• eBay bans sales of free Qantas Club airport lounge passes (again)

    Well that didn't last long! A flock of Qantas airport lounge passes are once again available on eBay, just days after the online auction house removed all such sales listings saying they breach eBay's rules. A spokesperson for eBay last week claimed the site had “filters in place which con...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2017 45 Comments

  • NAB launches new frequent flyer credit cards, NAB Rewards program

    EXCLUSIVE | NAB is broadening its suite of frequent flyer rewards credit cards with three brand new products tied to an all-new ‘NAB Rewards’ loyalty program, with airline partners including Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand. Now open for application, the NAB Rewar...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2017 3 Comments

  • On the road: Mazda MX-5 RF

    What we're driving: Mazda MX-5 RF What it costs: From $38,550 (excluding dealer and on-road costs - approx $42,500 drive-away) Why we're driving it On sale from February 1, this bold new take on the Mazda MX-5 grafts of a folding metal hard-top onto the iconic soft-top roadster for year-roun...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

  • The best Airbus A380 first class on Melbourne-Europe flights

    Melbourne high flyers have no shortage of options when jetting to the UK and Europe aboard an Airbus A380 with five airlines offering their flagship superjumbo first class service on what’s normally a 24-hour voyage across the globe. Included on that list is Qantas, Emirates, Etihad Airway...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2017 12 Comments

  • Jetstar to fly from Sydney, Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City

    Jetstar is looking to break the monopoly on flights to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) from Sydney and Melbourne with the launch of direct flights from mid-May. Qantas' low-cost offshoot will go up against national flag-carrier Vietnam Airlines on the route, with  both airlines flyi...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2017 9 Comments

  • Photos: Qatar Airways opens new Paris Charles de Gaulle lounge

    Oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways now boasts its own luxury business class and first class lounge at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, with seating for more than 200 guests. Located in Terminal 1 and spanning over 1,000 square metres, it’s a significant upgrade from the Air Fran...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 8 Comments

  • Japan Airlines moves Sydney-Tokyo to Boeing 787-9

    Japan Airlines will switch out its Boeing 777-300ER for a sleek Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on daily flights between Sydney and Tokyo from March 26. But while the advanced Dreamliner promises a smoother and quieter ride which also takes the edge off jetlag, the change sees an end to first class on...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 30 Comments

  • Whisky review: Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky 100 Proof

    Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whisky is an affordable rye whisky which I originally bought for making cocktails – I've always enjoyed it in a Manhattan or Sazerac (a refreshing 'New Orleans variation' of a whiskey cocktail), where the 50% ABV holds up well. But it's also a well-regarded rye on ...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 4 Comments

  • Adelaide to get luxury Langham hotel, mid-2019 opening

    Adelaide will welcome Australia's third Langham hotel – and the first in the upscale Langham Place portfolio – when Langham Place, Adelaide opens in mid-2019. The luxury five-star hotel will offer 140 rooms, including 15 suites and a top floor penthouse, and will form part of the mul...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2017 1 Comment

  • Top five credit cards for earning points on tax payments in 2017

    Nobody likes paying tax, but using the right credit card to pay your dues – including income tax obligations and HECS debt repayments – could deliver you a bounty of Qantas or Virgin Australia frequent flyer points. Savvy business owners can use their business or corporate credit car...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 4 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific eyes more routes for Dragonair aka Cathay Dragon

    Cathay Pacific is considering handing over more of its regional Asian flights to regional sibling Cathay Dragon – formerly known as Dragonair – as part of a strategic review of the airline. Kuala Lumpur has already been 'Dragonised', with Cathay Dragon flights replacing those of its ...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 24 Comments

  • Huawei Mate 9 smartphone lands February 7 at $999

    Aussies looking for a big screen phone will be able to officially purchase Huawei’s Mate 9 from next month, with the release date pegged for February 7. We stress 'officially' because the flagship phablet has been available through several grey-market importers since late last year. Happil...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 1 Comment

