• How to download Google Maps to use offline, without WiFi or data

    Fact: travellers love Google Maps. The smartphone and tablet app comes to the rescue time and time again when you're in a city other than your home turf. You want proof? Just look at how few people you see standing on the street studying those ungainly bedsheet-sized folding maps (and for good m...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2016 8 Comments

  • Five must-have Apple Watch apps for the business traveller

    The Apple Watch makes its much-heralded debut this Friday, and the avalanche of pre-orders – estimated at over two million, with quite a few AusBT readers among them – tells us that many people will soon be toting this high-tech wristwear. It's expected that well over 1,000 spec...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2015 5 Comments

  • Qantas updates Android app

    Got an Android smartphone? Then you'll want to grab the updated Qantas app, which is now available as a free download from Google Play. The new app, which Qantas says has been redesigned "to be fully compatible with Android devices", sports the same travel alerts as its iPhone sibling to advis...

    POSTED 22 Oct, 2014 8 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades iPhone app, now 'full service travel companion'

    Qantas is beefing up its Apple iPhone app, with an improved version packing more features and optimised for iOS 7 now available for download from the iTunes Australia Store. The new app boasts "a smarter and more personalised interface to help streamline the day of travel experience for cus...

    POSTED 26 May, 2014 16 Comments

  • Virgin Australia offers free digital newspapers from around the world

    Virgin Australia is adding a smart new twist to the obligatory bunch of newspapers available at airport lounges by offering digital editions of over 2,300 newspapers from around the world. In a clever collaboration with global media company NewspaperDirect, visitors to the Virgin lounges ...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2013 2 Comments

  • Google Maps app for iPhone now available for download

    Google Maps for the iPhone is now available for download, allowing owners of the iPhone 5 – along with earlier iPhones which have been updgraed to Apple's iOS 6 – to replace the much-maligned Apple Maps with the familiar and more trusted Google software. Google Maps was pre-install...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2012 6 Comments

  • Convenient app delivers food to your airport gate at a touch

    There's a free smartphone app-based fix to the frequent flyer problem of finding a decent meal at the airport when you're running late or on a short connection. Recently updated US-based app B4 You Board (iTunes | Android) will deliver breakfast, lunch or dinner from a variety of airport restaur...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2012 0 Comments

  • Singapore's Changi Airport releases iPad HD app

    Singapore's Changi Airport has jumped into the iPad era with a lush large-screen HD app dubbed iChangi HD... and if you've got an iPad and will be spending any time at Changi we reckon this freebie is worth grabbing. Hero features include real-time 'push' flight notifications which pop up...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2012 1 Comment

  • New iPhone/iPad London guide app from Virgin Atlantic

    Virgin Atlantic has a new London guide iPhone and iPad app out, and it's pretty swish -- one of the best we've seen for the city. More than suggesting just things to do or places to stay, it actually succeeds in picking some "uniquely Virgin Atlantic" hotels, restaurants, and bars in London, wit...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

  • The Australian Financial Review comes to the iPad

    Like most travellers and frequent flyers, the Australian Business Traveller team are fans of quality digital media – especially when it comes to newspapers and magazines. For example, when overseas I enjoy downloading the latest news from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian o...

    POSTED 29 May, 2012 16 Comments

  • First Look: Qantas Windows Phone 7 smartphone app

    Qantas has released its new app for Windows smartphones, offering a start-to-finish experience for your flights on the Red Roo. Developed by Microsoft in partnership with Qantas, this slick-looking app has pretty much all the features you'd expect. There's mobile checkin... ... which ...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2012 3 Comments

  • Keep a bartender app on your smartphone for lounge drink options

    Stuck in an unloved airport lounge at the end of a busy day, and only have a bottle of liquor and a couple of mixers (or "soft drinks", as some people call them...) to hand? While Australia's airport lounges tend to be frequently refreshed, travellers further afield know that many lounges aren't...

    POSTED 10 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • Australian airport iPhone apps: roundup, pics and reviews

    Business travellers with an iPhone in their pocket or purse, or iPad tucked under their arm, have an increasingly wide range of Australian airport apps to speed their path to and from the airport -- and through the terminal. Here are five iPhone apps for Australian airports, from the big gu...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • Review and pics: Sydney Airport's new iPhone app

    Sydney Airport is launching a new iPhone app today, making it Australia’s second major airport – after Melbourne Airport – to finally step into the smartphone era. (To which we say "welcome to the same world most of your business travellers have been living in for the past few ...

    POSTED 22 Dec, 2011 6 Comments

  • AusBT Awards 2011: Best Technology for the Business Traveller

    Best Laptop for Australian Business Travellers: MacBook Air & Toshiba Satellite Z830 There’s no argument that thin-and-light laptops are best for frequent flyers, and at the close of 2011 that means the evolutionary notebook branch known as the ultrabook. Barely-there weights and wais...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2011 2 Comments

  • First Look: Melbourne Airport gets new iPhone app

    Melbourne Airport has become Australia's first major airport to release its own iPhone app – it's free, and definitely worth the download. The app provides real-time flight information - including recent arrivals and departures plus details of delays – drawn from the same data y...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • Free this week: Lonely Planet New York city guide iPhone app

    IN BRIEF | Here's a freebie that's worth grabbing fast. Lonely Planet's New York City travel guide app for the iPhone, which usually sells for $6.49 in the iTunes App Store, is now free until 1am Friday 16 December 2011 (AEDT). To download the free NYC guide you'll first need to to ins...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • Latest 'unofficial' Qantas frequent flyer app tracks points, status

    One of the most useful iPhone apps in the Qantas frequent flyer's arsenal, the unofficial Frequent Flyer Calculator, has received an update, with a multi-trip calculator plus additional saved history space in version 2.0 -- and it's now free, to boot. Australian designer Adam Ware has also ensur...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • The man behind TripIt: Michael Eberhard

    Michael Eberhard is a frequent flyer's frequent flyer… each year he travels 300,000 miles, criss-crossing between Australia, the US, Asia, India, New Zealand and abroad. He is also the Executive Vice President of Concur, which makes smartphone apps and services including TripIt -- a marke...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • How to avoid taxi confusion in China

    If you're heading to China for business for the first time, don't make the mistake of assuming Chinese taxi drivers will recognise the English name of your hotel. You must have the name and address of the hotel written in Chinese, otherwise you'll be chowing down the dollars as you use global ro...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2011 4 Comments

  • New Marriott smartphone apps for iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Android

    Marriott has fleshed out its suite of hotel apps for iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry, which let business travellers find hotels, make reservations, check Rewards points and manage upcoming bookings. It's great to see a hotel focussing on the BlackBerry and Android market in addition to iPhon...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Travel tech: free Qantas Frequent Flyer points calculator app!

    Here's an app that any Australian frequent flyer won't want to miss: the unofficial Qantas Frequent Flyer Calculator for iPhone, which usually sells for $2.99, is available free until Thursday September 8th. This Aussie-made app sports many functions that Qantas left out of its official iPh...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Money-saving Onavo global roaming app now available for Android

    Onavo, the app that dramatically cuts how much data your smartphone uses to cut down on data roaming costs, is now available for Android phones. However, unlike the iPhone version that can actually cut data usage by up to 85% by compressing data before it gets sent over the mobile network, the A...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • App review: Star Alliance FareFinder for iPhone + iPad

    Frequent flyers loyal to the Star Alliance network of airlines have a new iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app at their fingertips with the surprisingly powerful FareFinder app. But is it worth taking up space on your iOS device?  Business travellers who prefer to fly out of Australia on Star Al...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2011 2 Comments


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