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After arriving into Melbourne airport for my domestic flight to Sydney, I completed the check-in formalities using my new Q-Bag Tag, and headed through security to the Qantas Business Lounge. Like Brisbane airport, Melbourne has a single facility divided into two sections – one is the Qantas Club for members and oneworld sapphire, and the other is the Business Lounge for Business Class passengers and oneworld emerald’s. In this space, you’ll pass through the Qantas Club to get to the Business Lounge which is separated by an automatic door. So you know, the two lounges are almost identical, though you’ll find it a bit more crowded in the Qantas Club section.
The Qantas Club is large, similar to an open floor plan AAdmiral’s Club in the US.
After heading through the doors to the Business Lounge, my credentials were checked to confirm access and I was promptly admitted.
Inside was a good amount of seating overlooking the runways and jet bridges.
There was a decent selection of food including make your own sandwiches, salads and soups – MUCH better than any US lounge. There was also a bar and barista, though the bar did not open until 11, just prior to boarding of my flight. There was constantly a line here, so it was obviously a popular area.
Wifi was reasonably fast, and the lounge never became too crowded, in my opinion. Actually, I found several “hidden” seating areas where one could relax to escape the madness outside.
The Qantas Business Lounge is much better than any domestic lounge, yet its simple and refined, with good food and above-par service. If you’ve got access, it’s worth it to grab a bit here before your flight.
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