• Etihad abandons Etihad Regional, its upscale Swiss-based arm

    Etihad is pulling the plug on its upscale Swiss arm Etihad Regional, launched in early 2014 to attract Europe's well-heeled business travellers. Darwin Airline, which began flying under the Etihad Regional brand after the Gulf carrier purchased a one-third stake in the Lugano-based airline, has ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • Hertz offers free car upgrades to new Gold Plus Rewards members

    From now until September 2017, travellers can nab a complimentary vehicle upgrade when hiring cars from Hertz within Australia, simply by joining the chain’s free Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program and then making a reservation with their membership number attached. Upgrades are all one-cla...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • British Airways "on track" for new A350 Club World business class

    British Airways says it's on track for the launch of its new Club World business class seat in early 2019, but has denied reports of abandoning an evolution of the current seat for an all-new design. Earlier this year the airline's CEO Alex Cruz confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that th...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 18 Comments

  • Why electric cars are everywhere except right here, right now

    It might seem like there’s more news about electric cars lately than actual electric cars on the road. Tesla took a step toward becoming a mass-producer this month when the US$35,000 Model 3 sedan started rolling off a California assembly line. Volvo said it will begin phasing out cars tha...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • United Airlines defers Airbus A350-1000 orders

    United Airlines projected a slowdown in a benchmark financial gauge as trans-Pacific fares weaken, and the carrier delayed delivery of four Airbus A350 long-haul jets earmarked for those routes. Passenger revenue for each seat flown a mile could rise as much as 1 percent or fall by the same magn...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's first-half performance disappointing, CEO says

    Cathay Pacific's operating environment remained challenging in the first half of the year, Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said, dashing expectations of an early recovery for the carrier that’s cutting jobs following the first annual loss in eight years. “We said that we expected...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 5 Comments

  • What do you want in a transcontinental Boeing 737 business class?

    TALKING POINT | Domestic business class is back on the radar, and in a big way. Australia's transcontinental trek between east coast capitals and Perth has always deserved better than the same seats as a quick commuter-grade sprint from Sydney to Melbourne. But the dogfight between Qantas ...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 50 Comments

  • Hong Kong Airport to debut world's slowest 'fast-track' channel?

    Hong Kong International Airport plans to launch a fast-track security lane in September 2017, with Cathay Pacific among the airlines lined up to offer the streamlined travel experience to its premium passengers. But it seems like the fast-lane won't get you very far, as the airport won't be open...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 14 Comments

  • Visiting Patek Philippe's New York 'Art of Watches' exhibition

    Everyone passionate about watches and clocks is on a first-name basis with Patek Philippe, the Geneva house founded in 1839. These fanatics will require little persuasion to see "The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017," a clumsy title that is in direct opposition to the elegance of the...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • First look: Google Home, Google Wifi launch in Australia

    Google is making an overdue push into Aussie homes this week with the local launch of its Google Home and Google Wifi gadgets. Google Home is a voice-activated 'smart speaker' running Google Assistant software, which is going toe-to-toe with Apple's Siri in the personal assistant space. Sayin...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 5 Comments

  • American Express ends Express Path access at Sydney Airport

    American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders will no longer be able to skip the queues at passport control and security screening when flying internationally from Sydney Airport, with access to the Express Path lanes ending on July 31 2017. Although traditionally reserved for business cla...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 14 Comments

  • July's top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals

    With the Reserve Bank's cuts to credit card 'interchange fees' now in force, many Australian credit card issuers are vying to make their cards appealing to points-savvy spenders, with over 700,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points currently on the table through an array of top offers from American...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • How bartenders are taking the Negroni to new heights

    Forget everything you know about the Negroni. This slightly bitter, aperitif-style classic that was invented roughly a century ago in Italy is getting remade and rethought by the brightest bartenders in Buenos Aires, where all good Italian things eventually get their moment in the sun. “Th...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Upgrade auctions: Cathay Pacific lets you bid for a better seat

    Cathay Pacific will now let travellers bid cash for an upgrade to premium economy and business class – but not first class – under the airline's new Upgrade Bid program. The initiative is intended to help the airline fill its premium cabins on selected flights where seats remain empt...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qantas: no plans for new transcon Boeing 737 business class

    Qantas plans to rely on the muscle of its Airbus A330 fleet rather than a new Boeing 737 business class in the continuing dogfight with Virgin Australia for transcontinental business travellers. Virgin Australia will gradually draw down the number of A330s on the east-west corridor as the b...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 25 Comments

  • American Express launches new Business Explorer credit card

    American Express’ new Business Explorer credit card allows entrepreneurs to earn frequent flyer points on their business purchases at generous and uncapped rates, with an annual fee of $395 that won’t break the bank. Attached to the Membership Rewards Gateway (MRG) program, cardholde...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 6 Comments

  • First look: Jaguar E-Pace SUV is a luxury soft-roader

    The auto industry may soon be usurped by an anodyne fleet of robo-taxis, but the final days are turning into a bit of a party for petrolheads. In London late Thursday, Jaguar launched its new, junior-varsity SUV. Literally. They had a guy drive it off a twisting ramp, corkscrew in the air and la...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • The best cocktails to enjoy when you're flying

    The next time anyone starts bleating that air travel long ago ceased to be something special, I’ve got three words for them: Airbus A380 bar. Admittedly the big double-decker jet is a bit of a whale from the outside – and can worryingly look like a sardine can with wings – but ...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2017 27 Comments

  • These credit cards get you Qantas Club airport lounge access

    You'd normally need a business class ticket or a Gold frequent flyer card to get through the door at one of Qantas' many Australian and international airport lounges – but if your wallet packs the right credit card, this can also be your Golden Ticket to the Qantas Club lounges. That&rsquo...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 13 Comments

  • Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles

    Want to be an instant mileage millionaire? Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles to mark the group's 20th anniversary. The worldwide competition ends on July 31, 2017, with 21 winners each pocketing one million miles in each of Star Alliance members' 21 loyalty schemes &nd...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 10 Comments

  • How to get a SkyTeam Elite, Elite Plus status match

    If you passport wallet packs a Gold or Platinum frequent flyer card from the likes of Qantas and Virgin Australia, this SkyTeam status match will unlock similar VIP perks with the likes of Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Ai...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 19 Comments

  • Should you dress up for business class?

    TALKING POINT | If you want to start an engaging discussion among frequent flyers, ask them about dress codes for airport lounges – especially first class lounges – as well as in business and first class sections on the plane. Some people feel that business travellers should be dress...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 52 Comments

  • Fiji Airways gets access to LAX Oneworld Business Class lounge

    The Oneworld Business Class lounge is among the best at LAX, and its doors are now open to travellers on Fiji Airways. If you're flying in Fiji Airways business class... ... or are down the back of the bus in economy but hold Tabua Club membership... ... you'll enjoy access to the Oneworld...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 6 Comments

  • First look: Tesla Model 3

    It's finally here: The Model 3, Tesla's US$35,000 electric gamechanger. A single black Model 3 rolled off the production line Friday with a serial number all its own, kicking off a company-defining six months. The car will belong to Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and co-founder, who shared images...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia unlocks Singapore Airlines first class rewards

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now book Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 first class and Airbus A380 'Suites Class' flights using their Velocity points, with Singapore Airlines premium economy reward flights also being made available to Velocity members from Augus...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

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