• Cathay Pacific opens San Francisco lounge to Qantas frequent flyers

    Qantas business class passengers along with Platinum and Gold-grade frequent flyers can now count on a warm welcome at Cathay Pacific's San Francisco lounge ahead of their flights back to Sydney and Melbourne. As previously reported on Australian Business Traveller in late 2018, the Oneworld p...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 12 Comments

  • These business and first class airport lounges have the best Champagne

    Like many Australian Business Traveller readers, I appreciate the comforts of a good airport lounge – especially when there's a great Champagne to enjoy there before my flight. For me, the presence (or absence) of Champagne can also be a reason to visit one lounge over another, particularl...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • Ciao, Roma: Emirates opens new business, first class lounge at Rome

    Rome seems to be the epicentre of airport lounge openings this year, with Emirates now carving out its own space to join recent ribbon-cuttings by British Airways and Star Alliance. The new lounge caters for Emirates business class and first class travellers, along with passengers holding Skywar...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 1 Comment

  • What it's really like inside the Qantas Chairman's Lounge

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. There’s a lot of secrecy surrounding the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, and rightly so. Membership to this invitation-only club can’t be earned by any amount of fl...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 38 Comments

  • United Airlines' LAX Polaris business class lounge to open January 12

    United Airlines will open its flagship Polaris lounge at LAX on Saturday January 12, 2019, making it the fifth member of United's upscale business class lounge network. United confirmed the January 12 opening date overnight, with passengers set to see more of the familiar design, furnishings and...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 1 Comment

  • KLM opens new flagship Crown Lounge at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

    The first stage of KLM's all-new Crown Lounge at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is now open, and it offers a hint of what's to come when the second part of the business class lounge is revealed by mid-2019. KLM is describing this as a 'temporary setup' ahead of the lounge's eventual 6,...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 6 Comments

  • Step inside the new Swiss business class and Senator lounges at Geneva

    Swiss has rolled out the 'welcome back' mat at its Geneva lounges, with both the Business and Senator lounges open once again after many months of refurbishment. The new lounges sport a fresh new look, although it's also a familiar one – any business traveller who has visited the lounges...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Which lounges can Malaysia Airlines' Business Suites passengers use?

    Malaysia Airlines will this week convert its first class lounges to Business Suites lounges and add a Platinum room to its flagship Kuala Lumpur first class lounge, as part of the airline's radical rebranding of its Airbus A350 and A380 First Class as Business Suites. While the inflight Business...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Here is where you'll find the new Qantas Singapore first class lounge

    This time next year, Qantas' first class travellers and top-tier frequent flyers will be enjoying an all-new lounge in Singapore. But just where in Changi's Terminal 1 will the new Qantas Singapore First lounge be located? As Australian Business Traveller has previously revealed, the lounge...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2018 10 Comments

  • House renovations: Sydney's Etihad, Virgin lounge seeks room to grow

    There's a not-quite-new lounge gracing the international terminals of Sydney and Melbourne, with the combined business and first lounges of Etihad Airways now rebranded as The House and also playing host to Virgin Australia's overseas flights. Apart from a change in signage, Sydney's The House...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • Your guide to Brisbane Airport's international business class lounges

    Brisbane Airport's international terminal is home to no less than five lounges, and with some business class passengers, frequent flyers or lounge members potentially having two or even three lounges to choose from, it pays to know all the options. For example, Star Alliance business class passe...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2018 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: "no time limit" for new international lounges

    UPDATE | Virgin Australia says it will not impose any time limit for passengers visiting its new international lounges at Sydney and Melbourne, over-ruling a statement made overnight by lounge operator No1 Lounges. As reported earlier today, No1 Lounges spokesman Duncan Cargill said that Vi...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2018 40 Comments

  • What's next for Qantas' business class, first class in-lounge dining?

    Qantas has some big plans for its domestic and international lounge network, including an all-new first class lounge in Singapore, a refurbished business class lounge in Sydney and plenty of other revamps in a pipeline which will end with 85% of the airline’s existing lounges either newly-b...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2018 30 Comments

  • What do you want from Qantas' new Singapore first class lounge?

