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Heading to Singapore? Check out the brand new Qantas First Class lounge

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If you find yourself in Singapore’s Changi Airport with a few hours to kill and happen to be in possession of oneworld Emerald status, a British Airways Executive Club Gold card or are travelling in First Class on a oneworld airline, you should check out the new Qantas First Class lounge.

It occupies a brand new site in the airport and opened on Monday. Photos and early feedback appear to be excellent.

It is located near the D gates in Terminal 1, which is the opposite end to the C gates where the existing Qantas business class lounge is.  It takes around 10 minutes to walk from one to the other.

The new Qantas First Class Lounge has seating for up to 240 passengers, which is a significant boost to capacity. This should mean an end to the overcrowding at the business class lounge, so you may benefit from this new lounge even if you can’t use it yourself.  It is open between 14:30 and midnight daily.

It is designed by David Caon and Akin Ateliertas and looks very, very stylish:

Qantas First Class lounge Singapore reception

and

Qantas First Class lounge Singapore seating

…. with lots of polished brass, marble, leather and wood to give it a very warm feeling. There is a large dining room with an impressive a la carte menu:

Qantas First Class lounge Singapore bar

and

Qantas First Class lounge Singapore dining

…. as well as ten terrazzo shower suites:

Qantas First Class lounge Singapore shower

The lounge features a range of zones and seating choices, from more office-style desks to casual armchairs and sofas:

Qantas First Class lounge Singapore

If you are passing through Singapore soon the new Qantas First Class lounge definitely looks like it is worth trying out.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (April 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (35)

  • babyg says:

    How exciting – my wife and child will get a chance to try this lounge out in June as I’ve managed to upgrade them today to BA 1st, effectively paying £70 and 32k extra avios to try this lounge out (+ a better BA experience obviously)

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      Wow, this seems like a very cheap upgrade!

      • babyg says:

        BA 2 for 1 – already booked in business… LHR-SIN-SYD one way, SIN-LHR (open jaw).. upgraded the SIN-LHR only to first… monitoring the SYD-SIN x2 business to complete the journey…

        • Neil Donoghue says:

          Fantastic work buddy. Just shows it pays off to keep checking regularly

          • babyg says:

            rewardflightfinder is awesome for this… BA will even let you hold reward seats whilst you transfer points around from amex (takes about 24-48 hours) – not sure if thats normal or a gold only thing…

          • Ali says:

            How do BA let you hold reward seats?

  • Michael says:

    The Qantas Lounge has actually been open for a few weeks (Monday was merely the ‘official’ launch). I’ve flown through a couple of times over the past few weeks and it is a beautiful lounge. All food is a la carte though the menu is a tad seafood and fish heavy for my tastes. The staff are lovely and service is top-notch (think, cold towel on a silver plate brought to you when you sit down, along with house marinated olives!). One comment worth making is that 75% of the lounge is given over to dining meaning there isn’t actually much space to ‘lounge’. I have a copy of the menu if Rob or others want it.

    Either way, it’s a cut above the BA or QF J lounges though during my long connection I actually moved over to the J lounge as F just felt a bit stuffy and sterlie.

  • Aslan says:

    Entertainingly daft story over on One Mile At A Time about this lounge…
    https://onemileatatime.com/singapore-changi-boarding-pass-rules/

    • Andy says:

      If ever there was an example of a guy with far too much time on his hands

  • Matt says:

    I’m in BA First to Sydney in February and can’t wait to try out this lounge. How long would we actually have inside the lounge whilst the plane is refuelled/cleaned? Thanks in advance for the advice.

    • t cross says:

      If i remember correctly the BA15 has a 1.40 hours refuelling stop in Sinapore

      • Matt says:

        Ah ok so a reasonable amount of time to have a shower and a drink. I’ll make sure we’re quick off the plane and first in line for the showers. Thanks.

        • Stuart Evans says:

          My memory is that there is quite a lot of screening etc as you reboard the flight, so 1Hr 40 min is less than you think

    • flyforfun says:

      You basically want to move your arse and get to the lounge pronto. First to avoid the delays checking in and secondly to get a shower. Then you really don’t have much time left as they start boarding 50 to 45 mins beforehand, even if you don’t want to be first on the plane. Security screening takes place at the gate so they won’t leave without you but timing it right to avoid the queue will take some luck.

  • Paul says:

    Can you access this with Amex Platinum Card lounge perk?

    • Michael says:

      No, only Oneworld First class or Oneworld Emerald departing on a Oneworld flight

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