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How to access the reopened Qatar Singapore Lounge using miles or points

It's back: You can score several hours in the excellent reopened Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge from just 6,950 Avios points or 20,000 Asia Miles. Here are the options.

Last week saw a long-awaited reopening of what we already dubbed, not unfairly, Changi’s finest Business Class lounge. Qatar Airways reset the bar with its premium facility in Terminal 1 when it opened in early 2020, offering a boutique space boasting á la carte dining, spacious relaxation pods, a tended martini bar and no fewer than five private shower suites.

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Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic forced a closure of the Qatar Singapore Premium Lounge only two short months after it began welcoming guests, but it was receiving rapturous reviews during its brief operation, and it made a welcome return to the Changi fold last week.

Dining section of the Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

The downside

Qatar Airways applies fairly strict access policies for its own lounges, with the Singapore one being no exception.

One of the easiest ways to get in to a oneworld Business Class lounge for many of our readers is through the alliance’s Sapphire or Emerald status, such as:

  • British Airways Executive Club Silver or above
  • Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold or above
  • Malaysia Airlines Enrich Gold or above
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold or above
  • JAL Mileage Bank Sapphire or above

Those are no good to you at the Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge, which restricts access only to those flying on Qatar Airways or a oneworld carrier in First or Business Class.

Getting into the Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge isn’t as straightforward as other oneworld alternatives in T1. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Lounge-eligible frequent flyers in lower cabins are instead directed to the SATS Premier Lounge, which we probably don’t need to tell you falls into the “fine, but nothing to rush to the airport early for” category!

Full access criteria

The Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge lounge is available to passengers flying on a Qatar Airways or any oneworld member operated flight:

  • in First Class or in Business Class*.
  • in any class of travel provided they are connecting between oneworld marketed and operated flights on the same day of travel, or before 6am the following day, having arrived in First Class or Business Class with a scheduled flight time longer than 5 hours (e.g. Qantas Business Class SYD-SIN followed by SriLankan Economy Class SIN-CMB, access is permitted). You are required to retain your boarding card from the arriving long-haul flight for lounge access in this case.

* Except for Qatar Airways’ Business Class Lite Fare (Booking Class ‘P’), which does not benefit from lounge access

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Note that Qatar Airways does not include lounge access to those upgrading their Economy tickets to Business Class using Avios. The policy also applies to this lounge in Singapore.

However, full redemptions in Business Class using Avios, or via other frequent flyer programmes like Asia Miles, are eligible.

Lounge opening hours

First of all, here are the opening hours for the Qatar Singapore Premium Lounge, which include a morning operating window on selected days of the week from 1st July 2022.

Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge
2022 Opening Hours
  Morning Evening
15 Jun – 30 Jun 17:55 – 02:40
(Daily)
From 1 Jul 07:25 – 10:25
(Tue, Thu, Sat)

While the added morning opening three days per week is designed to primarily cater to Qatar Airways’ flight departures, it does provide some extra options for those in premium cabins on oneworld flights too.

What are your award options?

We’ve analysed the latest redemption options in Business Class, from the shortest 1-hour hops to Kuala Lumpur, up to flights heading all the way to the likes of Sydney and London.

We’ve also listed the specific flights you’ll need to redeem on to give yourself some quality time in this lounge, based on the northern summer 2022 schedules (applicable until 29th October 2022).

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Where possible, Changi’s Early Check-in facility at Jewel allows some additional time in the lounge, though this is currently only available for Malaysia Airlines and Qantas passengers, with other oneworld airlines opening their regular check-in desks between 2 and 3 hours prior to departure time.

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines was flying 68 times per week on the busy Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route pre-COVID, but schedules have been trimmed down to 28 weekly flights, based on July 2022 schedules.

There is also a three times weekly Malaysia Airlines flight from Singapore to Kuching and a four times weekly flight from Singapore to Penang.

A Malaysia Airlines award flight in Business is exactly how we originally reviewed this lounge. I flew on a lunchtime flight to experience the lounge’s breakfast opening, while Eddie opted for an evening flight to check out the cocktail and dinner options.

