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6 Things Everybody Does On Their First Time In The International Lounge

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It’s said that travel is the only thing we can buy that makes us richer. They’re wrong. Access to the Qantas International Lounge can make your life richer, too – in so many ways.

Away from the chaos and crowds of the terminal outside, the International Lounge is a little oasis of calm where you can enjoy good food, great wine, and speedy Wi-Fi – and it’s all included in your access!

If it’s your first time in an International Lounge, here are six things you’re almost guaranteed to do.

#1 Play it cool (while doing cartwheels inside)

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The first time you get to walk up to those frosted glass doors and don’t have to pretend you’re looking for someone as you sneak a peek at how the other half live is the day you know you’ve truly arrived. And the firsts just keep on coming after that.

Rather than let your excitement get the best of you, you’ll probably try to play it cool, acting like you’ve been there before in case someone realises you’re a newbie. But, this time, you do belong. Enjoy it!


#2 Eat three dinners because the food’s free

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Once you’ve found a seat by the window, your next target is bound to be the buffet. Before loading up your plate with mini spring rolls, though, do what the experts do and make a lap of the full buffet first – you can’t possibly know what goodness is hiding under each lid until you do.

Think mini samosas, mini quiches, curry and rice, mini custard tarts, and a salad bar with fresh fruit and yoghurts. You could easily have a full three-course meal made up of mini treats before boarding your flight (and having dinner on-board). Besides, everyone knows calories don’t exist the moment you pass through airport security, so treat yo’self.


#3 Grab a drink (or three) from the bar

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“Hydration” is essential when you’re travelling, so you should make a pit stop at the bar. Beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, kombucha… you name it, it’s probably available at the self-service bar. If you’re in a particularly flash lounge – like the Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3, which has its very own Gin Bar – you may even be able to nab a cocktail made-to-order.


#4 Give the free Wi-Fi a solid workout

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Free Wi-Fi is one of the greatest perks you can get in the International Lounge. And, because a lot of people in the lounge are generally travelling for work, speeds are generally amazing, too! So, take the opportunity to download a few last-minute movies or TV series to binge during the flight, or maybe compose a perfect humble brag for your Facebook or Instagram.


#5 Try (and probably fail) to nab one of the massage chairs

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Everyone knows travel can be stressful at times. That’s why a lot of lounges have free massage chairs for visitors. They can usually be found discreetly tucked away from the main entrance in a quiet corner. Be prepared, though, there tend to be only one or two magic chairs – and other travellers are often lying in wait, ready to pounce.

Taking things to the next level, some airport lounges also have dedicated spa and massage therapists – and they’re usually free, too! Unlike the lounge chairs, though, these tend to be offered on a written schedule. If you find yourself in a lounge with this offering, make sure you get your name on the list before heading to the buffet. Most lounge facilities are listed online, so take a minute to research exactly what is on offer prior to your arrival.


#6 Have a shower, just because you can

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Long-haul travel can be a bit rough, especially when you don’t have a chance to shower or change your clothes for 24 hours or more. Airlines understand your struggle. That’s why a lot of airport lounges now offer free shower facilities, as well as a selection of toiletries, to help you look (and smell) you best. If you’re between flights and you were clever enough to bring a change of clothes, grab a towel at reception and head for the next available shower.

Most of these things are a given for first timers, but the truth is the International Lounge never gets old. Don’t be surprised to see seasoned travellers going back for thirds, walking back to their seat with a free paper tucked under their arm while balancing a long black in one hand and a gin and tonic in the other… we’re all in the same boat plane now.

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Brought to you by Qantas

This feature is brought to you by Qantas, who are proud to play a part in bringing travellers together with the people they love from around Australia and across the globe.