Qantas: International First Lounges to re-open 19 April – Official
The rumor is true. Qantas is re-opening its fabulous first lounges in Melbourne and Sydney and its International Lounge in Brisbane to co-incide with the launch of the trans-Tasman bubble requiring no quarantine when travelling between Australia and New Zealand in either direction.
“If you’re making a comeback, you should do it in style. That’s why we’ve decided to open our First lounges ahead of our other lounges and give more of our customers the opportunity to experience them.Alan Joyce, CEO Qantas Group
Our lounges are a second home for many frequent flyers when they’re on the road and we know their re-opening will be well received.”
Qantas will be extending membership privileges for entry to the International First lounge to customers travelling in Business, Gold Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members until there is enough flyers to re-open the neighbouring Business lounges.
So if you have ever wondered what the experience is like – not is your chance – you just need to buy a ticket to New Zealand.
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Accor will continue to manage the lounges
With the signing of another 7 year agreement, the international hotel and hospitality group Accor will continue to run the lounges as it has done since 2007.
Salt and Pepper Squid
First Lounge customers will again be able to sample the a la carte menu by Neil Perry with the ever-popular salt and pepper squid with green chilli dipping sauces.
Most Australian Lounges re-opened
With the exception of its international business lounges, Qantas has reopened most of its 35 Qantas Club Business and Chairman’s lounges across Australia. The remainder of its international lounges in Australia and overseas will need to wait until international borders reopen and Qantas resumes the rest of its international network.
If you have Qantas Club paid membership then it has already been extended by six months if your anniversary is between 23 March 2020 and February 2024.
Qantas Frequent Flyer has also extended members tier status for 12 months.
I love digital, except when my phone dies, which happened to me on the last night of my recent visit to New Zealand
Stop interrupting me! I’m trying to book my trans-Tasman trip so I can visit the First Lounge!