Lounge: Qantas International Business Lounge
Location: Sydney International Airport
Lounge Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
The Qantas Business Class Lounge at Sydney International Airport is the go to place for Oneworld travelers who want a break from the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal. So how does the lounge stack up? Australian Business Traveler checked in to find out.
Lounge access options
- Business and first class passengers of Qantas, Emirates, Fiji Airways and Oneworld airlines (American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar)
- Jetstar travellers on a Business Max fare
- Qantas Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman’s Lounge frequent flyers prior to Qantas, Jetstar, Emirates or Oneworld flights
- Emirates Skywards Gold, Platinum and iO members prior to flights with Qantas and Emirates
- Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald frequent flyers prior to a Oneworld flight
- Qantas Club members prior to a Qantas or Jetstar flight
- American Airlines Admirals Club members travelling with Qantas on an AA flight number
- Customers with single use lounge passes from their credit card.
Lounge location & opening hours
After passing customs follow the signs to the lounge, which is located up a set of escalators on the third floor close to Gates 9 & 10. The lounge entrance is located a short walk away from the Qantas Sydney International First Lounge and is open seven days a week, 5am – 10pm.
The lounge was empty when I arrived in (a shock to me because previous visits to this lounge have usually been heaving to the point I had to stand and eat my meal). During peak times one notices this lounge is severely undersized considering the amount of people traffic it serves.
In addition with Qantas undertaking a large transformation project of their Australian lounges (Melbourne Airport the next to be completed), Sydney was feeling tired in comparison to its Queensland and Perth counterparts. That said it is still a pleasant place to whittle away a couple of hours before ones flight.
Bread and butter (food and drink)
Upon entering the lounge you will see a centrepiece central dining island which acts as a bar along with areas for dining. Here visitors can order selected plates of the day or go to one of two buffet style stations where a larger selection of food and beverages are on display.
One thing that Qantas do well here is the barista and gelato service where a freshly brewed coffee goes down well with a deliciously creamy ice cream (obiviously these are not combined). The service with both of these are personable, inviting and add a lovely, unique touch to the lounge.
The food selection on offer at the buffet stations was quite satisfying with the Mediterranean chicken and stir fry options both tasty. A number of salads, soups, cheeses and artisan breads were also on offer.
Drinks wise I was a tad disappointed. Whilst the beer and wine selection was good I found the cider and sparkling to be poor. The cider was too sweet and the sparkling option was sadly a chardonnay drop which was flat and far from bubbly.
Qantas has won a number of awards for their wine selection but the offerings in the lounge that day were average and forgettable. Not the best way to ease into the beginning of an overseas getaway.
The lounge space when it is not at its peak capacity feels spacious despite its small floor plan. Staff are friendly and are attentive. The food is fresh and tasty. No dish that I sampled disappointed however it is a shame the same could not be said about the drink options. I have previously been in this lounge and savoured far better sparkling than the drop that was on offer during this visit. If you are looking for real bubbles aka champagne make sure you stop by the Emirates Lounge instead if you are a Qantas Gold or Platinum FF and are heading to Europe/ Middle East.
Overall a pleasant way to relax before an international flight but there are areas such as drink where it could be refined to make the lounge experience feel a little bit more memorable.
Have you experienced the Qantas International Business Class Lounge in Sydney? Love to hear from you about your time in lounge – was it outstanding or did the lounge fail to take off on your expectations?