Airport Lounges

Brisbane Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide (10 Lounges)

In this Brisbane airport lounges guide we will review every single lounge available to passengers at the airport – from airline and alliance lounges to independent paid-for entry lounges.

Brisbane airport (IATA code: BNE, ICAO: YBBN) has 2 terminals and is the 3rd busiest airport in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne. It is located about 11km north-east of Brisbane CBD.

With the city of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympic games, Brisbane airport is undergoing a A$5 billion upgrade. Work on the domestic terminal is taking place 2023-2025, whilst the international terminal should be completed by 2032.

In the meantime, if you are looking for lounges from major airlines or a paid-for-entry lounge at Brisbane then please read on…

We will explain access rules for each Brisbane lounge. The lounges are also marked by alliance and whether entry is possible by payment, via the Priority Pass or DragonPass annual lounge access programs or directly by American Express Centurion/Platinum cards.

We will look at each Brisbane airport terminal:

International Terminal – This serves all international departures and arrivals.

Domestic Terminal – This terminal for Australian domestic flights used by the likes of Qantas and Virgin Australia.

See here for detailed official maps of the airport by terminal.

Brisbane International Terminal Lounges

There are 5 lounges at Brisbane’s International terminal:

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures) Brisbane [book]
  • Aspire Lounge Brisbane
  • Air New Zealand Brisbane International Lounge
  • Qantas International Business Lounge Brisbane
  • Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business & First Lounge Melbourne
  • Emirates Lounge Brisbane [temporarily closed]

Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures) Brisbane

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS][AMEX PLATINUM/CENTURION] – Plaza Premium Group has a compact lounge at Brisbane for international departures. It is 420m² and seats around 100 guests.

It offers a wide array of stylish seating, work spaces and private booth seats, a bar area with food/drink including buffet and made-to-order options. There is free WiFi.

Note, the shower facility is temporarily closed.

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Plaza Premium Lounge at Brisbane

The lounge has plenty of natural light with windows overlooking the airside departures area and views of the apron beyond.

The lounge is available to paying passengers (from A$63 for 2 hours), Priority Pass/DragonPass members and American Express Platinum and Centurion card holders. It is also used by Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Fiji Airways and Korean Air premium passengers.

Located after security, on level 4 opposite gate 81 (opposite to the Air New Zealand lounge).

Open 0600-1230/1730-0115 (Fri-Tue), 0600-1100/1730-0115 (Tue-Wed).

Book the Plaza Premium Lounge Brisbane here

Aspire Lounge Brisbane

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – The 332m² Aspire lounge is a partitioned area next to gate 77 at Brisbane’s international terminal. It seats just over 100 guests and was the former ‘My Lounge’ (Virgin Australia/No1 Lounges). It is now run by Swissport which jointly acquired No1 Lounges.

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Aspire Lounge Brisbane

The lounge has a cafe feel with plenty of casual dining seats as well as more comfortable couches. It offers bar and buffet with barista coffee, children’s play area, shower facilities and access to the digital PressReader app. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer good natural lighting and some apron views.

Paid access is available from A$63 pre-booked online.

The lounge is located after security on level 3 near gate 77.

Open 0500-0000 daily.

Air New Zealand Brisbane International Lounge

[STAR ALLIANCE] – This roomy lounge facility is 800m² and seats 185. It features modern seating, a centrepiece self service buffet and bar, business area, shower suites, newspapers/magazines and free WiFi. The lounge has large floor-to-ceiling windows offering good views.

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Air New Zealand International Lounge Brisbane

Access is granted to Business Premier passengers on Air New Zealand and business class/first class passengers on Star Alliance carriers.

Entrance is also available to Air New Zealand Airpoints Elite/Gold and Star Alliance Gold members travelling on Air New Zealand or any Star Alliance airline. Air New Zealand Koru members also get access if flying on Air New Zealand. Air Canada Maple Leaf Club (worldwide) and United Club members can also access if flying on Star Alliance

The lounge is located after security, up the escalator to the Mezzanine (Level 4) near gate 82.

Open 0500-last departure daily.

Qantas International Business Lounge Brisbane

[ONEWORLD] – This spacious and stylish Qantas lounge is spread over 3 levels. It features a bar, barista coffee, buffet dining area, family zone, 4 showers, small business area and free WiFi. Large windows provide internal views of the departure hall.

