The ultimate unofficial Qantas Club guide and FAQ

The ultimate unofficial Qantas Club guide and FAQ

Qantas Club membership gives travellers a nice mix of the usual Silver and Gold-grade Qantas Frequent Flyer perks, but in exchange for an upfront membership fee rather than being earned through frequent travel.

Among them – access to Qantas and selected partner airline lounges, priority check-in, a boosted baggage allowance and the ability to upgrade to business class at the airport.

If you’re not familiar with the Qantas Club, here are the basics to get you started.

Qantas Club: airport lounge access

Paid-up members have access to domestic Qantas Club lounges whenever travelling onwards with Qantas or Jetstar, and can bring one guest into the lounge at no extra charge.

Internationally, the basic rule is that wherever Qantas flies its own aircraft, Qantas Club members can use the same lounge as business class passengers on that flight.

On home soil and in ports such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Auckland that’s the Qantas international business class lounges, and in Los Angeles it’s the combined Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific ‘Oneworld lounge’.

In other cities on the Qantas network where the Red Roo doesn’t have its own lounge facilities – including Dallas, Shanghai, London and New York – access is provided to partner airline ‘associated lounges’ and varies from airport to airport.

For a full list of these associated lounges, visit the Qantas website.

Qantas Club: lounge access with other airlines

The Emirates business class lounge in Dubai opens its door to Qantas Club members travelling onward on a QF flight number, although all other Emirates lounges are off-limits to these travellers.

In airports with a Qantas-operated lounge, access is also offered when booked on a Qantas codeshare flight – including the Qantas lounges in Australia when travelling with Emirates, China Eastern, Fiji Airways and more.

Finally, American Airlines Admirals Clubs welcome Qantas Club members the world over when jetting onwards on a QF or AA flight number – the latter being a less-publicised perk of the program.

Qantas Club: extra benefits

Your membership also buys access to the priority check-in queues when travelling with Qantas, a higher 32kg baggage allowance on domestic economy flights, and an extra 12kg of baggage when jetting abroad with Qantas or Emirates to most destinations.

On flights to North and South America – including Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Honolulu and Santiago – you’re instead given an extra checked bag in economy and premium economy.

Using your lounge access privileges, you’ll be able to request an ‘on departure upgrade’ to business class on domestic flights using your Qantas Points, or if you’re stuck on standby, you’ll receive priority treatment over Bronze frequent flyers and non-members.

Finally, Qantas Club members can book Qantas’ airport meeting rooms at discounted rates – sometimes at less than half the normal asking price.

Qantas Club FAQ

Membership basics

How much does Qantas Club membership cost?

Aussie residents pay either $510 for a one-year membership, $925 for two years or $1,755 for four years, with a one-off joining fee of $385.

Existing Qantas Club membership can also secure a cheaper membership for their partner at just $340, $600 and $1,095, respectively, with a lesser $200 joining fee.

Discounted corporate rates are also available to groups of 10 travellers or more, where the joining fee is reduced from $385 per person to $240, and the cost in the first year $420 rather than $510 – an overall saving of $235 each, or $2,350 in a group of ten.

Is Qantas Club membership worth the cost?

That ultimately depends on your individual travel patterns, but if you're normally stuck buying the cheapest fares in economy and are earning as few as 10 status credits on every flight, it could well be worth it.

You'll need to earn 700 status credits to qualify for Gold frequent flyer status and thus free airport lounge access, which is a staggering 35 round trips from Sydney to Melbourne on those discount economy tickets in a single year.

Assuming you're forking out the one-year membership fee and the full joining fee (totalling $895), you'll have 70 opportunities to visit the lounges before reaching Gold, making the net cost of each visit $12.79 and easily justifiable.

But if your travel is far less frequent, calculate your 'cost per visit' and decide based on your personal circumstances.

Can I bring more than one adult guest into the lounge?

Yes – you will need to purchase an ‘Annual Guest Card’, which allows you to bring an extra guest when visiting Qantas-operated lounges throughout the year.

The card on its own affords no lounge access privileges, and is only valid when the guest is entering at the same time as the paid-up Qantas Club member.

An Annual Guest card sets you back $350 per year with slightly cheaper rates available to residents of foreign countries.

