• Airlines are transforming their airport lounges into restaurants

    "You've got to try the burger." That was the counsel of Kurt Stache, a veteran of airport dining and airline marketing, while briefing me on the various attributes of recent renovations his employer, American Airlines, has completed at New York’s JFK International Airport. This particular...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin's newest 'airport' lounge is actually on a beach

    Who ever said that a departures lounge had to be an at airport? Certainly not Sir Richard Branson or the Virgin Atlantic team, if the airline's latest 'lounge' is anything to go by. Yes, that's a beach – specifically Brownes Beach in Barbados, where Virgin Atlantic and Virgin H...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2017 4 Comments

  • Qantas London Heathrow lounge opening now "September/October"

    Qantas doesn't expect to cut the ribbon to its new London Heathrow airport lounge until late 2017, representing a delay of six months beyond the original promise of a March opening for the split-level space. A source associated with the lounge's construction tells Australian Business...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2017 39 Comments

  • Virgin Australia lounge access for VA6 Brisbane-bound LAX flyers

    Virgin Australia has finally arranged LAX lounge access for travellers on Saturday's VA6 flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane. As of this Saturday June 10, business class passengers and Platinum and Gold Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to grab a light breakfast or brunch at the Los A...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2017 20 Comments

  • American Airlines boosts ConciergeKey lounge access perks

    Members of American Airlines’ invitation-only ConciergeKey program can now enjoy access to AA Flagship Lounges prior to all US domestic and international flights with American or its Oneworld airline partners: a benefit previously off-limits when flying within North America. It’s a c...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • These credit cards get you Qantas Club airport lounge access

    You'd normally need a business class ticket or a Gold frequent flyer card to get through the door at one of Qantas' many Australian and international airport lounges – but if your wallet packs the right credit card, this can also be your Golden Ticket to the Qantas Club lounges. That&rsquo...

    POSTED 29 May, 2017 7 Comments

  • Photos: American Airlines unveils new Flagship Lounge in New York

    American Airlines passengers flying from New York’s JFK Airport can now unwind in what is the first of many newly-refurbished Flagship Lounges for the airline. Along with a brand new look and feel, the space also broadens its door list – now welcoming AA’s international and tra...

    POSTED 26 May, 2017 10 Comments

  • Qatar Airways now sells access to Doha Al Mourjan business lounge

    Qatar Airways has joined Gulf neighbours Emirates and Etihad in letting travellers pay their way into its Doha airport lounges even if they're not flying in business class. The airline has pegged entry to its opulent Al Mourjan business class lounge (below) at 450 Qatari Riyals, or A$1...

    POSTED 25 May, 2017 10 Comments

  • Air New Zealand opens new lounge at Palmerston North Airport

    Top-tier frequent flyers jetting from Palmerston North Airport in New Zealand can now relax in an all-new Air New Zealand lounge, being almost twice as large as the space that preceded it. It’s a welcome development for travellers visiting the city on business – particularly those wo...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 3 Comments

  • Photos: Qantas opens new Karratha Airport lounge

    Qantas passengers flying through Karratha Airport will find a new Qantas Regional Lounge awaiting their departure from May 18, now located upstairs past security screening. The new space offers seating for up to 80 guests being nearly three times as large as the lounge it replaces, incorporati...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 13 Comments

  • Priority Pass members get 'sleep pod' privileges in Dubai

    Priority Pass members can now catch some shut-eye in between flights at Dubai International Airport with a new wing of ‘sleep pods’ joining the program, which cardholders can visit in lieu of a more traditional airport lounge. Found near Gate A1 in Terminal 3 – the same used by...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines closes Kuala Lumpur lounges for upgrades

    UPDATE | Malaysia Airlines is temporarily closing two of its home hub lounges in Kuala Lumpur as it completes extensive refurbishment works to breathe new life into the spaces. MAS' regional Golden Lounge in KLIA's Main Terminal is up first – primarily used by passengers on shorter interna...

    POSTED 11 May, 2017 22 Comments

  • Pics: Qantas' Perth international lounge for Boeing 787 flights

    Travellers on Qantas' non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights – as well as more pedestrian trips to Singapore and Auckland – will soon be starting their trip from a swish new international lounge with an outdoor terrace and a suitably Aussie-themed BBQ area. The lounge's p...

    POSTED 9 May, 2017 61 Comments

  • Which Australian credit cards have Priority Pass lounge access?

    Q: Do any Australian credit cards include free membership to the Priority Pass airport lounge program? Five Aussie credit cards come with Priority Pass membership, which can then open the doors to over 1,000 airport lounges around the world – as well as provide a $36 credit in selected Syd...

    POSTED 9 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Etihad now offers paid entry to its Abu Dhabi first class lounge

    Etihad has opened the doors of its flagship Abu Dhabi first class lounge to any passenger with US$200 (A$266) to spare, or just US$100 (A$133) if you hold Etihad Guest Gold membership and are travelling in business class. The Gulf airline's move follows its decision earlier this year to allow pa...

    POSTED 2 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • 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 22 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

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