Qantas Club Membership: Ultimate guide

Qantas Club membership unlocks access to lounges in Australia and overseas

Read on to find out whether joining the Qantas Club is worth your while in 2024. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about Qantas Club membership and crunch the numbers on pricing. 

Plus, we’ll highlight various ways to enter the frosted doors of the Qantas Club without holding a paid membership, or by leveraging a Qantas Club sale. 

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Is the Qantas Club worth joining in 2024?

An annual Qantas Club membership commands a significant fee, so its value proposition needs to be weighed up against your personal circumstances. 

As travel ramps back up, perhaps a Qantas Club membership could be worthwhile for the extra comforts.

However, before forking out, why not consider a Qantas credit card with complimentary entry? A Points Club membership and selected Qantas credit cards also offer two complimentary Qantas Club Lounge entries each year as a perk.

Or, read on to discover whether joining the Qantas Club could be worth your while this year. 

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Qantas Club Membership Overview

Qantas Club membership unlocks access to an extensive network of Qantas lounges in Australia and overseas, providing a premium space where travellers can relax before a flight whilst enjoying complimentary refreshments, high-speed internet, business and shower facilities. 

These benefits are provided regardless of your status tier or class of travel. You simply need to be flying with an eligible airline. 

Once you’re a carded-up Qantas Club member, you’ll also gain access to selected perks outside the Lounge when you fly Qantas. This includes priority check-in, preference for domestic upgrades and an additional checked baggage allowance. 

Which Qantas Clubs and Lounges can members access?

The Qantas network of lounges is the largest of any airline in Australia. Along with access to domestic Qantas Clubs in capital and regional cities, membership unlocks entry to a range of premium Qantas-operated lounges overseas. 

This includes the Qantas International Business Lounge, Qantas International Lounges (think London, Singapore and Hong Kong), and even selected Associated Lounges operated by partner airlines. 

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Qantas Club membership unlocks access to the Qantas International Business Lounge Singapore

However, Qantas Club members are unable to access Qantas Domestic Business Lounges, Qantas International First Lounges or the Chairman’s Lounge. 

More information about lounge access for Qantas Club members is provided further down this post.

What additional benefits does Qantas Club Membership provide?

Joining the Qantas Club provides access to a range of handy benefits, above and beyond access to individual Qantas Lounges. Key perks that members can access on the ground and in the sky include: 

  • Access for one guest (visitation rules vary between lounges) 
  • Access to ‘On Departure’ upgrades on Australian domestic flights (using Qantas points
  • Access to some partner lounges
  • Access to associated lounges in most airports (where there are no Qantas or partner airline lounges) 
  • Additional checked baggage allowance when travelling in Economy or Premium Economy 
  • Priority check-in for Qantas flights
  • Priority waitlist and airport standby, and 
  • Earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent on a Qantas Club membership or renewal 

Qantas Club members can also take advantage of a priority phone service by phoning 13 11 31. 

When can members access the Qantas Club?

Qantas Club Membership provides the primary member and one guest entry to Qantas Clubs and International Business Lounges prior to flying. Children aged 17 or under are generally admitted at the discretion of the lounge (more information is here). 

When travelling in Australia, you’ll need to be travelling on a flight with a Qantas or Jetstar flight code. When flying overseas, the access rules vary, but you’ll usually be able to visit a Qantas International, International Business Lounge or associated lounge when you’re flying with Qantas and have a QF flight number. Most lounges also offer access when you’re travelling on an international Jetstar flight with a JQ number. 

Note that access rules vary between lounges, and some restrictions may apply. For example, at the time of writing, Qantas Club members are unable to access regional Qantas Club Lounges in Port Hedland and Rockhampton due to government restrictions and health advice associated with COVID. When in doubt, check the Qantas website for up-to-date access information. 

How much does a Qantas Club Membership normally cost?

Access to the Qantas Club is convenient, but it doesn’t come cheap. Below, we’ve outlined the standard membership costs you can expect to pay. 

Qantas Club memberships are offered in one, two or four-year blocks – the longer membership periods typically offer better value. The usual pricing for individual membership in Australia in dollars and points is as follows: 

Individual Qantas Club membershipCost (renewal) $Cost (new membership + join fee) $Qantas Points redemption
1 year $540 $699 93,000 
2 years $980 $1,199 170,000 
4 years $1,850 $2,099 308,000 
Individual Qantas Club membership in Australia in dollars and points

While membership isn’t cheap by any means, you’ll receive 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent on Qantas Club memberships, which can help to sweeten the deal.

Discounts with Qantas Business Rewards

Though a Qantas Club membership is expensive, it could make sense for Qantas Business Rewards members who travel regularly for work. Access the comfort of airport lounges and priority benefits when flying can make a business trip that much smoother.