Travellers can also redeem their Qantas Frequent Flyer points for lounge memberships and Annual Guest Cards, although you’ll only get roughly half a cent per point redeemed – so we’d suggest keeping them for your next upgrade to business class.

Can I bring children into the lounge?

Yes, and in some lounges they can enjoy a dedicated 'kid zone' or 'family zone', but the guesting rules vary depending on which airline operates the lounge you’re visiting.

Qantas allows Qantas Club members to bring two children aged between four and 17 years into the lounge in addition to one adult guest, plus any accompanying infants aged three years and younger.

The 'Kid Zone' in the new Darwin Airport Qantas Club lounge

In Dubai, Emirates considers all travellers to be guests regardless of age, and doesn’t recognise Annual Guest Cards – so for a Qantas Club member, their partner and a child to all have lounge access, you’d need to pay for a second, full-rate Qantas Club membership.

For other lounges, refer to the Qantas website.

Can I buy Qantas Club guest passes on eBay?

No, and in fact you shouldn't be able to buy them anywhere. While Qantas does hand out complimentary invitations to use its domestic Qantas Club and international Qantas Business Lounges, these are not intended for sale.

They can be given away to family, friends, colleagues or even a random stranger at the check-in line if that's your fancy – but selling the cards is not allowed, which is why eBay is now blocking frequent flyers from listing these 'free' invitations for online auction.

Read: eBay cracks down on sales of 'free' Qantas Club lounge passes

What happens if I pay for a Qantas Club membership but then progress to Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold before it expires?

Gold frequent flyers essentially receive free Qantas Club membership among other alliance-wide perks, so when you climb the status ladder beyond the Silver tier, your paid Qantas Club membership is paused.

Should you subsequently drop from Gold status down back down to Silver or even Bronze, your remaining period of paid Qantas Club membership automatically resumes from where you left off.

And if you happen to achieve Lifetime Gold status before being able to utilise your full paid Qantas Club membership, contact Qantas to discuss your refund options.

Lounge access at home and abroad

Can I use Emirates lounges?

Not within Australia – if you’re travelling with Emirates and are booked on a Qantas (QF) flight number, you can instead visit the Qantas international business class lounges in Australia before you depart.

Head to the Qantas business class lounge in Brisbane if it's open before your flight.

You can, however, access the Emirates business class lounge in Dubai when flying onwards with Qantas or Emirates on a QF flight number, although access in other ports such as Paris, Rome, London Gatwick and Frankfurt isn’t offered – even if you booked a Qantas codeshare flight.

Can I use the Qantas lounge before a Qantas flight with a BA, MU, EK or other codeshare flight number?

No. Even if you’re travelling on a Qantas aircraft with a kangaroo on the tail, you only enjoy lounge access if your ticket shows a Qantas or Jetstar flight number.

For example, British Airways codeshares on Qantas’ flights from Brisbane to Singapore – so if you book on the BA flight number, your Qantas Club membership won’t afford any lounge access.

Do I get lounge access when flying with other airlines such as Cathay Pacific, British Airways or even Virgin Australia?

No, with the exception of American Airlines where you can visit the Admirals Club lounges, or if your next onward flight was booked on a QF codeshare and there’s a Qantas-operated lounge at that airport.

Want to visit the Qantas Hong Kong lounge? You'll need to fly with Qantas.

Can I visit the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge at Nadi Airport?

No. While Qantas does codeshare on Fiji Airways flights from Nadi (in addition to operating Jetstar flights between Fiji and Australia), Qantas doesn’t fly its own aircraft to Nadi and thus Qantas Club members have no access to this lounge.

The Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge is open to Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers when travelling onwards on a Qantas (QF) or Fiji Airways (FJ) flight number.

Alternately, Priority Pass members can visit this lounge regardless of the airline they’re travelling with.

Can Qantas Club members still access the BA Galleries or Terrace lounges?

Unfortunately not – this privilege was discontinued when Qantas ended its reciprocal partnership with British Airways to instead align with Emirates on flights to Europe.

The only exception to the rule is the BA Galleries Lounge in Terminal 7 at New York’s JFK airport, to which Qantas provides access for Qantas Club members homeward bound on QF108 to Los Angeles and beyond.

