Much like the Qantas Lounge at LAX, the Sydney Qantas Lounge is something to write home about. The entrance to the lounge is preceded by a growing wall that immediately made me feel somewhat relaxed despite my enduring fatigue. The only thing more relaxing would have been a flowing water fixture or waterfall, but those are hard to maintain. Upon checking in at the JAL ticket counter I was informed that the first class passengers were invited to use the One World Alliance Qantas First Class Lounge just up the escalator and past the “massive” duty free store. I have always meant to check out the Qantas First Class Lounge in Sydney, but saver mileage award availability is generally scarce in addition to many airlines declining to provide a first class cabin on Australia-bound passenger jets. Normally, JAL only uses its new 777-300ER first class product on its Sydney route during the Australian summer, but somehow the stars aligned and they extended their equipment use allowing me to snag seats for around-the-wolrd 2016. #winning #thewaylifeshouldbe #jadore
Despite the Qantas First Class Lounge being on my to-do list, I completely forgot to check out the spa (which may not have even been open due to my early departure). Truth be told, I was probably too excited for breakfast. I can’t remember what I ordered, but it was delicious. The lounge was even serving champagne at 7am in the morning? The service was nothing near what I encountered at the LAX Qantas First Class Lounge, I found the server to be somewhat unfriendly, not smiling and generally inattentive. Maybe she was having a bad day, but the lounge wasn’t terribly crowded. But I know how bad days go so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.
One of my favorite parts of this lounge as compared with its LAX counterpart is the vast panoramic views of the airport’s runways and airplanes. The sun had begun to rise and I thought I take a moment to find a quiet area to sit and appreciate all the hard work and effort that went into planning around-the-world 2016. And the great part was there was still many more miles to travel. In the last photo you can see the JAL 777-300ER waiting at the gate–I almost fell asleep and missed pre-boarding. Oops! The year-long working holiday I spent in Australia will always have a special place in my heart and I hope to return to Sydney before long.
Last modified: November 12, 2016