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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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