Qantas is increasing the cost of belonging to its Qantas Club lounge program, with both joining fees and annual membership fees heading north from today.
However, they're not massive jumps: the joining fee for individual memberships notches up from $385 to $399, while a one-year membership lifts from $510 to $540. Two-year membership goes up from $925 to $980, and four years from $1,755 to $1,850.
This means that if you were just about to join the Qantas Club, yesterday it would have cost you a minimum $895 but today you're up for $939.
Qantas says "the small price increase of less than six per cent... reflects the investment made in new lounge facilities across the network."
The airline also hopes to soften the blow by allowing Bronze and Silver frequent flyers to earn three Qantas Points for every dollar they spend on Qantas Club membership fee (which of course goes up if you use the right credit card, such as a five points per dollar earn if you whip out the Qantas Premier Mastercard).