• Cathay Pacific's new CEO faces bloated costs, upstart rivals

    Friends and executives clinked their champagne flutes for Rupert Hogg late last week at a sky lounge offering a view of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, wishing him success as he assumes the CEO role on May 1 at Cathay Pacific Airways. A can of Red Bull might have been more appropriate. The ...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Is Emirates' Dubai business class lounge worth $100 to visit?

    Emirates now lets travellers in economy buy their way into the airline's flagship business class lounge at Dubai for just US$100 (A$134) – but is it worth the asking price? Emirates' business class lounge certainly ticks all the boxes for a weary traveller in transit. That includes c...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2017 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines moving to digital KrisFlyer membership cards

    Singapore Airlines will swap paper for pixels with the adoption of digital KrisFlyer membership cards for Apple and Google Android smartphones. The e-cards work just like the physical cards issued to members of its loyalty program, and are accessible through the airline's mobile app –...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • How to book Qantas' new Melbourne-Perth-London flight with points

    From March 24 2018, Qantas will swap its Airbus A380 Melbourne-Dubai-London flights with a new Melbourne-Perth-London service, which Qantas Frequent Flyer members can book using their hard-earned Qantas Points. While it marks the end of Qantas first class flights from Melbourne to London, travel...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2017 11 Comments

  • Best ways to spend 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Gateway points

    American Express Explorer cardholders can convert their Membership Rewards Gateway credit card points into frequent flyer points with eight partner airlines and two hotel chains: but which of these programs present the best value for savvy spenders? With new AMEX Explorer customers rewarded with...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • Qantas promises more Airbus A380s for Singapore, Hong Kong

    If every cloud has a silver lining, then the axing of Qantas' Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne to London brings a shiny dash of good news for some travellers to Asia. Qantas will swing the surplus superjumbo onto flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore and Hong Kong "to meet periods of ...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 22 Comments

  • Qantas' non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights start March 24

    Qantas non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights start March 24 Daily QF9 service begins from Melbourne with domestic Dreamliner leg to Perth Qantas axes Melbourne-Dubai-London Airbus A380 flights Qantas will begin daily non-stop flights between Perth and London on its new Boeing 787 Dreaml...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 62 Comments

  • Emirates goes all-A380 on Melbourne-Dubai flights

    Melbourne travellers will find the same standards of seating aboard all Emirates flights from March 25 2018 as the Qantas partner upgrades its final Boeing 777 service to the Victorian capital to its flagship Airbus A380. The most noticeable improvement comes for business class passengers with t...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 18 Comments

  • Qantas to axe Melbourne-London Airbus 380 flights in March 2018

    Qantas will axe its daily Melbourne-Dubai-London Airbus A380 flights from late March 2018, with the long-running superjumbo route cancelled in favour of the new non-stop Boeing 787 service between Perth and London. The last flight of the current QF9 service to London via Dubai will be ...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 139 Comments

  • Air New Zealand's new Melbourne Airport lounge opening May 9

    Air New Zealand will open its all-new Melbourne Airport lounge on May 9, completing the airline's trans-Tasman lounge network which has seen swish business class lounges open in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. The Melbourne lounge will share the same modern design as its siblings, and is als...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 19 Comments

  • Qantas eyes non-stop Boeing 787 flights to Paris, Rome, Berlin

    Qantas has pegged Paris, Rome and Berlin as the next non-stop routes for the airline's Boeing 787 network. The flights would all fly via Perth, leveraging the WA capital's role as a new international hub for Qantas following the launch of non-stop flights between Perth and London. This would al...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 33 Comments

  • China Southern's US$6 billion bet on the Airbus A350

    China Southern plans to buy 20 A350 wide-body aircraft from Airbus in a deal worth about US$6 billion, providing a boost for the manufacturer amid production delays and order deferrals. The Guangzhou-based company, which ranks as Asia’s largest airline by passenger numbers, will take deliv...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Etihad launches double-daily Airbus A380 flights to Sydney

