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Opinions please - QF Club becomes PR bazaar

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Platy

Would be very interested to learn of the opinion of fellow travellers on this question.

Is there a place for a PR/sales bazaar in QFPs???

The various QFP's, notably, at the majors (BNE, SYD, MEL, etc) are increasingly becoming overrun with promotional stands - have a schick razor, sign up for yet another AMEX card, check out the latest in mobile phones, buy a shirt.....it's like a conference exhibition sales bazaar!

Now personally, my idea of a QFP is somewhere where you can get a drink (or two) if so inclined, catch up on some work or email in a quiet spot, relax and wait for your flight - I don't want to walk the gauntlet of promo folk vying for my attention and thrusting samples in my travel weary mitts.

I can only assume that the reason this is happening is so good old moneybags QF can make even more money at our expense - I regard these stands as intrusions - they cheapen the QFP, create a materialistic insipid mist, which can be left outside and no doubt the AMEX's and shirt sellers are paying big cash for the right to thrust their wares in our faces.

Whatever happened to a little sense of exclusivity, style, ambience?

No, Bigpond, I'm not interested in your tombstone posters when I try to get in and out of the BNE lounge!

And QF, is this really what you want your brand to stand for - cheap, nasty, tacky, intrusive...it's on a par with the new overhead locker advertisement posters starting to appear in Jetstar aircraft. YUCK!!!
 

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If it means Qantas continue to operate the lounges with free membership for Gold and Plat members and free bar and nibbles, then I am more than happy to also accept the odd razor, ignore the odd credit card salesman, and bypass the off advertising stand as I carry my beer from the bar to the FT corner.
 

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As long as they don't let in religious preachers, or worse, those in-your-face direct debit charity sign-up fanatics who seem to occupy every street corner... I'm content.

:)

JOBU
 

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Platy said:
sign up for yet another AMEX card
Jobu said:
As long as they don't let in religious preachers, or worse, those in-your-face direct debit charity sign-up fanatics who seem to occupy every street corner... I'm content.
They do. Oh, you didn't mean the AMEX people... :D
 

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Doesn't really worry me. I particularly like the liquor spruikers. They tend to have better alcohol than what is normally served and makes a change.

The Qantas Clubs have never really been a sanctury... not unless you go on Saturday at midday. I just prefer to be there than outside...
 

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Mal said:
The Qantas Clubs have never really been a sanctury... not unless you go on Saturday at midday. I just prefer to be there than outside...
True - Saturday in the Sydney QC just seems so eery...

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Platy said:
Would be very interested to learn of the opinion of fellow travellers on this question.

Is there a place for a PR/sales bazaar in QFPs???
I didn't find it annoying as yet. Perhaps I should pay more attention on subsequent flights? ;)
 

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To be honsest, while I had noticed the various marketing campaigns I had not really thought about it as a problem, so I guess so far it doesn't bother me. Maybe if things got completley out of hand then I would start bothering.
 
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I had a nice chat with the vodaphone guys in the sydney QP last year about their rediculously priced "anywhere internet" ... I ended up spamming them into one of my businesses services and making a few bucks.
 

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I tend to agree with Platy. It is starting to get intrusive. I do not mind a few static displays of some products but I do not want someone trying to sell me something.

Next time I might do a Jerry Seinfeld - ask for their home phone number so that I can call them later at my convenience. :twisted:
 

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I guess I'll need to start dealing with this bollocks when I return to Oz soon :roll: . Personally, I prefer a quiet room with no gizmos or sales; if I want to go to a bar then ...
 
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Platy

Thanks for all the feedback, everyone, glad that it isn't bothering many of you and yet good to see one or two agree with me.

I disagree with NM that we should accept these promos as gold and platinum's if it means we continue to get free access - this is simply because we have spent maybe $10,000-$20,000+ per annum with QF so they really should be looking after us - they have the revenue from us to do so - generally, it costs 5 times more to win a customer than maintain a customer!!!

Others have paid a subscription to the club to fund these services.

Quality of service in QPs isn't going up, in fact frequently there isn't sufficient food so any extra revenue isn't resulting in a better experience for users just more profit for QF.

Where would some of you draw the line - would you accept these promos for example in the First Class lounge in SYD or MEL International terminals???
 

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The only ones I have seen have been at domestic QPs and only in the entrance area. I dont mind them at all.
 

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Had a fashion parade in the MEL Dom QP, taking up the 'FT corner' during cup week 2004.

Sponsored by Garnier, Johnny Walker and a few others.. The models were easy on the eye and those Cooling JW cocktails hit the spot...

I really do not tend to worry about these types of things; It's a long time since the Domestic QP's ceased to be havens of solitude.

Especially when you get an extra benefit. Like last week in MEL they had Cooper's Sparkling Ale for a change. :wink: While awaiting a flight to PER the queue for that was longer than the normal queue; in fact at one time it was the only queue; one pretty young thing requested a 'cardi & coke off the Coopers Rep :p .
 

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i find there are still many a quiet place to have a drink, read the paper and catch upon relaxing even with those advertisers present.

again, if it keeps the free drinks, papers, nibblies etc i am happy with it.
 

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I ignore them and go and do my own thing. I'd prefer they weren't there however that's life :!: 8) 8) :roll: :roll:
 

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I agree with Platy on this - whilst I'm not asking for a sanctuary, sitting down in the QP I see a shop that seems to slowly be getting bigger, some latest promo going on where a 2nd service desk used to be, no chance of getting a free newspaper after 9am (unless that orange Financial Times thing counts). Sort of reminds me of sitting in an airport terminal.....
 

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stuandmel said:
... Sort of reminds me of sitting in an airport terminal.....
Have you seen a gate lounge lately? I have recently being heading to the gates early (for crowded flights and when I have two (legal) carry ons), getting there in time for boarding.

They are NOTHING like QP's!
 
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shillard

They could at least have some cage dancers, or maybe a fighting pit where battle robots slug it out.

Maybe a fighting cage - clowns vs pirates?

That would beat the hell out of "Sky News" blaring across the renovated wing @ SYD....
 
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