• Tips for speeding your way through Sydney Airport

    Nobody likes standing in line at the airport, but you don’t always have to be a frequent flyer or a business class passenger to skip the queues and fast-track your way to the lounge, a restaurant or bar, or the boarding gate. Whether you’re flying within Australia or overseas, here a...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2018 6 Comments

  • Trade in your luxury watch like a BMW? It's a booming business

    Luxury watch seller Danny Govberg is very busy these days with his Philadelphia-based company, even when he’s selling fewer new timepieces than he used to. That’s because his 102-year-old emporium, Govberg Jewelers, is seeing an explosion in the secondhand market, where the wealthy o...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • The best credit cards for frequent flyers with Singapore Airlines

    If you often travel with Singapore Airlines, having the right credit card (or charge card) in your wallet can help you earn more points for free flights and upgrades, and could even be your ticket to airport lounge access in Australia, Singapore and further afield. Such cards are particularly us...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2018 5 Comments

  • Emirates plans new Auckland-Bali-Dubai flights

    Qantas partner Emirates will launch flights between Auckland and Dubai via Denpasar (Bali) from June, using its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. As with the airline's other 'Fifth Freedom' flights, passengers will be able to travel solely between Auckland and Bali or between Bali and Dubai as part of ...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2018 30 Comments

  • Teslas are replacing Porsches on Germany's autobahns

    The most remarkable thing about Jana Hoeffner’s 2,360 mile road trip from Stuttgart to Oslo and back, in a black Tesla Model S sedan, was simply how unremarkable it was. Five years ago, making similar journeys across much of Germany in an electric Renault Zoe would have meant tiresome...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2018 4 Comments

  • What could you do with 100,000 Qantas frequent flyer points?

    There are plenty of ways to spend Qantas frequent flyer points, but when you have a cool 100,000 Qantas Points to burn – such as on offer right now with a new Qantas American Express Ultimate credit card – some approaches let you travel further, more often or in more comfort than othe...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2018 3 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines business class upgrade guide

    If you’re flying with Singapore Airlines to the Lion City and beyond in economy or premium economy, your stash of KrisFlyer miles can swing you a sweet upgrade to business class. Through its Star Alliance membership, KrisFlyer miles can also see you bumped forward on the likes of Thai Airw...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2018 21 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines' first, business class Golden Lounges re-open Feb 20

    Malaysia Airlines will open its new-look Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday February 20. Located in the airport's satellite terminal, which is used for international flights, the revamped Golden Lounge will contain two wings. The Platinum Lounge – also known as KLIA Satellite Plat...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2018 14 Comments

  • Macquarie Bank cuts credit card Qantas frequent flyer points

    Macquarie Bank customers will soon earn fewer Qantas frequent flyer points on their Macquarie Platinum Visa, with the card’s current earning rate taking a dive next month. Presently, shoppers receive one Qantas Point per $1 spent up to $2,500 per month, and 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent t...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 4 Comments

  • Revisiting Cathay Pacific's The Wing first class lounge at Hong Kong

    The Wing is one of Cathay Pacific's two flagship airport lounges at Hong Kong, with the upscale first class lounge unveiled five years ago this month in what was then Cathay's benchmark in 'luxury travel'. Of course, both the first class and business class sections of The Wing now stand in the...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 16 Comments

  • When a Platinum credit card trumps a Black card

    While Black-level credit cards generally represent a bank’s best plastic, Platinum credit cards can sometimes be a good alternative – offering many of the same benefits as a Black card, but at a lower ongoing cost. Whether you’re aiming for points, perks or both from your shiny...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 8 Comments

  • Canberra eyes Qantas flights to Wellington, AirNZ to Auckland

    With flights to Singapore and Doha already taking wing, Canberra Airport is now looking to add New Zealand to its network map. Managing Director of Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron, considers trans-Tasman travel as “the piece that's missing” – or will be missing from May 1, when...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 31 Comments

  • How to sign up for the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer rewards program

    The Singapore Airlines HighFlyer rewards program is a great tool for SMEs to manage their corporate travel and earn rewards in the form of flight discounts. You can read our full overview of the program and its benefits here, but if you’re ready to join up follow our simple guide below. T...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Can Qantas afford to buy all the new aircraft it needs?