Qantas Business Rewards members can receive up to 30% off individual membership fees. However, the 4-year membership option is not available for Qantas Business Rewards memberships. Separate fees apply to Corporate and Partner memberships. 

Check out the Champagne Mile’s ultimate guide to Qantas Business Rewards for more information on why a Qantas Club membership could suit business travellers.

Can I join the Qantas Club with frequent flyer points?

Yes, in addition to forking out 16,000 Qantas points for the joining fee, you can also purchase a one, two or four-year membership at 93,000, 170,000 or 308,000 Qantas points respectively. 

But while Qantas points can be used to redeem for Qantas Club membership, this generally represents a poor use of points when compared with business or first class flights.

Qantas Club vs Virgin Australia Lounge membership 

Qantas and Virgin Australia are fierce rivals, and their airport lounges are no exception. While Qantas has the Qantas Club, Virgin offers Virgin Australia lounges. 

Choosing a lounge is going to depend on which airline you fly with. While the lounges offer similar amenities Qantas Club has a definite leg up with its number of lounge locations. It’s also a tad more kid-friendly for those travelling with young families. 

Consequently, a Qantas Club membership is more costly, especially since Virgin Australia has moved to waive joining fees for all lounge memberships. For the most frequent of travellers, Virgin Australia lounges also offer a lifetime membership costing $9,750 or $6,750. 

Here’s how Qantas Club and Virgin Australia lounges stack up at a glance: 

ClubQantas ClubVirgin lounge
Cost + joining fee 
(for a 1-year membership)
$540 + $99 $399 (no join fee)
Membership duration1 year, 2 years, 4 yearsAnnual or lifetime
Network size (domestic)227
Network size (international)7N/A
Family-friendlyYes: One adult guest,
complimentary access
for all aged 0-3
and up to 2 children aged 4-17
in Qantas-operated lounges
Yes: one adult guest and
2 children under the age of 11
Credit card accessQantas American Express Ultimate,
Qantas American Express Premium,
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black,
Qantas Premier Platinum,
Qantas Premier Titanium Credit Card,
BankSA Amplify Signature Visa,
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature Visa,
St.George Amplify Signature Visa
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures,
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer,
American Express Velocity Platinum,
Free Wi-FiYesYes
Business centreYesNo
How do Qantas Club and Virgin Australia lounges stack up at a glance?

How to visit the Qantas Club without paying

Before you commit to Qantas Club membership, it’s worth knowing that there is a range of ways you might be able to experience a Qantas Club or Lounge without being a carded-up member, or at a significant discount.

Get a credit card that offers Qantas Club passes

For a chance to sample the benefits of the Qantas Club a couple of times per year, why not consider choosing a credit card that offers complimentary passes to Qantas-owned and operated lounges before you shell out for a full membership? 

Many Qantas-linked credit cards offer two single entry passes to Qantas Clubs and selected International Lounges each year you hold the card. Taking up one of these cards can help you experience lounges at home or overseas – without breaking the bank. 

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The following credit cards offer two Qantas Club lounge passes each membership year:

Credit CardLounge passesSign-up bonus Qantas PointsOther perks
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card2x 75,000Complimentary Qantas Wine membership with $100 credit 
Qantas American Express Premium Card2x 30,000 Complimentary Qantas Wine membership 
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black2x Up to 130,000 Discounted Qantas Club membership 
Qantas Premier Platinum2x 80,000 Bonus points when purchasing Qantas products and services 
Qantas Premier Titanium Credit Card2x 150,00010% discount on selected Qantas flights twice a year 
BankSA Amplify Signature Visa2x 90,000 10% bonus on points earned on your previous birthday 
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature Visa2x 90,000 10% bonus on points earned on your previous birthday 
St.George Amplify Signature Visa2x 90,000 10% bonus on points earned on your previous birthday
Credit cards offer two Qantas Club lounge passes each membership year

You can browse our full range of Qantas-linked credit cards here.

Obtain Qantas Club Lounge access via Points Club 

Points Club is a relatively new tiered program geared towards rewarding members who earn points on the ground

A key benefit to Points Club is that membership offers two single-use Qantas Club lounge invitations per membership year. 

Points Club has two membership levels, with higher tiered Points Club Plus members receiving a complimentary 12-month digital Qantas Club membership for themselves, rather than the two complimentary lounge passes.

Each membership year, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can automatically unlock Points Club status upon earning up to a specific threshold of points in a membership year.

