• Optus inks Flybuys deal for Virgin Australia, Etihad Guest points

    New customers to Optus can pocket up to 20,000 bonus Flybuys points under a new deal with the Coles-backed loyalty program, which can be converted into frequent flyer points with both Virgin Australia and Etihad Guest. Sign up for a new My Prepaid Ultimate service and recharge with $30 to earn a...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2016 3 Comments

  • Qantas clarifies access rules for LAX first class lounge

    Staff at Qantas’ Los Angeles First Lounge are in for a refresher course on the rules covering lounge access, following reports that top-tier frequent flyers from American Airlines have been denied entry for spurious reasons. Those travellers turned away have been Executive Platinum members...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2016 18 Comments

  • Photo gallery: the new Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel

    The Hyatt Regency brand has returned to Sydney with a take-over and $250 million redevelopment of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel. Located at 161 Sussex Street, straddling the northern edge of Chinatown and overlooking Darling Harbour, the new Hyatt Regency Sydney picks up bragging rights as...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • The AusBT Christmas Gift Guide

    Finding the perfect gift during the holiday season can be tricky, so we’ve put together this handy Christmas gift guide of our top picks for the stocking this year. Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 The Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 marks a new design direction for the Swiss brand’s i...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Now there's unlimited free WiFi at Dubai Airport

    Passengers travelling through Dubai can now remain connected to the office or loved ones back home thanks to a new high-speed wireless Internet service available across Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports. With no download limits and an overall capacity exceeding 5Gbps – y...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Airport departure & arrivals passenger cards to be axed?

    International travellers departing Australia may soon wave goodbye to those green paper-based ‘outgoing passenger cards’ under new plans to streamline border processing by the Australian Government. Also potentially for the chop: the similar orange ‘incoming passenger cards&rsq...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 43 Comments

  • Oneworld launches $10,500 'Around The World' business class trip

    Flying around the world in business class always sounds like a good idea, and a new round-the-world (RTW) fare from the Oneworld airline alliance delivers this country-hopping trip for just $10,500 plus any applicable taxes and government charges. The catch? It's restricted to the southern hemis...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 7 Comments

  • Shangri-La, Taj Hotels forge loyalty alliance for points, status

    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will join forces with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces next year as part of a new ‘loyalty alliance’, promising business travellers both loyalty points and status recognition whenever staying with either hotel chain. The ‘Warmer Welcomes’ prog...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 2 Comments

  • Taipei gets second Aloft hotel with Aloft Taipei Beitou

    Looking for a little escape on your next business trip to Taipei? There's plenty of good things to be said for Beitou, the mountainous northern district known for its expansive green spaces and hot mineral springs. From January 2017 Beitou will have another drawcard: an Aloft hotel from the...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific to fly Airbus A350 to Brisbane from March 2017

    Cathay Pacific will begin flying its new Airbus A350 between Brisbane and Hong Kong from March 2017. The advanced jet will slot into the daily CX156/157 service and feature the airline's latest generation of business class seats, which are a measured evolution of the current popular busin...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 24 Comments

  • Melbourne's SkyBus offers Virgin Australia frequent flyer points

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now earn frequent flyer points on SkyBus tickets to and from Melbourne Airport. Travellers can collect 100 Velocity points when buying a one-way adult ticket and 250 Velocity points on a round-trip fare, with 500 Velocity points for a ...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • LATAM to fly Melbourne-Santiago from October 2017

    South American airline LATAM has confirmed the launch of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Santiago from October 5, 2017. The route will will offer the only direct connection between Melbourne and Latin America and see three flights per week on a Boeing 787-9. LATAM's flight LA804 will dep...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 44 Comments

  • How to book Singapore Airlines flights using United miles

    One of the best ways Australians can spend their United MileagePlus miles is on Star Alliance flights to Asia, with journeys to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok requiring only 30,000 United miles for a business class ticket with United's partner Singapore Airlines. But there are catches, and pre...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 7 Comments

  • Boom in Australia-China flights to follow 'open skies' agreement

    A surge in flights between Australia and China – including the opening up of new routes – is expected to follow an agreement by the two countries to remove all capacity restrictions, which have previously capped the number of flights to major cities. The 'open skies' pact, signed by ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2016 11 Comments

  • What's the difference between 'non-stop' and 'direct' flights?

    Here's one of the oddities of the airline industry, when seen from a mainstream common-sense viewpoint: the fact that 'direct flights' and 'non-stop flights' don't mean the same thing. Yes, they should... and the use of two terms which are nearly identical in everyday language to mean two quite ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Airport lounges embrace bespoke work-friendly 'pods'

    Stop by the newest airport lounges of Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines and you'll spy a special breed of furniture made with today's business traveller in mind. It's the work pod: a custom-designed seat which doubles as a temporary pre-flight workspace. That means a wide, ...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 8 Comments

  • The Christmas credit cards you'll want to have in your stocking

    Christmas is just around the corner, and for many people, that means spending big on presents or booking travel to visit loved ones – so why not use that spending to help unlock a serve of frequent flyer points on a new credit card? We've rounded up the hottest deals promising big bonuses ...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 1 Comment

  • Regional airline FlyPelican to launch Canberra-Dubbo flights

    Australian regional airline FlyPelican will launch Canberra-Dubbo flights in 2017, being the only airline flying non-stop on the route. From January 30, FlyPelican’s British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft will carry up to 19 passengers between the two cities, with flights every weekday pl...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 5 Comments

  • Buying Qantas flight vouchers now earns five points per dollar

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn five frequent flyer points per dollar spent on Qantas flight vouchers this December, whether given as a Christmas gift to others or purchased by savvy travellers for their own flight plans. Similar to any other types of gift cards, Qantas flight vouchers ar...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 5 Comments

  • 10 things you'll love about United's new Polaris airport lounges

    United Airlines has opened the first of its new Polaris business class lounges at the airlines' Chicago hub, providing travellers with a taste of what's to come as the Polaris lounge network spreads around the world. The lounges represent the ground component of the airline's ambitious Po...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2016 18 Comments

  • Qantas trials earning status credits on credit cards

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas will offer frequent flyers the ability to earn status credits in addition to points when shopping with their credit cards. Under a trial being launched this week and running through to May 2018, selected members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme will collect one 'credit card...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2016 17 Comments

  • Newcastle Airport trials full body scanners for domestic flights

    Passengers travelling domestically from Newcastle Airport may now be asked to skip the traditional metal detector in favour of a full body scan as part of a new trial. But unlike those jetting abroad, domestic flyers have the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ and proceed through the metal det...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2016 7 Comments

  • Changing to an earlier Qantas flight: how it's done

    Whether your meetings wound up sooner than expected or you’ve arrived at the airport far earlier than planned, you may be able to swap your ticket for an earlier Qantas flight to get home faster. Unlike Virgin Australia, Qantas doesn’t have an official Fly Ahead benefit for all Gold-...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2016 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines to close San Francisco airport lounge

    Singapore Airlines will close its San Francisco SilverKris airport lounge in 2017 in order to create a massive split-level Polaris business class lounge for Star Alliance partner United Airlines. United's new Polaris lounge – which will be built in the footprint of the current United Clu...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2016 11 Comments

  • United Airlines reveals new United Club at LAX Terminal 7

    This week's big lounge news will be the debut of United Airlines' first Polaris business class lounge at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport – but that doesn't mean the rolling upgrade of the United Club lounges has fallen by the wayside. As if to prove that point, United this week cut ...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2016 2 Comments

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