (already signed up) access only when flying QF coded flights.

    UA: $500 USD access to all UA lounges AND Star Alliance branded lounges whenever travelling on ANY Star Alliance carrier using the codes of a Star carrier.

    CA: $665 CAD access to all Air Canada lounges AND the lounges of all Star Alliance carriers whenever travelling on a Star Alliance coded flight.

    Feel free to hit reply and correct me if I've mis-represented something.

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    5 Aug, 2014 11:23 am

    With the UA and CA option, you're not made to feel like a pariah when presenting at a Star Alliance lounge.

    Try presenting your Qantas Club card at a BA lounge...

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    5 Aug, 2014 05:00 pm

    Of course only the QF option will get you access to any lounges in Australia.

    It seems to me that if you fly internationally often enough to make $US500 for lounge access on those sectors worth it, you're probably flying 50,000+ miles a year and eligible for UA gold anyway. (Or Aegean for half those miles, but they may close that loophole one of these days...) Anyway, most international jaunts are so long that you only have to do a few per year to maintain gold status. Alternatively if you don't do a few per year it's hard to really justify the expenditure for the magical card. 

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  • grov

    grov

    5 Aug, 2014 02:32 pm

    Makes that Lifetime Senior I obtained a few years ago worth it!
    When trying to obtain a better seat a few yewars ago, I showed my Silver and Club cards, was told that the Club card had a more signficant effect. 

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