In Australia, both of our major airlines have a VIP membership, Qantas have ‘Chairman’s Lounge’ while Virgin Australia has the ‘Club.’ Both memberships cannot be earned by flying and members are usually high profile politicians, celebrities, and very big spenders. What’s included with the membership is kept very secret. In this post, I’ll be giving a photo tour of one of the oldest Chairman’s Lounges which is located in Brisbane. Each membership has a private lounge which can only be accessed by a cardholder and their guests if they’re taking any.
The lounge isn’t actually attached to the Qantas Club and Business Lounge, It’s located about 30 meters away in a small nook. Most would probably miss it walking past.
The lounge has a lot of dark wood finishes making the overall feel quite dark. The lounge doesn’t have any natural light as it looks out over the check-in desks of the airport.
As you walk in, there’s a small station which has some hot tea and different types of candy.
The lounge was pretty empty with only 3 members using it at the time I was there. Right at the back of the lounge is a lounge area with a TV.
Just in front of that is more seating space. I was told It’s pretty rare for it to fill to capacity as there are not too many people that hold the membership.
Like what you’d find in the Business lounges and Qantas clubs, there’s a few Imac’s and printers available for use.
As you can see, in terms of seating, there’s not too much difference to other Qantas lounges.
All of the wall seats also have phones available.
The facility is quite small but doesn’t feel cramped. As I mentioned, with only 3 people in there, it was very relaxing and peacefull.
The food and drink section is in some ways very similar to the Business lounge buffet’s but there are a few noticable differences.
All of the wines in the lounge are self-serve.
As well as the liqor. I would have thought they could of had more of an ‘exclusive’ range of beverages but I can’t drink so I don’t know the differences in quality ‘yet’ 😉
As with all lounges, it has the set menu explaining what’s available at the buffet.
The self-serve fridge is pretty standard with juice, water, soft drinks and beer.
The Chairmans’ lounges also have quite a number of resemblences with the First lounges. For instance, the T2 collection.
The snack jars are pretty similar to what you’d find in other lounges Qantas have.
They also stock the Four Pillars gin which is found in the First lounges.
As you can see, the lounge is on the smaller side but it’s always kept quiet.
Also next to the buffet are the dining tables, this is where the lounge feels very similar to the First lounges.
The lounge has two dining tables. There are also waitresses that can serve you dishes from another menu. Some of the dishes are very famous and well known in the First lounges.
I had to have the famous salt and pepper squid!
If you’re interested to know if the bathrooms are any different, they’re not. They also have only 1 shower suite.
Overall, the lounge doesn’t have a big ‘wow’ factor but that’s for a reason. The majority of guests using the lounge just quickly stop in and leave for their flights. Many won’t want to stay for hours on end.