• 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

  • Terms & conditions: 'Fly to Tokyo with Qantas' competition

    Information on how to enter the Fly to Tokyo with Qantas 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 16 years old or over; staff and immediate fami...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2015 0 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank shakes up free credit card travel insurance

    The Commonwealth Bank is tweaking the complimentary international travel insurance offered with its range of Gold, Platinum and Diamond Awards credit cards from July 1 2015 to become more ‘frequent flyer friendly’ across the board. For starters, cardholders will no longer need to pre...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2015 7 Comments

  • What's in store in June for business travellers?

    June is setting out to be a good month for business travellers and frequent flyers – here's a quick run-down from the AusBT schedule. Today, Monday June 1, is of course the beginning of Etihad Airways' Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and Abu Dhabi, with connecting superjumbo services th...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2015 1 Comment

  • Five easy ways to exchange foreign currency

    Exchanging money remains one of the necessary evils of international travel – even if you use your credit card for most purchases, you’ll often still need cash for smaller transactions such as taxi fares and payments for visas on arrival or airport taxes on departure in certain countr...

    POSTED 19 May, 2015 13 Comments

  • Singapore-Kuala Lumpur 'bullet train' delayed to at least 2023

    It's the announcement which nobody wanted to hear, although few were surprised: "The 2020 express train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur has been delayed. By several years, in fact. We don't know when it'll actually arrive, but we apologise for any inconvenience caused." Yes, the high-speed track ...

    POSTED 6 May, 2015 3 Comments

  • Uber drops unlimited credit-based promotions for $25 ride limit

    Uber Australia has axed its long-standing offer of unlimited credit to customers who refer new members to the on-demand limo service and moved to a $25 per-ride credit with a three month expiry date. Under Uber's previous 'Give 10, Get 10' referral system, new customers who sign up with a curren...

    POSTED 1 May, 2015 3 Comments

  • Take our 'travel tech' survey (and win this $120 leather travel wallet)

    Congrats to AusBT reader Peter Lee, who will now be packing a stylish Bellroy Travel Wallet on his next trip! PREVIOUS | If you've got three minutes to spare, then click through to the Australian Business Traveller travel tech reader survey – and just by answering a few ques...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2015 4 Comments

  • Top tips for haggling in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and more

    Visiting an unfamiliar country can be both exciting and unnerving – there’s new food to try, new attractions to visit, and of course, a new exchange rate to remember. But if you’re planning the obligatory shopping trip, knowing how to haggle can save you a small fortune. &ldqu...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2015 5 Comments

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