• Sydney-Melbourne in three hours on 350km/h, $200bn bullet train

    It's the Aussie bullet train which would let you travel between Sydney and Melbourne in under three hours, hurtling along a dedicated high-speed line at speeds up to 350km/h. The cost? A whopping $200 billion. The pitch? Built by a private consortium and funded by land development along the 900...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2016 66 Comments

  • Your guide to doing business in Taiwan (Republic of China)

    Taiwan and its capital city Taipei are mega-hubs in the tech industry, housing the headquarters of companies like Acer, Asus and HTC, along with the lesser-known Foxconn, but which manufactures tech for global giants such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. Visiting Taipei is easy from Australia wit...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2016 2 Comments

  • AusBT reader survey: win a trip to London in $8,000 prize pool

    Congratulations to the winners in our 2016 reader survey contest: Marcus Dabner, Craig Dowsett, Mitch Grant, Steven Howell, Michael Lieu, Kasey Old, Andrew Wilmot and Kade Wise. It's time for the annual Australian Business Traveller reader survey, when w...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Terms & conditions: AusBT 2016 reader survey competition

    Information on how to enter the competition associated with the Australian Business Traveller 2016 Reader Survey, mechanics for entry and the prizes for the competition form part of these terms and conditions. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and condi...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • 10 ways travellers can shave thousands off their tax bill

    It’s tax time again, and for many businesses that means one last chance to make any tax deductible purchases before the financial year comes to a close. Whether you head a large company or spend time on the road as a sole trader, here are 10 travel-related expenses that you may be able to ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2016 1 Comment

  • Order currency online: save on fees, exchange rates

    Even frequent travellers can be bamboozled by foreign exchange, especially when it comes to juggling buy & sell rates and commissions. Fortunately it can be very simple and you can skip the queues, secure great exchange rates and not pay commission charges by ordering your travel money in ad...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Macquarie Bank axes international transaction fees on debit cards

    Macquarie Bank customers spending their cash abroad will soon pay no international transaction fees when whipping out their Macquarie debit card. Come July 14 2016, the bank’s current 2.5% international transaction fee will disappear for Macquarie Platinum Transaction Account, Macquarie Tr...

    POSTED 24 May, 2016 6 Comments

  • Hertz refunds customers falsely accused of damaging rental cars

    Did you hire a car from Hertz in the last few years, only to be hit with a post-rental bill for damages which you thought were already there when you picked up the vehicle? As it turns out, you were right and Hertz was wrong. Wrong to the tune of almost $400,000, according to the Australian Com...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2016 12 Comments

  • Review: Heathrow Express first class

    You'll pay £22 (A$41) for one-way standard economy seating (aka Express) on London's Heathrow Express, or £30 (A$56) to ride in the first class 'Business First' carriage – so what does that extra £8 each way get you? Not a lot, as it turns out. It'll get you betwe...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2016 9 Comments

  • Five tips for doing business in Singapore

    Singapore is a global financial hub and a major destination for Australian business travellers – and with over 25 flights a day between the two countries and no visa needed when visiting on business, companies here are some of the most convenient in the world to transact with. But it&rsquo...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2016 5 Comments

  • Canada: new electronic pre-clearance for visa waiver travellers

    Canada's new mandatory Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system is now in force, with visitors under the Visa Waiver Program expected to obtain eTA clearance online, prior to travel. Similar to the USA’s ESTA scheme, Australian passport holders visiting Canada for business or leis...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2016 17 Comments

  • Samsung Pay en route to Australia, American Express on-board

    Smartphone manufacturer Samsung will soon launch ‘Samsung Pay’ in Australia – a contactless payment option for Android phone users to rival the similar Apple Pay system used on the iPhone – with American Express Australia signed up as a launch partner. That allows cardhol...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2016 1 Comment

  • Five tips for doing business in Japan

    Japan is big for business being home to many of the world’s major manufacturers of electronics and other consumer goods, but the office and day-to-day customs you’ll encounter on any business trip here are vastly different from those in Australia and even in many other Asian countries...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2016 7 Comments