Qantas Frequent Flyers, including Qantas Club members, can still earn frequent flyer points and status credits on BA flights, and Gold and Platinum members (Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire) can continue to visit the British Airways lounges under the standard Oneworld access rules.

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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!
 

41 comments

  • S

    S

    27 Jan, 2015 10:30 am

    Wow... this article is written as though the reader is a naughty child being told off.

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    Mehran

  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    27 Jan, 2015 10:54 am

    Don't like hearing the word 'no'?

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  • Mehran Asadi

    Mehran

    14 May, 2017 10:49 am

    Lol makes you not to join, even if you were intended to. 
    Complimentary passes can be purchased from gumtree. 
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  • davar98

    davar98

    27 Jan, 2015 12:10 pm

    . . . which is exactly how Qantas treats its QC members.

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  • Ian Thong

    ithongy

    27 Jan, 2015 01:56 pm

    Think you can still use AS Boardroom despite flying AS metal with a AA flight no. I've done this years ago and can also bring in a guest at LAX. 

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  • Jono

    Jono

    29 Jan, 2015 02:46 pm

    I wish QF made this as simple as UA and AC do. That is $665CAD ($673AUD) a year for use of any Star Alliance lounge whilst travelling on an AC or any Star Alliance coded ticket, (that’s a total of 1,269 destinations).

    It seem better value than ‘$895 per year for use of any QF affiliated lounge when traveling on a JQ, AA or QF coded ticket’. (That’s a choice of 77 destinations). I’ve excluded EK and AA destinations as correct me if I’m wrong, but you’re not guaranteed entry at those destinations.

    [I wasn't able to find details on the joining fees, so we may need to subtract a few hundred from those sums as that isn't the total annual cost].

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  • Nalin Wickramasinghe

    wicks21

    30 Jan, 2015 10:07 am

    Am I able to use Qantas lounge passes in Santiago? - I am on QF27/28. I am not a member but have some passes?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    6 Feb, 2015 12:07 pm

    Nope, the lounge in Santiago is operated by American Airlines. Qantas Club passes can only be used in Qantas-operated lounges.

    You will, however, be able to use the Qantas International Business Lounge in Sydney before you depart Australia on QF27.

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  • GDC

    GDC

    30 Jan, 2015 11:43 am

    As an alternative the is the promotion of the Priority Pass for Visa Platinum or Infinite cardholders. www. prioritypass .com/ VSINAP

    Discount of 50% on the Standard Membership, where you'll pay an annual fee of US$50 and US$27 per person every time that you access one of the lounges and you are not locked to any airline or its alliance.

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  • Christopher Stewart Turnley Sippy Downs

    turnley

    15 Feb, 2015 04:24 pm

    Does Qantas Club Partner membership entitle the partner to take in a guest?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    25 Feb, 2015 09:51 am

    Yes, a partner membership is the same as a standard membership but at a reduced price.

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  • Jackson

    Jackson

    25 Feb, 2015 01:44 am

    What I would be interested to know is where Qantas-operated international lounges are actually located outside of Australia. Of course there's a lot of talk these days about the fantastic Singapore, Hong Kong and business and first lounges in LA, but I get a bit confused on the Qantas site as to which other lounges are actually operated by QF or not....

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    25 Feb, 2015 09:50 am

    Jacksonthe link provided in the article to the Qantas website shows which are operated by Qantas and which aren't.

    For a full list of these associated lounges, visit the Qantas website.

    (On that page, 'international lounges' and 'international business lounges' are operated by Qantas, 'associated lounges' aren't.)

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  • David Cameron

    Daviddc

    17 Apr, 2015 03:40 pm

    I have a Life membership of the Qantas Club bought in 1993. Can I take 1guest flying on Jetstar into an Australian domestic lounge when she is flying but I am not ?

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  • Laura1245

    Laura1245

    29 Apr, 2015 09:15 pm

    Hi, am I able to use the 30 day admirals club membership to access the Qantas club in Singapore when flying on qf8404 to Melbourne (operated by Emirates)? Thanks

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  • Colin Bale

    colin2206

    17 Jun, 2015 02:14 pm

    Can my 18 year old son use a complimentary Qantas Club guest pass at Los Angeles on his flight from JFK to SYD?

