Despite recent announcements from Qantas, it is still a preferred program of my choice due to many reasons. One of which is the flexibility in points redemption (albeit of lower value when compared to flight redemptions). As a Qantas Gold member (where one can qualify after earning 700 Status Credits), I am able to enjoy a breadth of privileges when flying with Qantas (or a member of the Oneworld Alliance). More importantly, since I do short trips around Asia quite often, these privileges are extremely valued as some of them extend towards Jetstar flights too.
My recent visit to Hong Kong has granted me entry to the brand new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge. Located on level seven in Terminal One, the new lounge boasts an extensive range of (alcoholic) drinks and food while offering ample space for the business traveler to rest and relax. One problem I had with this new lounge was actually to locate it. Possibly because the lounge has only just been relocated, clear signage was not set up to direct visitors towards this area. One had to walk through a rather narrow passageway before arriving at the entrance of the lounge.
There were communal tables as well as comfy leather seats scattered around the lounge. It was generally quiet and it boasted a pretty impressive view of the terminal while being conveniently located near the boarding gates. Despite being a rather spacious place, the lounge does get busy during peak hours and finding a seat may prove to be difficult (especially if you do not wish to share).
I really liked how the decor of the lounge was not at all generic (like some paid airport lounges) but instead drew major contemporary references from Hong Kong while marrying a deliberate blend of bold accentuation using simple geometries.. The bar area allowed for the weary traveler to order up a mean cocktail or just simply have a glass of Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre.
Ranging from cold salads, hot food, desserts and a variety of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, the self serve area was pretty sufficient to make for a light dinner for those whom prefer to minimise personal interaction. More importantly, you can pour yourself a third or fourth glass of wine without worrying about getting judged.
Together with fruit juices, coffee and sodas, T2 Tea bags were also provided in the lounges, bringing familiarity to both Australian travellers and international visitors.
The lounge also comes with toilet and shower facilities that you can utilise before your next flight.
It is worth noting that if you're a Gold or Platinum (One) member traveling on Jetstar, the gates are usually located pretty far away from the lounge so be sure to leave slightly earlier to allow time for traveling. I particularly enjoyed the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge (that is similar to Singapore to some extent) in Hong Kong and would definitely recommend this place to all Business/First Class travelers departing Hong Kong.