• 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 12 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 15 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 4 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 10 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 26 Comments

  • Qantas may build new Perth lounge for its Boeing 787 flights

    Travellers on Qantas' non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights – as well as more pedestrian trips to Singapore and Auckland – could soon be starting their trip from a swish new international lounge. As part of the Perth-London play, which will see a Boeing 787 darting daily betw...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2016 33 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 12 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

  • Cathay Pacific's new London Heathrow airport lounges open Monday

    Cathay Pacific's new but much-delayed  first class and business class lounges at London's Heathrow Terminal 3 will open their doors to travellers on Monday November 28. Photo gallery: see the first photos of Cathay Pacific's new London lounges The revised date marks a full year since the f...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 16 Comments

  • Emirates to close Singapore lounge to April 2017 for make-over

    Emirates will shutter its Singapore airport lounge from 1 December 2016 to April 2017 in order to upgrade the space to the airline's latest look. The overhaul will see new furnishings and fittings similar to the recently-revamped Melbourne Airport lounge (below). So where will the airlin...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2016 14 Comments

  • British Airways to upgrade New York business, first class lounges

    British Airways will spend upwards of US$65 million (A$88m) over the next five years to upgrade its check-in, security screening and boarding gate facilities at New York JFK’s Terminal 7, along with its Galleries business class and first class lounges. Fellow Oneworld alliance members Qant...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2016 8 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific in no hurry to upgrade Hong Kong Arrivals lounge

    Cathay Pacific's rolling roster of new and revamped lounges doesn't include its crowded Hong Kong Airport arrivals lounge, which has long been bursting at the seams with business travellers. Outside from very early morning arrivals – including the overnight CX138 service from Sydney, ...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2016 2 Comments

  • First glimpse: new SkyTeam alliance lounge in Beijing

    Passengers departing Beijing’s Capital Airport on SkyTeam international flights can soon relax in a new SkyTeam-branded lounge, set to open in the coming weeks. A significant notch above what you’d normally expect to find in a Chinese airport, the facility offers seating for up to ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • Sydney Airport's five best international business class lounges

    Business class travellers and high-ranking frequent flyers enjoy access to some great lounges at Sydney Airport's international terminal. Here are T1's top five business class lounges. 1. Etihad Airways Premium Lounge As a single lounge shared by first class and business class passengers, the...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2016 21 Comments

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