• Access the Qantas LAX lounges before an American Airlines flight

    You've just stepped off a Qantas flight to Los Angeles, with a connecting American Airlines flight to a domestic US destination still to go... but that doesn't mean you have to make do with AA's pedestrian Admirals Club lounge at LAX. Provided there's enough time between those QF and AA flights,...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2017 32 Comments

  • Melbourne gets pay-to-access Marhaba airport lounge

    Melbourne Airport's international terminal will see its first pay-to-enter lounge with the opening of the new Marhaba lounge on September 12, 2017. Part of the Marhaba lounge network operated by the Emirates-owned Dnata air services group, passengers who lack access to an airline-spe...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2017 40 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific to open new Singapore Terminal 4 lounge on Oct 31

    Cathay Pacific expects to open its all-new lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 4 on October 31. It's the airline's first dedicated lounge at Singapore, with the business class lounge rolling out the red carpet the same day as the Oneworld member's flights shift from T1 to T4. "We ...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2017 9 Comments

  • What will Qantas first class flyers get at the Singapore lounge?

    With Qantas swapping Dubai for Singapore as the stopover for its flagship Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and London, what's in store for first class travellers at the airline's Singapore lounge? Australian Business Traveller understands that passengers booked into first class on the Qantas s...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2017 39 Comments

  • Photos: Virgin Australia gets new Hong Kong airport lounge

    Virgin Australia passengers have a new lounge to enjoy at Hong Kong International Airport as alliance partner Hong Kong Airlines opens the doors to its brand new Club Autus lounge this week. Found on the seventh floor of HKIA's Midfield Concourse, Virgin Australia business class guests plus Velo...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 36 Comments

  • Photos: all-new Qantas Melbourne Business Lounge, Qantas Club

    UPDATE | Qantas will begin upgrading its domestic Qantas Club and business class lounges at Melbourne Airport in November, with construction works to take place over a 12-month period. Both lounges will remain open during the renovation, with the upgrades – exclusively revealed by Australi...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2017 35 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 19 Aug, 2017 36 Comments

  • There's a new-look Qantas Chairman’s Lounge on the way...

    EXCLUSIVE | The Qantas Chairman’s Lounge is getting a fresh look, as shown in these ‘sneak peek’ snaps. What you’re seeing is bespoke furniture for the all-new invitation-only Chairman’s Lounge which is taking shape at Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal, i...

    POSTED 7 Aug, 2017 25 Comments

  • American Express to open lounge at Melbourne Airport

    EXCLUSIVE | American Express will open a lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal later this year, building on the popularity of the company’s existing Sydney Airport lounge. As in Sydney, the Melbourne American Express Lounge will offer barista-crafted coffee, buffet din...

    POSTED 7 Aug, 2017 12 Comments

  • Qantas lifts price of Qantas Club membership

    Qantas is increasing the cost of belonging to its Qantas Club lounge program, with both joining fees and annual membership fees heading north from today. However, they're not massive jumps: the joining fee for individual memberships notches up from $385 to $399, while a one-year membership lifts...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2017 26 Comments

  • British Airways re-opens exclusive Heathrow T5 Concorde Room door

    British Airways has re-opened the first class-only door into its exclusive Concorde Room lounge at London Heathrow terminal 5, after the new First Wing proved a bit too popular. The entrance to the Concorde Room – BA's elite lounge for its first class passengers and its very top-tier Execu...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2017 2 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 14 Jul, 2017 15 Comments

  • Fiji Airways gets access to LAX Oneworld Business Class lounge

    The Oneworld Business Class lounge is among the best at LAX, and its doors are now open to travellers on Fiji Airways. If you're flying in Fiji Airways business class... ... or are down the back of the bus in economy but hold Tabua Club membership... ... you'll enjoy access to the Oneworld...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 6 Comments

  • Sydney Airport Star Alliance lounges: Singapore Airlines vs AirNZ

    TALKING POINT | One side-effect of Star Alliance having a surprisingly large footprint in Australia – 11 member airlines, in all – is that many of our international airports boast several Star Alliance lounges. A case in point: both Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand operate loun...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 11 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 1 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • The best ways to use complimentary Qantas Club lounge passes

    Complimentary Qantas Club invitations are your ticket to some pre-flight time in the airport lounge, with Silver-level frequent flyers offered one invitation each year and selected credit cardholders given two annual visits – but what are the best ways to use these great gratis passes? Sur...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • Virgin details Melbourne, Hong Kong airport lounge access

    Virgin Australia has finalised which lounges its business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers will use at both ends of the airline's direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong. At Melbourne Airport, passengers booked in the pointy of Virgin's Airbus A330 – along with Velocity...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2017 11 Comments

  • Virgin Australia opens lounges to Qantas frequent flyers

    Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers – along with paid-up Qantas Club members – can now visit Virgin Australia lounges prior to Virgin Australia domestic flights when booked to fly in Economy X, as part of a promotion until the end of August. For rusted-on Roo trave...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2017 32 Comments

  • How to get a lifetime of Virgin Australia lounge access

    Unlike Qantas, Virgin Australia doesn’t offer Lifetime Gold frequent flyer status to its most-travelled passengers – but does allow anybody to purchase a lifetime of Virgin Australia lounge access. The privilege doesn’t come cheap: you’ll need to fork out a whopping ...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2017 21 Comments

  • 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 7 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 40 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

  • 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 9 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

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