- Mar 6, 2006
Well….. I have no evidence to the contrary, but I seem to recall having read in the past that the party providing you access pays. If you’re entering by cabin entitlement then the operating carrier pays. If you’re entering by status, the FF airline pays.
You are probably referring to this article which has proven to be incorrect:
Whenever you enter an airport lounge, a transaction is taking place behind the scenes. Somebody is paying the lounge operator.
The thing is.. you would go to the airport when not flying just to use a QC or J lounge? I've heard of someone who used to do exactly that. Friday night drinks at the airport. Often with guests in tow. It wouldn't surprise me if blatant abuse like this is part of why QF is probably never...
Think about it - what you're suggesting is unviable. If you gain QF status with the minimum 4 flights (say SYD-MEL) but fly around the world on other oneworld airlines to get WP - QF would have to pay for each time you flew with another oneworld carrier - it would make a massive loss.
Alternatively, if the carrier you are flying pays your lounge fee, they've received money to carry you and can absorb the cost. By recognising your status they are attracting additional passengers who might otherwise fly with another airline.