• First photos: Virgin Australia's all-new Brisbane international lounge

    Virgin Australia will open its own lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal for business class travellers and top-tier frequent flyers. Dubbed My Lounge and operated by UK-based No1 Lounges – which will also take over Etihad's Sydney and Melbourne lounges, and open the...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 9 Comments

  • Virgin Australia reveals new 'international lounge network'

    Virgin Australia will shift to the Etihad Airways lounges at Sydney and Melbourne, with those lounges being rebranded as The House, while also adding an all-new Brisbane space called My Lounge to its network. Travellers on Virgin flights from New Zealand will have access to the third-party Strat...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 41 Comments

  • Photos: British Airways' new first class lounge at New York JFK

    British Airways' first class lounge at New York's JFK Airport is the poor cousin no longer, after an extensive make-over to the same 'new lounge look' as its siblings in Rome and Aberdeen. At some 60 per cent larger than its former self, the 510m² (5,480ft²) footprint is designed aro...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2018 11 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific trials pay-your-way access to business class lounges

    IN BRIEF | Cathay Pacific is now letting passengers pay their way into a handful of its airport lounges under a six-month trial. Premium economy and economy passengers who don't hold lounge-worthy frequent flyer status can pony up HK$600 – that's a whopping A$108 – to cool their heel...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2018 13 Comments

  • Etihad rethinks future of its airport lounges under The House brand

    Etihad Airways is expected to rebadge several of its airport lounges under a new offshoot brand known as The House, with those lounges being operated by London-based lounge provider No1. As reported yesterday, the first of these will be Etihad's business and first class lounge at London Heathrow...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 8 Comments

  • Etihad is closing its London Heathrow T4 business, first class lounge

    Etihad Airways will abandon its London Heathrow business and first class lounge as the airline continues to tighten its belt, with independent airport lounge chain No1 taking over the upscale space this month. The UK-based company also runs pay-your-way-in lounges at Heathrow Terminal 3, Ga...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 25 Comments

  • A business traveller's guide to Perth's airport lounges

    With four terminals catering to a mix of domestic and international flights, Perth Airport hosts no fewer than 11 airline lounges for well-heeled business travellers to relax and work. Here's where you'll find them, what's on offer and how to gain access. Perth Airport: which terminal? The eas...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • American Express opens new Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Forth Worth

    There's now an appealing lounge option for Qantas passengers flying out of Dallas/Fort Worth on QF8, with the opening of DFW's newest American Express Centurion Lounge. Located at Terminal D – the same as used by the Qantas flights – near gate D12, the new AMEX Centurion Lounge is ...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2018 5 Comments

  • Your guide to Melbourne Airport's international business class lounges

    Melbourne's international terminal features no less than eight lounges for business class passengers, and with some boarding passes unlocking not just one, but several pre-flight lounges, it pays to know all your options. For example, Qantas business class passengers may naturally gravitate to t...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 22 Comments

  • Air New Zealand revamps Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch lounges

    Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will revamp or replace five of its New Zealand domestic airport lounges over the next two years, covering facilities in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Tauranga. At the centre of the NZD$60 million works will be an all-new Regional Lounge at Au...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific opens its San Francisco lounge to Qantas business class

    Many Qantas travellers flying out of San Francisco are now enjoying an upgraded lounge experience courtesy of Oneworld sibling Cathay Pacific. While a formal lounge access arrangement has yet to be signed, Qantas check-in staff at San Francisco Airport are directing business class passengers, al...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 10 Comments

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

    Spring is finally here, and that means another seasonal refresh for the Rockpool dining room menu at the Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. Australian Business Traveller had the opportunity to sample several of the new dishes ahead of our flight from Melbourne to San Francisco, and he...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2018 9 Comments

  • What it's really like inside the Qantas Chairman's Lounge

    There’s a lot of secrecy surrounding the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, and rightly so. Membership to this invitation-only club can’t be earned by any amount of flying, and unless you’re a titan of industry, government, or showbusiness, you probably won’t find an invitati...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2018 21 Comments

