• Your guide to bringing guests into Qantas airport lounges

    Bringing guests into Qantas' first class, business class and Qantas Club lounges should be simple, but the rules for that +1 aren't always straightforward – and, to add to the confusion, can vary significantly between lounges. Don't be caught out when travelling with colleagues, friends or...

    POSTED 13 Mar, 2019 34 Comments

  • Star Alliance opens new Amsterdam business class lounge

    Star Alliance passengers jetting out from Amsterdam can now relax in an all-new business class lounge which opens its doors today. Located in Schiphol Airport's Departures Area 2, the lounge – which is the eighth Star Alliance-branded lounge worldwide – is geared towards member ...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2019 9 Comments

  • Five tips for Qantas flyers visiting Sydney Airport's domestic lounges

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Whether it's lounge access after your flight, getting through to the Qantas Club or Business Lounge even faster, or even pre-ordering your coffee before you arrive, there are p...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2019 6 Comments

  • Your guide to Auckland Airport's international lounges

    With five international lounges welcoming passengers jetting from Auckland to Australia, travellers may find they have a choice between two, three or even four lounges, depending on their frequent flyer status, travel class and lounge membership. For example, a Qantas Platinum frequent flyer can...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2019 1 Comment

  • British Airways changes Sydney lounge from Qantas to The House

    British Airways is now directing its Sydney business class and first class passengers to The House lounge – formerly the den of Etihad Airways – rather than the Qantas lounges which have been BA's longstanding choice. Lounge-worthy travellers checking in at Sydney airport for the dai...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 25 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific opens up paid access to more business class lounges

    Cathay Pacific is expanding its roster of business class lounges into which passengers can pay their way – including its flagship The Pier in Hong Kong – for HK$600 (A$106) per person, or 9,000 Asia Miles. From Monday 4 March until the end of June 2019, Marco Polo Club members t...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Which US airport lounges can Qantas Club members use?

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. While Qantas Club members normally need to be travelling on a Qantas (or Jetstar) flight number to gain access to airport lounges, that’s not always the case – and in the Uni...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2019 9 Comments

  • Guided tour: inside the new Qantas Singapore first class lounge

    An all-new Qantas first class lounge is taking shape at Singapore’s Changi Airport, and we’ve been for a virtual walkthrough of the deluxe digs thanks to some pretty impressive VR technology. Here’s what you can expect to see when the lounge opens by the end of November 2019. T...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 27 Comments

  • Finnair to open new Helsinki business class, Platinum Wing lounges

    Passengers travelling with Finnair through Helsinki can soon relax in new business class and Platinum-grade frequent flyer lounges in the airport’s international departures area, with the opening of a new Finnair Platinum Wing and a revamped Finnair Business Lounge. Found after passport co...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 10 Comments

  • London Heathrow T2 Star Alliance business class lounges

    Star Alliance passengers have many lounges to choose from at London's Heathrow Airport, helped by the fact that all Star Alliance flights depart from the same terminal, making it easy for passengers to choose their lounge. Whether you're travelling near or far, every business class departure lou...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 6 Comments

  • Qantas' new Singapore first class lounge to open November 2019

    Qantas' new first class lounge in Singapore is getting closer to welcoming its first travellers, with the ribbon cut and the welcome mat being laid out at the end of November. Catering for 240 guests, here's what Qantas first class flyers – along with Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman's ...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 18 Comments

  • These five silver frequent flyer cards give you airport lounge access

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. You’d normally associate flagship airline lounges with flying business class or having a shiny Gold frequent flyer card, but did you know that quite a few airlines also g...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 10 Comments

  • The rise of the 'business class only' airport lounge

    Many airlines have long rewarded Gold-grade frequent flyers with access to business class lounges, but 'business class only' facilities are slowly becoming more widespread, creating a private space for passengers flying up front that's separate to the lounge used by frequent flyers booked in prem...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2019 43 Comments

  • Will Seoul be home to the first Oneworld-branded airport lounge?

    Seoul is believed to be on the shortlist of airports set to host new airport lounges for the Oneworld alliance, and could even be the first of the Oneworld-branded lounges to open later this year. Oneworld last week announced plans to develop its own airport lounge network, with alliance CEO Rob...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • Star Alliance's new Amsterdam lounge will open March 7

    Star Alliance will open its new Amsterdam lounge on March 7, representing a substantial upgrade to the airport’s original Star alliance lounge, not only in capacity – with room for as many as 200 passengers – but in offering large windows with a view across the tarmac. &ld...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • American Express tightens Centurion Lounge access rules

    Flashing your metal AMEX Platinum Charge Card or the invitation-only Centurion Card will carry less weight at American Express Centurion Lounges from March, with the global card issuer clamping down on worldwide access to its own brand of VIP lounges. Come March 22 2019, cardholders will no long...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 14 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific opens yoga and meditation space in Hong Kong

    Cathay Pacific’s The Pier business class lounge in Hong Kong is now home to a dedicated yoga and meditation space, where passengers can relax and unwind before their flight. Located just behind reception and divided into two 'sanctuaries', The Body Sanctuary invites travellers to follow gu...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2019 3 Comments

  • Qantas Club passes are no longer accepted at Qantas' Singapore Lounge

    If you're travelling with Qantas from Singapore and pocketing a Qantas Club lounge pass to use before your flight, you'd better keep that card in your wallet. Due to continued overcrowding, the airline is no longer accepting complimentary Qantas Club passes at the door of its Qantas Singapo...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 31 Comments

  • United begins planning Polaris lounges for London, Hong Kong, Tokyo

    With five of its impressive Polaris business class lounges already dotting the USA, United Airlines is now turning its attention to opening international Polaris lounges in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. However, the airline is playing its cards close to its chest as to which city will be the firs...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • Are some transit times simply too short for the traveller?

    TALKING POINT | You know the feeling. We all do. Having just stepped off a long flight of 8-12 hours, you make a beeline for the lounge, grab a bite to eat, pop open your laptop or fire up your smartphone to check emails and catch up on the news, all the while racing the clock before boardin...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2019 45 Comments

  • 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 13 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

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