Review – Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles

Hello from 30,000 feet where I am currently flying to Dallas. I am currently sorting, editing and posting as fast as I can, please excuse the jet lag 😉

Anyway…

After my flight from Sydney I was connecting onto an American Airlines flight to Dallas, and as a Oneworld Emerald and Qantas fan, there was one lounge I have wanted to try for quite some time. The Qantas First Class Lounge.

I used the T4 connector and arrived at the entrance of the lounge.

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

The lounge is open to on any international Oneworld first class flight and or then connecting onto a domestic flight; the lounge can also be used by any Oneworld Emerald member travelling domestically on American Airlines (Excluding American Airlines Executive Platinums)

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

The lounge has the recognisable frosted doors which are the norm for Qantas first lounges.

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

As I was travelling on Halloween, I thought there maybe some decoration around the airport and It was quite cool to see the lounge have some decoration.

Qantas First Class Lounge Halloween Candy

Qantas First Class Lounge Halloween Candy

At the entry to the lounge, they offered some candy which was a nice touch.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

Qantas First Class Lounge Entry

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

As you walk in you can see the frosted doors which are reserved for Chairmans Lounge and Concierge Key members and other VIP Oneworld members.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

The lounge has coffee machines and various snacks at the self-serve area.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

The lounge also offers printing and scanner facilities.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

What pleasently surprised me was how quiet the lounge was, there would have been about 30 people maximum which is impressive considering it can fit 200 + people.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

The lounge is spread out well and has a heap of comfortable seating areas.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

The marble bar is a great place to have a quiet drink and chat to fellow travellers.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

As is the norm with Qantas first lounges they offer a sit-down dining area and all the food is designed by Qantas celebrity chef Neil Perry. The waiter hands out the menus as you sit down. Sadly I didn’t get a photo of the menu but the big breakfast is pictured below.

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

Bottom Line

The Qantas first lounge in Los Angeles has to be one of if not the best lounge in the U.S, I always enjoy my time in Qantas’s lounges and cannot wait to see the new one (London) which opens March 2017.

Review – Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney

While having Oneworld Emerald I have visited the Qantas first class lounge in Sydney quite a few times now but never spent more than an hour or 2 which isn’t enough time to fully experience the lounge. Last night I flew to Hong Kong and arrived at the airport a few hours early to review the lounge.

Business Class And First Class Lounge Escalator

Business Class And First Class Lounge Escalator

First class guests on Oneworld airlines, Partner airlines and Oneworld Emerald cardholders can access the first lounge.

Entry Sign

Entry Sign

Entry To The Lounge

Entry To The Lounge

As you head into the lounge the first thing that catches your eye is the plant wall which spreads across the whole wall.

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Seating Area Behind The Escalator

Seating Area Behind The Escalator

The second thing that catches your eye is the white marble. It’s everywhere!

Entry Part Of The Lounge

Entry Part Of The Lounge

The lounge has a lot of seating available as well as a separate dining area.

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Qantas change their menu each season which is quite nice.

Winter Menu

Winter Menu

Salt And Pepper Squid

Salt And Pepper Squid

Bowl Of Chips

Bowl Of Chips

Pavlova

Pavlova

Apple Cake With Sorbet

Apple Cake With Sorbet

Fruit Plate

Fruit Plate

Dining Table

Dining Table

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Bathrooms

Aspar Products

 

Spa

 

Treatment Menu

Treatment Menu

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Old Style Flip Board

Bar

In the First lounge there are 2 conferences rooms. They have a printer, TV, ps3, Mac, Projector etc.

Library

Ironically the kids area and library are in the same area, quite a strange design as readers would like peace and quiet.

Kids Area

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Self Serve Area

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Summary

The Qantas first class lounge is a great lounge. The marble and plant wall make the lounge feel fresh and very clean. The meals in the lounge are fresh and brought out quickly, The spa treatments from what I’ve heard are very good and the staff are friendly and attentive.

The lounge is fantastic for a few hours and I enjoy being in there.

Etihad Now Officially Allow Velocity Platinum’s Into the First Class Lounge!

For some time now there has been a lot of confusion regarding entry to the Etihad First class lounge as a Velocity Platinum member. Many got in many didn’t but now members can definitely get access. Previously only member’s of the ‘Club’ could enter.

I wrote about the problem here: Issue’s Accessing the Etihad First Class Lounge For Velocity Platinum Members.

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Updated Policy

 

Partner Airlines

Partner Airlines 

A review of the lounge can be found here: Etihad First Class Lounge

Summery

This will be a big relief and will also make them very happy. A lot of travellers tired to enter when the lounge opened but got denied so it’s nice to see that they have updated the entry policy.

 

Issue’s Accessing The Etihad First Class Lounge For Virgin Australia Platinum Members

It’s now been 13 days since Etihad Airways opened their brand new first class lounge and spa, but not everyone is happy with the opening. The review can be found here: Review: Etihad Airways First Class Lounge.