  • Five survival tips for when an airline loses your bag

    TRAVEL TIP | There’s nothing more infuriating after a long flight than waiting, and waiting, and waiting at the baggage carousel for your suitcase, only to find that it hasn’t arrived. While most ‘mishandled’ bags are eventually reunited with their owners, sweating it out...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2016 19 Comments

  • Travel tip: order Amazon deliveries in advance to your US hotel

    There's plenty of stuff on Amazon.com that's much cheaper than buying it in Australia, although the Aussie dollar's current doldrums against the US greenback make it important to do your sums before clicking the Buy Now button. But there's also plenty of gear which you simply can't get in A...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2016 11 Comments

  • Building better business relations with Chinese New Year

    For your business contacts in Hong Kong and China – and people of Chinese heritage around the world – Chinese New Year is a milestone event with far greater cultural significance than the 'traditional' new year of our Western calendar. Chinese New Year also provides smart business ow...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2016 2 Comments

  • Travel insurance: where do you stand with cancelled flights?

    There are dozens of reasons that a flight can be cancelled – but where does that leave you, apart from sitting on the ground? Travel insurance doesn't always cover cancelled or missed flights. In fact, 'cancellation cover' and the associated issues of travel delays and alternative transpor...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2015 9 Comments

  • Australian Business Traveller 2015 dinner

    We're considering hosting an end-of-year dinner for Australian Business Traveller readers, to be held in Sydney in late November or early-mid December. There are quite a few formats to choose from – dinner at a casual restaurant, all-included dinner & drinks package at a higher-end ven...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2015 24 Comments

  • How to discover your Uber passenger rating

    Uber users can rate their drivers at the end of each ride – but did you know that the drivers can also rate you? Yep: every time you hop out of that Uber ride, your driver has the opportunity to rate you on a scale of one to five. When you request an Uber pick-up the average rating appear...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2015 22 Comments

  • Hertz expands Prestige Collection with new Audi range

    Hertz customers can now drive away in new high-end Audi A3 Sportback, A4 Sedan, Q5 SUV and Q7 SUVs at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports. Targeted towards renters of smaller cars seeking a little more prestige, the five-door Audi A3 Sportback is a good fit for both corporate travelle...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2015 10 Comments

  • Getting around town on the Beijing subway

    Traffic in Beijing can be horrendous and unpredictable, but if you head below ground, things run much smoother in the Subway: even during peak hour. It can be a little daunting at first, but using the subway doesn't require a word of Chinese to get around town – and with our handy guide, y...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2015 7 Comments

  • Sign up for our free weekly newsletter

    Have you signed up for the free Australian Business Traveller newsletter? It's the easiest way to stay in touch with the latest news and tips for business travellers and frequent flyers. Every Wednesday and Friday we bottle a selection of our top stories and dispatch this straight into...

    POSTED 20 Aug, 2015 0 Comments

  • Be among the first to check out Qantas' new Perth Business Lounge

    Congratulations to AusBT readers Keith Conley, Matt Delmenico and Daniel Mascione, who will be attending the opening of Perth's new Qantas Business Lounge as a guest of Australian Business Traveller and Qantas. PREVIOUS | The all-new Qantas Business Lounge is set to open at P...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2015 1 Comment

  • Terms & conditions: Qantas Perth Business Lounge competition

    Information on how to enter the Qantas Perth Business Lounge competition forms part of the terms of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.  1. Entry is restricted to Australian residents aged 18 years old or over; staff and ...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2015 0 Comments

  • Reader contest: Fly to Tokyo with Qantas

    Congratulations to the following AusBT readers, who will be jetting to Japan this Saturday on the inaugural Qantas flight from Brisbane to Tokyo: Michelle Aizenberg, Nat Bradford, Hannah Fraser, Daniel Kluge, Kirsty Taylor and Fiona Solomon. PREVIOUS | Be part of the launch of Qan...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2015 27 Comments

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