Qantas has this morning released a 90-hour sale on new Qantas Club memberships. You’ll save 40 percent off the usual joining price when you join by 12th May 2017.

The offer only applies for one, two and four-year individual Qantas Club memberships (no corporate memberships). Members renewing an existing Qantas Club membership are not eligible for this offer.

TCM Qantas Club Brisbane lounge

The newly opened Brisbane International Lounge provides upscale amenities.

A Qantas Club membership provides those without elite ‘gold’ or ‘platinum’ status unlimited access to the network of Qantas lounges in Australian and overseas, provided you’re travelling on with a Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar flight that day. The lounges provide perks like food, beverages, showers and free WiFi access which can all come in handy before a flight or when transiting.

In addition to the Australian ‘Domestic’ lounges, access is provided the more upscale international terminal lounges – including the new combined Business and First Class Qantas lounge at Brisbane International Airport and lounges in Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles (access will also soon be provided to the flagship Qantas London Lounge, which is currently under construction).

Qantas Hong Kong Lounge

Pull up a seat at Neil Perry’s Spice Temple Bar, located within the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.

Qantas Club members also enjoy access a limited number of partner airline lounges; the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai will open their doors to members travelling on an onward flight that day with a Qantas marketed flight, and the American Airlines Admirals Club in London (Heathrow) is accessible to members embarking on a same-day Qantas operated and marketed flight.

In addition to individual lounge access, Qantas Club members gain access to the following benefits:

  • A complimentary guest visit each time you travel (both you and your guest need to be travelling together further that day on the same flight)
  • Access to ‘On Departure Upgrades’ using Qantas Points on Australian domestic flights
  • Additional checked baggage allowance when travelling on Economy or Premium economy and Priority check-in on Qantas flights, and
  • Discounts on Qantas Meeting Rooms in Australia.

So is it worth your while in joining? We’ve crunched the numbers for the individual membership options below:

Joining Period Full price Sale price (ends 12 May) Cost of 1 visit per fortnight
1 year $895 $537 $20.65
2 years $1310 $785 $15.09
4 years $2140 $1284 $12.34

As you can see, if you join for a year at the discounted price, you’d pay around $20.65 each visit, provided you are able to take advantage of a Qantas Club visit once a fortnight. The price decreases to just over $15 per visit for the two year option, and down to $12.34 for the four year option.

If you don’t hold Qantas elite gold or platinum status but travel frequently in economy on Qantas metal, then joining could well be worth your while. This is particularly the case if you often travel through international ports which offer access to the more upscale Qantas lounges. But if your travel is less frequent (i.e. less than once per month) and mainly domestic, then you’re probably better off buying a meal and a few beverages within the terminal when you fly.

We’d also caution against speculatively purchasing the four year option – while it’s competitively priced, if you travel frequently, chances are that you may work your way up to gold status over time, which offers free Qantas lounge access.

And finally, if you hold a stack of Qantas points, it’s important to note that upgrading to the pointy end of the plane will grant you Lounge access in any case – so if you’re planning to upgrade most of your Qantas travel for the foreseeable future, it’s probably not worth biting.

You can access the offer here.