NewsOctober 18, 2019

Qatar Airways Platinums Now Get Al Safwa First Class Lounge Access

Qatar Airways’ award-winning frequent flyer programme (FFP) Privilege Club, has announced that it’s Platinum members can now access Doha Hamad International Airport (HIA)’s exclusive Al Safwa First Class Lounge when flying Business Class with up to two guest passes.

As part of the airline’s continuous commitment to service excellence, Platinum-tier Privilege Club members traveling Business Class with Qatar Airways can now enjoy the Al Safwa five-star experience at HIA, which includes delectable a la carté fine dining, state-of-the-art media, and business facilities and a tranquil spa.


The Al Safwa First Class Lounge is a gleaming example of Arabian grandeur and elite exclusivity in a refined setting. Recognized as one of the World’s Best First Class Lounges, this deluxe facility is based on level three of concourse B at HIA, is designed to offer a luxurious and culturally enriching premium experience for customers. From its unique design, which draws influence from ancient Islamic architecture to its ultramodern range of facilities, Al Safwa First Class Lounge is an oasis of comfort, style, and luxury.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Simon Talling-Smith, said: “We take tremendous pride in exceeding our passengers’ expectations and this enhancement to our Privilege Club offering is yet another example of our promise to reward our loyal Platinum customers for their continued support.”

“This unique and exclusive benefit means that Platinum Privilege Club passengers traveling in either First and Business Class can experience five-star hospitality with Qatar Airways before they even step onto an aircraft.”

Previously Platinum Privilege Club members were only able to access the HIA lounge applicable to their cabin of travel, with their guest entitlement restricted to use of the dedicated FFP lounges – the First Class and Business Class lounges.

Privilege Club launched in 2000 as a form of appreciation to Qatar Airways’ loyal passengers, offering them the opportunity to earn Qmiles when traveling on Qatar Airways, oneworld® airlines, or any of the airlines’ partners. Qmiles has since served as another convenient means of payment at the award-winning Qatar Duty-Free outlets, located in both the departure and arrival halls of Hamad International Airport and at Oryx Galleria in Doha.

Platinum level is the premier tier of membership available in Qatar Airways’ award-winning Privilege Club frequent flyer programme. Membership benefits include a range of online bookings and Qatar Duty-Free (QDF) shopping discounts, extra Qcredits, a generous additional baggage allowance and 100 percent Qmiles mileage bonus on all eligible flights.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub HIA, to more than 160 destinations worldwide, and has recently launched an array of exciting new destinations, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia, and Gaborone, Botswana to its extensive route network in October 2019 and Luanda, Angola in March 2020.

The multi-award-winning airline was recently named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘Best Business Class Seat’, and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’.

HIA has recently been ranked as the fourth-best airport in the world at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2019. Additionally, the airport has been ranked as a five-star Airport and was honored with the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row.