It's not totally different to what BA does at it's LHR T5 home. You'd expect that a first class lounge on an airline's home turf would exude luxury and prestige befitting its 'flagship' status, but Qatar Airways' 'First Class Lounge' in Doha is an exception to that rule. Kick back with a glass of Champagne as you peer into the terminal for some people watching... ... take a shower before your onward flight or pull up a chair in the high-walled TV zone... ... but which could do with a bigger TV to suit the space and make legible the scrolling bars commonly found on international news channels: On the whole, for Qantas Platinum/Oneworld Emerald members stuck in economy on long journeys to Europe, Qatar Airways' First Class Lounge just doesn't live up to its name. Anyway it's good to see that AusBT can fly as a guest of an airline but still keep their independence and call a spade a spade! It seems odd, but it has a total capacity of 123 seats - compare that with over 500 in the real First Class Lounge. And this lounge supposedly accommodates all of Qatar Platinum, Gold and Oneworld Emerald customers. Talking point: have you given up on airport WiFi? Reserved for Finnair frequent fliers in addition to oneworld emerald members, this sleek, modern lounge is sure to impress. What a joke. - you need to tackle someone to ask for a beer, - there's a little dining area hidden off to the side, which is almost a bit of peace. Likewise, for Oneworld Emerald status, the same holds true for first class lounges. First Class passengers may use a Business Class or frequent flyer lounge if a First Class lounge is not available. Was just there last night.I agree, Al Mourjan business class lounge eclipses everything else in Doha and pretty much the rest of the world. Emerald and Sapphire members may invite one guest to join them in the lounge. You must be prepared to show your boarding pass or itinerary showing travel in First or Business class on the international long haul flight, in order to access the lounge before your international short haul or domestic flight. Well that's confusing! When most of the flights come in overnight, the lounge is packed to the rafters, and then some. Flying at the back of the plane and could have flown any of the ME3 for my current flight. As the lounge doesn't offer its own wireless service you'll need to connect to the airport's own WiFi network, which we found delivered slow but usable 1Mbps speeds – but there was nowhere great to plonk a laptop, beyond the few tables in the dining room. ). Despite its name, the Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge at Doha’s Hamad airport is not a true business class lounge. I would suggest you down grade the overall star rating as two is way too generous for what they market as a First Class lounge. Customers flying First or Business Class have access to the equivalent class of lounge regardless of their frequent flyer status. I've said it before and I'll say it again. In meantime as average as economy is on EK, they do meet their obligations with very superior lounges all over the world. It's a filler for your annual travel target but not a reliable OW carrier in real life situations, which calls for unplanned relatively expensive and/or economy class travel. I've never seen such a mis-labelled lounge. I've used the Al Mourjan lounge in DOH quite a few times when travelling J on Qatar (they offer some amazing J class deals out of europe). The single best perk of oneworld Emerald status is the lounge access benefit, as members receive access to oneworld first & business class lounges when traveling on a oneworld flight the same day in any cabin. Agree withat all this. Take QR for what it is: A good way to earn mileage/TP/SC at an exponential rate in premium cabins from some markets for a very good price. i.e. and use of cookies while using the website. Login now. The guest must also be travelling on a flight operated and marketed by a one world carrier. Bit of a raw deal if you're used to a proper First lounge, but you can see why they do it. Qatar Airways has a segregated lounge for Oneworld Emerald members that is a bit shabby similar to the generic lower class airport lounges you find at mediocre airports. Platinum: Access to the Oryx lounge in Doha, access to any oneworld emerald (first class) lounge, along with access to the arrivals lounge in Doha. You can search all. You'd expect that a first class lounge on an airline's home turf would exude luxury and prestige befitting its 'flagship' status, but Qatar Airways' 'First Class Lounge' in Dohais an exception to that rule. That's because this isn't a true 'first class' lounge, as such: the confusingly-named space caters to Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers (including Qantas and Qatar Platinum-grade members) travelling in economy – notto actual first class flyers who are whisked to the separate and far superior Al Safwa Lounge. These include the Qatar Airways Al Safwa and Al Mourjan lounges in Doha, for first and business class passengers respectively. Log in below. British Airways Executive Club Gold card