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Qantas International Lounge Brisbane

Access is available to business and first class customers flying Qantas, Qantas codeshare flights or Oneworld carriers.

Qantas Gold/Platinum/Platinum One get access if flying Qantas, Jetstar, Emirates or Oneworld airlines. Qantas Club members get access if flying Qantas or Jetstar.

Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald elite members get access if flying on any Oneworld carrier on the day.

The lounge is located airside behind the News Travels store, the main entrance is on level 2.

Open 0530-1130/1430-2200 (Mon), 0530-1100/1430-2200 (Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun), 0530-1130/1500-2100 (Thu), 0530-1200/1500-2100 (Sat)

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge Brisbane

[STAR ALLIANCE] – This comapct lounge at around 320m² offers a self-service bar/buffet with Western and Asian options, a variety of comfortable seating, shower suites and free WiFi.

Access is available to business and first class customers on Singapore Airlines and other Star Alliance carriers. Frequent flyer access is offered to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer elite (Elite Gold, PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club) and Star Alliance Gold card holders travelling on Star Alliance.

Access is also available to Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum/Gold flying Singapore Airlines.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Club (worldwide) and United Club members can also access if flying on Star Alliance.

The lounge is located past security on the mezzanine level 4 near gate 82 (adjacent to the Plaza Premium lounge).

Open daily 0630-1430/2030-2330

Emirates Lounge Brisbane (temporarily closed)

[EMIRATES][PAID] – Emirates have had a lounge at Brisbane since 2004 – this was its first international lounge outside Dubai in fact. The current Emirates lounge location opened in 2008 but was temporarily closed in 2020. It is not known when the lounge will reopen.

The lounge has seating for over 170 guests. It includes an excellent bar and buffet, dining area, work desks and shower facilities. It has the signature Emirates decor with beige and cream tones. Large windows offer good natural lighting and views. Passengers can board the Emirates aircraft directly from the lounge.

Access is granted to business and first class passengers on Emirates/Qantas. Entry is also available to Emirates iO, Emirates Skywards Platinum/Gold and Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One/Platinum/Gold or Chairman’s Lounge members travelling on Emirates/Qantas.

Paid access is possible for Emirates economy passengers – access costs a hefty US$125 (Skywards members), US$155 (non-members) plus local GST.

The Emirates Brisbane lounge is located after security on level 3 near gate 75.

! Temporarily closed.

Brisbane Domestic Terminal Lounges

There are 5 lounges at Brisbane’s domestic terminal:

  • Qantas Domestic Business Lounge Brisbane
  • Qantas Club Brisbane
  • Qantas Chairman’s Lounge Brisbane
  • Virgin Australia Lounge Brisbane
  • Virgin Australia Beyond Lounge Brisbane

Qantas Domestic Business Lounge Brisbane

[ONEWORLD] – This is a pleasant Qantas lounge space for premium and elite passengers on domestic flights.

This spacious lounge includes a good variety of seating for up to 350 guests, all day dining buffet, barista coffee, work tables, showers, floor to ceiling windows with exterior views and free WiFi.

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Qantas Domestic Business Lounge Brisbane

Access is granted to Qantas business class passengers, Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum/Platinum One and Chairman’s Lounge members, Emirates Skyward Platinum and iO and Oneworld Emerald members.

First and business class passengers on Qantas/Emirates/Oneworld connecting to a domestic flight also get entry.

Access can be made through the Qantas Premium Lounge entry (level 1) which includes bag drop and security – then go up the escalators to the Qantas Lounge Precinct. Or you can find the lounge entrance on level 2 (after security) near gate 22.

It is open 1 hour before first Qantas departure until last departure.

Qantas Club Brisbane

[ONEWORLD] – The Qantas Club is a very large area adjacent to the Domestic Business Lounge.

Facilities include a wide array of seating, self-service bar-buffet, barista coffee, children’s nook, work stations, showers and free WiFi. Note, it can get very busy at peak times.

Access is granted to Qantas business class passengers, Qantas Club members, Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold/Platinum/Platinum One members, Emirates Skyward Gold/Platinum and iO, Oneworld Emerald/Sapphire members, Alaska Lounge members and Alaska MVP Gold/Gold 75K members.

