• Apple's latest products get mixed reviews

    Despite the strength of its brand, Apple occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews – remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have rarely been as grumpy as this month, when Apple unveiled its collection of new gadgets for the holidays. Each product was docked...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Uber banned in London

    Uber’s license to operate in London was revoked overnight, a surprise decision that will affect the 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers who use the app in the city. The city’s transportation regulator, Transport for London, said the license will expire on September 30. Regulators ...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 4 Comments

  • Google powers up Pixel smartphone with billion-dollar HTC buy-out

    Google agreed to buy part of HTC’s engineering and design teams for US$1.1 billion, taking on a cadre of veterans that worked on the Pixel phone and could bolster its nascent hardware business. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking on some 2,000 employees with experience working on its si...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • It's Berlin vs Tegel in Germany's airport tussle

    The German election may be boring to watch, but for Berliners, a separate vote also scheduled for September 24 has provided plenty of intrigue and emotional tension. The citywide plebiscite on whether to close the capital's Tegel Airport sheds new light on calls for the German government to step...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 3 Comments

  • Sampling Singapore Airlines' business class Book the Cook menu

    Singapore Airlines will introduce 'Book the Cook' for its business class and premium economy passengers flying from Brisbane next month: but not before Australian Business Traveller stopped by the airline's Brisbane Airport catering centre to put the new business class menu through its paces. Re...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 9 Comments

  • La Compagnie's new lie-flat business class for the Airbus A321neo

    La Compagnie will move to fully-flat business class beds on flights between New York and Paris in 2019 with the debut of two new Airbus A321neo jets on the route. The boutique all-business class airline currently flies two older Boeing 757-200 fitted with just 74 angled seats which recline to ...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 3 Comments

  • Bose launches Google-friendly QC35 II headphones

    Bose is upgrading its popular QuietComfort QC-35 headphones to a second-gen model with Google Assistant built-in. The new noise-cancelling cans sprout a dedicated Google Assistant 'action button' on the left earcup so you can ask questions or issue commands to the voice-assisted app without need...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 3 Comments

  • Here's how Aussies are using inflight Internet on Qantas, Virgin

    With Qantas and Virgin Australia both beginning a broader rollout of inflight Internet on domestic routes, the airlines have also revealed exactly how passengers are taking to sky-high WiFi – and what they're doing once they get online. Qantas reports that during its initial thre...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 10 Comments

  • With Boeing 787 order, Turkish Airlines once more eyes Australia

    Turkish Airlines has signed on the dotted line for as many as 40 Boeing 787-9 jets, with some of the Dreamliners reportedly bound for Australia. Regarded as one of Europe's best airlines, the Star Alliance member has both Sydney and Melbourne in its sights, with flights to Istanbul tipped to run...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 21 Comments

  • Preview: Sofitel Singapore hotel to open in October

    Singapore will gain a new luxury landmark when the Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel open its doors in October 2017. The location is refreshingly out of the congested downtown area, tucked away in Chinatown's colourful and historic Tanjong Pagar district, with access to the local MRT station d...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Airlines switch onto mood lighting to help passengers relax

    Interior designers for airlines across Europe, Asia, and the US have a new consideration when it comes to onboard products and service: How's the lighting? Designers are starting to experiment with new technologies that let them illuminate the cabin in all kinds of hues. Is a pinkish-purple glo...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 3 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings Book the Cook to Brisbane flights

    Singapore Airlines' business class and premium economy passengers flying from Brisbane will soon be able to pre-order their inflight meal via the airline's Book the Cook service: joining high flyers from Sydney and Melbourne – and soon, Perth as well – who also have this option. Book...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2017 5 Comments

  • The best Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals

    American Express, Virgin Money and Westpac are going strong on credit card sign-up offers this month, placing over half a million Velocity points on the table for eligible new customers who apply for a new Virgin Australia points-earning credit card this September. Whether you're looking to maxi...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • Air New Zealand wants to fly non-stop from Auckland to New York

    Air New Zealand plans to join Qantas in launching non-stop flights from Auckland to New York and Chicago on the back of a new generation of ultra-long range jets. The Star Alliance member airline is looking at both the Airbus A350-900ULR and the Boeing 777X jets. Qantas is weighing up a similar...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Pop-up counters let you check in before you get to the airport

    Airline passengers will be able to avoid the pre-flight ritual of lugging heavy bags to the airport and around the departure terminal as the world’s first pop-up check-in system enters service. Devised by Amadeus IT Group, the technology will facilitate check-in for groups of travelers at ...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2017 3 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines launches Book the Cook on Perth flights

    Business class passengers aboard Singapore Airlines' Perth-Singapore flights will soon be able to pre-order their inflight meals via the airline's Book the Cook service. Rather than getting 'first dibs' at the regular inflight menu, travellers will be able to choose from a wider variety of dishe...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2017 15 Comments

  • Access the Qantas LAX lounges before an American Airlines flight

    You've just stepped off a Qantas flight to Los Angeles, with a connecting American Airlines flight to a domestic US destination still to go... but that doesn't mean you have to make do with AA's pedestrian Admirals Club lounge at LAX. Provided there's enough time between those QF and AA flights,...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2017 32 Comments

  • Qatar Airways launches airport chauffeur service – for a price...

    Qatar Airways now offers an airport chauffeur service to whisk travellers between home or office and the airport. However, the Oneworld member won't be making it free – even to passengers booked in its first class suites. Instead, all passengers will pay a fee for booking a driver through...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • How to book China Eastern flights using Qantas Points

    Much as Emirates is Qantas’ major partner on European flights, China Eastern Airlines is the Roo’s cornerstone comrade in China: on which Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn and spend Qantas Points. There’s just one catch – China Eastern reward flights don’t appe...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 4 Comments

  • The best Australian credit cards for earning Etihad Guest miles

    Even if you don't fly with Etihad Airways, its Etihad Guest frequent flyer scheme is great for booking Virgin Australia reward flights, as the number of Etihad Guest miles needed for a journey is often lower than the number of Velocity points required to book the same route. What's more, there a...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 1 Comment

  • US airline business class showdown: American vs Delta vs United

    For business travelers flying in and out of the U.S., this may be the most exciting travel news all year. Gone are the outdated seats and subpar onboard amenities that have long tormented frequent fliers on all three major U.S. legacy airlines - American Airlines, Delta, and United. In their pl...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 13 Comments

  • Air China to fly Brisbane-Beijing direct from December 2017

    Air China will begin direct flights between Brisbane and Beijing from December 11, shortly after Qantas partner China Eastern shifts to daily Brisbane-Shanghai flights. The moves mark a dramatic uptick in business and corporate travel opportunities between Brisbane and China's two largest cities...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 9 Comments

  • How to snare a room upgrade at Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree hotels

    Even if your company’s travel policy will only cover a standard hotel room, there are many ways you can upgrade your stay to better surroundings at hotels like Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and DoubleTree: sometimes, even to rooms with full Executive Lounge privileges. Whether you’...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines' new 'first class' (okay, business class) seat

    Alaska Airlines has pulled back the curtains on the airlines' new domestic first class seat – in a cabin which the rest of the world knows better as 'business class' – which will be fitted to the airline's 32 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, due from 2018, and retrofitted to 11 Boeing 737...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Grape escapes: six lesser-known wine destinations worth visiting

    Wine tourism isn’t just expanding – it’s getting more creative in every corner of the globe, with more vine estates than ever wooing oenophiles with luxurious digs and experiences to indulge their grape-driven passions. As always, superb wines and great estates are my first cri...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

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