• Is Emirates' Dubai business class lounge worth $100 to visit?

    Emirates now lets travellers in economy buy their way into the airline's flagship business class lounge at Dubai for just US$100 (A$134) – but is it worth the asking price? Emirates' business class lounge certainly ticks all the boxes for a weary traveller in transit. That includes c...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2017 10 Comments

  • Air New Zealand's new Melbourne Airport lounge opening May 9

    Air New Zealand will open its all-new Melbourne Airport lounge on May 9, completing the airline's trans-Tasman lounge network which has seen swish business class lounges open in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. The Melbourne lounge will share the same modern design as its siblings, and is als...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 19 Comments

  • New Cathay Pacific lounges for Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Seoul

    It's been a busy few years for the team behind Cathay Pacific’s impressive new-look airport lounges. Flagship first class and business class lounges sporting a contemporary upmarket Ilse Crawford design have opened their doors at Hong Kong and London’s Heathrow airport, with smaller ...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • New Qantas Regional Lounge opens in Coffs Harbour

    Qantas passengers flying from Coffs Harbour can now await their departure in a brand new Qantas Regional Lounge, being 25% larger than the airport’s previous lounge space and with room for up to 40 guests. The new lounge introduces bright colours to complement the usual ‘natural timb...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • British Airways to upgrade London Heathrow lounges

    British Airways will embark on a million-pound makeover for its flagship first class and business class airport lounges at London Heathrow's T5 terminal in the next few years. The first class and business class lounges will inherit an evolution of the new-look BA lounge design applied to the air...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • Why publicity hounds want the privacy of a $560 airport lounge

    With his bouffant hair, sequin-encrusted gowns, flaming red lips, and painted-on eyebrows, Harald Gloeoeckler has made a career out of being instantly recognizable, at least in his native Germany. Sometimes, though, even publicity hounds such as Gloeoeckler want a bit of privacy and are willing ...

    POSTED 31 Mar, 2017 1 Comment

  • Qantas will keep Perth T1 international lounge open after 2018

    IN BRIEF | Qantas will continue to operate its international lounge at Perth Airport's T1 terminal for partner airlines including Oneworld members Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways, even after an all-new Qantas International Lounge at Perth's T3 terminal opens its doors in early 2018. Qantas...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • Who can access the American Express Sydney Airport lounge?

    If your wallet packs a shiny American Express credit card or charge card, you may be able to stop by the American Express lounge at Sydney Airport before your next international flight. Best of all, you don’t need a business class ticket or a Gold or Platinum frequent flyer membership &nda...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2017 24 Comments

  • Five tips for your stay in a 'silent' airport lounge

    While most airport lounges buzz with boarding announcements – something which I find quite enjoyable, with each flight whisking fellow travellers on their way – every now and again you stumble into a 'silent lounge'. That's a lounge where no flight announcements are made. ...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2017 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia brings back Velocity Gold lounge access at LAX

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold frequent flyers will once again enjoy airport lounge access in Los Angeles prior to their flights back to Sydney, Brisbane and soon Melbourne. Since one of Virgin's many recent 'lounge shuffles', Velocity Gold members have been stuck out in the airport...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 27 Comments

  • Etihad Airways now lets you pay your way into its airport lounges

    Etihad Airways now lets economy passengers pay to access its airport lounges, following similar moves by Gulf neighbour and rival Emirates. Lounges covered by the scheme include Etihad's business class lounges at Abu Dhabi terminals 1 and 3, as well as the premium 'first and business class' loun...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 11 Comments

  • Emirates now allows paid guest entry at worldwide airport lounges

    Emirates already lets economy class passengers pay their way into the airline's flagship business class and first class lounges at Dubai. Now the Gulf powerhouse and Qantas partner is extending the scheme across its global lounge network, although at this stage not everybody can walk up and wave...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 15 Comments

  • American Airlines to open new Admiral's Club at LAX T5

    American Airlines will open a new Admiral's Club at LAX T5 in the middle of this year, following the airline's move into the terminal space previously occupied by Delta Air Lines. A spokesperson for American Airlines confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the Oneworld member and Qantas ...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2017 3 Comments

  • New Swiss first class lounge at Zurich; Business, Senator upgrade

    Swiss will open an all-new first class lounge at Zurich Airport by the end of this year, to be followed by upgrades for its existing Business Class and Senator Lounges in Zurich's Terminal A. The lounges represent an investment of 15 million Swiss Francs (A$19.5 million) in "premium ground ...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qantas moving to digital lounge passes for credit cards

    It's out with paper and in with pixels as Qantas moves its single-use airport lounge passes from paper slips to digital invites. Wallet-sized lounge passes, which can be used to access any domestic Qantas Club and most Qantas international business class lounges (excluding Los Angeles), are curr...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2017 9 Comments

  • The first class airport lounge with its own 'hotel rooms'

    Business travellers spend plenty of time at airport lounges and airport hotels – but what about an airport lounge with its own hotel rooms? Welcome to Swiss' flagship first class lounge at Zurich. The Star Alliance member's newest and most impressive lounge, located at Zurich Airport's Co...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 4 Comments

  • Qantas opens Premium Lounge Entry at Brisbane Airport

    Alongside Qantas' new Brisbane domestic business class lounge open from today, frequent flyers can also enjoy a fast-track experience from the airport's departures hall to the lounge. Dubbed a Premium Lounge Entry, it's located at the far left end of the domestic terminal alongside the curr...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2017 13 Comments

  • Inside the new Qantas Brisbane domestic business class lounge

    Qantas’ all-new Brisbane domestic business class lounge is the centrepiece of a revamped Qantas lounge precinct at the airport, with passengers also enjoying a ‘premium lounge entry' to fast-track their way to the upmarket digs. Brisbane’s new Qantas business lounge follows a...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • Qantas passengers now have four Bangkok lounges to choose from

    Qantas closed its dedicated lounge at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in late 2015 but with new lounges from Oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines, along with Qantas' own global alliance partner Emirates, travellers have a surprising amount of choice before waving bye-bye to BKK...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2017 10 Comments

  • 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 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

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