• Malaysia Airlines' first, business class Golden Lounges re-open Feb 20

    Malaysia Airlines will open its new-look Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday February 20. Located in the airport's satellite terminal, which is used for international flights, the revamped Golden Lounge will contain two wings. The Platinum Lounge – also known as KLIA Satellite Plat...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2018 14 Comments

  • Revisiting Cathay Pacific's The Wing first class lounge at Hong Kong

    The Wing is one of Cathay Pacific's two flagship airport lounges at Hong Kong, with the upscale first class lounge unveiled five years ago this month in what was then Cathay's benchmark in 'luxury travel'. Of course, both the first class and business class sections of The Wing now stand in the...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 16 Comments

  • Who can use Virgin Australia Premium Entry in Sydney, Brisbane?

    Virgin Australia Premium Entry offers high-flying passengers quite literally a private entrance to the terminal at Sydney and Brisbane airports, dedicated security screening facilities and direct access to the Virgin Australia lounge, but the door list here is much more restrictive than the loung...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2018 26 Comments

  • Oneworld lounge access: why some frequent flyers are shut out

    Access to airport lounges around the world is a cornerstone benefit of building up frequent flyer status within a particular airline alliance, and it's the one which business travellers appreciate the most. In the case of the Oneworld alliance – which counts Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Malaysi...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2018 24 Comments

  • Qantas' new Perth Airport lounge is only for Boeing 787 passengers

    When Qantas opens its all-new Perth international lounge or March 24, it will be branded as an 'International Transit Lounge' – and with good reason. The lounge will be available only to travellers in transit on those non-stop Boeing 787 flights between Perth and London, according to Qanta...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2018 39 Comments

  • United's Polaris lounges for London, Hong Kong, Tokyo now 2019-2020?

    United Airlines has pushed back the opening of its swish new Polaris business class airport lounges for London, Hong Kong and Tokyo to at least 2019, with the possibility those could slip into 2020. The Star Alliance member previously pegged each of those lounges – which form the ground co...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Qantas axes a prized perk of elite Chairmans Lounge status

    Members of Qantas' invitation-only Chairmans Lounge have long enjoyed an exclusive and highly-prized perk: they can turn up and use the luxury lounge, with its à la carte menu and private meeting rooms, even when they're flying with one of Qantas' competitors. The same applies to the su...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2018 31 Comments

  • Etihad closes first class, business class Style & Shave salons

    Etihad Airways has closed the Style & Shave salons at its flagship first class and business class airport lounges at Abu Dhabi, the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures taken by the Gulf airline which once wowed the aviation world with its indulgent A380 Residence 'flying penthouse'. ...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2018 22 Comments

  • Qantas' new Perth international business class lounge to open March 24

    Qantas will open its all-new international business class lounge at Perth Airport on March 24, ahead of the same-day departure of the first non-stop Boeing 787 flight to London at 6.50pm. Airline CEO Mr Alan Joyce will do some ribbon-cutting, speech-making and glass-raising before setting out on...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2018 12 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines extends opening hours of Sydney lounge

    IN BRIEF | Singapore Airlines will keep its Sydney SilverKris business class and first class lounges open until late evenings from May 1, in keeping with the start of the new SQ288 overnight flight to Singapore via Canberra. That flight leaves Sydney at 9.20pm, so the airline's lounge will push ...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2018 2 Comments

  • New Air France business class lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle

    Air France's new business class lounge concept at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport adopts a vibrant upmarket design with a twist: a 'wellness zone' incorporating a Clarins spa, private saunas, sleep suites and even a detox bar. Spread across 2,180m² in Hall L at Terminal 2, the lounge ...

    POSTED 26 Jan, 2018 1 Comment

  • Cathay Pacific to close Hong Kong’s The Cabin lounge

    EXCLUSIVE | Cathay Pacific will pull down the shutters on The Cabin lounge at Hong Kong airport in April 2018, closing the business class lounge once its newer sibling The Deck opens in March. Australian Business Traveller was informed of plans for The Cabin's closure through two sources invol...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 13 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's new Hong Kong lounge The Deck to open March 2018

    UPDATE | Cathay Pacific's new Hong Kong airport lounge The Deck will open by March 2018, the airline says. The revised timetable – pushed back from a previously planned ribbon-cutting in January – means the lounge won't be ready to help Cathay cope with the busy Chinese New Year peri...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2018 1 Comment

  • American Express Centurion Lounge to open at New York's JFK Airport

    New York’s JFK Airport is finally getting an American Express Centurion Lounge, and it’ll be the largest in the elite AMEX lounge network. Split across two levels with a footprint of almost 1,400m² the new Centurion Lounge is slated to open at JFK Terminal 4 in early 2019 and ...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2018 1 Comment

  • First photos: Korean Air's new Seoul Terminal 2 airport lounges

    Korean Air opens new first class, business class and frequent flyer lounges at Seoul's Incheon Airport Terminal 2 when the airline shifts its flights from T12 to T2 on January 18, 2018. The First Class Lounge, appropriately enough, is restricted to first class flyers – who'll start their j...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2018 3 Comments

  • How to get airport lounge access when flying premium economy

    Premium economy trumps ‘regular’ economy in many ways, but one aspect commonly missing from the equation is airport lounge access – a perk typically reserved for business class passengers instead. However, you don’t have to sit out in the terminal: there are many ways to ...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2018 7 Comments

  • Should you tip the staff in US airport lounges?

    TALKING POINT | Tipping is a way of life in the United States, and while most people understand the need to tip in bars and restaurants, should you also be tipping the staff in airport lounges who do practically the same thing – even if what you’re eating or drinking is provided for &...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2018 62 Comments

  • Etihad cuts Melbourne lounge entry fee, now sells access to VIP room

    Etihad Airways has dropped the price for walk-up access to its Melbourne Airport lounge, while also making the private VIP room – previously reserved for high flyers on the Airbus A380's extravagant three-room Residence suite – available for a flat $40 fee. Members of the airl...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2018 12 Comments

  • Lufthansa adds paid spa treatments to First Class, Senator lounges

    IN BRIEF | Lufthansa hopes that travellers flying out of Frankfurt will feel less stressed and more spoiled following the debut of a day spa at the airport's first class and Senator lounges. Run by the CHI-MAS Institute, the spa areas offer a wide range of services from massage and facials ...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 2 Comments

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

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Hundreds of ...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2017 40 Comments

  • Visiting Emirates' Moët & Chandon Champagne bar in Dubai

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Nestled in E...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 7 Comments

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

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Emirates now...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 24 Comments

  • American Express to open Melbourne Airport lounge in early 2018

    UPDATE | The opening of the new American Express lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international T2 terminal has been pushed back to early 2018. American Express had hoped to roll out the red carpet next month, marking the second lounge in its Australian network following its popular ...

    POSTED 23 Dec, 2017 20 Comments

  • Inside Fiji Airways' new Nadi Airport Premier Lounge

    Fiji Airways' new Premier Lounge at Nadi International Airport is now open to the airline's business class passengers, members of its Tabua Club and eligible Qantas frequent flyers. Lighter, brighter and better-appointed, this is a welcome upgrade from the old lounge and more prop...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2017 13 Comments

  • These five pods turn airport lounges into smart workspaces

    Stop by some of 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 ...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2017 4 Comments

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