If you're travelling with Qantas from Singapore and pocketing a Qantas Club lounge pass to use before your flight, you'd better keep that card in your wallet.
Due to continued overcrowding, the airline is no longer accepting complimentary Qantas Club passes at the door of its Qantas Singapore Lounge.
Those passes are issued with Qantas-partner credit cards and on a one-per-year basis to Qantas Silver frequent flyers, and while still useful at domestic Australian lounges and Qantas business lounges at Hong Kong and London (but not Los Angeles), they cut no ice at the Lion City.
Qantas has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that there are no alternative arrangements for passengers holding a complimentary lounge pass.
Paid Qantas Club members and some frequent flyers are still being directed to the nearby SATS Lounge as an interim measure during the evening peak periods surrounding the departure of flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, including the transit period for the QF2 superjumbo service from London to Sydney.
Qantas has plans to expand the footprint of its Singapore lounge in the second half of this year, although the biggest crowd-buster will be the opening of a new first class lounge located at the other end of the terminal.
This will have seating for 240 first class flyer along with Platinum-grade frequent flyers and Chairman's Lounge members, and boast Rockpool à la carte dining on par with those of the airline's Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles first class lounges.