• Aer Lingus: lie-flat business class on Airbus A321 European flights

    Aer Lingus will buck the Euro-business trend by installing fully-flat business class seats on its forthcoming Airbus A321 jets, which will bring many popular European destinations under their wing. The Irish flag-carrier expects to take delivery of the first of 14 long-range Airbus A321LR aircra...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2018 6 Comments

  • KLM opens new flagship Crown Lounge at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

    The first stage of KLM's all-new Crown Lounge at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is now open, and it offers a hint of what's to come when the second part of the business class lounge is revealed by mid-2019. KLM is describing this as a 'temporary setup' ahead of the lounge's eventual 6,...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Sydney-Singapore business class: here's how the airlines compare

    Flyers on the busy Sydney-Singapore corridor are spoilt for choice, with four carriers – Singapore Airlines, Qantas, British Airways and Scoot – offering a wide range of departure times, business class seating, service service, lounges and more. Here's how they stack up for the busine...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • SilkAir goes daily on Cairns-Singapore flights

    Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary SilkAir will bump its Cairns-Singapore flights to a daily service from 2019, up from five weekly flights at present. From June 2 2019, that means the addition of return flights on Tuesdays and Sundays, and as with the airline’s current Far Nort...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Best Champagne for Christmas and the New Year? Try these six top drops

    Champagne and sparkling wines are synonymous with Christmas and New Year festivities, and Australia is no shrinking violet when it comes to enjoying first-class fizz. Over 307 million bottles of Champagne were sold globally in the 2017 calendar year, with Australia the world's seventh-largest ma...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 13 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, PNG flights

    Qantas is ramping up its flights to Queensland with more domestic services to Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Mount Isa, along with new business class options for travellers jetting from Sydney and Melbourne to Far North Queensland. Joining that, QantasLink will also resume its Cairns...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 23 Comments

  • United Airlines to launch Melbourne-San Francisco flights

    United Airlines will begin direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco in October 2019, mirroring the Star Alliance's popular Sydney-San Francisco service. The move will pit United's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner against that of Qantas on the same route, with the United Dreamliners expected to ...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 25 Comments

  • Finding the status 'sweet spot' in hotel loyalty programs

    While the top tier of any hotel's loyalty program always provides that chain's best perks, reaching such stratospheric levels isn't always easy – especially for travellers who spread their wings and venture to a variety of destinations, staying with different hotels throughout the year rath...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 10 Comments

  • Plan ahead and make some time for golf on your next overseas trip

    A round or two of golf is a great add-on to any business trip. It makes just as much sense on any holiday of course, but many business travellers make a point of heading for the greens. You can sample some very different golf courses overseas, including ones with spectacular scenery, challenging...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Step inside the new Swiss business class and Senator lounges at Geneva

    Swiss has rolled out the 'welcome back' mat at its Geneva lounges, with both the Business and Senator lounges open once again after many months of refurbishment. The new lounges sport a fresh new look, although it's also a familiar one – any business traveller who has visited the lounges...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Try matching your Christmas meals with these top Australian wines

    The seafood is on order, the turkey and ham are ready to be picked up from the butcher, and the plum pudding is approaching its peak. Yes, Christmas is once again around the corner, and with it a much wider array of dishes than the typical lunch or dinner So how do you go about selecting the rig...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 1 Comment

  • Malaysia Airlines rebrands first class as Business Suites

    EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines is exiting the first class market and will rebrand its Airbus A380 and A350 first class cabins as an upgraded version of business class dubbed Business Suites. This change is in name only, however – Business Suites passengers will enjoy the same meals and drin...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 15 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book British Airways flights

    With daily flights to Australia and a broader network spanning Asia, the Middle East, Africa, The Americas and right across the UK and Europe, British Airways offers an extensive range of flights: and all of them can potentially be booked using Qantas Points. Whether it's the airline's Sydney-Si...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • The top Virgin Velocity credit card sign-up deals for December

    As summer starts to heat up, so too are the latest Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer credit card offers, with up to 205,000 bonus Velocity points on offer from a single card application, and over 900,000 bonus Velocity points on the table across these top offers alone. Without delay, here...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Cash Passport Platinum Mastercard helps you avoid overseas fees

    If you’re a frequent traveller, you’ll know that paying for goods and services overseas can quickly add up with all those pesky fees associated with international transactions. Mastercard’s Cash Passport Platinum pre-paid travel money card can help you avoid those international...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Bombardier's Global 7500 business jet ready for take-off

    Bombardier’s Global 7500 is set to soar into the arms of its first customer this week as the Canadian company launches its largest and longest-range business jet. Only a handful of jets is expected to be delivered in early 2019, although that number will steadily increase to 35-40 a y...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Why American Express is doubling the points of some cardholders...

    Ahead of sweeping changes to the points-earning rate of American Express cards from April 2019, AMEX is doubling the points balance of a select group of cardholders. Are you set for a sudden Membership Rewards points bonanza? Why American Express is doubling Membership Rewards points ...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Review: the new Asus ZenBook 14 ultrabook is an Excel-jockey's delight

    Asus’ latest ZenBook 14 UX433 aims to offer just about everything the discerning, high-flying executive could want in a laptop. It’s stylish, compact, fast and robust enough to withstand our accidental drop-test, while the 14 hour battery life covers a solid working day. This 2019 re...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Which lounges can Malaysia Airlines' Business Suites passengers use?

    Malaysia Airlines will this week convert its first class lounges to Business Suites lounges and add a Platinum room to its flagship Kuala Lumpur first class lounge, as part of the airline's radical rebranding of its Airbus A350 and A380 First Class as Business Suites. While the inflight Business...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • The Boeing 777X is now a globe-striding ultra-long range private jet

    The Boeing 777x has yet to make its first flight but already this next-generation jet is being spec'd out for a limited edition VIP ride. Billed as the ultimate private jet, the Boeing Business Jet BBJ 777X will be capable of flying half-way around the world, between virtually any two cities &nd...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Qantas launches direct Sydney-Bendigo flights

    IN BRIEF | Qantas will begin direct flights between Sydney and Bendigo through its regional arm QantasLink, resulting in hours of time saved for business travellers. Starting March 31 2019, QantasLink will run six flights per week on the Sydney-Bendigo route, switching up to a daily service over...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 15 Comments

  • BMW's super-stylish 8-Series ready to roar on Australian roads

    BMW’s 8-Series is returning after a 19 year hiatus, giving the German marque a new flagship grand tourer in its range. The last time BMW had an 8-Series in its lineup was in 1999 - until now, BMW’s grand tourer segment has been serviced by the 6-Series, but the return of the 8-Se...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Taiwan opens fast-track passport e-Gates to Australian travellers

    Aussie travellers jetting to Taiwan or stopping over in Taipei on journeys with China Airlines and EVA Air can now expedite their crossing at Taiwanese passport control by registering for access to the country’s automated e-Gates. As Taiwan has no priority line or ‘express path&rsquo...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 2 Comments

  • Bordeaux's Château Montrose joins Cathay Pacific first class wine list

    Cathay Pacific’s first class wine list now counts a new vintage red among its ranks with the addition of Château Montrose 2005. Starting this December, the ’05 will be served on a rotational basis on flights between Hong Kong and London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and San Fra...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Sampling the Qantas first class lounge’s Summer 2018 menu

    A standout feature of the Qantas international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne is the dining experience: a full à la carte service with seasonal menus changing every three months. Overseen by the Rockpool Group and star chef Neil Perry, who now holds the title of Qantas Creati...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2018 17 Comments

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