• 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

  • Uber 'scheduled rides' now let you book cars in advance

    Uber passengers in selected areas of Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane can now pre-book their ride rather than gamble on a car being nearby and available when they need it. It’s a feature which will definitely be handy for those 5am trips to the airport! The ‘scheduled rides&rsq...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • The basics of doing business in Zurich, Geneva, Switzerland

    Switzerland is a major hub for bankers and other travellers in the financial sectors with Zurich and Geneva attracting scores of high-end high flyers each and every year. But in a country with four national languages and different cultural norms from one city to the next, visiting for the first-...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2016 4 Comments

  • What will it be like to travel in the Hyperloop at 1,120km/h?

    You're seated in a sealed pod that's levitating inside the partial vacuum of a seemingly endless tunnel, and hurtling along at over 1,000km per hour. The Hyperloop concept sounds pretty spectacular from just about any angle, but for travellers it'll be a bit of a snooze. The passenger pods have...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2016 11 Comments

  • Spotlight: New ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures credit card

    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 fee on purchases ...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • What to do when travelling interstate or overseas on Census night

    Tuesday August 9 marks Census night in Australia – but what if not in Australia for the nationwide tally? Travellers who find themselves overseas on the night of August 9, including Australian citizens, don't need to complete the Census. That happy exemption comes out because the Cen...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

  • Sydney-Melbourne in three hours on 350km/h, $200bn bullet train

    It's the Aussie bullet train which would let you travel between Sydney and Melbourne in under three hours, hurtling along a dedicated high-speed line at speeds up to 350km/h. The cost? A whopping $200 billion. The pitch? Built by a private consortium and funded by land development along the 900...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2016 65 Comments

  • Your guide to doing business in Taiwan (Republic of China)

    Taiwan and its capital city Taipei are mega-hubs in the tech industry, housing the headquarters of companies like Acer, Asus and HTC, along with the lesser-known Foxconn, but which manufactures tech for global giants such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. Visiting Taipei is easy from Australia wit...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2016 2 Comments

  • AusBT reader survey: win a trip to London in $8,000 prize pool

    Congratulations to the winners in our 2016 reader survey contest: Marcus Dabner, Craig Dowsett, Mitch Grant, Steven Howell, Michael Lieu, Kasey Old, Andrew Wilmot and Kade Wise. It's time for the annual Australian Business Traveller reader survey, when w...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Terms & conditions: AusBT 2016 reader survey competition

    Information on how to enter the competition associated with the Australian Business Traveller 2016 Reader Survey, mechanics for entry and the prizes for the competition form part of these terms and conditions. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and condi...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • 10 ways travellers can shave thousands off their tax bill

    It’s tax time again, and for many businesses that means one last chance to make any tax deductible purchases before the financial year comes to a close. Whether you head a large company or spend time on the road as a sole trader, here are 10 travel-related expenses that you may be able to ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2016 1 Comment

  • Order currency online: save on fees, exchange rates

    Even frequent travellers can be bamboozled by foreign exchange, especially when it comes to juggling buy & sell rates and commissions. Fortunately it can be very simple and you can skip the queues, secure great exchange rates and not pay commission charges by ordering your travel money in ad...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Macquarie Bank axes international transaction fees on debit cards

    Macquarie Bank customers spending their cash abroad will soon pay no international transaction fees when whipping out their Macquarie debit card. Come July 14 2016, the bank’s current 2.5% international transaction fee will disappear for Macquarie Platinum Transaction Account, Macquarie Tr...

    POSTED 24 May, 2016 2 Comments

  • Hertz refunds customers falsely accused of damaging rental cars

    Did you hire a car from Hertz in the last few years, only to be hit with a post-rental bill for damages which you thought were already there when you picked up the vehicle? As it turns out, you were right and Hertz was wrong. Wrong to the tune of almost $400,000, according to the Australian Com...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2016 11 Comments

  • Review: Heathrow Express first class – is it really worth it?

    You'll pay £22 (A$41) for one-way standard economy seating (aka Express) on London's Heathrow Express, or £30 (A$56) to ride in the first class 'Business First' carriage – so what does that extra £8 each way get you? Not a lot, as it turns out. It'll get you betwe...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2016 9 Comments

  • Five tips for doing business in Singapore

    Singapore is a global financial hub and a major destination for Australian business travellers – and with over 25 flights a day between the two countries and no visa needed when visiting on business, companies here are some of the most convenient in the world to transact with. But it&rsquo...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2016 3 Comments

  • Canada: new electronic pre-clearance for visa waiver travellers

    Canada's new mandatory Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system is now in force, with visitors under the Visa Waiver Program expected to obtain eTA clearance online, prior to travel. Similar to the USA’s ESTA scheme, Australian passport holders visiting Canada for business or leis...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2016 16 Comments

  • Samsung Pay en route to Australia, American Express on-board

    Smartphone manufacturer Samsung will soon launch ‘Samsung Pay’ in Australia – a contactless payment option for Android phone users to rival the similar Apple Pay system used on the iPhone – with American Express Australia signed up as a launch partner. That allows cardhol...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2016 1 Comment

  • Five tips for doing business in Japan

    Japan is big for business being home to many of the world’s major manufacturers of electronics and other consumer goods, but the office and day-to-day customs you’ll encounter on any business trip here are vastly different from those in Australia and even in many other Asian countries...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2016 7 Comments

  • Five survival tips for when an airline loses your bag

    TRAVEL TIP | There’s nothing more infuriating after a long flight than waiting, and waiting, and waiting at the baggage carousel for your suitcase, only to find that it hasn’t arrived. While most ‘mishandled’ bags are eventually reunited with their owners, sweating it out...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2016 19 Comments

  • Travel tip: order Amazon deliveries in advance to your US hotel

    There's plenty of stuff on Amazon.com that's much cheaper than buying it in Australia, although the Aussie dollar's current doldrums against the US greenback make it important to do your sums before clicking the Buy Now button. But there's also plenty of gear which you simply can't get in A...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2016 11 Comments

  • Building better business relations with Chinese New Year

    For your business contacts in Hong Kong and China – and people of Chinese heritage around the world – Chinese New Year is a milestone event with far greater cultural significance than the 'traditional' new year of our Western calendar. Chinese New Year also provides smart business ow...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2016 2 Comments

  • Travel insurance: where do you stand with cancelled flights?

    There are dozens of reasons that a flight can be cancelled – but where does that leave you, apart from sitting on the ground? Travel insurance doesn't always cover cancelled or missed flights. In fact, 'cancellation cover' and the associated issues of travel delays and alternative transpor...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2015 6 Comments

  • Australian Business Traveller 2015 dinner

    We're considering hosting an end-of-year dinner for Australian Business Traveller readers, to be held in Sydney in late November or early-mid December. There are quite a few formats to choose from – dinner at a casual restaurant, all-included dinner & drinks package at a higher-end ven...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2015 24 Comments

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