• Photos: new Star Alliance Rio de Janeiro business class lounge

    Contemporary yet 'local' design, a live cooking station and a well-stocked tended bar – this must be another Star Alliance lounge. And indeed it is – this time at Rio de Janeiro's Galeão - Tom Jobim International Airport terminal 2. It's the sixth Star Alliance-branded loun...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2016 0 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 20 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

  • 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 17 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

  • Photos: Cathay Pacific's new London Heathrow lounge

    Cathay Pacific has opened the doors to its new but much-delayed first class and business class lounge at London's Heathrow Terminal 3. The London lounge take its familiar design cues from the Hong Kong flagship lounges The Pier, with a warm residential vibe created by CX lounge designer Ilse C...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2016 12 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's new London Heathrow airport lounges open Monday

    Cathay Pacific's new but much-delayed  first class and business class lounges at London's Heathrow Terminal 3 will open their doors to travellers on Monday November 28. Photo gallery: see the first photos of Cathay Pacific's new London lounges The revised date marks a full year since the f...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 16 Comments

  • Emirates to close Singapore lounge to April 2017 for make-over

    Emirates will shutter its Singapore airport lounge from 1 December 2016 to April 2017 in order to upgrade the space to the airline's latest look. The overhaul will see new furnishings and fittings similar to the recently-revamped Melbourne Airport lounge (below). So where will the airlin...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

  • British Airways to upgrade New York business, first class lounges

    British Airways will spend upwards of US$65 million (A$88m) over the next five years to upgrade its check-in, security screening and boarding gate facilities at New York JFK’s Terminal 7, along with its Galleries business class and first class lounges. Fellow Oneworld alliance members Qant...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2016 7 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific in no hurry to upgrade Hong Kong Arrivals lounge

    Cathay Pacific's rolling roster of new and revamped lounges doesn't include its crowded Hong Kong Airport arrivals lounge, which has long been bursting at the seams with business travellers. Outside from very early morning arrivals – including the overnight CX138 service from Sydney, ...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2016 2 Comments

  • First glimpse: new SkyTeam alliance lounge in Beijing

    Passengers departing Beijing’s Capital Airport on SkyTeam international flights can soon relax in a new SkyTeam-branded lounge, set to open in the coming weeks. A significant notch above what you’d normally expect to find in a Chinese airport, the facility offers seating for up to ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • Sydney Airport's five best international business class lounges

    Business class travellers and high-ranking frequent flyers enjoy access to some great lounges at Sydney Airport's international terminal. Here are T1's top five business class lounges. 1. Etihad Airways Premium Lounge As a single lounge shared by first class and business class passengers, the...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2016 21 Comments

  • Can you bring friends and family into domestic airport lounges?

    Whether your friends and family are joining your travels or they’re merely seeing you off at the airport, you may be able to bring them with you into an airport lounge. Different airlines have different rules – which can also vary based on the type of ticket you’ve booked, your...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2016 11 Comments

  • Dragonair lounges to be rebranded as Cathay Pacific lounges

    IN BRIEF | While Cathay Pacific's regional arm Dragonair is being rebranded as Cathay Dragon, the junior airline's lounges will adopt the parent Cathay Pacific brand. This will include Dragonair lounges at Beijing, Shanghai, the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung and the Gate 16 lounge at Hong...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2016 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia shakes up international airport lounge access

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia's business class travellers and Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers are about to be faced with a confusing array of lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane international airports. In changes which take effect from November 1 2016, the international airp...

    POSTED 27 Oct, 2016 49 Comments

  • Emirates, Moet & Chandon open business class 'champagne lounge'

    Emirates' upgraded business class lounge at Dubai International Airport's Concourse B now looks like an even better place to spend a few hours between flights. The airline colossus has partnered with Moët & Chandon to open a champagne lounge serving four of the brand's finest drops: Mo&...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2016 22 Comments

  • What's next for the Qantas international lounge network?

    Did Qantas just open its best home-grown international business class lounge in Brisbane? It certainly looks that way, with the stylish new Brisbane International Lounge eclipsing its Sydney and Melbourne siblings. (Ironically, it mirrors how Perth now boasts the Flying Kangaroo’s best d...

    POSTED 21 Oct, 2016 22 Comments

  • Photo tour: Qantas' new international lounge at Brisbane Airport

    Qantas will open the doors to its new business class lounge at Brisbane International Airport on Thursday October 20, but not before Australian Business Traveller stopped by for a sneak peek at the slick split-level lounge. From the outside there's very little difference to what was here before:...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2016 11 Comments

  • Qantas opens new Brisbane International airport lounge

    Brisbane is now host to Qantas’ best home-grown international business class lounge, with an all-new 'premium lounge' concept which makes its Sydney and Melbourne counterparts look more than a little dated. Split across two levels, the new-look Brisbane International Lounge replaces the pr...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2016 24 Comments

  • Your guide to Finnair's Helsinki Airport business class lounges

    Finnair runs three distinct lounges in its home hub of Helsinki Airport that business class passengers and eligible frequent flyers can access, but knowing which lounge to use can sometimes be tricky. Prior to all Finland domestic flights and also before all flights to other ‘Schengen&rsqu...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2016 5 Comments

  • Politicians love invitation-only Qantas, Virgin Australia lounges

    Access to luxury invitation-only airport lounges is a key weapon in assiduous courtship of politicians and powerbrokers by Qantas and Virgin Australia, and now we've been given a glimpse into which Federal MPs and Senators have availed themselves of this VIP privilege. The Parliamentar...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2016 12 Comments

  • Is this the world's best 'low-cost airline' lounge?

    Most low-cost airlines don't even have their own airport lounges, but this new crib from Brazil's GOL could shade quite a few of the big league airlines. Now open at São Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport, GOL's Terminal 2 VIP lounge is a welcome replacement for the Brazilian ai...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 6 Comments

  • Attend the opening of the Qantas Brisbane International Lounge

    EXCLUSIVE READER CONTEST | Qantas will open its all-new Brisbane International Lounge on Thursday October 20, but six Australian Business Traveller readers will enjoy a champagne breakfast and sneak preview of the lounge before it's open to the public. This invitation-only event w...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 0 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

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