• AirNZ makes passengers bid for upgrades via online auction

    Air New Zealand's new 'bid for upgrades' auction system takes effect tomorrow, July 12, as the airline abandons the long-standing ability to purchase upgrades at a fixed price using Airpoints dollars -- Air NZ's version of frequent flyer points. Under the new OneUp scheme, which the airline...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2012 7 Comments

  • Etihad's new "PlusGrade" bid-for-upgrade system: how it works

    Virgin Australia partner airline Etihad is the latest airline to move into online budding for upgrades, with a new system called PlusGrade emailing out upgrade offers five days before your flight. Depending on your bid, your upgrade will be confirmed or denied two days before your flight. Upgra...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2012 7 Comments

  • Top 10 worst excuses for free business class upgrades

    Virgin Atlantic has revealed the least convincing excuses dragged out by customers in an attempt to score a free upgrade. After surverying its front-line counter staff, the airline discovered that Sir Richard Branson has thousands of "friends" around the world, based on the number of passen...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2012 2 Comments

  • How to get a hotel room upgrade on your next trip

    Getting a hotel room upgrade can be a real bonus to any trip. A larger room (or even a suite), full-size desk, deep bathtub or access to the hotel's business lounge can make a stay more pleasant and more productive. Hotels give the most consistent upgrades to guests who participate in hotel grou...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2011 1 Comment

  • ROUNDUP: Top 5 stories of the week

    It won't surprise anyone that Australian Business Traveller readers were most interested in our continuing coverage of the flooding affecting Queensland, and particularly our information about Brisbane Airport.  Qantas was also high on your reading list -- and so was United's CEO ...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • A new look set for The Peninsula Hong Kong

    From January 2012, The Peninsula Hong Kong will undergo major renovations, expected to last until April 2013. While the hotel will still be open, some disruption is expected. A statement from The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, the owners of the location, did not specify how many rooms would ...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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