Review – Qantas Club Emerald

Normally when I review lounges they are luxurious and quite exclusive, this review will be a little different and thought it would be a fun post.

I recently flew home from Emerald in central Queensland visiting family and on the way home I decided to visit the lounge and review it. Emerald get at max 3 Qantas services a day so I was not expecting much.

First of all here is the entrance:

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

To enter the lounge you are given a code on your boarding pass.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

As you can see the lounge isn’t big but it is comfortable. There was only about 7 people in there for the flight back to Brisbane.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

 

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

The lounge has various reading material.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

The lounge has a small counter with snacks, a coffee and tea machine and a fridge with cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

I do like that they have a small range of snacks available which is pretty good for such a small lounge.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

 

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

 

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Qantas Club Emerald

 

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

The lounge has outside seating which is nice in winter but not summer, luckily today was raining and it was cool weather.

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Qantas Club Emerald

Bottom Line

I won’t compare this lounge to others because it’s quite different but for what it is it’s ok. Would I spend 3 hours there? No, for an hour or less it’s great to cool down, relax and have a drink.

 

Tutorial – Use AAdvantage Miles For Cheaper Qantas Redemptions

Without a doubt, my favourite frequent flyer program would still have to be American Airlines AAdvantage. The program offers some fantastic value, always has miles on sale and has some brilliant redemption partners.

I’ve talked about the program a little bit for Etihad first class redemptions, but today I am going to talk about redeeming these miles for Qantas redemptions.

First of all here are the award charts from the Pacific for Oneworld and partner airlines:

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How to find availability

To find Qantas availability you have a few options:

AAdvantage

AAdvanatge has an award calendar that is simple and easy to use. However, the calendar often shows “Phantom Space” which means that it will show seats available, but they aren’t actually there, to confirm double or triple check on British Airways, Qantas, and Expertflyer. You’ll want to select the blue tabs which are saver awards.

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British Airways

British Airways is what I normally use to confirm that the seat are actually there, In this case, they are there.

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What Qantas flights can I redeem for?

The big difference between using Alaska miles and AAdvantage miles is that with AAdvantage you can redeem points for any Qantas flight, unlike Alaskan where you can only redeem for Qantas flights domestically and USA flights.

How do I get AA miles?

There are two main ways to get AA points in Australia.

  • Crediting QF flights to AA

Crediting QF flights to AA used to be quite valuable, but with changes this year, you won’t get that many points which is disappointing.

  • Buying miles

This is how I afford most of my long-haul travel. American constantly offer very large bonuses when buying miles. You can buy 150,000 miles a year but look when the sales are on, and you could get much more for the same price.

American are currently offering a large bonus of 100,000 miles which alone is enough for Qantas first class to Dubai.

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Bottom Line

If you are planning travel soon and want to travel in business or first with Qantas or any other AAdvanatge partner, I would definitely recommend purchasing miles. The offer ends November 28, and you must have an account older than 30 days.

Get 9 Qantas Points Per $ With Qantas Hotels (2 Days Left!)

Qantas Hotels are currently offering 9 points per $ on all hotels. This is a brilliant deal to take advantage of because the earn rate is usually 3 points or less.

This deal applies to all hotels that Qantas offer. This is a brilliant way to get some points quickly and definitely something to take advantage of.

To book, you have to be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program which is free to join with this link. Once you book the points won’t appear straight away but usually they post to your account within 30 days. The longest time Qantas say is 8 weeks.

Bottom Line

This is a great offer for hotels especially with school holidays around the corner.

Experience Australia With The New Qantas Virtual Reality App

Qantas have released a new application that gives you a virtual tour of many destinations and experiences in Australia. Qantas have been using Virtual Reality for quite some time for use in their First Class lounges and even onboard in First.

The following devices can be used to view the videos:

  • Iphone
  • Android
  • Samsung Gear VR
  • Oculus Rift
  • HTC Vive

These are destinations and experiences that can be viewed with a VR headset,

Per Qantas,

Northern Territory – Tourism Northern Territory and Voyages were key tourism partners for the development of the Northern Territory content, which includes videos of Field of Light, Ormiston Gorge in Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta, and a bike ride around Uluru. Working in partnership with Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board and the Film and Photography Consultative Committee, Grainger Films captured a rare glimpse of one of the most recognisable natural rock formations in the world – the first time a drone had ever been allowed at the site. Additional videos include:
• Kakadu National Park – Relax on a sunset river cruise at Yellow Water Billabong, experience a guided tour of Australian Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and swim in the water holes at Maguk and Gunlom Falls in the outback.
• Field of Light – Uluru – Experience Bruce Munro’s internationally acclaimed Field of Light art installation at iconic Uluru.
• Helicopter Flight – Uluru – Experience an aerial view of Uluru – one of the great natural wonders of the world. Take a seat and enjoy your access to all areas with this scenic helicopter flight.
• Indigenous Dance – Uluru – Experience an indigenous dance from Anangu –traditional owners of the land.
• Hot Air Balloon – Alice Springs – A hot air balloon ride is a fun way to experience the marvellous landscape of Alice Springs and surrounds. Come and join the ascent and enjoy the panoramic landscape of outback Australia.
• Ormiston Gorge – Ormiston Gorge showcases the spectacular geology and wildlife of the West MacDonnell ranges. Experience the native fauna and flora and the waterhole – all which form to create a unique experience.
Queensland
• Hamilton Island Escape – Fly with the pilots in the cockpit of a Qantas jet as it lands at Hamilton Island airport, relax at Qualia resort, swim in the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a helicopter tour and sail to Whitehaven Beach.
New South Wales
• Experience Sydney Harbour – Stand on the shores of Circular Quay, enjoy the iconic sights of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, fly above Sydney Harbour and along the Sydney coastline.
• Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge – Take in the sights and sounds of the city as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Watch as the traffic and boats pass below you and celebrate the view with your fellow climbers at the top.
• Experience Vivid Sydney – Vivid Sydney, the festival of Lights, Music and Ideas illuminates Sydney each winter. See the Sydney harbour Bridge and other icons become an outdoor gallery of lighting sculptures

Featured Image – Gizmodo

Qantas Introduce New Business Class Pyjamas

Qantas had introduced brand new pyjamas for international business class. The new sleepwear has become a famous piece of clothing with 95% of passengers wearing them onboard and taking them home!

Here are what the new ones look like:

Qantas New Business Class Pyjamas

Qantas New Business Class Pyjamas © Qantas

Qantas have kept the famous roo at the front, and the change is inspired by the new livery and branding of the airline, the Qantas logo will also be displayed on the back of the neck. I think the new branding looks fresh and modern.

Qantas New Business Class Pyjamas

Qantas New Business Class Pyjamas © Qantas

The new pyjamas will be available on all flights to and from Australia and Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Hawaii, Santiago, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Vancouver, Dubai and London. They will be available from the 7th of November.

 Bottom Line

This will be one of many changes that we will see from Qantas as there rebrand starts. There have been images of the new frequent flyer cards released, but it is not known when these will become available

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.