The table below sets out the two tiers and highlights the number of points required: 

Membership levelQantas Points NeededQantas Club access
Points Club 150,000 Qantas Points 2x single-use lounge passes each year
Points Club Plus 350,000 Qantas Points 12-month Qantas Club membership 
Points Club membership levels

RELATED: Qantas Points Club guide: Get rewarded from the couch

Qantas Club vs Points Club 

If you’ve considered purchasing a Qantas Club membership, but are shuddered at the high cost, then lounge invitations or complimentary access through Qantas Points Club could prove beneficial.

Here’s how a paid Qantas Club membership and Points Club Plus stack up at a glance: 

Qantas ClubPoints Club Plus
Cost/eligibility (per membership year) From $639 or 93,000 Qantas Points Unlocked with 350,000 Qantas Points-earn 
Earn Status Credits on award flightsNo Yes 
Physical Qantas Club membership cardYesNo
Lounge access Yes Yes 
Priority benefits Yes No 
How a paid Qantas Club membership and Points Club Plus stack up at a glance

Essentially, it depends how you earn your points. Are you a frequent flyer who could benefit from lounge access and priority benefits while racking up points in the sky or are you more of a frequent buyer who earns most points through an everyday spend on the ground?

As always, it’s important to consider which membership best suits the way you travel, spend and earn points. 

Purchase a single Qantas Club Lounge pass

If you’re not willing to invest in a Qantas Club membership or earn enough points to unlock Points Club perks, you may be able to purchase a single access pass.

Qantas occasionally sends email invitations to travellers, inviting them to purchase a lounge access pass. Emails are usually sent out between two to five days before the flight. 

This can be a good way of working out whether a Qantas Club membership is worth investing in before you commit. 

Take advantage of Qantas Club sales and promotions

From time to time, Qantas runs sales and promotions on Individual Qantas Club memberships. The offers can include discounted or waived joining fees, and a reduction on renewal fees. 

The most recent Qantas Club sale took place in April 2022, offering 50% off new individual Qantas Club memberships. It pays to scout the website for any current offers before signing up. 

We also publish all Qantas Club joining offers right here. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss out on the next one.

RELATED: Read the TCM Guide to Qantas Status Credits and membership tiers

Qantas Lounge tiers and locations

A network of over 50 Qantas Clubs and Lounges are operated in Australia and overseas.

While travel restrictions throughout the pandemic saw the closure of many Qantas Clubs and Lounges, most (with the exception of Port Headland, Rockhampton and some international lounges) have reopened.

However, Qantas has announced plans to upgrade its lounge network with new lounges in Adelaide, Auckland, as well as Port Headland and Rockhampton in the pipeline for 2023.

This multi-million dollar investment will see Qantas completely redesign and expand its existing lounge precinct at Auckland Airport, while Adelaide Airport will feature a completely new Qantas Business Lounge.

There are six different lounge types, of which three are accessible to Qantas Club members. These include: 

  • Domestic Qantas Club Lounges 
  • Qantas International Business Lounges 
  • Qantas International Lounges 

RELATED: Accessing Qantas Lounges: Complete guide 

Domestic Qantas Club Lounges

If you’re travelling domestically, you can expect to visit a Qantas Club before your flight. Qantas boasts domestic Qantas Clubs in no less than 24 locations. This includes all Australian capital cities and selected regional locations. 

At the time of writing, locations include: 

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Adelaide
(new lounge opening 2023)
DevonportMackay
Alice SpringsEmeraldMelbourne
BrisbaneGladstonePerth (T4)
BroomeGold CoastPort Headland
(reopening 2023)
CairnsHobartRockhampton
(reopening 2023)
CanberraKalgoorlieSydney (T3)
Coffs HarbourKarrathaTamworth
DarwinLauncestonTownsville
Qantas Club domestic network

Space at regional Qantas Club locations can get restricted, and as a result, they can tend to get crowded at peak times.

Qantas International Business Lounges

Qantas International Business Lounges are typically located airside in the international terminal. Open domestic Qantas Business lounges are located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

However, in smaller domestic airports, Qantas Clubs also double up as (arguably inferior) International Business Lounges. 

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The Qantas International Business Lounge, Sydney Airport

The Qantas International Business Lounge can be found in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Singapore and Sydney. 

Qantas International Lounges

If you’re thinking about joining the Qantas Club, you’ll want to maximise access to the small network of Qantas International Lounges. Why? These are premium combined business and first-class flagship lounges that you’ll want to spend some serious time in! 

Visitors to these high-quality spaces can expect to enjoy a la carte dining, premium beverage options and other high-end facilities. At the time of writing, locations include Brisbane, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney, London, Los Angeles and Perth.

Visitors to these high-quality spaces can expect to enjoy a la carte dining, premium beverage options and other high-end facilities. At the time of writing, locations include Brisbane, Hong Kong, London and Perth.

