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.
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.
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.
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
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
|15 Jun – 30 Jun||—||17:55 – 02:40
|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).
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 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.
|Malaysia Airlines Business Class Awards from Singapore|
|FFP||SIN – KUL / KCH / PEN|
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.
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.
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?