• Black credit cards are the plastic that's packed with perks

    Platinum credit cards? They're old school – and black is the new cool. Earn more frequent flyer points on every dollar spent, and in many cases without an artificial limit on how many points you can earn each month. Enjoy free entry into airport lounges around the world, and free room upg...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 5 Comments

  • British Airways cuts London City – New York flights

    British Airways will cancel one of its two all-business class flights between London City and New York from October 31, 2016. The BA3/BA4 Club World London City service, which British Airways promotes the flight as "like having your own private jet", is being axed due to reduced demand on the pr...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 4 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' non-stop US flights more about sleep than speed

    Singapore Airlines will restart non-stop flights to the USA next month, with its new Airbus A350 zipping straight to San Francisco and back – but the gains of going direct will be less about saving time than enjoying a sound sleep en route. That's a pattern which the Singaporean flag-carri...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • How to get an international driver's licence

    Renting cars abroad can be a great way to get around on business trips, but even though you may already have an Australian driver's licence, many countries also require you to carry a separate International Driving Permit, or IDP. An IDP doesn’t replace your traditional Australian licence ...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Air New Zealand's new Melbourne Airport lounge to open early 2017

    Air New Zealand will open its all-new Melbourne Airport lounge in early 2017, completing the airline's trans-Tasman lounge network which has seen swish business class lounges open in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. The Melbourne lounge will share the same modern design as its siblings, and i...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Le Méridien Etoile Paris completes multi-million dollar refurb

    Guests returning to the Le Méridien Etoile Paris hotel might hardly recognise it following an extensive multi-million dollar renovation to what remains the Le Méridien chain’s first-ever hotel. Spanning the guestrooms, suites, public spaces and the established Jazz Club Etoil...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Black beauty: TAG Heuer 2016 Heuer Monza

    TAG Heuer's 2016 Heuer Monza commemorates the 40th anniversary of the original Heuer Monza, issued in 1976 to celebrate Niki Lauda's victory in the 1975 F1 World Championship. Lauda’s victory was sealed on the track at Monza in his team’s new 312T Ferrari, of which the Swiss watchm...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Four Seasons Hotel Sydney previews swish new Executive Club

    Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel is giving its executive club a ‘home away from home’ makeover. That is, if your home was a high-rise apartment decorated by an award-winning designer and featured bay windows overlooking the Sydney harbour. If not, you might want to treat yourself to a fe...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Qantas eyes direct Sydney-Paris, Melbourne-Rome flights

    Non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Europe's major cities could become the secret weapon in Qantas' international network. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has pencilled Sydney-Paris and Melbourne-Rome onto the “here’s where we could fly” route map, in a move which would see the...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Marriott, Starwood hotels to launch new super-loyalty program

    The ink is barely dry on the US$12 billion mega-merger of Marriott and Starwood, but it looks like the hotel colossus will be creating an all-new ‘unified’ loyalty program under a new brand. This would see Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards subsumed i...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • New Qantas business class lounge for Brisbane

    Qantas has begun the heavy work on its all-new business lounge at Brisbane Airport's domestic terminal, and if all goes according to plan, inside of six months – or "early 2017", according to the airline's timetable – Brisbane's business class travellers and Platinum frequent flyers w...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Photos: Inside Crystal Cruises' luxury Boeing 777 private jet

    When a luxury cruise line decides to launch its own airline, you know it won't be business as usual – or even businessclass as usual, for that matter. Instead, Crystal Cruises aims to replicate the luxury cruise ship experience at 30,000 feet on board two private Boeing jets designed ...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Spotlight: New ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures credit cards

    The new ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures credit card offers a range of features for globetrotters including a Virgin Australia domestic return flight each year until the card is cancelled after spending $500 on eligible purchases in the first three months1 , no overseas transaction fe...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Aer Lingus to launch AerClub "late 2016" with double Avios deal

    Aer Lingus expects to launch its AerClub frequent flyer program before the end of this year, replacing the airline’s long-running Gold Circle loyalty program with not just a new rewards scheme but a new currency. The Irish flag-carrier will adopt the same Avios points as used by siblings B...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Audi reveals new A5 and S5 Sportback

    Audi’s penchant for splitting and splintering its line-up is often bewildering. It’s an approach which might seem the exact opposite of fabled Teutonic efficiency – but if that means there’s an Audi for almost every potential buyer, then it’s efficiency elevated int...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to restart Melbourne-Los Angeles flights

    Virgin Australia will restart direct flights between Melbourne to Los Angeles in April 2017, bringing new competition onto a route currently exclusive to Qantas and United Airlines. The flights will run five days a week from April 4 on Virgin's Boeing 777-300ER jets, which now sport all-new bu...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2016 37 Comments

  • United trials new Polaris business class on New York-Paris flight

    With barely 12 weeks to go until United Airlines launches its all-new Polaris business class in December, the Star Alliance member has rolled out the refreshed meals and drinks service on an exclusive test flight between New York (well, the adjacent Newark NJ airport) and Paris. The special char...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • British Airways' new First Wing for London Heathrow T5

    Here's your first look at the new British Airways First Wing at London Heathrow T5, which opens in April 2017 as a long-awaited fast track for top-tier BA and Oneworld flyers. The First Wing is being constructed behind the current first class check-in zone to provide a dedicated path from an e...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Etihad Airways goes double-daily on Sydney-Abu Dhabi route

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will boost its Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to double-daily from next year, up from 11 flights per week at present. As of February 6 2017, flight EY451 from Sydney takes wing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, complementing existing flights on Mondays, Wedn...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to begin Perth-Abu Dhabi flights

    Virgin Australia will begin direct flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi from June 9 2017, axing the current Sydney-Abu Dhabi route from February 4 next year. The flights will be served by Virgin Australia's Airbus A330-200 aircraft, recently fitted with the airline's new 'The Business' seats in b...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 36 Comments

  • September's sweetest Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals

    You could be swimming in Qantas frequent flyer points this September by applying for a new credit card from American Express, ANZ, Citibank or HSBC, with a mighty 285,000 Qantas Points on the table between them. But more reasonably, just a single card application could return as many as 80,000 Q...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • How to get a Qantas, Virgin Australia frequent flyer status match

    Most frequent flyers achieve their prized Gold or Platinum status the hard way – clocking up endless hours of bum-numbing miles in business class (or, worse, economy). However, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer selected travellers a shortcut to that shiny card using little-known ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines lounge access at Canberra Airport

    Selected passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines’ new flights from Canberra to Singapore and Wellington can cool their heels in the Virgin Australia Canberra lounge – but that list won't include most Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers, including those of route partner Air New Zeal...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Welcome to the new Australian Business Traveller

    It's been almost six years since we launched Australian Business Traveller (our actual birthday is November 1 – feel free to send us a card and some cake). Plenty has changed in those six years, which means a change to our website is long overdue. So, welcome to the new AusBT –...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Introducing our new online community

    With over 730,000 visitors every month, AusBT is already Australia’s most popular website for business travellers and frequent flyers – and now there's an online community to go with it. It's a community where readers can discuss airlines and frequent flyer programs, hotels and credi...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

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