Qantas has announced another membership extension policy for an additional seven months to their Qantas Club lounge program members, most of which (naturally) live in Australia.
Qantas has previously extended these memberships as well as the tiers of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for an extended period following the various Covid-19 related lockdowns in Australia.
Since March 2020 Qantas has extended eligible paid Qantas Club memberships for an extra 12-months. The first six-month extension was for active members as at 23 March 2020, followed by a further six-month extension on 23 September 2020 and three months in March of 2021.
For those not familiar with the program, it’s the equivalent to the paid memberships for lounges in the U.S. where members pay an annual fee rather than accessing airport lounges through frequent flyer status.
Now Qantas Club adds seven more months of membership for active members in their latest round of extensions.
Whether you’re travelling for business or reuniting with loved ones, we know that relaxing in a Qantas lounge is an important part of your journey. Some of our Australian domestic operated lounges are open.
We’re now extending paid Qantas Club memberships for a further seven months for members active from 30 June 2021.
Find details on network changes, lounge re-openings, booking changes and refunds on our Impact to Lounges page.
Who is eligible for the complimentary seven-month Qantas Club membership extension?
The extension will only be awarded to Qantas Club members with an active membership from 30 June 2021, who purchased their Individual, Corporate, Partner, or Group membership or an Annual Guest Card, using a credit or debit card, or Qantas Points.
What does a further seven-month Qantas Club membership extension mean?
Qantas will ensure that members with an active, eligible paid Qantas Club membership from 30 June 2021 will automatically receive a seven-month extension on their Qantas Club membership.
I currently have a complimentary Qantas Club membership; will I be eligible to receive the further seven- month extension?
No, you will not be eligible for the extension. The extension will only be awarded to paid Qantas Club members who have an active membership from 30 June 2021, who purchased their Qantas Club Individual, Corporate, Partner, or Group membership or an Annual Guest Card, using a credit or debit card, or Qantas Points.
These memberships are expensive and more likely than not members who paid this price haven’t gotten their money’s worth over the last 18 months.
Qantas (just like other companies who sell any kind of paid memberships) have tried to accommodate their customers and periodically added additional free months to the membership. Obviously with the situation being fluent and unpredictable it’s hard to say how long these things have to be extended round after round.
I had a look at the Qantas Club like 10-12 years ago when it was cheaper and I lived in the U.S. visiting the American Airlines Admirals Clubs frequently. It would have been a decent deal as Qantas Club partners with AA but in the end I came across a better offer from American itself when they re-opened their Frankfurt Club.
Companies worldwide are giving people bonus time for the period that they weren’t able to use their paid memberships which is basically prepaid as an annual fee in most cases. This doesn’t just include airport lounges but also gyms, movie clubs, dining programs etc.
One thing is for sure, these days I wouldn’t enroll or extend any paid membership unless there is a real sweet incentive for me doing so. A lot of companies who offer such programs are going out of business too and while that might not be the case with a big airline such as Qantas I’d hate to pay several hundred dollars for a year of lounge access and then not being able to fly remotely enough to make it worthwhile.