• Cathay Pacific reconsidering Sydney, Melbourne airport lounges

    Cathay Pacific is rethinking how its own lounges fit into Australia's two major airports of Sydney and Melbourne, which between them host seven daily flights to Hong Kong – with four of those on the airline's passenger-packing Boeing 777-300ER flagship. The Oneworld member already operates...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2017 9 Comments

  • Qantas' new Brisbane business class lounge opens March 11

    Qantas will open its all-new business class lounge at Brisbane Airport's domestic terminal on Saturday March 11, with passengers also enjoying a new 'premium lounge entry' to fast-track their way to the lounge from a dedicated kerbside drop-off point to the lounge. [update: Qantas has pushed bac...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Qantas pushes back London Heathrow lounge opening to mid-year

    Qantas doesn't expect to cut the ribbon to its new London Heathrow airport lounge until the middle of 2017, representing a delay of up to four months beyond the original promise of a March opening for the split-level space. Australian Business Traveller understands that the Qantas London ...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2017 33 Comments

  • United Airlines lays out Polaris business class lounge roadmap

    United Airlines will open five new Polaris business class lounges this year, including Newark, Los Angeles and London, to be followed by Hong Kong and Tokyo in 2018. The Star Alliance member's roadmap for the coming 24 months lists nine airport lounges in total, although two of those &nda...

    POSTED 9 Feb, 2017 4 Comments

  • Qantas: new Perth international lounge for Boeing 787 flights

    Qantas has confirmed plans to open a new Perth International Lounge in early 2018 to cater for its non-stop Boeing 787 flights between Perth and London. The lounge will adopt the same 'premium' position as Qantas international lounges at Singapore, Hong Kong and most recently ...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2017 49 Comments

  • Air New Zealand to open Star Alliance lounge at Perth Airport

    Air New Zealand will open its first-ever airport lounge in Perth later this year as part of the airline's $100 million lounge development program. Sharing similar design DNA to AirNZ's other new lounges in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland, travellers can expect to relax in a modern space before the...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2017 18 Comments

  • Photos: Qatar Airways opens new Paris Charles de Gaulle lounge

    Oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways now boasts its own luxury business class and first class lounge at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, with seating for more than 200 guests. Located in Terminal 1 and spanning over 1,000 square metres, it’s a significant upgrade from the Air Fran...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 11 Comments

  • American Airlines overhauls Flagship Lounges, AA lounge access

    American Airlines is revamping its network of airport lounges across the USA, but there's room for plenty of confusion surrounding the changes. The Qantas partner's top-tier Flagship Lounges are temporarily getting a new name during the refurbishment, and will welcome a larger group of traveller...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 18 Comments

  • Pay to use Emirates business class, first class lounges at Dubai

    Emirates will now let weary travellers pay their way into its Dubai airport lounges, regardless of their frequent flyer status or class of travel. The Gulf airline and Qantas partner is charging US$100 (A$133) for four hours' access to its business class lounges, and US$200  (A$266) for the...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 17 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity Gold flyers lose LAX lounge access

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold frequent flyers will no longer enjoy airport lounge access at Los Angeles prior to Virgin's flights to Australia when travelling in premium economy or economy class. It's a tough blow for travellers who are about to make the long overnight trek ...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2017 55 Comments

  • New Cathay Pacific lounges for Hong Kong, Singapore in 2017

    Cathay Pacific will roll out the welcome mat for new airport lounges in Hong Kong and Singapore in the second half of this year. It's a slightly less hectic roadmap than 2016, which saw the Oneworld airline open its flagship The Pier Business Class lounge at Hong Kong (a partner to the chic The ...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2017 3 Comments

  • Emirates lounge access for Malaysia Airlines first, business

    Malaysia Airlines first class and business class passengers can now enjoy access to Emirates airport lounges worldwide. It's one of the lesser-known benefits of the codeshare partnership between the Gulf colossus and the Malaysian flag-carrier, but there it sits, right on the MAS website... A...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2017 5 Comments

  • New Qantas, AirNZ and Singapore Airlines lounges for 2017

    2017 will bring business travellers and frequent flyers plenty of new airport lounges where they can cool their heels pre-flight. March will see Qantas open two new lounges on the opposite sides of the globe, in Brisbane and London. Brisbane is set for a new Qantas Business Lounge, wi...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2017 17 Comments

  • The Qantas transit guide to Emirates' Dubai Airport first class lounge

    Hundreds of travellers jet to London each day on Qantas' flagship QF1 and QF9 flights from Sydney and Melbourne, with a stopover at the sprawling Dubai airport – and hundreds more shuttle back to Australia on the QF2 and QF10 return trips. The stopover at Dubai is relatively short, at leas...

