• Priority Pass now gets you into Sydney Airport's T2 Rex Lounge

    Priority Pass cardholders jetting through Sydney Airport can now access Regional Express’ Rex Lounge in Terminal 2 to relax and unwind before their flight. Situated past security screening, the lounge welcomes Priority Pass passengers travelling from Sydney with any airline – includi...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2018 9 Comments

  • Why the Qantas first class lounge needs to be much more 'exclusive'

    TALKING POINT | Do you remember when the Qantas First Lounge first opened its doors in May 2007? I do, and it is no understatement to say that it was by far the world's best airport lounge. Many would say that is still the case, but I disagree. The Qantas First Lounge seems to have lost a...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2018 111 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines promises revamp for flagship Changi T3 lounges

    Singapore Airlines is readying plans for a massive makeover of its decade-old SilverKris lounges at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 – but the all-new lounges are unlike to open their doors before 2020.  Everything from the sprawling business class lounge to the first class...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2018 11 Comments

  • What's next on Cathay Pacific's airport lounge roadmap?

    Cathay Pacific and Oneworld passengers have a riot of choice when it comes to the Hong Kong loungescape, with seven airside lounges. Although that tally will drop to six when The Cabin closes on April 30, the airline believes it has more than enough to go around, having studied how its traveller...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2018 10 Comments

  • Photos: American Express opens new Melbourne Airport lounge

    Melbourne-based high flyers can now begin their journey abroad in the all-new American Express Lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal, opening daily from Tuesday March 27 2018. Located beyond security screening and passport control, you'll find AMEX's new space directly opp...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2018 21 Comments

  • Qantas' new Perth lounge access rules for international T3 flights

    To say there’s been confusion around Qantas’ access rules for international travellers at its Perth lounges would be an understatement. The airlines’ decision to shift all its overseas flights to the new ‘international wing’ of the otherwise-domestic Perth Terminal ...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2018 45 Comments

  • First look: Qantas Perth International Transit Lounge

    Qantas' much-touted Perth-London nonstop Boeing 787 flights will begin this weekend, taking passengers on a 17+ hour trek with no hops required on this new spin on the Kangaroo Route. That journey will begin at Qantas' dedicated Perth transit lounge, located in the newly-built international wing...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2018 86 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines to open new flagship Seattle lounge

    Alaska Airlines will cut the ribbon on a new flagship lounge at Seattle’s SeaTac airport next year as part of a multi-million dollar makeover for the North Satellite terminal. Boasting a substantial 1,400m² footprint, the lounge will be located on the terminal’s rooftop with swe...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2018 2 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: who has the best airport lounge breakfast?

    A good breakfast makes a good start to the day, and it’s a meal many business travellers enjoy at their airport lounge of choice before jetting off to meetings or the office. So how do Australia’s domestic airport lounges compare on the breakfast front? In our 2018 ‘Battle of ...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2018 34 Comments

  • American Express to open new Melbourne Airport lounge on March 27

    The long-awaited American Express lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international T2 terminal will be open to travellers from Tuesday March 27, 2018. A spokesperson for American Express has confirmed the opening date to Australian Business Traveller, with the adjacent Plaza Premium lounge...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2018 35 Comments

  • Virgin has no plans for its own international lounge at Sydney Airport

    Virgin Australia is set to add another Sydney pushpin into its route map with the mid-year launch of flights between Sydney and Hong Kong, but the airline has no plans to open its own business class lounge at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal. Although Virgin has developed its own domes...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2018 29 Comments

  • New Swiss Zurich Terminal A first class lounge has the look of luxe

    Get ready to be very impressed by Swiss' newest first class lounge at Zurich Airport. Located at Terminal A, it's the stylish sibling of the Star Alliance member's Zurich Terminal E flagship. And it's a first class experience from start to finish. Accessible via an escalator from th...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • Five secret lounge perks of the AMEX Platinum charge card

    Savvy travellers know that an American Express Platinum charge card grants unlimited access to Virgin Australia, Delta and Priority Pass airport lounges, plus AMEX’s own-brand facilities such as at Sydney Airport. But here's something else: the AMEX Platinum charge card also opens the...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 19 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's new Hong Kong lounge The Deck opens March 22, 2018

    Cathay Pacific's newest Hong Kong airport lounge The Deck, will welcome business travellers from March 22 2018. It's an all-new lounge in what will for some travellers be a familiar old location: the upstairs terrace which used to be the drab and dreary G16 lounge of Cathay's regional sibling ...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 5 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific will close Hong Kong’s The Cabin lounge on April 30

    EXCLUSIVE | Cathay Pacific will pull down the shutters on The Cabin lounge at Hong Kong airport on April 30 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 in...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 14 Comments

  • What do you want from Qantas' new Sydney business class lounge?

    TALKING POINT | Sydney's well-worn Qantas international business class lounge is finally getting the make-over it deserves, and which the Flying Kangaroo's business travellers and Gold-grade frequent flyers have been waiting for. As we've previously reported, renovations will begin in ...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2018 64 Comments

  • Qantas promises all-new Sydney international business class lounge

    Qantas is set to splurge on its lacklustre Sydney international business class lounge with a multimillion dollar upgrade taking the crowded space from drab to fab. Staged construction work will begin in the third quarter of this year and stretch through to the end of 2019, resulting in "a comple...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2018 20 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines' pushes back Golden Lounges re-opening to March

    Malaysia Airlines has once again delayed the debut of its flagship first class and business class Golden Lounges at Kuala Lumpur. The Oneworld member last week published an opening date of February 20 for both lounges, which have been closed for a major make-over since October 2017. Howeve...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 23 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 17 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 25 Comments

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

    When Qantas opens its all-new Perth international lounge on 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 42 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 34 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

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