Qantas Waiving Qantas Club Joining Fee

If you're a regular traveller, being a member of an airline lounge can pay off with access to Wi-Fi, power and the odd free meal. Until October 14, Qantas is waiving the $370 signup fee for new memberships.

That doesn't make the process free -- you'll still have to pay $435 for annual membership, so it's not likely to be worth it if you only make a handful of trips each year. If you're a relatively regular flyer and have contemplated membership in the past, it might be worth it. (I can't imagine not being a member of a lounge, but then again I can't imagine most people getting on planes anywhere as much as I do.)

Qantas via Ozbargain


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    I fly a different airline each time. Why isn't there a company which has a generic club at each airport - if you are flying any airline that day you pay $15 per entry or something and get use of the workspace and coffee etc.
    Alternatively each airline (incl Qantas) should have a pay per entry option - like what Jetstar are toying with on the Gold Coast.

      Priority Pass works on that model, but doesn't cover any Australian domestic locations.

        Looked up Priority Pass. Domestic in Syd (T2), Bris. Intl in Melbourne. $100/yr + $29/entry. Patchy coverage and the annual bit is expensive. If they had Syd Intl as well, it may be worth it for me.

          It's particularly poor value for Sydney domestic, given that it's the Virgin lounge, which is $30 per entry casual anyway if you book in advance. I guess it might be useful if you were flying Rex or QantasLink.

      VirginBlue do have a pay per entry option. It is $30 from memory.

      I do find it annoying I have to fly with the specific airline to use my lounge membership. If I own a membership, should I be able to use it whenever I am at the airport? If I choose a different airline I have to miss out on the use of my membership. Annoying.

    i can't imagine having to pay for lounge access!!

    personally, i find qantas a pretty ho-hum airline at the best of times, so prefer flying singapore air or other star alliance carriers. i fly internationally about twice a month, and with that frequency, i'd be absolutely upset that i have to pay an annual membership fee for lounge access.

    as for domestic travel, i hardly ever fly interstate, so not really a concern for me.

      Most airlines (including Qantas) offer complimentary membership to people who fly extremely frequently, but that's a small percentage of the overall flyer base.

        most airlines don't actually give a "membership" to a lounge, but provide full access to theirs and partner lounges based on frequent flyer status.

        And I can't really agree to your statement that this is made available to "people who fly extremely frequently", considering lounge access is available from about 40,000 miles on some of the low requirement frequent flyer programs.

        That's basically two return economy flights to the US.

        Sure, it's more than your average holiday flyer would do, but it's a very modest amount for business flyers, and hardly what you'd call "extremely frequent".

          Way to go on the in-depth analysis of a passing comment. But it doesn't appear to be true that two return economy flights would get you lounge access on any of the airlines that actually fly between the US and Australia (since that's the example you used):

          * On Qantas, that's worth 180 status credits -- free lounge access requires Gold (700 credits in a year).
          * On V Australia , that's worth 40,000 status credits at most (and as little as 10,000 depending on the price of the ticket) -- free lounge access requires Gold (50,000 status credits in a year).
          * On United, that's worth (at best) 40,000 miles -- free lounge access requires Premier Executive (50,000 miles in a year). (United also doesn't give you any domestic lounge access benefits.)

        Way to go with your snide comment.

        For a guy who claims to travel so frequently that you don't know anyone who travels more than you, you really don't know much about the ins-and-outs of travel benefits.

        Let me educate you a bit...

        With my example (which is also about star alliance), let me spell it out for you:

        * all star alliance airlines credit miles to other star alliance frequent flyer programs
        * joining a star alliance frequent flyer program is free
        * as you rightly say, United credits 40,000 for 2 return trips to the US
        * Asiana promotes 40,000 tier members to what they term Diamond Class, which is also a Star Alliance Gold tier
        * among other benefits, star alliance gold will get you access to ALL star alliance lounges when flying with one of their carriers, including ALL United Red Carpet lounges

        to make matters clear, as a reader of a blog, it's OK for ME to write a passing comment. YOU, as a supposed journalist being paid for this gig, at the very least, needs to make sure there's some accuracy to what you write

          Interesting possible strategy -- but you'd still have zero access to an Australian domestic lounge for any other flights, which isn't the case with the Qantas or Virgin schemes. Flyerwiki also suggests that 40,000 is the _renewal_ target for Asiana, while the qualifying amount to initially reach Diamond status is 100,000 miles. If that's correct, you'd need 2.5 times the number of flights you've suggested.

          As such, I'm going to stick by my comment that you need to be an "extremely frequent" flyer to get out of paying for lounge access, and point out that your disagreeing with one adjective (which is still what your abusive remarks amount to) is hardly a basis for claiming mammoth inaccuracy as you have here.

    Couldn't really give a shit either way as I'm one of those low-rent travellers who's happy to stick the 3G stick in the side of the Macbook in the cattle-class food court, but... sol has a point - you really ought to try and keep your cool when people disagree with you, even if you do perceive their comments as being 'snarky'. Doesn't seem very professional to me. Just my five cents ... don't go banning me.

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