My flight from Sydney to Los Angeles was on a Qantas A380, and after spending time in the lounge, I headed down to the gate, ready to board.

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To find the Qantas International Business lounge, look for the Travelex desk next to a set of escalators once you have survived the duty free maze after security and immigration.

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My flight home from Auckland after two nights in Hawkes Bay was in business class, row 2, seat C, on the aisle.

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To get to the Qantas Business Lounge at Auckland airport, turn right after security and go past the duty free shops and then up the escalators. The doors are directly in front of you. The First lounge is also here, requiring a left turn once you have gone through the doors

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Once my flight was called (QF133) I headed downstairs from the First Lounge to gate 9 and boarded. I was in 8C, with no-one in the middle seat between me and the guy in seat 8A.

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The Oneworld First Class lounge at LAX is located on level 5 of the Tom Bradley terminal and is open to all Oneworld first class passengers and those that have platinum or the equivalent status.

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After spending the pre-flight time in the First Lounge, J and I boarded flight QF93, Melbourne to Los Angeles. We had used frequent flyer points to upgrade to Business class and therefore were on the upper deck of an A380.

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I am not going to go into the details about the Qantas First Lounge, what it is about, access etc. You can read that here.

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After a slight delay we were called to board our flight home to Melbourne. Our Hong Kong adventure was over.

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When we were checking in at the Qantas First Class desk at the Hong Kong airport the gentlemen behind the counter gave us directions to the lounge. Except he didn’t. He gave us directions to the Business Lounge, not the First Class lounge.

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Wow. That pretty much sums up our first class experience on the A380. It was amazing. You can read about it, see pictures of it, but nothing prepares you for how truly great it is until you are actually sitting in that seat.

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Qantas’ First Lounge in Sydney is its flagship lounge and after spending almost three hours here I can see why.

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J and I headed to Western Australia for a week’s holiday. It was a second visit to our largest state for both us, mine was when I was in primary school on a family holiday, and J’s first trip was a work trip only the week before we went together!
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The Qantas First Lounge is Qantas’ International Lounge for passengers flying first class, or those who are Platinum frequent flyers (or the OneWorld equivalent). From the Qantas website: “Designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, the Lounges are exceptional retreats offering unsurpassed levels of comfort, service and luxury, complete with day spa, restaurant, library, private work suites and concierge service.”
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