• Deal: British Airways Sydney-London in business and first for $7,238

    Exclusive offer: Save over $500 on your British Airways business class fare when booking a return flight from Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore, plus get a free upgrade to First Class for either your inbound or outbound journey.   If you’re planning a trip on the Kangaroo route ...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Melbourne's Plaza Premium Lounge now welcomes Priority Pass

    Members of the global Priority Pass airport lounge scheme can now access the Plaza Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal. Opened in March 2018, the lounge is divided into a range of zones, including a dedicated dining area… … a relaxation zone with n...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 1 Comment

  • The top credit cards for earning Virgin Australia Velocity points

    Want to maximise the number of Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points you’re earning on everyday credit card purchases? Then take a look at the cards below, which offer some of Australia’s highest earning rates in the Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme. By using the right card i...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 1 Comment

  • Qantas drops Boeing 747s from LAX, trims Dallas A380 flights

    All Qantas Los Angeles services shift to Airbus A380 or Boeing 787-9 Sydney-Dallas superjumbo drops to six days a week Sydney-San Francisco goes daily A redraw of Qantas' international network sees the ageing Boeing 747  move closer to retirement with all jumbo jets pulled from flight...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 30 Comments

  • Win a business class trip to Hong Kong with Virgin Australia

    Got a hankering to visit Hong Kong? Then get ready to fly there in style with Virgin Australia's award-winning business class in this exclusive Australian Business Traveller reader contest. To celebrate the July 2 launch of its new Sydney-Hong Kong route, Virgin Australia will be flyin...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • London's Crossrail line is a new way to get to Heathrow Airport

    London's new Crossrail tube service, to be formally known as the Elizabeth Line, will provide a new way for travellers to zip between Heathrow Airport and the city – but problems with a new signalling system mean you'll need to wait a few more months before you can enjoy those swish new tra...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Westpac opens new American Express cards to the public

    Westpac’s next-gen American Express cards are now available for open application, following a soft launch in January exclusively by invitation for existing customers. Being issued directly by American Express Australia instead of Westpac, these cards aren’t subject to the same crippl...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 10 Comments

  • Qantas is moving to Jakarta Airport's Terminal 3 on May 11

    Qantas and Jetstar will move into Terminal 3 of Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport in May. The airlines currently use the airport's rather dated Terminal 2, whereas Terminal 3 – which mainly serves flag carrier Garuda – was opened in 2016. A spokesman for Qantas confirmed to Australia...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 6 Comments

  • Oman Air's new Boeing 787 first class suites are cosy Dreamliner dens

    Oman Air will fit 'First Class Mini Suites' to a new tranche of Boeing 787-9 jets, joining the handful of airlines with the confidence to bring a first class travel experience to the Dreamliner. Many airlines – including Qantas – have chosen to cap their Boeing 787-9s with business...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 9 Comments

  • Where can you use complimentary Virgin Australia lounge passes?

    Some high-end credit cards offer Virgin Australia lounge passes every year as one of their many perks: but when, where and how can you use these passes to enjoy an airport lounge visit? Here’s what you need to know about these lounge passes, such as given to Velocity Silver frequent flyers...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 3 Comments

  • Buying your first 'real' watch? Here are five to consider...

    Looking to pick up your first fine timepiece? These latest models will see you spoiled for choice without breaking the bank. Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic In the 12 years or so that I've been writing about watches, the Clifton Baumaticmight be the most exciting timepiece to come from Bau...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 4 Comments

  • Move fast: Singapore Airlines has 30% off KrisFlyer award seats

    Planning a business trip to Singapore next month? Then tally up your KrisFlyer miles, as you'll need a lot less of them to make an award booking with Singapore Airlines. As part of KrisFlyer's 'Spontaneous Escapes' promotion, redemption rates have been slashed by 30% across a range of routes inc...

    POSTED 22 Apr, 2018 2 Comments

  • Terms & conditions: Virgin Australia Sydney-Hong Kong competition

    Information on how to enter the Win a business class trip to Hong Kong with Virgin Australia reader contest forms part of the terms of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. 1. Entry is restricted to Australian residents aged 18 years...

    POSTED 22 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic goes full-on British with new afternoon tea service

    Afternoon tea and high tea are decidedly British traditions, even if they're not the same thing. Afternoon tea is, obviously enough. taken in the afternoon, whereas high tea is officially and traditionally enjoyed of an evening – a distinction mostly overlooked these days, especially in te...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2018 7 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Fiji Airways flights

    Using your Qantas Frequent Flyer points to book journeys with Fiji Airways presents some fantastic options for travellers not just venturing to the likes of Nadi and Suva, but also jetting onwards to Honolulu, Los Angeles or San Francisco. Play your cards right – or rather, your points &nd...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2018 3 Comments

  • Nissan Infiniti goes for Apple-inspired Zen in attack on BMW, Audi

    Nissan's premium Infinity brand sees its future as a unique blend of 'east meets west meets east again', combing Japanese minimalism with Apple's own Zen-inspired refinement. Nissan seeks to use the structural changes enabled by the industry’s shift toward electric and self-driving ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2018 4 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific launches 'restaurant-style' business class meal service

    EXCLUSIVE | Cathay Pacific will move business class meals closer to a first class experience with its launch of a new 'restaurant-style' business class dining. The airline says the revamped business class service is built around "restaurant-style dining, improved menu offerings and a new level o...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2018 28 Comments

  • What could you do with 75,000 bonus Qantas frequent flyer points?

    ANZ’s offer of 75,000 bonus Qantas Points attached to its Frequent Flyer Black Visa credit card has been around for a while, but it’s still a generous deal, and there are plenty of good ways to put those points to good use. Right off the bat, that 75k bonus could unlock: a return ...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Apple plans to create a 'Netflix of news and magazines'

    Apple plans to integrate recently-acquired magazine app Texture into an upgraded Apple News service and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. Think of it as the Netflix of news, or maybe the iTunes of magazines. The move is part of a broader ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 5 Comments

  • Air Canada debuts new Signature Class business class

    Air Canada is raising the business class bar with a rebranding of its premium cabins to Signature Class, and wrapping them in an 'end to end experience' known as Signature Service. It's a play similar to that of United Airlines' Polaris business class, although in the case of the Canucks th...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 21 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Marriott’s new loyalty program

    With Marriott unveiling its new global hotel loyalty program this week, members will find their existing Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest account benefits harmonised across all hotel chains from August, in the lead-up to an all-new program which debuts in 2019. ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 17 Comments

  • Revealed: Marriott's new mega hotel loyalty program

    Marriott has taken the next big step to align its three hotel loyalty programs into one, revealing the details of what will become the brand’s single loyalty program, merging members from Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The new scheme still doesn’...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 26 Comments

  • British Airways opens stylish new lounge at Rome

    British Airways has put out the welcome mat at its new lounge at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, with BA and Oneworld travellers sure to be impressed by the chic design of the fresh space. This looks nothing like any other British Airways lounge, and that's quite deliberate: the Rome lounge follows ...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 13 Comments

  • Three ways Virgin Australia intends to win against Air New Zealand

    TALKING POINT | The messy break-up between Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand is not reading from the familiar script. None of this "we have come to a mutual decision, we still love each other and will always respect one another" stuff. Instead, the airlines have gone from partners to pug...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 38 Comments

  • The long-awaited LAX 'people-mover' shuttle train will arrive 2023

    Start counting down, but don't hold your breath: LAX is getting an 'automated people-mover' which will not only whisk travellers between terminals but to parking stations and even connect to the Los Angeles metro, if that's your thing. Costed at US$4.9 billion, the long-awaited transit project i...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

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