• Smart speaker smackdown: Apple HomePod years behind Amazon Echo

    Apple has pushed back the launch of its HomePod 'smart speaker' to sometime in early 2018, while this week's debut of Amazon Australia could see the Echo family of products become locally available. It's another missed opportunity for Apple, which is arguably three years behind Amazon's Echo. Ap...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • Designing Singapore Airlines' new A380 business class seats

    Singapore Airlines' new business class seat will take wing in December 2018 on a factory-fresh Airbus A380, ahead of a rolling refit across the rest of the superjumbo fleet through to 2020. JPA Design director John Tighe, who led the team behind the new seat, speaks with Australian Bus...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 8 Comments

  • Aussie travellers can now apply for Brazilian visas online

    Australian passport holders travelling to Brazil on business no longer need to obtain a pre-arranged visa through the Consulate-General of Brazil in Australia, with the nation introducing a new ‘eVisa’ system that covers tourists and those in transit as well. As of November 22 2017, ...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 2 Comments

  • Now open: Novotel Singapore on Stevens hotel

    AccorHotels has dropped yet another pin onto its map of Singapore hotels with the new Novotel Singapore on Stevens joining the upscale Sofitel Singapore City Centre, which opened in October 2017. The Novotel sits alongside the Mercure Singapore on Stevens, on Stevens Road, and nor...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • Amazon Australia to launch tomorrow

    Amazon Australia is expected to go online at 2pm tomorrow, Thursday November 23, marking the company's long-awaited local launch. Australian customers who have become used to buying from Amazon's overseas arms will be keen to check out both the range carried by the online shopping colossus as we...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • Qantas' new London Heathrow lounge opens this month

    Qantas expects to cut the ribbon to its new London Heathrow airport lounge in November, giving travellers on the Flying Kangaroo their first dedicated Qantas lounge at the busy UK hub. “We'll be opening London in the next few weeks,” Qantas Head of Customer Product and Service Phil C...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 64 Comments

  • Brisbane Airport moves international terminal pick-up zone

    Travellers arriving into Brisbane Airport's international terminal and being collected by friends or family won't be impressed by the new pick-up area which opens Thursday November 23. Rather than being located at the terminal itself – as with the soon-to-be-closed pick-up road, conve...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 20 Comments

  • Driving the new Rolls-Royce Phantom is six-star luxury on wheels

    After more than a decade, the historic brand is relaunching its flagship sedan. The result is a US$450,000 hunk of power and opulence. Reaching 7,976 feet above sea level, Switzerland’s spindle-thin Furka Pass is one of the highest mountain roads in the world. Its sheer edges are so abrupt...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • Save time, save money and be rewarded for your business travel

    Are you looking for ways to save time, money and effort on your business travel? Australia’s leading business travel management company, Corporate Travel Management (CTM), has a limited time offer that will do just that, plus provide you with exclusive rewards and benefits.   This art...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport to get a 1960s-themed airport hotel

    A penthouse bar, 'first class' and 'business class' guest rooms, a rooftop view of arriving and departing flights at nearby Sydney Airport, and even meeting rooms named Airbus and Boeing – Sydney's new Felix Hotel might just become the new hot spot for business travellers. Located at ...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Visiting Emirates' Moët & Chandon Champagne bar in Dubai

    Nestled in Emirates’ business class lounge at Dubai Airport’s Concourse B is the Moët & Chandon Champagne bar, where passengers can sample a range of fizz from the well-known winery before their Emirates or Qantas flight. That’s where you’ll find not just the &ls...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2017 7 Comments

  • Sullivans Cove's new Double Cask single malt whisky - DC095

    If you’re looking for a new drop to try over the holidays, award-winning Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove will be releasing its first special edition Double Cask single malt whisky in late November. The new whisky is made with a combination of individually selected French oak ex-tawny a...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • Eye in the sky: how airlines harvest and use your personal data

    Airlines are really good at some things – like people movement, aircraft maintenance, and keeping passengers safe. They’re also experts at collecting vast mountains of customer data, including what sorts of credit cards and computers you use, how often you fly, and where and how much...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2017 8 Comments

  • Apple delays HomePod smart speaker launch to "early 2018"

    Apple will delay the launch of its HomePod 'smart speaker' until 2018, pushing back the timeline from a promised December delivery. The HomePod – which streams tunes from Apple Music, takes voice commands via Siri, and controls smart home appliances – was originally announced in June...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings Book the Cook meals to Adelaide

    Seared Tasmanian king salmon, lobster thermidor, braised beef short rib and lamb shank rendang – those are some of the inflight delights available to Singapore Airlines' business class travellers from Adelaide from the airline's popular Book the Cook menu. Book the Cook lets you ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2017 6 Comments

  • Qantas pushes forward on domestic WiFi as Virgin eyes LA routes

    Qantas is ramping up the rollout of inflight Internet across its domestic fleet while rival Virgin Australia extends its WiFi reach to US routes. Qantas has now kitted out 15 of its 80 Boeing 737-800 jets in the seven months since the launch of the Qantas WiFi service, with the airline stepping ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2017 15 Comments

  • Best credit cards for earning Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles

    Compared to Virgin Australia Velocity points, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles aren't as widely collected by Aussie travellers – but for those jetting off from Hong Kong or Shanghai to London with Virgin Atlantic, or regularly zipping between the USA and the UK, they're a handy thing to ha...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • Why first class is more lavish, less viable than ever

    At the beginning of November, Singapore Airlines announced the world's most luxurious first-class seat. Passengers can expect the best: bedding (for two, if desired) embroidered by Lalique, dinner served on Wedgewood, a 32-inch HD screen, two bathrooms and a full-sized wardrobe. Just ten days...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2017 11 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer increases Star Alliance award rates

    Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer members will need more miles to book flights with Star Alliance partner airlines from December, but as a trade-off, will be able to search for Star Alliance reward availability and make these bookings online rather than over the phone. Online reward bookings with Kr...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2017 11 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific will fit WiFi to Boeing 777, Airbus A330 jets

    Cathay Pacific and its regional arm Cathay Dragon will launch inflight Internet on its international Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 jets from the middle of 2018, allowing passengers on almost all international flights to enjoy a high-speed broadband connection above the clouds. The airline already b...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Australian 'frequent traveller' passports axed from December 1

    The government will phase out the 66-page Frequent Traveller passport from next month, despite its popularity with country-hopping business travellers. The Frequent Traveller passport version has 66 usable pages for immigration stamps and visas, compared to 34 such pages on a Standard passp...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2017 44 Comments

  • How to buy Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points online

    Don't have quite enough Virgin Australia Velocity points to claim that business class upgrade or a free flight with Virgin or partner airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Etihad? Virgin's Points Booster program lets you top up your account, and it's now available online, whereas you previousl...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Aer Lingus now has "no plans" to join Oneworld

    Aer Lingus has no intention of rejoining the Oneworld alliance, dashing the hopes of sibling British Airways for the Irish flag-carrier to take its seat at the Oneworld table sometime in 2018. "We have no plans to join Oneworld," Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh told the European Aviati...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2017 9 Comments

  • How to claim missing Cathay Pacific Asia Miles after your flight

    Earning Asia Miles when flying with Cathay Pacific and its partner airlines like Qantas is usually straightforward: attach your Asia Miles number to your booking before you travel and those miles tend to appear without much hassle. But occasionally, the miles you’re owed never turn up, or ...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2017 3 Comments

  • Video tour: step inside Emirates' new first class suites

    We've already presented a detailed photo tour of Emirates' new first class suites for its Boeing 777 (and eventually Airbus A380) jets – but if a picture is worth a thousand words, then video must be worth even more again. So sit back and join Australian Business Traveller&n...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

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