    After delaying spending on its fleet for too long during a turnaround program, Qantas faces a possible funding squeeze when it’s time to buy new planes, according to S&P Global Ratings. Qantas needs to increase investment in its aging fleet of 309 planes before the sum required is too ...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2018 44 Comments

  • Six questions (and answers) about Qatar's Doha-Sydney-Canberra flight

    Qatar Airways is now flying daily between Canberra and its hub of Doha, with a brief stopover at Sydney in both directions. Australian Business Traveller readers posed several questions about the flight, and we’ve dug up the answers. You’re welcome.  What lounges will Qatar Airw...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2018 25 Comments

  • Who can use Virgin Australia Premium Entry in Sydney, Brisbane?

    Virgin Australia Premium Entry offers high-flying passengers quite literally a private entrance to the terminal at Sydney and Brisbane airports, dedicated security screening facilities and direct access to the Virgin Australia lounge, but the door list here is much more restrictive than the loung...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2018 26 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines now offers free WiFi in first, business class

    Singapore Airlines is now providing free inflight Internet to first class and business class travellers, along with its elite PPS Club frequent flyers. The offer applies to all SQ aircraft fitted with inflight Internet, including its flagship Airbus A380s and long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets alo...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2018 7 Comments

  • Airlines start to stand in line for the Boeing 797

    Delta Air Lines wants to be one of the first to fly a potential new mid-sized jetliner from Boeing, said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. That’s a vote of confidence from one of the most influential aircraft buyers as Boeing decides whether to build the plane, dubbed the 797 by analysts. &ldquo...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qantas taps new tech to avoid overbooking

    Qantas is looking at new technology to avoid overbooking flights by knowing which passengers will be willing to change their booking – several days before the step onto the plane. The airline's venture capital arm Qantas Ventures has chipped into a $3.3m kitty for startup Volantio, alongsi...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2018 27 Comments

  • Back to business: the best AMEX cards for business owners, employees

    With the holiday season now behind you, you’ll be well and truly back into the swing of things – but when planning for the busy business year ahead, don’t forget to map out your business’ frequent flyer strategy as well, to earn points that can slash your travel costs or p...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2018 2 Comments

  • NAB scraps Virgin Australia Velocity credit cards

    NAB has retired its branded Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer credit cards as the bank shifts its focus to its own-brand NAB Rewards cards instead. This means you can no longer apply for the NAB Velocity Rewards Visa, or the NAB Velocity Rewards Premium (Platinum) Visa as a new customer &...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qatar Airways: next-gen Qsuites for Airbus A380, Boeing 787, 777X

    With Qatar Airways now rolling out its business class Qsuites across its Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 fleet, the airline is turning its attention to a new version of the Qsuite for its Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, along with the world's first Boeing 777X due in 2020. Speaking...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 6 Comments

  • Qatar Airways promises Qsuites for Sydney, Canberra from June 2018

    Qatar Airways will begin flying its advanced Qsuite business class seats to Sydney and Canberra from June 2018 as the Gulf airline continued its push into the highly competitive Australian market with new and upgraded Boeing 777-300ER jets. "From June you will receive a Qsuite every day, unless ...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 15 Comments

  • Qatar Airways will fly first Airbus A350-1000 on February 20

    Qatar Airways will take delivery of the first Airbus A350-1000 on February 20. Speaking this morning at a media event in Canberra to mark the launch of the airline's daily flights between Doha and the Australian capital, airline CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker confirmed that the A350-1000 "wil...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 13 Comments

  • Flying on Airbus' A350-1000 test aircraft

    There's a new plane on the horizon: the Airbus A350-1000, a longer version of the A350-900 already flying with airlines like Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Hong Kong Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines, but capable of carrying even more passengers. Inside, the experience is much the same as...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 4 Comments

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