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will upgrade all of its Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to the flagship Airbus A380 from October 29 2017, providing a double-daily superjumbo service to Australia’s business capital. With a daily A380 already serving on Etihad’s overnight flights (EY4...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2017 31 Comments

  • How airlines can charge you different prices for the same seats

    FREQUENT FLYER 101 | Everybody understands that airfares change from day to day, but many travellers are surprised to learn that passengers on any given flight will pay a range of different prices for exactly the same experience. Those different fares include special sales versus last-minute pri...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2017 2 Comments

  • Etihad drops Airbus A380, first class 'Apartments' from Melbourne

    Etihad Airways is axing Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne, and with them the superjumbo's superbly spacious first class 'Apartment' suites. The Gulf carrier and Virgin Australia partner will pull the plug on the A380 from October 29, 2017 – just 16 months after commencing the daily supe...

    POSTED 25 Apr, 2017 16 Comments

  • Qantas' non-stop Perth-London flights to go on sale this week

    Qantas will begin selling tickets on its non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 service today, with the inaugural flight on March 24, 2018. We've shared the schedule below, more details in our story here: As expected, the debut of the Dreamliner between Perth and London will see Qantas cancel its da...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 97 Comments

  • The best credit cards for earning Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles

    Malaysia Airlines' Enrich frequent flyer program unlocks some great-value business class flights with Oneworld airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and more – and earning Enrich miles from your credit card spend couldn't be easier! American Express, Bank of Melbourn...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 1 Comment

  • The best business class seats on Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787-9

    While Virgin Atlantic no longer flies to Australia, Aussies can still hop aboard the airline's flights to London Heathrow from Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and more – in many cases, served by the modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the latest generation of 'Upper Class' business class suit...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

  • How I booked my entire honeymoon using frequent flyer points

    Australian Business Traveller journalist Chris Chamberlin got married earlier this year – and booked his entire two-week European honeymoon, including business class flights and five star hotel accommodation, using airline and hotel points. Here's how he did it, so you can do it too... A l...

    POSTED 22 Apr, 2017 40 Comments

  • Qantas Perth-London: will you fly direct, or connect via Dubai?

    TALKING POINT | Qantas is expected to announce this week the exact 'late March 2018' launch date (and pricing, and schedule) for its non-stop flights between Perth and London. The much-trumpeted Boeing 787 service will rewrite the rules of the Kangaroo Route, which has over decades shrunk from a...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 76 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: how their inflight Internet compares

    Inflight Internet has become the latest battleground in the dogfight between Qantas and Virgin Australia. Both airlines now offer free sky-high WiFi – admittedly onboard a single aircraft – as part of a three-month trial of their respective technologies, ahead of a rollout to the res...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • Review: Sol Republic Amps Air wireless earbuds

    Wireless headphones have become increasingly in vogue, thanks (or not) to Apple’s iPhone 7, which famously ditched the industry-standard headphone jack. However, there’s also something to be said for them as a favoured piece of tech for the fitness set, which is exactly where Sol Rep...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • Want a flying car? Electric planes are a better bet...

    The concept is familiar: Replace car journeys with high-speed, electric-powered travel for the masses. China does it with a famous (and famously expensive) high-speed train network. Last week, Boeing and JetBlue invested in another idea: electric planes. If their bet pans out, travelers...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches Canberra-Perth flights

    Virgin Australia will join Qantas in catering to the sharply-defined "WA-based Federal Politician" market with the launch of flights between Canberra and Perth. The pollies, their partners and staffers – a group which includes 28 of Australia's 226 Federal members and senators, among them ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • Review: Virgin Australia WiFi inflight Internet

    Virgin Australia's new inflight Internet service is now available on selected domestic flights, with typical download speeds of 15-20Mbps on tap - and during the trial period, it's completely free for all passengers. Those speeds are on-par (if not even a little faster) than your average ADSL2+ ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 11 Comments

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