    POSTED 29 Dec, 2016 19 Comments

  • Six airport arrivals lounges that let high flyers land in style

    It's been a long flight, and officially an overnight one at that. You land at 6am, and despite a decent nap in your business class seat you still feel a bit rough around the edges. You probably look it, too. That's when your first stop should be an airport's arrivals lounge to refresh and refue...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2016 11 Comments

  • Qantas previews Virgin-esque 'Premium Lounge Entry' for Brisbane

    Qantas will debut a new Premium Lounge Entry at Brisbane Airport's domestic terminal from March 2017, with selected travellers enjoying a 'fast-track' experience from a dedicated airport drop-off point to the lounge. Passengers will find a dedicated check-in area with baggage drop, security scre...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2016 17 Comments

  • Virgin Australia changes airport lounge access in Los Angeles

    EXCLUSIVE | High-flying Virgin Australia passengers jetting home from Los Angeles will soon use a new airport lounge at LAX, under revised plans which take effect from next week. From Monday December 19, the airline’s Velocity Platinum members will shift from the Star Alliance First Class ...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2016 32 Comments

  • Qantas Sydney & Melbourne first class lounge menu, Summer 2016-17

    Starting your next international flight from the Qantas First Lounge at Sydney or Melbourne? Then you'll want to sample the highlights of the seasonal summer menu, which will be available on an all-day dining basis through to the end of February 2017. Here's a rundown of the new dishes, and at t...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2016 13 Comments

  • Photos: new Star Alliance Rio de Janeiro business class lounge

    Contemporary yet 'local' design, a live cooking station and a well-stocked tended bar – this must be another Star Alliance lounge. And indeed it is – this time at Rio de Janeiro's Galeão - Tom Jobim International Airport terminal 2. It's the sixth Star Alliance-branded loun...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2016 1 Comment

  • Qantas clarifies access rules for LAX first class lounge

    Staff at Qantas’ Los Angeles First Lounge are in for a refresher course on the rules covering lounge access, following reports that top-tier frequent flyers from American Airlines have been denied entry for spurious reasons. Those travellers turned away have been Executive Platinum members...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2016 21 Comments

  • Airport lounges embrace bespoke work-friendly 'pods'

    Stop by the newest airport lounges of Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines and you'll spy a special breed of furniture made with today's business traveller in mind. It's the work pod: a custom-designed seat which doubles as a temporary pre-flight workspace. That means a wide, ...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 8 Comments

  • 10 things you'll love about United's new Polaris airport lounges

    United Airlines has opened the first of its new Polaris business class lounges at the airlines' Chicago hub, providing travellers with a taste of what's to come as the Polaris lounge network spreads around the world. The lounges represent the ground component of the airline's ambitious Po...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2016 16 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines to close San Francisco airport lounge

    Singapore Airlines will close its San Francisco SilverKris airport lounge in 2017 in order to create a massive split-level Polaris business class lounge for Star Alliance partner United Airlines. United's new Polaris lounge – which will be built in the footprint of the current United Clu...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2016 11 Comments

  • United Airlines reveals new United Club at LAX Terminal 7

    This week's big lounge news will be the debut of United Airlines' first Polaris business class lounge at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport – but that doesn't mean the rolling upgrade of the United Club lounges has fallen by the wayside. As if to prove that point, United this week cut ...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2016 2 Comments

  • Photos: Cathay Pacific's new London Heathrow lounge

    Cathay Pacific has opened the doors to its new but much-delayed first class and business class lounge at London's Heathrow Terminal 3. The London lounge take its familiar design cues from the Hong Kong flagship lounges The Pier, with a warm residential vibe created by CX lounge designer Ilse C...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

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