holders, being equivalent to oneworld Emerald, can also access Qatar Airways first class lounges. If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. At Doha, Qatar Airways operate the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge, which is reserved for ticketed business class passengers. Yes, this is very much like BA at Heathrow except that the BA 'first class' proposition for those not actually flying in First is much better than the Qatar lounge. Anyone on high level QF travelling on EK would go to the Emirates Lounge for a superior experience. Indulge yourself before departure in a wider range of airport lounges when you fly First Class or Business Class with any oneworld member airline, though exclusions apply. Since last year Qatar Airways also offers paid access to their Al Mourjan Business Class lounge (access more details here). Flying Melbourne to London, why would I give up the Emirates first class lounge in Dubai, the Cathay Wing first class lounge in HK or the MH first class lounge in KL to fly through Doha instead and use this lounge?? You must be prepared to show your boarding pass and frequent flyer membership card, with. business class Al Mourjan lounge because it's better than the one reviewed here? All Oneworld Emerald elites and first-class passengers on a Oneworld flight have access, but if you’re flying in first class, you’ll definitely want to go to the Al Safwa First Loungeinstead. We wait with some scepticism for the Dreamliner non-stop London service. oneworld Emerald: Free seat selection, free access to the Al Mourjan Business Class lounge (plus one guest) or First Class lounge (plus one guest) in Doha oneworld Sapphire and Emerald status holders will also be able to invite one guest into any oneworld operated lounge when flying Qatar Airways on a ‘Classic’ or award Business Class flight, the standard alliance benefit (for now! There is a "Purchase Access" button there for the Business Lounge, but I figured since I was offered the First lounge with the booking I would take it up just for the rare experience. The beverage selection is a little more promising with both still and sparkling water, soft drinks, juice, wine and spirits available... ... pleasingly with true (French) Champagne in the Jacquart Brut Mosaique NV, which retails for around A$70 a bottle. 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It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to One World passengers get an average lounge with QF But you really can't compare the QF Perth International lounge with the so called first lounge in Doha. terms and conditions, privacy policy Traveled economy with Qatar with a 6 hour connection at Doha, and was offered paid access to "First Class Lounge" @ around $120 pp when I made the booking. Qatar also do the same at LHR. [Deleted per AusBT comment policy: personal remark]. Eligible customers travelling on a oneworld connect journey involving Fiji Airways and a oneworld sponsor, either British Airways, Cathay Pacific or Qantas, will have access to a select number of global lounges. The loyalty of high tier members is simply not recognised by this arrangement. Have to use the airport wifi. Qatar Airways and oneworld First Class and Business Class (Elite, Comfort) passengers can access this lounge at no additional cost, while Business Class (Classic) and Economy Class passengers throughout the network can purchase lounge access online, at the check-in counters, preferred travel agents, or Qatar Airways' sales offices. However, at its hub in Doha, Qatar Airways also has exclusive business and first class lounges for ticketed passengers travelling in First on Qatar Airways or oneworld partners, such as British Airways. QR and DOH is not a true OW carrier/hub because of all the caveats. Meals on offer are closer to a domestic lounge than an international 'first class' lounge with a few mezze bites and chilled sandwiches... ... and muffins and nibbles nearby the coffee machine: That concludes your meal options, which you can enjoy in the dining room. But the tables are dirty and unwiped, - you can have any white wine your want, so long as it's one of the two sickly sweet varieties on offer. Emirates have their failings but they have honoured the agreement with QF and provide superior lounges in most places. Hi crosscourt, if you're flying Qatar Airways business class you can visit the far superior Al Mourjan business class lounge in Doha - the 'frequent flyer' lounges are only really for Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members booked in economy. For more information, visit American Airlines' website. Lounge Access Cost. Agreed on the independence point! I have to agree the review is spot on, if not a little generous. The lounge for a start is tiny. Infants under 2 years will not be counted as a guest when travelling with an eligible adult customer, Children travelling as a unaccompanied minor (aged between 2 and 11 years) who are eligible for lounge access, must be accompanied by an adult who will be counted as their guest, Children travelling as a young passenger (YP aged between 12 and 17 years), who are eligible for lounge access do not require an accompanying adult (Note: Subject to local licensing laws; in Japan the ages are 12-19 years). 