You can now buy access to the Qantas lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3

Oct 29, 2019

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Update 30 October 11:30 a.m.: A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to TPG that from time to time, the carrier will offer paid access to select lounges outside of peak hours. According to the spokesperson, “Paid access is dependent on sufficient space being available, after eligible customers from Qantas, Oneworld airlines and partner airlines are accommodated”.

The option to purchase lounge access is also available at Los Angeles (LAX), Hong Kong (HKG), Auckland (AKL), Wellington (WLG) and Perth (PER), though only during off-peak times and at the discretion of lounges.

Economy passengers travelling through London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 with no status now have access to another lounge option. Australian flag carrier Qantas said that it’s trialling allowing passengers to buy access to its T3 lounge for £55.

Regardless of a passenger’s airline of service, status or in which class they’re flying, Qantas will allow all to buy access to its lounge. As first reported by Executive Traveller and confirmed to TPG by a Qantas spokesperson, the walk-up rate is £55 for one-time access. You can read a full review of the Qantas lounge here.

(Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)

The airline is likely allowing passengers to purchase access in an effort bring people in its doors during its quiet periods. The lounge experiences high periods in the early morning before its 11:55 a.m. departure to Perth (PER) and again in the early evening prior to the carrier’s 8:35 p.m. departure for Singapore (SIN) and on to Sydney (SYD). Other than before those two Qantas-operated departures, the lounge gets significantly less traffic.

As a way to compensate for the lull periods, the carrier is likely turning to paid access. While status-holding passengers and those travelling in select premium cabins will have the option to enter the Qantas lounge throughout the day for free, T3 is known to have the best lounge options in Heathrow, meaning there are plenty of options in which passengers can spend their time pre-flight. As a result, the Qantas lounge may not always be at the top of the list for passengers.

(Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)

Purchased lounge access isn’t a new concept. In Terminal 3 alone, you can purchase access to the No1 Lounge (up to £40), Regus Express Business Lounge (£12) or the Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge (£36).

Featured photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy.

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