EK Lounge Access

Pom-DownUnder

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Hi All,

Who knows what the world will be like by December, but on the assumption things are open and flowing relatively easily (hopefully).

What is the current state of play for people booked into first class via QFF points and the ability of accessing the first class lounge in DXB?

Cheers
 

MEL_Traveller

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Hi All,

Who knows what the world will be like by December, but on the assumption things are open and flowing relatively easily (hopefully).

What is the current state of play for people booked into first class via QFF points and the ability of accessing the first class lounge in DXB?

Cheers

Doesn't matter how you paid for it - award or $$ - if you have a first class ticket and boarding pass you get into the first class lounge.
 

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Has anyone ever successfully managed to get an adult and a child (3 years old) in addition to the QF Gold cardholder into the Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai as Qantas Gold flying on EK metal as QF codeshare? The rules seem to be pretty clear (no, cannot) but I was wondering how strict they are in practice in Dubai.

As a reference, the EK ZRH lounge is still closed and we were directed to the Prime Class lounge where we were politely lectured about the QF lounge rules. And then told, that it‘s fine to get the little one in nevertheless, because „where else would he go“ 😅.

 
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offshore171

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Has anyone ever successfully managed to get an adult and a child (3 years old) into the Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai as Qantas Gold flying on EK metal as QF codeshare? The rules seem to be pretty clear (no, cannot) but I was wondering how strict they are in practice in Dubai.

Qantas gold allows a guest, and there's no rules against a 3 year old. I don't think there's an issue?
 

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Qantas gold allows a guest, and there's no rules against a 3 year old. I don't think there's an issue?
There is in a sense that I want to bring in my wife and my 3 years old. The EK rules as per link above say that a 3 year old apparently counts as 1 guest. So I in theory have 2 guests under this EK rule, my wife and a 3 year old.
 

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The EK rules as per link above say that a 3 year old apparently counts as 1 guest. So I in theory have 2 guests under this EK rule, my wife and a 3 year old.
In this sort of situation, you're entirely at the mercy of the lounge desk agent. You simply have to try your luck and see what they say.

It is quite likely they'll ask you to pay for your second guest, so you should consider ahead of time whether or not you're willing to do that.

A 3 year old is charged at half the adult rate: Paid Lounge Access Terms and Conditions | Paid lounge access | Emirates United Kingdom
 

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There is in a sense that I want to bring in my wife and my 3 years old. The EK rules as per link above say that a 3 year old apparently counts as 1 guest. So I in theory have 2 guests under this EK rule, my wife and a 3 year old.

Ok. Your post said an adult and child, but it’s really 2 adults + 1 child trying to get in right?

I suspect they will let it slide.
 

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Ok. Your post said an adult and child, but it’s really 2 adults + 1 child trying to get in right?

I suspect they will let it slide.
Sorry, my bad for not being entirely clear. I have edited the post that I am talking about 3 pax. I hope they let it slide as well!
 

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It was exactly as @levelnine predicted: At the mercy of the lounge reception staff. When we showed up (2 adults + 1 three year old, 1 adult with QF Gold), we were reminded that the rules are that only 1 guest can come into the EK J Lounge in DXB. The receptionist then told us that we have to pay for the little one. I said, fair enough, how much is it (I think USD 75) and the receptionist had actually no idea and did not seem to know where to look it up either. So, he called his supervisor would immediately let it slide (reminding us that this will be a one time exception :) ) and in we were. We spent time there from 7pm - 1am and the lounge (A Terminal) - to my surprise - remained dead empty all of the time.
 

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It was exactly as @levelnine predicted: At the mercy of the lounge reception staff. When we showed up (2 adults + 1 three year old, 1 adult with QF Gold), we were reminded that the rules are that only 1 guest can come into the EK J Lounge in DXB. The receptionist then told us that we have to pay for the little one. I said, fair enough, how much is it (I think USD 75) and the receptionist had actually no idea and did not seem to know where to look it up either. So, he called his supervisor would immediately let it slide (reminding us that this will be a one time exception :) ) and in we were. We spent time there from 7pm - 1am and the lounge (A Terminal) - to my surprise - remained dead empty all of the time.
What are the child amenities like these days?
Any good play area?

I haven't been to EK lounge for years, what with my 2 year old and COVID-19.
 

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There is still the two playrooms with a few installed toys, some 80ies style game consoles as well as modern PlayStations. They have however removed all the shareable toys like lego and duplo.
 

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There is still the two playrooms with a few installed toys, some 80ies style game consoles as well as modern PlayStations. They have however removed all the shareable toys like lego and duplo.
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