Qantas lifts price of Qantas Club membership

Qantas lifts price of Qantas Club membership

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).

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.
 

29 comments

  • PK

    PK

    1 Aug, 2017 10:38 am

    While it is true that Qantas has invested in new lounge facilities, in my view substantial price increases will only be warranted when Qantas deals with and invests in the international lounge that most of its QC members have contact with and most frequently - the Sydney Intl QC/Bus lounge. 
    Member who gave thanks

    ozind95

  • RK

    Ryan K

    1 Aug, 2017 11:01 am

    Not to mention the windowless dungeon that is the Melbourne International Business Lounge. 
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    cavemanzk

  • Nick  Sydney 348

    Nick Sydney 2

    2 Aug, 2017 03:54 pm

    Plain nasty is the Melbourne lounge. 
    No member give thanks

  • cavemanzk

    cavemanzk

    5 Aug, 2017 01:46 pm

    If even NZ can get an space in Melbourne with Windows for there lounge, why can't QF? NZ just doubled the size of there lounge too,  probably now making it one of the best in MEL exluding the QF F Lounge.
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  • kimshep

    kimshep

    1 Aug, 2017 11:06 am

    David - just out of interest .. has there been any change in the cost of membership / joining when using QFF points to join . renew?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    1 Aug, 2017 11:38 am

    Yes kimshep - up 5,000 points to join; 3,000 extra points for one year membership; 5,000 more points for two years, and 10,000 more points for four years.
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    1 Aug, 2017 11:06 am

    Thank god for a life membership or else I would have to question the ongoing expense.
    Members who gave thanks

    QF WP, steveA, GordonS10

  • Lps988

    Lps988

    1 Aug, 2017 12:03 pm

    Any idea if corporate rates have gone up also?
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  • clarkysdonga

    clarkysdonga

    1 Aug, 2017 01:25 pm

    Priority Pass all the way baby
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    1 Aug, 2017 01:53 pm

    No coverage at Australian domestic airports so very limited usabilioty on that front. Not bad when flying international.
    No member give thanks

  • Alex_upgrade

    alex_upgrade77

    1 Aug, 2017 03:08 pm

    If I remember correctly, PP now give you a $36 credit at many premium F&B outlets at various domestic terminals? 
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  • Mitch Wilson

    MitchW

    6 Aug, 2017 04:29 pm

    Yes Alex, that is correct. I visited Bar Roma in Terminal 3 recently with my wife and received  2 x $36 off the bill. I need to point out that my PP membership tier allows 1 guest at no charge. In my opinion this option is better than QC as you get a proper meal.
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  • Jo Furbank

    Jo145

    1 Aug, 2017 02:11 pm

    On top of the 24% price hike 18 months ago ... I've given mine up, it's just not worth it.
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  • mviy

    mviy

    1 Aug, 2017 02:31 pm

    Whether things have improved depends a bit on what you use. Some lounges badly need improvement such as the one in Hobart, a capital city with a QF lounge that is terrible compared with the ones at airports such as the one at Cairns that don't even service a capital city!

    Also the moving of Jetstar to a separate domestic Terminal in some airports a while back made using the lounge impractical when flying Jetstar. Even where they do use the same terminal Lounges in airports such as Hobart are opened to cater for QF flights not Jetstar timings.

    The pricing change for QANTAS Club membership means that I'm now more keen that I was before to keep Gold or above status and progress towards Lifetime Gold which is perhaps exactly the reaction they're after.
    Member who gave thanks

    QF WP

  • GBRGB

    GBRGB

    1 Aug, 2017 02:54 pm

    Agree about Hobart and Townsville is the same, whilst not a capital the amount of govt and business travellers through TSV is very high yet the Qantas Club is smaller than my house, half the time it's so full I sit outside anyway just to get a seat, and about as dated as one could imagine, unless something changes I won't renew when my current QC membership expires.
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  • 11sjw

    11sjw

    1 Aug, 2017 05:27 pm

    You'd want to know you're flying regularly to justify the spend.  The food offering in a domestic QC is ordinary at best.
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    1 Aug, 2017 06:36 pm

    I've always considered it something that becomes worthwhile at silver level travel. Travel less than that and you may as well buy F&B in the terminal.
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  • lind26

    lind26

    1 Aug, 2017 08:19 pm

    Very true!
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  • Anthony Spasevski