    TALKING POINT | This time next year, or probably a little closer towards Christmas, Qantas will open an all-new first class lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport. Such a lounge has been in demand ever since the Red Roo resumed flying its Airbus A380s from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore an...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 37 Comments

  • Qantas opens new-look Melbourne Qantas Club, business class lounge

    Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce will officially cut the ribbon on the airlines' new Melbourne domestic lounges this Thursday, November 1, marking the end of a year-long upgrade for both the Qantas Club and the Qantas Business Lounge. That multi-million dollar makeover saw an all-new Qantas Club open...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2018 23 Comments

  • Qantas to open new Singapore first class lounge in 2019

    Qantas will open a new first class lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport and also increase the capacity of the current Qantas Singapore lounge, which will be rebadged as a business class lounge. The new Qantas Singapore First lounge Due to open by the end of 2019, the new Qantas Singapore First ...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 53 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific will open a swish new Shanghai lounge next year

    Cathay Pacific will shutter its Shanghai Pudong airport lounge on October 29 2018 and begin the year-long process of transforming it into one of the airline's new-look lounges. A spokesman for Cathay Pacific told Australian Business Traveller "we are targeting the third quarter of 2019" for the ...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific is closing its Hong Kong airport arrivals lounge

    Cathay Pacific will close its popular but often overcrowded arrivals lounge at Hong Kong Airport on Monday November 5 as the airport gears up to redevelop its two terminals. The lounge was a handy perk for premium passengers – including first and business class, Marco Polo Club Gold and Di...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2018 12 Comments

  • First photos: Virgin Australia's all-new Brisbane international lounge

    Virgin Australia will open its own lounge at Brisbane Airport's international terminal for business class travellers and top-tier frequent flyers. Dubbed My Lounge and operated by UK-based No1 Lounges – which will also take over Etihad's Sydney and Melbourne lounges, and open the...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia reveals new 'international lounge network'

    Virgin Australia will shift to the Etihad Airways lounges at Sydney and Melbourne, with those lounges being rebranded as The House, while also adding an all-new Brisbane space called My Lounge to its network. Travellers on Virgin flights from New Zealand will have access to the third-party Strat...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 41 Comments

  • Photos: British Airways' new first class lounge at New York JFK

    British Airways' first class lounge at New York's JFK Airport is the poor cousin no longer, after an extensive make-over to the same 'new lounge look' as its siblings in Rome and Aberdeen. At some 60 per cent larger than its former self, the 510m² (5,480ft²) footprint is designed aro...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2018 11 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific trials pay-your-way access to business class lounges

    IN BRIEF | Cathay Pacific is now letting passengers pay their way into a handful of its airport lounges under a six-month trial. Premium economy and economy passengers who don't hold lounge-worthy frequent flyer status can pony up HK$600 – that's a whopping A$108 – to cool their heel...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2018 13 Comments

  • Etihad rethinks future of its airport lounges under The House brand

    Etihad Airways is expected to rebadge several of its airport lounges under a new offshoot brand known as The House, with those lounges being operated by London-based lounge provider No1. As reported yesterday, the first of these will be Etihad's business and first class lounge at London Heathrow...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 8 Comments

  • Etihad is closing its London Heathrow T4 business, first class lounge

    Etihad Airways will abandon its London Heathrow business and first class lounge as the airline continues to tighten its belt, with independent airport lounge chain No1 taking over the upscale space this month. The UK-based company also runs pay-your-way-in lounges at Heathrow Terminal 3, Ga...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 25 Comments

  • A business traveller's guide to Perth's airport lounges

    With four terminals catering to a mix of domestic and international flights, Perth Airport hosts no fewer than 11 airline lounges for well-heeled business travellers to relax and work. Here's where you'll find them, what's on offer and how to gain access. Perth Airport: which terminal? The eas...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

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