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  • Ckh

    Ckh

    7 Jul, 2015 04:48 pm

    If I have a bronze membership but upgrade my flight to premium economy or business etc would I still be entitled to the lounges? And would I be anle to bring a +1?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    7 Jul, 2015 06:11 pm

    Qantas premium economy tickets don't include lounge access unless you're already a Qantas Club member or are a Gold frequent flyer (or above).

    An International business class ticket with Qantas lets you bring one guest into Qantas lounges who must be on the same flight. For domestic business class flights, one guest is permitted but doesn't need to be travelling.

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  • Julie Thomas

    juliethomas

    13 Jul, 2015 12:08 am

    Hi, can you please clarify for me if I can access the Qantas lounge in Perth when flying Emirates or does my Qantas club membership give me access to the Emirates lounge. 

    Also, which lounge can I access in Dubai and in London for the return trip. 

    Thanks, appreciate your help, Julie 

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    13 Jul, 2015 09:44 am

    Hi Julie, the answers to all of your questions were in the article:

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    Can I use Emirates lounges?

    Not within Australia – if you’re travelling with Emirates and are booked on a Qantas (QF) flight number, you can instead visit the Qantas international business class lounges in Australia before you depart.

    You can, however, access the Emirates business class lounge in Dubai when flying onwards with Qantas or Emirates on a QF flight number...

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    In other cities on the Qantas network where the Red Roo doesn’t have its own lounge facilities – including Dallas, Shanghai, London and New York – access is provided to partner airline ‘associated lounges’ and varies from airport to airport.

    For a full list of these associated lounges, visit the Qantas website.

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    (If you aren't booked on the QF flight number, you have no lounge access. You also have no access to Emirates' Australian lounges in either case, but do have access in Dubai.)

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  • HHelen

    HHelen

    23 Jul, 2015 12:14 pm

    what about gold members? if flying international on non QF/codeshare airline, can we access the business lounge?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    23 Jul, 2015 12:33 pm

    Hi Helen, this is a guide only to the paid Qantas Club program. Please see our separate guide to Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, which covers lounge access rules and much more.

    Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold: the unofficial guide

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  • Victoria

    VictoriaC

    28 Jul, 2015 04:46 pm

    Hi

    I understand that I am able to access the Emirates lounge in Dubai, but as a Qantas Club customer or a Gold Qantas Frequent Flyer am I able to access any Emirates lounges outside Dubai?

    For example, I am thinking of catching a flight from Venice to Singapore. Even when booked through the Qantas website they push me onto their codeshare partner Emirates. Am I able to use the Emirates lounge (if there is one) in Venice?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    28 Jul, 2015 05:51 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    This is covered in the FAQ above:

    "You can access the Emirates business class lounge in Dubai when flying onwards with Qantas or Emirates on a QF flight number, although access in other ports such as Paris, Rome, London Gatwick and Frankfurt isn’t offered – even if you booked a Qantas codeshare flight."

    However, you have also mentioned Qantas Gold – Qantas Gold does give you Emirates lounge access wherever possible when flying with Emirates on the QF or EK flight number, but Qantas Club only provides Emirates lounge access in Dubai, not in other ports.

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  • Daniel

    traveldan

    18 Oct, 2015 08:24 pm

    Hi,

    I am a Silver QFF and hence have the single Qantas Club complimentary invitation. I am flying Sydney to Paris (both Qantas code flights) and was wondering whether my complimentary invitation would allow me to access the Emirates lounge in Dubai on my stopover? Although it is a 'Qantas Club Invitation' I'm skeptical as to whether I would actually be allowed in?

    Cheers,

    Dan

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  • hutch

    hutch

    4 Nov, 2015 07:49 pm

    No it won't... it's a Qantas Club or Int Business Lounge invitation. The lounge in Dubai is a Emirates Lounge. Details are on the back oif the pass.

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  • Justin Case

    justin case

    1 Dec, 2015 11:04 am

    Hi Chris, I was just wondering if I can use my wifes Qantas gold freq flyer card to access the qantas lounge if i'm not flyiing with her. I know I can be her guest anytime I am with her.