Associated Lounges

The amenities you can expect to see on offer at Qantas Clubs will vary by Lounge type and size. At the upper end, selected premium International Business Lounges offer a la carte dining options and lush facilities. However, smaller domestic Qantas Clubs may only offer limited refreshments and restricted seating. 

At a base level, you should expect to have access to the following amenities and facilities at any Qantas Club Lounge you visit: 

  • Refreshments: Food and drinks are offered at all locations, but the quality and format can vary widely. All Lounges offer tea and coffee stations, with larger lounges operating a barista coffee service in the morning. Domestic Qantas Clubs typically offer alcohol for consumption from midday onwards, while international lounges offer unrestricted access. Selected domestic lounges also offer a Quench station with a selection of hydrating drinks to support wellness during travel. 
  • Dining: International Business Lounges offer extensive food options, while smaller Qantas Clubs typically offer a limited selection. Seasonal menus are developed around local artisan producers and comforting favourites. 
  • Business facilities: While a lounge is a relaxation zone for many, it’s also a space where others can catch up on work. All Qantas Club lounges offer dedicated workstations where business travellers to power up, work and reconnect. 
  • Wi-Fi: Each time you visit a Qantas Club lounge, you can expect to access free WiFi, which is usually password protected. Wi-Fi speeds are variable and may depend on the location of the lounge. 

Daily newspapers and shower facilities are among some of the amenities that are sadly no longer offered due to health considerations surrounding COVID. 

Summing up: Qantas Club membership

A Qantas Club Membership can unlock comfort and convenience for leisure and business travellers – even when flying in economy. However, joining up doesn’t come cheap, so it’s important that you consider your own personal travel patterns before deciding to pay. 

It’s important to compare costs and access with Virgin Australia’s lounge network when considering whether a Qantas Club Membership could be for you. Alternatively, other paid memberships such as Priority Pass or Plaza Premium could better suit those who mostly travel internationally.

A Qantas Club membership can make sense if you plan to travel and can make use of a Qantas Lounge frequently (My general rule of thumb would be ten or more times per year), or if you can take advantage of one of the promotions that Qantas runs several times per year. It might also be worth joining if you could make multiple visits to one of the ultra-premium Business lounges, such as the Qantas Singapore or London Lounges. It’s also possible to earn Qantas Points when purchasing membership.

However, if you only travel infrequently, obtaining single-entry lounge passes through a Qantas co-brand credit card and a Points Club membership, or waiting for an invitation to purchase lounge access from Qantas can make much more financial sense. 

FAQ – Qantas Club

How do I access the Qantas Club? 

Qantas Club members can access The Qantas Club or QantasLink lounge in the departure port when their next onward flight is on that day and on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number. Download the Qantas App to view a Qantas Club membership card to access lounges and priority perks. 

How many Qantas Club Lounges are there? 

Qantas Club members can access over 130 of the following Qantas Club Lounges: Domestic Qantas Club Lounges, Qantas International Business Lounges and Qantas International Lounges. At the time of writing, Qantas International Lounges are located in: Brisbane, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney, London, Los Angeles and Perth. 

What’s the difference between Qantas Club and Points Club? 

Qantas Club is the Lounge membership tied to Qantas Frequent Flyer that gives access to domestic and international Lounges and priority benefits. Points Club and the higher-tiered Points Club Plus programs reward members who earn points on the ground. There is a cost to sign up for Qantas Club, while Points Club can be unlocked once Frequent Flyers earn over a points threshold in their membership year.

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3 thoughts on “Qantas Club Membership: Ultimate guide”

  1. Avatar for guesswho2000

    Hmm…I am currently WP, requal’d for next year, so min SG the following, which means the earliest I’ll be Silver is 2022. I thought it might be worth considering this to purchase and instantly suspend membership (much like would happen if you had QC and earned Gold), in case I end up dropping below in years to come, but it seems existing status pax can’t purchase it, is this correct?

    I know it might seem counterintuitive for someone with Platinum to pay for QC, but at this price there’s method in my madness, or so I thought.

  2. Avatar for David C

    Being a loyal QANTAS Club member why are we not allowed to get this deal added to our membership? How do i get an extra 2 years membership added as i have renewed my membership in May and have been advised i am not entitled to this type of deal.
    Very poor QANTAS for loyal members.
    Paid more for a 2 year membership than people are being offered now for 4 years.

  3. Avatar for CATHERIN Fisher

    My husband and myself are both members of the law society corporate membership.
    Last year we did not travel at all because of ill health husband still works aged 81 years.
    If we were to not to renew our memberships am I to beleive if we travel in the future we can pay for entrance to the lounge on esch trip

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