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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