    Cheers,

    Justin Loel

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    1 Dec, 2015 11:14 am

    Hi Justin, no – benefits are not transferable and you may find the card confiscated if you try to do this. You'll need your own Qantas Club membership or to be travelling with your wife to have access to the lounges.

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  • GrantP

    GrantP

    19 Dec, 2015 09:30 am

    Can kids accompany adults using guest passes to Qantas Club (through ANZ Black FF card)?

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  • rlk

    rlk

    3 Jan, 2016 09:12 pm

    Qantas used to offer half price QClub membership to those that alreay had it I beleive so it was circa $4-500 per year instead of $9-1000 per year. Does this still happen? The reason I ask is I had Q Club then went up to Gold for a few years and now im looking likly to lose gold so I wondered if I could still access the half price QClub price or if I have to go back to squaere 1? 

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  • kamere

    kamere

    20 Feb, 2016 09:03 am

    Qantas YVR -SYD can I access  the BA lounge or any other lounge in YVR prior if:

    I have a business seat or 

    Qantas Club Mship or

    Qantas Club Silver?

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    Hi, I cant seem to find anythng on Yvr lounge access for QC members.  Now that Q flies there seasonally what options do travellers have for departures or arrivals?

    Even flying on J seat w/o qc mship?

    thank you

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    22 Feb, 2016 10:01 am

    Hi kamere, as this information isn't listed in Qantas' own public lounge guide your best bet would be to contact Qantas directly.

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  • kamere

    kamere

    26 Feb, 2016 08:04 am

    HI Chris,  I rang QC to clarify about lounge access in YVR for QC m'ship.  Nothing.

    She did not give a definite answer as to whether gold and above or J Pax could enter any lounges prior to flight.  I see OW- BA galleries gate 64 and  CX lounges.

    Any suggestions from passengers that have flown this QF route Yvr-Syd?

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  • trinedom

    trinedom

    24 Apr, 2016 10:40 pm

    we have 2 adults and 3 kids travelling.  One adult is a qantas club member and we are considering a partner membership for the other.  What do you think our chances are of the Emirates Business Lounge letting us in with the additional child (2 years old)?

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  • trinedom

    trinedom

    24 Apr, 2016 10:43 pm

    sorry should have said we are travelling on a QF flight number

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  • Garym85

    Garym85

    3 Jul, 2016 03:29 am

    Hi all, first time using this site but hopefully using much more when I move to oz. 

     

    I am from GB, and travelling from Scotland to Perth in a couple of months. 

    I am not a quantas club member, but a British Airways Silver card holder. This is sapphire oneworld status which gets me lounge access, priority check in,boarding and baggage allowance. 

    with the flight I am looking to book, it is with Quantas but operated by Emirates via Dubai. 

    My question is- will my sapphire status, and by booking a 'QF' flight allow my status benefits on my journey! I.e... Will I be able to use the Emiates/Quantas lounges? 

     

    Thanks

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  • Ray Huttenmeister

    Ray Hutt

    13 Feb, 2017 11:28 pm

    Will Qantas Partner Membership give me access to the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai when travelling alone or with my wife, who is a full Qantas Club Member?
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  • Garym85

    Garym85

    14 Feb, 2017 12:17 am

    I recently travelled from LHR to SYD via Dubai with Qantas. I have sapphire One World Status from British Airways and had no problem accessing Emirates Business lounge in Dubai.

    I am sure you will be allowed to access..if not Emirates are now allowing access for a fee too. 
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  • Grant Grosser

    Grant

    19 Feb, 2017 10:48 am

    Was about to sign up my wife as a Partner for QC but not sure it will get her into Emirates lounge at Dubai - she's on EK flights to Glasgow from Perth. Can you shed any light on this?
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  • Tom_Barrow

    Tom_Barrow

    19 Jun, 2018 03:41 pm

    Hi there,
    Would a Qantas Club Membership or Qantas Lounge Invite as a Silver Member gain access to the Emirates lounge in Munich with a QF flight number?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    19 Jun, 2018 03:47 pm

    Hi Tom, this was covered in the article: please take the time to read it before commenting.
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