Qantas Club, Gold & Platinum access to Alaska Airlines lounges

Qantas Club, Gold & Platinum access to Alaska Airlines lounges

Qantas frequent flyers and Qantas Club members will enjoy access to a wider range of Alaska Airlines lounges following an upgrade of the partnership between the Flying Kangaroo and the Seattle-based carrier.

From today, Qantas Frequent Flyer members with Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status, along with Qantas Club card-holders, can use Alaska's Board Room lounges in Seattle, Portland and Anchorage – provided they are travelling on an Alaska flight which connects to or from a Qantas international flight.

This will be especially welcome for Qantas travellers darting between Los Angeles and Seattle: while they've enjoyed Board Room access at LAX, there's been no such arrangement ahead of the return trip from Seattle.

In return, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K members, along with Alaska Lounge members, will see the doors swing open at all Qantas-operated international business lounges and Australia-wide domestic Qantas Club lounges when booked on a Qantas flight.

Qantas is also adding its QF flight number to four new Alaska Airlines routes between San Francisco and Orange County, Minneapolis, Albuquerque and Kansas City – as well as its service between Los Angeles and San Jose – as part of the expanded codeshare arrangement.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

13 comments

  • Michael Gibbons

    rowwdy

    20 Jun, 2017 12:13 pm

    Hopefully this could be a sign of a future QF 787 destination - such an easy entry point to the US!
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  • RK

    Ryan K

    20 Jun, 2017 01:43 pm

    I doubt it. With the huge amount of AA connections already available through QF's LAX and DFW flights, I suspect they've got North America pretty well covered. They also have the almost daily SFO flight, daily JFK and seasonal Vancouver flights.
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  • henrus

    henrus

    20 Jun, 2017 12:34 pm

    Are QFF's getting the raw end of the bargain here?

    Alaskan FF's can use the Qantas lounges prior to any Qantas flight whereas Qantas Frequent Flyers can only use the Alaskan lounges when also traveling on a Qantas international flight.
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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    20 Jun, 2017 01:43 pm

    That's the first thing I noticed as well.
    Also, what about when the AS flight is AA coded?
    Or an AS coded AA flight?
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  • henrus

    henrus

    20 Jun, 2017 02:17 pm

    The official statement said

     "In addition, from today, Qantas Frequent Flyer members with a Gold status or higher, and Qantas Club members, will have access to Alaska’s lounges in Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage and Portland whenever they travel on an Alaska flight, connecting to, or from, a Qantas international flight."

    So one would assume that AA coded AS operated flights are ok if they're booked in conjunction with a Qantas Flight. AA Operated flights won't get access to Board Room lounges.
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  • henrus

    henrus

    21 Jun, 2017 07:52 am

    So AS appears to have updated their website.

    MVP Gold and Gold 75K will only get access to Qantas operated Business Class lounges when booked on a Qantas international flight. 

    The means no domestic lounge access for AS FF's.
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  • PaulST

    PaulST

    20 Jun, 2017 12:39 pm

    Great news David, as I'm flying on this very route to LAX to catch the 789 back to MEL in December. Is this updated access rules written anywhere? I anticipate an argument with a lounge dragon. :) 
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  • henrus

    henrus

    20 Jun, 2017 02:18 pm

    Here is the offical statement...
     

    http://www.qantas.com/agents/dyn/qf/info/201706/0609

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  • PaulST

    PaulST

    20 Jun, 2017 02:33 pm

    Perfect! I'll be sure to print that.
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  • peteshep

    peteshep

    21 Jun, 2017 07:30 pm

    So now that Alaska bought out VX, will they turn the Virgin lounges into AS lounges? And then potentially be useable flying out of LAX when arriving on a QF flight?
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  • colin

    gsx

    1 Jul, 2017 09:38 am

    While this is an improvement, it would appear that Alaskan is getting the better deal here with no requirement to be connecting to or from an international flight to access a Qantas club lounge but QF members don't get the same if just flying AS domestically in the USA or on an AS flight number.
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  • peterrob45

    peterrob45

    4 Jul, 2017 12:19 pm

    Three of us travelling via HKG to Middle east in October, with Cathay Pacific. How do we access a decent lounge in HKG for our 5 hours stopover. We're flying Premium Economy [E]. 
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    4 Jul, 2017 03:02 pm

    Hi Peter, that's a question you can ask in our Community area as the topic here is Alaska Airlines lounge access in the USA.
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