Cathay Pacific has a new premier lounge for business class passengers and frequent flyers in Sydney, and it’s not Qantas’ long favored facilities.
Instead, the Hong Kong airline is directing its lounge-worthy travelers to The House lounge – formerly the hangout of Etihad Airways, and now run as an independent lounge by Aspire.
However, as savvy travelers know, Qantas lounges remain available to Cathay Pacific travelers under the Oneworld Alliance shared lounge access rules to which Cathay and Qantas belong.
That said, there is one notable exception: Cathay Silver members, who aren’t eligible for the same access under Oneworld rules as their Gold and Diamond siblings, will find The House to be their only option.
Business class passengers on Cathay’s daily CX100 flight at 3.15pm – as well as Cathay Gold members and their Oneworld Sapphire equivalents – can of course still proceed to the Qantas Business Lounge, while Cathay Diamonds and Oneworld Emeralds will naturally head to the Qantas delights. First living room.
However, on those days that see the 22:20 departure of the CX138, Qantas lounges have already closed ahead of the 21:35 departure of the QF25 to Tokyo – so “Hie thee to The House” is Cathay’s cry.
Of course, passengers can still enjoy Qantas lounge time until the last call for QF25, then make a short stop at The House until the CX138 begins boarding.
The house is also home to (no pun intended) British Airways, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Philippine Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, as well as welcoming Priority Pass members (upon payment of an additional $20 for the “Premium Lounge “).
It’s also open to passengers on any airline for $77 as a walk-in fare or $66 if they book online.
Just note that as of this writing, a la carte dining has yet to return to The House, with only a relatively limited buffet.
As previously reported, Cathay Pacific has now only two lounges open at its Hong Kong hub, with The Pier Business for travelers transiting through Hong Kong and The Wing First if you are starting your journey from Hong Kong or transiting through Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland.