• Speidel's iconic Twist-O-Flex band comes to the Apple Watch

    In all of watchmaking, there are few things as iconic as the classic Speidel Twist-O-Flex bracelet. Basically anyone who is at all into vintage watches has seen them, probably worn one, and likely lost some arm hair to those stretchy links. The old-school stretch bracelet isn't just for vintage ...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Reviewed: five language-learning apps for your smartphone

    If you’re not careful about your pronunciation, it’s pretty easy to tell someone in France that you’re pregnant instead of saying you’re full. In Israel, you might ask someone to buy their daughter instead of buying a slice of bread. Saying you’re 'cold' in German? I...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • Best credit cards for earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

    Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer scheme is a favourite among savvy spenders, particularly for using miles to fly in business class or even first class to Singapore and beyond. Earning those miles in Australia couldn’t be easier, thanks to a range of KrisFlyer-earning cred...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • 'No smoking' also applies to e-cigarettes on planes: US court

    Vaping is smoking, a US federal appeals court ruled, upholding regulation that adds e-cigarettes to an existing ban on the use of traditional tobacco-burning products on commercial flights in the U.S. The decision Friday by the Washington-based court leaves in place the Department of Transportat...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • British Airways re-opens exclusive Heathrow T5 Concorde Room door

    British Airways has re-opened the first class-only door into its exclusive Concorde Room lounge at London Heathrow terminal 5, after the new First Wing proved a bit too popular. The entrance to the Concorde Room – BA's elite lounge for its first class passengers and its very top-tier Execu...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Qatar Airways will start Canberra-Doha flights in February 2018

    Qatar Airways will begin daily flights between Canberra and Doha via Sydney from mid-February 2018, in a move which will also see Gulf carrier's Sydney-Doha route increase to a double-daily service. The Oneworld airline and de facto Qantas partner has slated a Boeing 777-300ER for the Canberra-S...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • The fabulous bars, lounges and restaurants of the Boeing 747

    Step back in time to the early 1970s when the Boeing 747 first took to the skies, heralding a short-lived era of luxury air travel on board the Queen of the Skies. Pan American (Pan Am): the first Boeing 747 The world's first Boeing 747 set the trend for what was to come, with Pan Am turning th...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2017 34 Comments

  • Fly Qantas business class using American Airlines points

    Here's a tip that's going to make your business travel budget go a lot further – and ensure you continue to fly in style. It's a way to fly Qantas business class from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore, Hong Kong or Tokyo for only $2,000 return. Also on the menu: a $2,000 business...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 23 Comments

  • Now open: Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

    Sydney Airport's new Mantra Hotel is now rolling out the welcome mat to travellers. It's the third hotel within the formal airport precinct, and located at Ross Smith Avenue, near the T2/T3 domestic terminals. This puts it a 15 minute stroll from an inbound domestic flight if you're travell...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines' London Airbus A350 flights start January 2018

    EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines plans to bring forward the start of its Airbus A350 flights to London to January 2018, but is putting expansion to other European cities on hold. The Oneworld member now expects to take delivery of its first two Airbus A350s in November and December 2017, which will...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 8 Comments

  • Book Virgin Australia’s Melbourne-Hong Kong flights using points

    Virgin Australia Velocity members can now book non-stop flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong using their Velocity points – here’s how it’s done, whether you have enough points to snare a business class suite or a humble economy class seat. Step 1: Searching for Virgin Australia ...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Geek chic: dress like Steve Jobs (assuming you'd want to...)

    Of the many technological and ­artistic triumphs of the fashion designer Issey Miyake – from his patented pleating to his soulful sculptural forms – his most famous piece of work will end up being the black mock turtleneck indelibly associated with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. ...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • 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 6 Comments

  • 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

  • Low-cost Qantas business, first class buying US frequent flyer miles

    UPDATE | A new AAdvantage 'buy miles' promotion is underway, this time offering a bonus of up to 100,000 miles on American Airlines mileage purchases plus cash discounts of 10% on the purchase price through August 1 2017 for use on Qantas, Cathay Pacific and other Oneworld airlines. Given the cu...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 46 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 22 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 7 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 51 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

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