First and business class passengers on Qantas/Emirates connecting to a domestic flight can also get entry.

Access can be made through the Qantas Premium Lounge entry (level 1) which includes bag drop and security – go up the escalators to the Qantas Lounge Precinct. Or you can find the lounge entrance on level 2 (after security) near gate 22.

It is open 1 hour before first Qantas departure until last departure.

Qantas Chairman’s Lounge Brisbane

[INVITATION-ONLY] – This exclusive lounge has a contemporary design with stylish seats, library area, bar area with Rockpool menu, apron views and private meeting rooms. Guests get a personal boarding invitation.

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Qantas Chairman’s lounge Brisbane (credit: Felice Carlino under Creative Commons)

Access is only granted to Chairman’s Lounge members (invitation-only) and Emirates iO members flying Qantas.

The Qantas Chairman’s Lounge is located near the Qantas Club in the Brisbane Lounge Precinct.

Virgin Australia Lounge Brisbane

[PAID][AMEX PLATINUM/CENTURION] – This large Virgin Australia lounge facility offers comfortable seating for up to 400 guests, all day dining, barista coffee bar, business centre, showers and free WiFi. There are some windows offering exterior views.

Access is granted to Virgin Australia business class passengers, Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum and Gold members and Virgin Australia Lounge program members.

Access is also available to elite members of Air Canada/Delta/Etihad/Singapore Airlines/South African Airways/United Airlines/Virgin Atlantic flying on Virgin Australia.

A single entry pass can be purchased for A$65 at-the-door (capacity permitting), open 2 hours before your Virgin Australia flight departure.

American Express Centurion and Platinum card holders get access when flying Virgin Australia. This is an official benefit of Australian-issued Platinum cards, though we have heard of holders from other countries getting entry.

The lounge is located after security on level 2 near gate 41 or via the Premium Entry channel.

Opens daily from 60 minutes before first Virgin Australia flight departure until last departure.

Virgin Australia Beyond Lounge Brisbane

[INVITATION-ONLY] – This is a small private lounge at Brisbane domestic for Virgin Australia invitation-only Beyond members (similar to Qantas Chairman’s Lounge). Previously known as The Club, it was rebranded/refurbished as the Beyond Lounge, opening in 2022.

The lounge offers stylish seats for up to 44 guests, a la carte breakfast and all-day menu, exterior airport views, private boardroom and shower facilities.

Staff give customers personal boarding invitations.

The lounge is located past Premium Entry near the main Virgin Australia Lounge. Access is via a discreet frosted door.

Opens daily from 60 minutes before first Virgin Australia flight departure until last departure.

Brisbane Airport Lounges Summary

Brisbane Airport Lounges By Numbers:
10 Brisbane airport lounges
10 airside lounges
8 airline lounge
5 lounges Brisbane international terminal
5 lounges Brisbane domestic terminal
2 independent lounges
2 Priority Pass lounges
2 DragonPass lounges

Brisbane Airport Lounges with Priority Pass: Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures), Aspire Lounge Brisbane (International Departures).

A$36 credit is currently given to Priority Pass members at the following Brisbane airport cafe/restaurants: Corretto Cafe & Bar at the International Terminal, Mezze Za Za / The Common / Graze Grill & Bar at the Domestic terminal.

Thinking about Priority Pass membership? Click here for a special 10% discount which will provide unlimited access to 2 Brisbane airport lounges and 1,400+ lounges worldwide.

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Just be aware that some lounges at various airports are turning away Priority Pass or DragonPass members at peak times.

American Express lounges at Brisbane: Plaza Premium Brisbane International Departures, Virgin Australia lounge (domestic) for some Amex Platinum cardholders (depends on country of issue). There is no Amex branded lounge at Brisbane.

Star Alliance Gold members at Brisbane get access to Air New Zealand Lounge and Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge.

There are no official arrival lounges at Brisbane – though both Qantas and Virgin Australia may allow access to domestic lounges for its premium international arriving passengers – however this is inconvenient because of the change of terminal and the need to clear security.

Also see Sydney Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide and Melbourne Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide

  • First published 30 November 2023
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