QATAR LOUNGE ACCESS
One advantage to passengers of an airline which is a member of a global alliance is that we can use a far wider range of facilities than those offered by a single carrier. So for example, if flying Finnair on a cheap economy class ticket, I can use its excellent lounge in Helsinki on account of my Oneworld status with another airline.
Most Oneworld members stick to the letter and spirit of this agreement. That allows access to world-class lounges and other airport privileges. There are some exceptions, however, such as British Airways, which reserves Concorde lounges for some of its own passengers.
The most egregious example of this is Qatar Airways. In its hub of Doha airport, it reserves entrance to its best lounges for its own passengers. The substitute lounges it offers Oneworld passengers are far inferior.
I can understand such exclusion from a business perspective; however, that is not playing ball with the spirit of Oneworld lounge access rules.
Christopher Ruane, Lanark, Scotland