• Inside Emirates iO: a secret invitation-only club for VIP flyers

    Ask Emirates about the higher-than-Platinum ‘Invitation Only’ status level in its Skywards frequent flyer program and you’re likely to be told “No comment” or “We don’t like to talk about that.” Indeed, the aptly-named iO tier is like one of those ...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2016 4 Comments

  • Emirates resumes Brisbane-Singapore-Dubai flights

    Emirates will again fly between Brisbane and Singapore from October 1 2016, giving Queenslanders a third choice to Qantas and Singapore Airlines on journeys to the Lion City. Using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, business class passengers will find angled-flat beds in a 2-3-2 layout, while those in...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2016 7 Comments

  • The best business class seats flying between Sydney and Auckland

    Travellers are spoiled for choice when flying from Sydney to Auckland and back again with no fewer than six airlines offering business class seats and service at the pointy end. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with more far-flung carriers in Emirates, LATAM...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • New Emirates A380 flights for Sydney, Christchurch, Bangkok

    Emirates is ramping up its Airbus A380 roster with Sydney and Christchurch coming under the wing of a new superjumbo flight. The Sydney-Christchurch route is the second leg of Emirates' Dubai-Sydney service and currently flown by Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER – yes, the one with the unloved m...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2016 49 Comments

  • Emirates Skywards: new 'Cash+Miles' flight booking option

    Emirates Skywards members can now use their miles to book any seat on any Emirates flight via the airline’s new ‘Cash+Miles’ payment scheme, whether or not there’s a traditional frequent flyer reward seat available. You can spend as few as 2,000 Skywards miles towards the...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2016 3 Comments

  • Converting AMEX Membership Rewards points into Emirates Skywards miles

    Converting your American Express Membership Rewards points into Emirates Skywards frequent flyer miles can help you unlock flights and upgrades with the Gulf airline to business class, or even first class. It's quick and easy to move your points across: just head to this page on the American Exp...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Making the most of airline 'early bird' business, first class fares

    Airlines will soon begin selling their 'early bird' fares for 2017, with significant savings across the board – especially in business class and even first class. We're talking thousands of dollars off regular year-round pricing, especially for travel during the quieter periods. You can e...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

  • Emirates goes double-daily A380 with second superjumbo for Perth

    Emirates has added a second Airbus A380 onto the Perth-Dubai route from today, August 1, with the superjumbo replacing the Boeing 777-300ER on the daily EK424/425 flight. The move comes a little over a year since the Qantas partner began flying its first A380 into Perth in May 2015, with the dou...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2016 29 Comments

  • The first class upgrade guide

    Put your hard-earned frequent flyer points to work on your next international trip and swap your usual business class seat for a first class suite. Australian Business Traveller's series of expert 'upgrade guides' explain just how easy it can be and how many points you'll need when flying with Q...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • Emirates introduces credit card surcharge in Australia, New Zealand

    Emirates customers in Australia and New Zealand will now be slugged a 1.5% surcharge when paying for their Emirates flights using a credit card. Capped at a maximum of A$70 per passenger per booking for journeys beginning in Australia and NZ$70 per passenger per booking for those originating in ...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2016 12 Comments

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