• Etihad clamps down on baggage transfers for connecting flights

    Etihad Airways passengers who book connecting flights under separate reservations will no longer have their baggage checked through to their final destination. Instead, travellers who make separate flight bookings for the one journey will only find their bag tagged to their first destination &nd...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 3 Comments

  • Crown's Skye Hotel Suites Parramatta to open "early 2017"

    Parramatta is set for a dash of 'urban luxe' when the Skye Hotel Suites opens in the coming months. A new hotel brand created by Crown Group, the first Skye Hotel Suites property will perch in the 28-storey 'V' tower – which Crowns refers to as a 'vertical village' - alongside c...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • The best ways to spend 50,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points

    Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points are easier to earn than ever before, thanks to partnerships with BP, Coles Flybuys and an array of great credit card sign-up offers: but how could you best spend 50,000 of those hard-earned points? Here's how! 1. Upgrade to business class on Austr...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • American Airlines overhauls Flagship Lounges, AA lounge access

    American Airlines is revamping its network of airport lounges across the USA, but there's room for plenty of confusion surrounding the changes. The Qantas partner's top-tier Flagship Lounges are temporarily getting a new name during the refurbishment, and will welcome a larger group of traveller...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Vietnam Airlines to fly Sydney-Hanoi from March 2017

    Vietnam Airlines will begin direct flights between Sydney and the Vietnamese capital Hanoi from late March, adding the northern city to its current Sydney-Saigon and Melbourne-Saigon schedule. While Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City) is Vietnam's largest city, business travellers needing to...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 16 Comments

  • BA to adopt 'dine on demand' in Club World business class?

    In the same week as British Airways began charging many economy class passengers for food, drinks and even a cup of hot water (BYO teabag), the airline seems set to dramatically upgrade its meal service at the pointy end of the plane. Anytime dining – also known as 'dine on demand' –...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2017 5 Comments

  • Pay to use Emirates business class, first class lounges at Dubai

    Emirates will now let weary travellers pay their way into its Dubai airport lounges, regardless of their frequent flyer status or class of travel. The Gulf airline and Qantas partner is charging US$100 (A$133) for four hours' access to its business class lounges, and US$200  (A$266) for the...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 15 Comments

  • Sydney Airport introduces Twitter-based flight status updates

    Sydney Airport has rolled out a handy little travel assist for the social media generation: now you can get flight updates via Twitter. Send a tweet to @flySYD and include your flight number, and you'll receive an automated reply with the status of your flight. This starts with th...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

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