Lounge Access in Sydney flying in Thai F

Old Jun 28, 14, 9:04 pm
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Lounge Access in Sydney flying in Thai F

I know that TG refer their business and first class passengers to the Air New Zealand lounge at check in but was wondering if I would be able to access the new SQ First Class lounge?

I am flying in First on TG but have no status with Star Alliance (most of my flying is with OW). The Star Alliance website seems to suggest that as an F passenger on a Star Alliance carrier, I should have access but know SQ can be difficult at times. Has anybody flying in F on a Star Alliance carrier had success in gaining access to the F lounge in Sydney (or elsewhere) without relying on status?
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Old Jun 28, 14, 10:42 pm
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I actually prefer the Air NZ lounge - it just has a better feeling for me... When flying TG in both J and F ex-SYD, that's my happy place before departing.

The Lounge Ladies are so lovely and look after me well - I walk right on past the SQ lounge, every time!

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Old Jun 28, 14, 11:07 pm
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Yeah I don't mind the Air New Zealand lounge .... great views but was looking a little tired last time I was there. Just keen to check out the new SQ First Class lounge ... if they will let me in
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Old Jun 28, 14, 11:11 pm
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Originally Posted by kiwifruit View Post
Yeah I don't mind the Air New Zealand lounge .... great views but was looking a little tired last time I was there. Just keen to check out the new SQ First Class lounge ... if they will let me in
I've not been in since the upgrade - will pop in, in a few weeks time!

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Old Jun 28, 14, 11:16 pm
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Well let us know if you have any problems getting in and how you rate it
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Old Jun 28, 14, 11:25 pm
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except the view, nothing exciting about the NZ lounge. A bit low key for a F passenger.
The SQ lounge was not yet refurbished so I did not try
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Old Jun 29, 14, 12:37 am
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Originally Posted by kiwifruit View Post
I know that TG refer their business and first class passengers to the Air New Zealand lounge at check in but was wondering if I would be able to access the new SQ First Class lounge?

I am flying in First on TG but have no status with Star Alliance (most of my flying is with OW). The Star Alliance website seems to suggest that as an F passenger on a Star Alliance carrier, I should have access but know SQ can be difficult at times. Has anybody flying in F on a Star Alliance carrier had success in gaining access to the F lounge in Sydney (or elsewhere) without relying on status?
I recently flew TG F SYD-BKK - 10 am flight. I went to check in at the ANZ lounge, but there was a long line waiting to enter, so I returned to the SQ lounge. No line to enter. They were (reasonably) happy to let me enter, but reminded me that they don't announce TG flights. The F section (on the right) is small, but is quiet and has an airport view. Only 2 other pax were there. An attendant takes your order and I had a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Food selection is adequate, but don't expect a dining room. Only a few newspapers that I could see.
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Old Jun 29, 14, 1:23 am
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Thanks Restless .... was that since December when the new lounge opened?
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Old Jun 29, 14, 1:39 am
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Originally Posted by kiwifruit View Post
Thanks Restless .... was that since December when the new lounge opened?
I've only been in the SYD SQ lounge once, when I visited the F side a month ago.
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Old Jun 29, 14, 5:30 am
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My wife and I were flying SYD-BKK-MUC in May (in F). No problems getting into the SQ F lounge. However, as stated before, they did explicitly tell us that no flight announcements for TG will be made.
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Old Jun 29, 14, 7:52 am
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You will have no trouble accessing the SQ F lounge with your TG F boarding pass. The *A rules clearly state you can access any member F lounge if you're departing *A F, and any member J lounge if departing *A J.

The lounge attendants may say "Oh, TG uses the NZ lounge which is just down the hall" and all you need to reply is "Thank you, however I would prefer to use this lounge". They'll welcome you with a smile (although no boarding announcements will be made).

As others have said, the NZ SYD lounge is pretty good but you may find the SQ lounge less crowded, depending on time of day. The catering in the SQ lounge is much improved post renovation.
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Old Jun 29, 14, 8:46 pm
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Originally Posted by hgp View Post
You will have no trouble accessing the SQ F lounge with your TG F boarding pass. The *A rules clearly state you can access any member F lounge if you're departing *A F, and any member J lounge if departing *A J.

The lounge attendants may say "Oh, TG uses the NZ lounge which is just down the hall" and all you need to reply is "Thank you, however I would prefer to use this lounge". They'll welcome you with a smile (although no boarding announcements will be made).

As others have said, the NZ SYD lounge is pretty good but you may find the SQ lounge less crowded, depending on time of day. The catering in the SQ lounge is much improved post renovation.
Try telling LH a *A BP gets you FCL access

SQ lounge attendants do try to persuade pax to use NZ lounge, as you say one needs to insist

SQ F lounge post refurb is very nice, different planet from NZ J lounge
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Old Jun 29, 14, 8:46 pm
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I flew out on the morning flight from Sydney yesterday and had no issues getting into the Singapore Airlines lounge. Only went to the business side but with all of 3 people in the lounge, was much better than visiting the NZ lounge. Food offerings included items such as chicken curry and rice as well as breakfast items of bacon / tomatoes/ chipolatas

Had no need to insist; when I got there I was allowed in with no attempt to send me to the NZ lounge, just informed that they would not be announcing the TG flight
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Old Jun 29, 14, 11:10 pm
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Originally Posted by chris63 View Post
Try telling LH a *A BP gets you FCL access

SQ lounge attendants do try to persuade pax to use NZ lounge, as you say one needs to insist

SQ F lounge post refurb is very nice, different planet from NZ J lounge
LH and TG FCL in their hubs are specifically excluded on the *A website.
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Old Jun 30, 14, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by travelislife View Post
LH and TG FCL in their hubs are specifically excluded on the *A website.
the official exclusions are actually LH F in FRA and MUC, LX F in ZRH and GVA, OS F in VIE
TG excludes Spa access for other *A F passengers but access to FCL is given.

I wonder that SQ F in Singapore is not mentioned. Have other *A F really access there?
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