Award rates
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Awards from Singapore
FFP SIN – KUL / KCH / PEN
12,500
16,000
18,000
20,000
20,000
22,500
24,000
25,000

BA Avios is your cheapest redemption option here, with 12,500 points (+S$66.20) enough to secure you a seat in Business Class.

Remember you can also transfer Qatar Airways Avios 1:1 into BA Avios, halving the miles requirement for a redemption on this route from 25,000 to 12,500!

Award availability is generally very good between Singapore and KL, so if you want to experience the lounge as a couple, family or group of friends this may be the best way to do it.

Award availability on Malaysia Airlines flights to KL is usually excellent

There’s also the ability to part pay with Avios and cash when flying Malaysia Airlines, if you’re short of points for example, with the following options available:

  • 12,500 Avios + S$66.20 (full miles rate)
  • 11,250 Avios + S$88.20 (buy Avios at 1.8 cents each)
  • 10,000 Avios + S$110.20 (buy Avios at 1.8 cents each)
  • 9,050 Avios + S$125.20 (buy Avios at 1.7 cents each)
  • 7,800 Avios + S$148.20 (buy Avios at 1.8 cents each)
  • 6,950 Avios + S$171.20 (buy Avios at 1.9 cents each)

This effectively allows you to ‘buy’ Avios (either by keeping them in your account, rather than using them, or topping up because your balance is insufficient) for 1.7 to 1.9 cents each – a reasonable proposition.

Your lowest miles outlay to enjoy the Qatar Singapore Premium Lounge
How easy is it?

Malaysia Airlines flights currently depart from Terminal 1, which is ideal in this case. Just clear immigration then follow the signs to the Qatar lounge.

The airline is also one of only two participating in the early check-in scheme, allowing you to drop your bags and print your boarding pass up to 12 hours before departure at the Jewel Early Check-in lounge, between 13:00 and 17:00 each day.

Which flights can you take?
Flight MH610 KUL MH614 KUL
Departure Time 00:05 11:30
Check-in from 13:00 to 17:00* 09:30
QR lounge usage 17:55-23:25
Daily
(5h 30m)
09:30-10:25
Tue, Thu, Sat
(55m)

* Previous day, compared to flight departure date

Unfortunately the list of options with Malaysia Airlines isn’t too extensive, given their current lack of evening departure timings. Departures to Kuching and Penang also don’t coincide with the opening of the Qatar lounge.

While the late morning MH614 works for a short visit on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, based on the standard Malaysia Airlines check-in opening time of 2 hours before departure, it’s the midnight MH610 that works best here.

Use the Jewel Early Check-in option between 1pm and 5pm to enjoy a whole evening in the Qatar lounge, or just turn up to the regular check-in desk two hours before departure at 10.05pm and still get a decent visit of over an hour before you need to head to the gate.



 


 

Cathay Pacific

Once a oneworld stalwart at Changi with 63 weekly departures, Cathay Pacific is still a shadow of its former self with a measly three flights per week to quarantine-imposing Hong Kong.

However, in the unlikely event you’re flying with the airline in Business Class on the CX714 service in the early hours of Friday morning, you will be able to use the Qatar lounge.

Award rates
Cathay Pacific Business Class Awards from Singapore
FFP SIN – HKG
22,000
22,500
22,500
25,000
30,000
40,000
43,800
55,000

Again BA Avios is your cheapest option on these shorter routes (transfer points within a day from Citi cards, or via Qatar Privilege Club).

Unfortunately Cathay Pacific is not currently offering much (or any) award space on its limited services from Singapore, so this isn’t a simple way to access the Qatar lounge for the time being.

How easy is it?

Cathay Pacific flights currently depart from Terminal 1, so it’s simple to access the Qatar lounge.

However, do note that the airline will move to Terminal 4 in September 2022 (exact date TBC), significantly complicating use of the Qatar lounge before a Business Class flight with the airline.

Which flights can you take?
Flight CX714 HKG
Departure Time 01:45
Check-in from 22:45*
QR lounge usage 22:45-01:05
Fri
(1h 20m)

* Previous day, compared to flight departure date

SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan is flying six times weekly from Singapore to Colombo using Airbus A330 aircraft, with some evening departure timings allowing you use of the Qatar Premium Lounge when flying in Business Class.

Award rates
SriLankan Business Class Awards from Singapore
FFP SIN – CMB