The best ways to use complimentary Qantas Club lounge passes

The best ways to use complimentary Qantas Club lounge passes

Complimentary Qantas Club invitations are your ticket to some pre-flight time in the airport lounge, with Silver-level frequent flyers offered one invitation each year and selected credit cardholders given two annual visits – but what are the best ways to use these great gratis passes?

Sure, you could pay a visit to the Qantas Club or a Qantas Regional Lounge for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat before your next domestic flight, but arguably, these passes are better-spent when flying overseas: particularly in Qantas’ excellent business class lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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That’s because you’ll likely have more time to enjoy these lounges and all they have to offer – especially so before overnight flights home, taking advantage of shower facilities, bartender-mixed cocktails and then a pre-flight meal to maximise your sleep in the air.

You might also use a pass for access to Qantas’ new international business class lounge in Brisbane for a barista-made cuppa and breakfast ‘plate of the day’ when jetting abroad in the mornings, or a relaxing place to unwind with a beverage in-hand before a flight later in the day.

Other places where you can use these lounge invitations internationally include Tokyo (Narita only), Honolulu, Auckland and Wellington – in all cases, when travelling onward on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number – but with the notable exclusion of Los Angeles, Dubai and London.

Alternatively, they can also be used for entry into the Qantas international business class lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth: but these lounges are all relatively dated – so consider saving them for the international ports with the better lounges.

If your wallet wields a top-level American Express card like the AMEX Qantas Ultimate, Westpac Altitude Black, AMEX Explorer, AMEX Platinum Charge and more, you could instead use this card for complimentary access to Sydney Airport’s AMEX Lounge (rather than the Qantas lounge): saving your Qantas pass for another day.

And, if you’re already a Qantas Gold or Platinum frequent flyer and don’t need the lounge invitations for yourself, you can always use them to bring an extra guest into a lounge when travelling together, or can gift the invitations to a friend or family member to enjoy the lounge in your absence.

Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • anna100


    30 Jun, 2017 03:38 pm

    Coming LAX - BNE on AA J connecting to a QF J SYD.  I can access this new BNE lounge can't I, never done BNE i before.   Do they have a make it your self fresh juice machine?   :) Thanks 
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  • Chris Chamberlin


    30 Jun, 2017 04:08 pm

    As you're flying Brisbane-Sydney on a domestic flight you'll have access to the domestic Qantas Club lounge only using a complimentary pass - not the domestic business class lounge or the international lounge which is in a different terminal.
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  • Ross


    30 Jun, 2017 05:05 pm

    As you are flying QF J BNE-SYD you will have access to the Domestic Business lounge in BNE and not require a pass at all.
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  • Chris Chamberlin


    30 Jun, 2017 05:19 pm

    Right you are - missed the 'business class' bit (my mind was on lounge passes given the article). :)
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  • Nick  Sydney 348

    Nick Sydney 2

    30 Jun, 2017 06:50 pm

    The Sydney lounge is ok. Melbourne substandard.  Best of the bunch are HK and Singapore.  
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  • Sunrise


    3 Jul, 2017 04:19 pm

    - I am flying on Jetstar from Sydney to Honolulu;
    - have a complimentary a Qantas Club access pass;
    - am not a Qantas Club member; and
    - do not have a Qantas boarding pass

    Can I access the lounge? Thanks.
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  • Charlie

    Charlie Brodie

    3 Jul, 2017 05:53 pm

    As far as I am aware on a JQ ticket (any class) with a complimentary pass should be all fine to enter the QF International Business Lounge in SYD.
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  • Jason Lee


    13 Aug, 2018 08:34 pm

    My ticket is QF ticket Leaving Los Angeles on QF12 heading back to Sydney, can i use my complimentsry Qantas lounge pass to access Qantas business lounge LAX?
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  • Chris Chamberlin


    13 Aug, 2018 10:40 pm

    This is covered in the article.
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  • Steve Trivett


    1 Nov, 2018 04:39 pm

    I have received 2 complimentary Qantas Lounge passes and will be travelling with my wife and 3 kids. 16, 13 & 10 years old to Johannesburg.
    Will the children need passes to access the lounge with us ?
    Also are these passes able to be used on the return leg if we don’t use them in Sydney ?
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