eBay cracks down on Qantas lounge

Written By komlim puldel on Jumat, 16 Januari 2015 | 20.01

Qantas has opened a new first class lounge in Los Angeles but don't expect to be able to buy your way in there. Source: Supplied

THERE'S not much better when travelling than being able to stroll into a Qantas lounge for a free coffee and a bowl of sliced fruit before boarding your flight home.

So much so that people have been purchasing the privilege on eBay.

Until now.

eBay is cracking down on vendors selling their free invitations to the Qantas Club, Business Lounge and the First Class Lounge saying it violates the site's terms and conditions.

In the past eBay has been awash with Qantas club passes selling for around $50 each while the first class lounge passes have typically sold for about $100. But over the past week eBay Australia has removed all listings for Qantas lounge passes, citing the company's policy on travel-related items which includes "guest passes to airline lounges" which are not allowed to be sold on the site.

"These passes are prohibited under our Travel Policy" says eBay Australia Communications Manager Megan English. "Our filters capture a lot of these kinds of listings and they are removed."

Qantas lounge at the Gold Coast Airport. Source: News Limited

The cards being sold are valid for one visit to a domestic Qantas Club lounge or a Qantas-operated international business lounge. The complimentary invitations are typically sent out in conjunction with Qantas credit card packages, annually to silver members of the Qantas frequent flyer scheme and at times, for compensation reasons.

"Qantas lounge passes are not for resale but are transferable to family and friends," said a Qantas spokesman.

Despite Qantas' policy that the passes are not to be onsold, it is likely that vendors will flock to other sites in an effort to continue to do just that. At the time of writing there remains a handful of passes for sale on classifieds site, Gumtree, which was acquired by eBay in 2005.

Qantas Hong Kong lounge. Source: Supplied

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