• Review: one week wearing the new Apple Watch 4

    I've spent the past week wearing with, and living with, the Apple Watch Series 4. My take? The fourth-generation Apple Watch is cohesive, it's ambitious, and it might just encourage you to reshape your habits and behaviors for the better. During my tenure covering the watch industry, there ...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • Paris match? Qantas plots next non-stop Boeing 787 flights for 2019

    Qantas could decide on the next European destination for non-stop Boeing 787 flights from Perth as early as March 2019, with Paris a front-runner for the direct Dreamliner flights from Perth. Those flights may not begin until late 2019 or early 2020, after Qantas picks up the keys to six additio...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 53 Comments

  • Qantas, Cathay Pacific launch new codeshare partnership

    Qantas will begin codesharing on selected Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights from October, allowing Qantas Frequent Flyer members to earn a full serve of Qantas Points and status credits on those journeys. While Cathay Pacific is already a Oneworld alliance partner to Qantas, Qantas Freque...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 25 Comments

  • EVA reveals new Boeing 787 business class styled by BMW Designworks

    Taiwan's EVA Air is about to start flying its first Boeing 787-9, and the Dreamliner marks the debut of a new Royal Laurel business class seat for the Star Alliance member. The updated Royal Laurel Class business class seats have been styled by BMW's Designworks company, which made a deli...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Emirates seeks Etihad takeover to create world's largest airline

    Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates is looking at taking over unprofitable neighbor Etihad, according to four people familiar with the matter, in a move that would create the world’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic. The talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Emirates a...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Review: 2019 Bentley Continental GT is power, glory and oh-so-brawny

    People often ask me which new car I’d buy if money were no object. Here’s a strong contender: the 2019 Bentley Continental GT coupe. Produced on the eve of the esteemed British brand’s centennial anniversary next year, the US$214,600 Continental GT combines most things that dis...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals for September

    In the market for a new credit card that earns Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points? Then take a look at this month's top deals, which place almost 900,000 bonus Velocity points on the table, with Australia's largest sign-up offer generating up to 205,000 Velocity points from a single ...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 5 Comments

  • How to get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, Guangzhou via high-speed rail

    The new High Speed Rail line between Hong Kong and mainland China (sometimes also known as the Express Rail Link) connects the bustling metropolis to China's sprawling 25,000km network of high-speed rail lines. One of the most attractive destinations for business travellers from Hong Kong will...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • These four top-shelf soundbars will bring your home theatre to life

    A great soundbar brings your movies to life, filling your living area with sound without the need to cram in lots of speakers. If your super-thin television doesn't leave room for decent built-in speakers – and that's usually the case – a soundbar is the best way to beef up your audi...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • How to use global roaming on the dual SIM iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR

    With the launch of its latest iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR models, Apple has finally delivered dual SIM card capability to make overseas roaming easier for travellers. Well, sort of. Here's what you need to know about the new dual SIM iPhones and how to use them for global roaming. Which new iPhones...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 9 Comments

  • Here's how Qantas can make priority boarding actually work

    TALKING POINT | Any traveller on a domestic Qantas flight can attest that the airline's approach to priority boarding simply does not work. And it's hard to understand why, especially when so many other airlines including its competitor Virgin Australia get priority boarding right. I've flown as...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 68 Comments

  • One watch, many looks: a primer on watch straps

    Replacing the strap is a quick and inexpensive way to dramatically change the style of your watch. A new strap can dress a watch up or down, make it more comfortable in hot and humid weather, and look the part while driving a vintage car. And for frequent flyers in particular, it's far easier to...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • The top perks of Virgin Velocity Gold for domestic economy flyers

    Virgin Australia Velocity Gold status is the target of many frequent flyers as it's easier to obtain than Platinum, while still providing many premium perks like airport lounge access and other priority benefits. This shiny Gold card is yours after earning 500 status credits and notching up four...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 3 Comments

  • Copa launches lie-flat business class on new Boeing 737 MAX jets

    Central American airline Copa has rolled out lie-flat seats on its new Boeing 737 MAX jets, making it the latest member in a small but growing clique to fit fully-flat seats into a single-aisle jet. Copa has signed up for 71 of the next-generation Boeing 737 MAX jets, the first of which takes wi...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 11 Comments

  • Here's how the Airbus A380 changed the premium travel experience

    It's now been a decade since Qantas picked up the keys to its first Airbus A380, and eleven years since Singapore Airlines made its inaugural superjumbo flight from Singapore to Sydney. The sheer size of this airborne behemoth offered plenty of room for airlines to get creative, especially when ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 24 Comments

  • Keeping your Westpac Altitude Rewards credit card points flowing in

    Westpac is making some changes to its Altitude Rewards credit card points scheme in November with new points transfer rates applying to many of its partner frequent flyer programs, affecting cards like Altitude Platinum and Altitude Black. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’l...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • How much could you save on corporate travel with Singapore Airlines?

    If your business has employees that regularly travel domestically and internationally, your company could save a significant amount on its air travel when signing up for the Singapore Airlines Corporate Travel Programme. This article is sponsored by Singapore Airlines The Corporate Travel Progr...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Why the 'King of Cocktails' sticks to a gin martini

    Dale DeGroff spends about two thirds of his year on the road educating and consulting the international bar industry as the world’s foremost expert on the classic American cocktail. Dubbed 'The King of Cocktails', DeGroff is notable for pioneering the use of fresh juices and ingredients in...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • British Airways streamlines connections with chauffeur drive transfers

    British Airways is ramping up efforts at its London Heathrow T5 hub to help passengers make their connecting flights. This includes expanding a trial of the 'premium transfer service' which sees premium passengers at risk of missing their onward connection being whisked across the tarmac be...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines wants Istanbul-Sydney flights by June 2019

    Turkish Airlines is putting Australia back on its route map, with the airline's CEO confirming plans to launch flights to Sydney next year. Speaking today at the annual Corporate Club business travel conference in Istanbul, as reported by Airways Magazine, Turkish Airlines Chairman İlker Aycı sa...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 27 Comments

  • BMW's Vision iNext concept puts the 'passenger experience' on wheels

    With its new Vision iNext concept, BMW is planning for an autonomous future where everything you do while inside a car matters - except driving. BMW has unveiled the latest iteration of its planned electric-car flagship, morphing what started out as low-slung cruiser into a sporty SUV, as the Ge...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • High speed rail from Hong Kong to China to tempt business travellers

    China's sprawling bullet train network will extend to Hong Kong on September 23, providing a direct connection to 44 mainland destinations. With the addition of services from Guangzhou and Shenzhen – the major cities closest to Hong Kong – what’s now a daylong train trip to Bei...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 26 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's direct flights between the Gold Coast and Perth

    Virgin Australia will launch direct flights between Perth and the Gold Coast from mid-December, albeit with a few caveats. The flights will run just twice a week, and across a seasonal roster from 13 December 2018 to 26 January 2019 rather than being a year-around service. Those flights will ...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • Your guide to Cathay Pacific's Business Plus reward program

    Cathay Pacific’s Business Plus loyalty program provides companies and their travellers with valuable benefits as a reward for booking Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights. Free to join, perks range from complimentary Marco Polo Club memberships through to lounge access, flight upgrades...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Your guide to Melbourne Airport's international business class lounges

    Melbourne's international terminal features no less than eight lounges for business class passengers, and with some boarding passes unlocking not just one, but several pre-flight lounges, it pays to know all your options. For example, Qantas business class passengers may naturally gravitate to t...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 21 Comments

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