  • Qantas opens all-new Melbourne domestic business class lounge

    Qantas has opened its all-new Melbourne Domestic Business Lounge, with business class passengers and Platinum-grade frequent flyers set to enjoy a smart and spacious upgrade to the previously tired and cramped quarters. The lounge is styled as a 'supper club' with Qantas citing dark tones and so...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2018 19 Comments

  • Qantas to revamp Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Hobart airport lounges

    Qantas will plough some of its record $1.6b pre-tax profit from the 2018 financial year into a revamp of it international lounges at Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo, along with expanding its recently-opened Brisbane lounge, while domestic lounges at Hobart and Tamworth will also see a refresh. Here's...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 28 Comments

  • Priority Pass increases airport lounge access prices

    The Priority Pass airport lounge program will increase the standard cost of lounge visits from US$27 to US$32 from 18 September 2018. However, the spend at selected restaurants, bars and bistros at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast airports will remain pegged at $36 rather than increase...

    POSTED 20 Aug, 2018 7 Comments

  • Save up to $497 on Qantas Club with ANZ's Frequent Flyer Black Visa

    Want to save up to $497 on the cost of your Qantas Club membership, with the added opportunity of earning uncapped frequent flyer points on your everyday spends plus a bonus 120,000 Qantas Points and also 75 bonus Status Credits? It’s easy – get your hands on the ANZ Frequent Flyer B...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2018 3 Comments

  • United hopes to open London Heathrow Polaris lounge by mid-2019

    United Airlines is aiming to open its new Polaris business class lounge at London's Heathrow Airport by the middle of 2019. Airline CEO  Oscar Munoz confirmed the tentative timetable, saying the upmarket lounge at Heathrow's Terminal 2 would lay out its welcome mat "hopefully the first half...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • From chic to boutique: how four airport lounges found their look

    The business class experience isn't restricted to above the clouds. Airport lounges are also raising the bar, not just in what they offer but the environment they create for high flyers while on the ground. Here are four lounges with their own unique look and feel. Qantas: contemporary class Qa...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qantas Platinum, Gold frequent flyers get AirNZ lounge access

    Qantas’ top-tier frequent flyers will have access to Air New Zealand’s network of domestic lounges when flying with Air New Zealand from 28 October 2018 as the partnership between the Aussie and Kiwi carriers kicks into gear. Card-carrying Qantas Gold, Platinum Platinum One and of co...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2018 8 Comments

  • Which Qantas lounges can Air New Zealand Airpoints Golds, Elites use?

    Air New Zealand's Airpoints frequent flyers will enjoy have access to Qantas Clubs around Australia under the newly-forged alliance between the two airlines. As of October 28, 2018, Airpoints Elite and Gold members booked on a codeshare flight with Qantas will find the doors swing open for them ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2018 10 Comments

  • Inside the latest Swiss Business and Senator lounges at Zurich Airport

    Swiss is known for its uniquely stylish lounges, and the newest additions to its home at Zurich Airport only serve to cement that reputation. There are two lounges in what the Star Alliance member calls Lounge Centre A, both intended to serve travellers on short-range flights within Europe. ...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Air France's new Paris CDG business class lounge is travel très chic

    Air France’s all-new business class lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E is now open, and with everything from a cocktail bar to a Clarins spa we expect travellers won’t mind too much if their flight is delayed. Indeed, even assuming that everything will ru...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2018 7 Comments

  • Qantas Club members lose access to Singapore lounge until September

    Continued over-crowding at the Qantas Singapore Lounge will see all Qantas Club members redirected to the nearby SATS Premier Lounge until September, although they'll pocket a bonus 5,000 Qantas Points for the inconvenience. As previously detailed by Australian Business Traveller, Qantas ha...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 110 Comments

  • Your guide to Star Alliance business class lounges at Bangkok Airport

    Flying internationally from Bangkok with Thai Airways, or on another Star Alliance airline like Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines or Turkish Airlines? You’re spoiled for lounges at Bangkok Airport, with up to nine to choose from depending on your itinerary and Star Alliance status. Better yet,...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 2 Comments

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