• The best SkyTeam frequent flyer programs for Australian travellers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Although the global SkyTeam alliance doesn’t count an Australian airline among its ranks, eight SkyTeam members currently fly Down Under, on which travellers can earn and redeem fr...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2018 6 Comments

  • Why the Rolex GMT Master II is a globetrotter's best friend

    There’s nothing in the world quite like a Rolex. When we talk about intrinsic and extrinsic value, timepieces from Rolex are very hard to beat. Dare I say it, Rolex are, in a way, second to none. These pieces embody the exact tenets of what I think justifies a “good watch”. Whe...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2018 11 Comments

  • Here are the best Singapore Airlines business class seats

    Singapore Airlines now has five different business class seats in the air, and all of them featuring on flights to various Australian cities. With the newer-generation seats being leagues ahead of their older siblings in terms of comfort and features, choosing the right aircraft and seat could m...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2018 6 Comments

  • Get a complimentary flight every year with these Visa credit cards

    While plenty of American Express cards include 'travel credits' to offset the cost of their annual fees, most Australian spenders need more than an AMEX card in their wallet to pay everywhere they shop, given Visa and Mastercard are accepted much more widely. However, that doesn't mean you have ...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Starward's Two-Fold whisky wants to be your everyday go-to mixer

    Melbourne distiller Starward's new Two-Fold whisky isn't a single malt, but nor is it a blended whisky, at least not in the way that Scottish distilleries would use the term. What Two-Fold is, however, is a unique double-grain whisky – part malt, part grain – selling for $65 and...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Air China boosts Sydney-Beijing to a Boeing 777

    Air China will upgrade its Sydney-Beijing flights to a Boeing 777-300ER in early 2019 as the Star Alliance member plans for high demand across the southern summer holidays and Chinese New Year. The flagship jet levels up the travel experience from the Airbus A330 which usually plies this route, ...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • Uber trials UberX+ 'enhanced service'

    Uber Australia is trialling a more exclusive version of its UberX ride-sharing scheme under the banner of UberX+. Promising 'an enhanced service at an affordable price', UberX+ draws from a pool of 'experienced, highly-rated driver-partners with newer, spacious cars'. If it helps, think of UberX...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Confused about AMEX's credit card changes? Here's how they affect you

    With American Express planning significant changes to the earning and redeeming of credit card frequent flyer points from next year, almost every AMEX cardholder in Australia will be affected: but many people are confused about what this means for them. Read: American Express overhauls credit ca...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 23 Comments

  • The Uber Rewards loyalty program: status, points and perks explained

    Uber plans to roll out its new Uber Rewards frequent flyer rider scheme on a worldwide basis, including Australia, with passengers enjoying perks such as surge-free pricing, priority airport pick-up and free "surprise upgrades" from UberX bookings to a premium Uber Black ride. The program will l...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • Huawei's MateBook X Pro set for Australian release

    Huawei's MateBook X Pro is finally set for Australian release, with the ultra-slim Windows laptop making its down-under debut this Thursday, November 22. The MateBook X Pro is a sleek challenger to the likes of Dell's XPS 13 and of course the Apple MacBook Air, which is widely considered as Huaw...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Take a look at the insane Formula E race car that debuts next month

    Formula E kicks off its 2019 season in December, ahead of a six-month roster with races at a dozen cities including Santiago, Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, Monaco, Berlin (at the old Tempelhof Airport), Bern and New York. But whereas Formula One has a history of ­charismatic drivers and long-stand...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • How to choose the right frequent flyer program

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Every business traveller should belong to at least one frequent flyer program – but making that choice isn't as straightforward as you may think. While the Qantas Frequent Fl...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • Here are the new 2019 cars coming from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz

    Luxury car buyers will be spoiled for choice in 2019 as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz land more than 30 new models down under. The three biggest hitters in the luxury car world all have major introductions planned for next year, continuing the product offensive which has kept Australian buyers kee...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Pairing food with wine? The conventional wisdom is probably wrong...

    Think you can’t drink red with fish? That champagne goes with sweet desserts? Think again. Even serious wine lovers make serious errors when matching food with wine. I quizzed a half-dozen sommeliers, who spend their time trying to suggest the best pairings to their customers, about the mo...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2018 3 Comments

  • China Southern to leave SkyTeam in January 2019

    China Southern is quitting the SkyTeam, in a move which robs the alliance of its largest Chinese partner and is sure to encourage rumours that the Guangzhou-based airline could join Oneworld. A media statement issued by SkyTeam said "China Southern’s decision reflects its strategic de...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2018 21 Comments

  • American Express overhauls credit card frequent flyer points

    American Express is set to make sweeping changes to earning rates across its entire card portfolio, with some transactions earning more points but most cards accruing fewer frequent flyer points per dollar spent than they do today. Across the board, AMEX’s line-up of Qantas Points-earning ...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2018 133 Comments

  • Ping's adjustable Sigma 2 putters will help you nail that hole

    In a time where custom fitting of golf clubs is becoming the norm – where players of all abilities are looking to have their club flexes, shaft weights and spin rates tweaked – there's one particular club that is very often over-looked. Yet this club is probably the most important wh...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • These airport VIP services make flying a breeze

    How much would you pay to skip the security and customs lines at the airport? Easing the pain of jet-setting is a promise that a growing number of "airport concierge" companies are making to frequent fliers, whether they’re departing or arriving. These concierge companies are a fast-growin...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • How to choose the best Qantas business class seats for your flight

    Qantas flies a total of six different types of jets on international routes, with widely varying business class seats – so your experience at the pointy end can depend heavily on which particular plane you're on. In the case of the larger Qantas hubs such as Sydney and Melbourne, traveller...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2018 18 Comments

  • Aston Martin DBX soft-roader breaks cover ahead of 2020 debut

    The wild woods of Wales are hosting a very different beastie as Aston Martin begins testing of its first SUV, the DBX. Prototypes of the high-powered family hauler are being run over well-known rally stages in the to accelerate development of the DBX, which is not scheduled for an official lau...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Earn points paying your business expenses (including tax and super)

    If you’re looking to aggressively boost your frequent flyer points balance, RewardPay lets you earn reward points on almost any transaction your business makes – depending on your circumstances, this can add up to millions of points a year and get you flying at the pointy end of the p...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qantas CEO dials back Project Sunrise expectations

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the airline will choose between the Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777X within the next 12 months as partners in its non-stop Project Sunrise flights to London and New York. However, regardless of the jet chosen to make those marathon 18-20 hour treks, there’s no lo...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2018 28 Comments

  • Novotel Melbourne Central quietly opens its door for guests

    Melbourne’s newest dual-branded hotel is now welcoming guests, after the soft opening of the Novotel Melbourne Central and the ibis Melbourne Central on 12 November. Located within a 35-story tower on 399 Little Lonsdale St, travellers will be at the doorstep of Melbourne Central station, ...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • What could you do with 120,000 Qantas frequent flyer points?

    With some of Australia's highest credit card sign-up deals pumping out offers of up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points right now, there's plenty you could do with that bounty. Whether your travels take you within Australia, to New Zealand, up to Asia or even to London or New York, we show some of th...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2018 10 Comments

  • Review: how well do the new Bose Sleepbuds actually work?

    Bose is best known for its noise-cancelling headphones, but the Sleepbuds take a different twist – they’re designed to entirely block out noise. Instead of noise-cancelling, think snore-cancelling and just-about-anything-else-cancelling, with the sole purpose of helping you get to sl...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2018 7 Comments

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