Many guests have been denied access even though holding partner elite status. one airline that really surprised me is Virgin Australia.

Guests that can access the lounge are listed below:

Etihad’s Abu Dhabi First Class Lounge is open to First Class and The Residence travellers, Etihad Guest Exclusive and Guest Platinum members; and passengers in first class on Etihad Airways Partner airlines (such as Alitalia) and top-tier frequent flyers in those airline’s ‘Invitation only’ and Platinum-equivalent levels.

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After hearing many reports of people being rejected from the lounge  I thought I’d ask both airlines directly and see what they say.

 

 

However Virgin Australia’s website says differently.

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The answers I got confirmed that guests can actually use the lounge. The only reasoning I can think of for this is that because of how new the lounge is they may not know every entry policy or which elites can access. I’am also thinking the social media team aren’t providing correct information. If it correct Virgin will have to update their website.

Another bizarre rule the new lounge has is guests connecting from a first class flight to a 2 class or business class flight can NOT access the lounge. I also found this very strange as a lot of airlines do allow you access.

While I was checking in for my flight home I asked if Velocity Platinum members can access and how many guests I could take with me. I was told both at check-in and entry to the lounge that they definitely can use the lounge.

Screenshot 2016-06-11 17.28.39Considering EY hold a 21.5 per cent stake in VA and both airlines seem to love the partnership and I would think for sure that elites can access the lounge.

I am still quite confused with the situation and a lot of guests have also not been very happy with either airline for not providing information on their website.

Has this happened to you or what would you do in this situation?

 

 

Review – Etihad Airways First Class Lounge

As you might of seen from my previous posts Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi First Class Lounge To Open May 1? and I’m going to Abu Dhabi for a day! I was headed to Abu Dhabi to review the much anticipated first class lounge.

Originally I was supposed to be flying business both ways but decided last minute to use some velocity points for a first award. Sadly today Virgin Australia have added big fees for Etihad redemptions in all classes.

Etihad currently use a dedicated area for its First and Business class passengers at the end of T3.

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The whole area has been renovated and made to look a lot more modern. Etihad have done a great job creating an inviting and beautiful area.

DSC00100.jpgFirst class check in

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DSC00103.jpgFast track security which also now include smart gates.

Directly after exiting security is the entry for the lounge.

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IMG_3480Partner airlines that can access the lounge. Have to be elite or platinum equivelent

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IMG_3520Main dinning area

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Etihad have created a speical menu dedicated to Emirati cusine. They have partnered with the Emirates palace making this possible. It is a 5 course meal with traditional arabic taste and flare.

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IMG_3562Date with chami

IMG_3566Chicken and barley soup

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IMG_3571Lamb medfoun

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IMG_3516Bar identical to JFK and MEL lounges.

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IMG_3494Relax and recline room

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IMG_3511Dining for the buffet

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IMG_3538Washrooms for the fitness room

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IMG_3550Washrooms

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After spending 3 hours in the lounge I fell in love with it, it’s stylish, modern, staff are extremely friendly and the food is amazing!

I would have to say this is my new favourite lounge and I cannot wait to return.

What do you think about the new first lounge? 

 

 

 

 

Etihad First Class Lounge Now Open…Finally!

After the long wait Etihad have opened their new first class lounge.

The lounge has been a talking point for some time now. Before this lounge they used a roped off area of the premium lounge which wasn’t any different to the business class area’s. The lounge was originally supposed to open on May 1st but the construction hadn’t been finished at that time and was delayed.

The lounge has some fantastic new additions which will be loved by a variety of passengers. The new areas include a Cigar Bar, A full gym, Relax and recline room, and a play room. A Bar, dinning area, six senses spa, style and shave and residence room which were in the original lounge have been also been included.

At this time these are the only photos available and are all property of Etihad Airways.

13323739_1230696296954495_3719135331663857242_oEntrance into the lounge

 

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etihad-first-class-lounge-spa-dining_SuperWideDinning area and chef

 

13268513_1230696813621110_1543832480867622754_oetihad-first-class-lounge-spa-relax_Standard.jpgRelax and recline room

13308393_1230696873621104_8133779818260973521_oSix senses spa

 

etihad-first-class-lounge-spa-playroom_SuperWidePlay room for kids

 

etihad-first-class-lounge-spa-bar_SuperWideBar which is identical to the JFK lounge

 

 

etihad-first-class-lounge-the-residence_SuperWideResidence room

 

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This lounge also has some interesting and very unique features such as a clothes pressing service similar to the arrivals lounge and a concierge service.

Basic features like Showers, Prayer rooms and a Tv rooms are available.

The entry requirements for the lounge are as follows:

First Class guests, Etihad Guest Platinum and Etihad Airways Partners Platinum guests, and those staying in The Residence onboard its Airbus A380 fleet.

I will be in the lounge on Friday and I will be able to give a full comprehensive review. I am extremely excited to visit and am very happy with what the lounge looks like from these photos.

Do you think this could be the new best lounge in the world?