Have you ever thought about how easy it would be to have lounge access before your flight? Now you can, without the business class ticket.
Qantas have started offering lounge access to passengers who are willing to part with their cash.
Previously, the only ways to get access to the pre-flight lounge was via a business class ticket, a special invitation or a certain type of perk from a credit card. Simply put, the masses weren't able to score an invite so easily.
But now, as pay-as-you-use airport lounges are becoming more frequent across the globe, Qantas is said to be changing their rules in order to compete with other pay-for-use airport lounges.
Following an eight-week trial in the Qantas London lounge, the aviation giant have decided to make the move permanent. But, it might not be as simple as you think.
There are fees involved - but while paying an amount between 50 and 100 dollars for a visit may seem worth it to some travellers, you won't always be a guaranteed a pass inside.
Preference is given to those customers who have the business-and-above tickets, invitations and certified perks. Money talks, but not that loudly, as the lounges will only be open to paying customers during off-peak times, when the lounge is not at capacity and it's also reportedly at the discretion of the lounge manager.
It's a good way to give customers access to an area they might want to have a shower, a wine or even to catch up on some work, and also works as a way of generating foot traffic and cash for those times when he areas are sparsely populated.
The Qantas lounges are now open to passengers (sometimes!) in London, Perth, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Wellington and Auckland.