    Zaps1971

    2 Aug, 2017 03:53 pm

    Why did it surprise anyone typical Qantas?????
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  • Paul Timmins

    Skippy

    2 Aug, 2017 03:58 pm

    I'm sitting in the PER QC right now, surrounded by high-vis-clad guests. I'd raise it with the staff, but the surly, dismissive response I received when enquiring about an upgrade a few minutes ago doesn't warrant any further engagement. Wondering whether I'll bother renewing.
    No member give thanks

  • traveller90

    traveller90

    2 Aug, 2017 09:36 pm

    Flight Deck / Qantas Club lounges were great in the 80's and 90's for those who remember, then with the collapse of Ansett and Golden Wing Lounges, QF lounges devalued their offerings due to lack of competition. Virgin lounges then evolved but were little competition to the corporate hold held by QF.

    Simply without solid competition QF domestic lounges will continue to provide a watered down product with increased prices, while they will try to hold ground against the competitors with their international product, thought with their MEL international lounge it makes you wonder what they are thinking.

    I supose though if we remember prior to the late 80's the only lounge access QF provided was if you flew internationally in either J or F/P,  then at least now we have a lounge can buy into if we choose.

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  • Matt Brown

    mdbrown

    20 Oct, 2017 10:11 pm

    Im a FIFO worker and I don't wear Hi-vis in the Perth lounge. You cant judge someone from the shirt they wear. I'll tell you now that on our planes and our buses we are exemplary travellers. Almost robotic sheep like order. No noise, no music, no talking on mobiles near others, seat belts on and off only when told, everyone stays in there seats and get off in perfect order, left to right, front to back, usually in silence. Maybe the staff who attended to your enquiry pre judged you.
    No member give thanks

  • Col Short

    Col Short

    2 Aug, 2017 04:02 pm

    Well I hope they spend some cash on the Melbourne domestic QC.It certainly has a way to go to get someplace near some of the other QCs around Australia - and they aren't all that luxurious. 
    No member give thanks

  • Kent Hughes

    QAtraveller

    2 Aug, 2017 04:05 pm

    I just had the dubious pleasure of using the Sydney Business Class lounge at the international airport there was standing room only. The overseas lounges are great. This new increase in cost is high and it is really those that don't fly that much that are really paying. I only reason I accept to pay the cost for the lounge is because sitting in airports now is just a terrible thing to have to do. For example 2 weeks ago my flight with QANTAS was delayed for over 14 hours and I was thankful that I could sit in the lounge.
    No member give thanks

  • BevanMcBevan

    BevanMcBevan

    3 Aug, 2017 11:31 am

    Look QF do a great job in the International Lounges (LAX & SIN for example). Domestically, if you've never been to other Domestic Lounges globally you'd probably complain. So, on an international scale the QF Lounge ain't that bad. Not too sure? Fly American or United to do a check & balance.
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  • Bill

    QF_ALT

    6 Aug, 2017 11:55 am

    QF does a great job? Really? Other than the SYD/MEL F lounges they are miles behind. The QF lounge in SIN is average at best. Try the CX F lounges in HK (any of them) or the JAL F lounge at either NRT or HND for comparison. It's not just about the lounge per se, it's the service standard provided by their personnel.  QF has completely lost its way. As an aside, I note that AJ has recently announced that QF will upgrade its J seats. Good news - for those still flying QF J in 10 year old seats (are there any?). The Asian & Middle Eastern carriers have redefined premium travel.  
    No member give thanks

  • lindacad

    lindacad

    7 Aug, 2017 10:32 am

    I am not sure why high-vis shirts present an issue.  I purchase QC for the facilities, not for the attire/company of others.
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  • Matt Brown

    mdbrown

    20 Oct, 2017 10:04 pm

    What does the $399 joining fee pay for? I know for a fact its not an admin related cost. Plucked out of thin air? My QC membership just ran out, I wasn't aware, and they are currently very hardball and charging people the re-joining fee after being members for many years with all our details in the system. Don't rely on Qantas to remind you.
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  • Cyphar

    Cyphar

    13 Nov, 2017 01:05 pm

    Weeds out mass membership. If it was too cheap with no joining fee, then the lounges would be even busier
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