17 Mar 2017 by Tom Otley Regular travellers through Doha Hamad International doubtless hope that one day the Al Safwa lounge will open to top tier members of Oneworld (Emerald). COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Please note potential closures and changes to lounge opening hours, as well as limited service offering. But no, on arrival we were condescendingly told we should go to the "First Class "Lounge reviewed here. These programmes are not part of the oneworld agreement, and members of these programmes are not entitled to access lounges under the oneworld agreement. To get to the lounge, find the airport's central and iconic teddy bear sculpture and veer left to find escalators leading up to the First Class Lounge. The guest must also be travelling on a flight operated and marketed by a, First and Business Class customers connecting on the same day of travel, or before 6am the following day, can access the lounge when travelling between an international long haul (a. The main Al Ma… The QR biz lounge still look better than the QF international terminal lounge at Perth. You can kinda see why they have this weird lounge policy in place. It will also apply to SriLankan Airlines FlySmiLes Platinum and Gold members booked on an international itinerary arriving on a flight of less than 5 hours duration and connecting via CMB to and from any of the above-mentioned short haul sectors. By hitting 'Accept' you will be agreeing to the oneworld.com website When you look at the Qatar website it only mentions their "flagship" lounges. The lounge is accessible to Qatar Airways Platinum as well as other oneworld airlines Emerald frequent flyer customers and eligible guests. parties. But if you’re flying in first class you’ll want to go to the Al Safwa First Lounge, while if you’re flying in business class you’ll want to go to the Al Mourjan Business Lounge — or possibly pay for to access the Al Safwa First Lounge. This exception does not apply to other member Emerald and Sapphire customers. Sounds like first world problems, and relevant only to those OW Emeralds who randomly find themselves down the back, but seriously, these guys are taking the mickey. As pictured, some construction hoarding is in place while this area is expanded but there's no word on when – or indeed, if – true hot dishes will be served here. The reality is, to be platinum on QF you have to be doing a huge numbe of flights/miles to earn this level. That's because this isn't a true 'first class' lounge, as such: the confusingly-named space caters to Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers (including Qantas and Qatar Platinum-grade members) travelling in economy – not to actual first class flyers who are whisked to the separate and far superior Al Safwa Lounge. Chris Chamberlin travelled to Doha as a guest of Qatar Airways. If you're flying at the pointy end your frequent flyer status isn't relevant in Doha – so yes, you'll have a much better experience in the Al Mourjan lounge. It's certainly a pleasant space with greenery adding colour to otherwise dark and muted tones... ... but which is firmly on the smaller side. The guest must also be travelling on a flight operated and marketed by a one world carrier. You gave them three stars for work, yet there is still no dedicated quiet work area unlike the real business class lounge, one star? I'm here right now. If you’re a Oneworld Emerald you’ll want to go to the Qatar Airways First Class L… Enjoy exclusive access to premium airport lounges around the world with oneworld Emerald or Sapphire frequent flyer tier status. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. interact with our community. The "first class lounge" is inferior to the domestic Qantas Club lounge in food offering, toilets and facilities. Also reviewed: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan lounge, Doha Hamad Airport. Some lounges may get busy at peak times, and access to them may be restricted as a result. So I'm a QF WP and flying out of Doha (with QR) in J so I should go to the  business class Al Mourjan lounge because it's better than the one reviewed here? You must be prepared to show your boarding pass and frequent flyer membership card, with one world Emerald or Sapphire tier status, to access a lounge. Qatar Airways | Privilege Club - Which Lounge in Doha - Hi apologies if this has been covered, i will be transiting in Doha flying QR business class and have OneWorld emerald status...which lounge do you recommend i should use as i see they have many lounges Many thanks The First Class punters will be in the 'Concord Room' which is the 'real' First Class lounge and only for those with an actual F boarding card. Your Business and First experience can't be that exclusive to warrant segregation. I will likely consider Qatar again (if I can avoid the abominable seats on their B787s) but never again will I shell out for their lounge. Same reason I avoid SQ economy with my Velocity Gold: don't take care of frequent flyers in your hub when connections form a huge part of your business model and I won't fly with you, simple. I usually fly business class for work but sometimes there are no seats available at the last minute or a client books an economy ticket because their own company has a low budget travel policy, in which case my choice of airline for the trip reflects the lounges I can use with my Qantas Platinum card. Oneworld Emerald status also lacks punch at the Doha hub of Oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways, where the ‘first class lounge’ isn't intended for actual first class passengers (who instead visit the exclusive Al Safwa Lounge): only for Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers booked in economy. Members of oneworld airline frequent flyer programmes with the equivalent of oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tier status can use lounges offered by oneworld airlines when departing on any flight marketed and operated by any oneworld member airline, regardless of cabin class being flown (exceptions are noted below). 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The contrast between the true business/first class lounges and the oneworld lounges is quite stark. For comparison, you're QF Plat and flying ex MEL on QF you have access as follows, In Eco - QR First Lounge, which is worse than the Biz lounge, In Biz - Al Mourjan Lounge, which is better than QR First Lounge, In First - Al Safwa Lounge, which I assume is their real First lounge and is better than Al Mourjan. This lounge is really just used by BA Golds/OW Emeralds not travelling in First. Please try a different query. oneWorld Sapphire: Generic Business Class Lounge; oneWorld Emerald: Generic First Class Lounge; For members with a Priority Pass there is also the ‘Al Maha Transit Lounge’ available 24 hours a day. There were no results for your query. What a shame!!! I have already chosen to not fly Qatar again out of Perth or anywhere else for that matter in protest at this shabby and underhanded treatment of Economy Platinum travellers. While I … Good point! Instead they have “dedicated” lounges for those accessing based on their elite status. American Airlines Airlines AAdvantage members, regardless of their tier status or class of travel, are not eligible for lounge access when travelling solely on North American flights within or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The partner airlines earning charts for Qatar and Qatar’s for Oneworld alliance airlines should be available hopefully sometime tomorrow. We should also note that when the lounge is overflowing, some fortunate visitors are redirected to Qatar's stellar Al Mourjan (business class) lounge. Les salons premium situés dans les aéroports du monde entier sont accessibles aux passagers de classes premium (Première et Affaires), aux membres Platinum, Gold et Silver du programme Privilege Club voyageant avec Qatar Airways, ainsi qu'aux membres Emerald et Sapphire du programme Oneworld voyageant sur un vol de l'alliance. The catch is that they no longer let oneworld Emerald members into the lounge, which is sort of ridiculous. If Qatar is serious about attracting frequent travellers across from the competition then something really needs to be done about these piddly Oneworld lounges in Doha. The Business Class lounge is located on the second level Duty Free Plaza South, and offers facilities which include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, shower facilities, smoking room and family rooms. The oneworld connect programme operates a separate lounge access policy from the oneworld agreement - refer to the oneworld connect section for further details. First Class passengers may invite one guest to join them in the lounge. EY would have given me their superb first lounge, EK their presumably acceptable J lounge  (not flown with them since I lost WP) but I assumed QR would be fine as a One World Emerald. Skip the lines, find your way around the airport and relax in one of more than 650 airport lounges worldwide. Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic. one world Connect Access Eligible customers travelling on a one world connect journey involving Fiji Airways and a one world sponsor, either British Airways, Cathay Pacific or Qantas, will have access to a select number of global lounges. They have their own lounge for J/F class QR passengers. It is true QF have dropped the ball out of Perth with only one narrow body service daily to Singapore (2 on some days) so they clearly will not bother upgrading until they start more services out of Perth - we wait for that one. Lounge access with oneworld Emerald. No way should this lounge be named "First Class" and at $120 a complete rip off. Glad I read this before heading there next week... family had 1.5 hour transit at the airport and I was worried about missing out on a fine Lounge experience... might pop my head in for a look, but not so disapointed with the short turn around time now. 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