  • Qantas to offer free (and fast) inflight Internet from February

    Qantas will flick the switch on its free inflight Internet service next month as the airline begins 'technology trials' on a Boeing 737-800 jet. Passengers stepping aboard the Boeing 737 on its domestic flights will be able to connect their laptop, tablet or smartphone to a WiFi hotspot and jump...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 31 Comments

  • Four Seasons Hotel Sydney opens swish Lounge 32 executive club

    The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has opened the doors to its new executive club, now dubbed Lounge 32. It's a space which the five-star hotel describes as being "designed to meet growing demand from both leisure and business guests for a home-away-from-home experience when they travel." Located on...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

  • The best ways to spend 50,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points

    Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points are easier to earn than ever before, thanks to partnerships with BP, Coles Flybuys and an array of great credit card sign-up offers: but how could you best spend 50,000 of those hard-earned points? Here's how! 1. Upgrade to business class on Austr...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 4 Comments

  • American Airlines overhauls Flagship Lounges, AA lounge access

    American Airlines is revamping its network of airport lounges across the USA, but there's room for plenty of confusion surrounding the changes. The Qantas partner's top-tier Flagship Lounges are temporarily getting a new name during the refurbishment, and will welcome a larger group of traveller...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 17 Comments

  • Sneak peek: are these Google's new Android smartwatches?

    Google and LG are reportedly set to release two new smartwatches in a partnership which could play same card as Google's Pixel (and before that, Nexus) smartphone brand. These first photos of the devices reveal a simple rounded face with a 'digital crown' on the right side of the bezel, with OLE...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Etihad clamps down on baggage transfers for connecting flights

    Etihad Airways passengers who book connecting flights under separate reservations will no longer have their baggage checked through to their final destination. Instead, travellers who make separate flight bookings for the one journey will only find their bag tagged to their first destination &nd...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 14 Comments

  • Crown's Skye Hotel Suites Parramatta to open "early 2017"

    Parramatta is set for a dash of 'urban luxe' when the Skye Hotel Suites opens in the coming months. A new hotel brand created by Crown Group, the first Skye Hotel Suites property will perch in the 28-storey 'V' tower – which Crowns refers to as a 'vertical village' - alongside c...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: two all-new business class seats for 2017-18

    All-new Airbus A380 business class launches mid-2017 Most of SQ's older A380s to be upgraded Staggered 'regional business class' tipped for future Airbus A350s, Boeing 787-10 Singapore Airlines will launch not one but two new business class seats in the next 18 months across its Airbu...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 10 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific premium economy upgrade guide

    If you’re stuck in economy to Hong Kong and beyond with Cathay Pacific, you’ll have a much more comfortable journey by using your Asia Miles for an upgrade to premium economy. You'll also find the best value in 'round trip' upgrades (such as Sydney-Hong Kong-Sydney) than by upgrading...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Vietnam Airlines to fly Sydney-Hanoi from March 2017

    Vietnam Airlines will begin direct flights between Sydney and the Vietnamese capital Hanoi from late March, adding the northern city to its current Sydney-Saigon and Melbourne-Saigon schedule. While Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City) is Vietnam's largest city, business travellers needing to...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 17 Comments

  • The smartest ways to spend 50,000 Qantas frequent flyer points

    Qantas Frequent Flyer points are incredibly easy to earn both in the air and on the ground, but how could you best-spend 50,000 Qantas Points, such as you’d pick-up via one of these great credit card sign-up deals? Sure, you could blow them all on a toaster or other gadgets and merchandise...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 6 Comments

  • BA to adopt 'dine on demand' in Club World business class?

    In the same week as British Airways began charging many economy class passengers for food, drinks and even a cup of hot water (BYO teabag), the airline seems set to dramatically upgrade its meal service at the pointy end of the plane. Anytime dining – also known as 'dine on demand' –...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2017 12 Comments

  • Photos: Boeing's groovy Tiger Lounge in the belly of the 747

    This might look like Austin Powers' shagadelic private jet but it's the real deal, baby – all the way from the circular staircase and animal-print furniture to the lurid orange carpet. You're looking at the aptly-named Tiger Lounge, which Boeing actually built back in the late 19...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 8 Comments

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