• Why some international lounges in Europe are before passport control

    If you're flying around Europe, especially to the UK, make sure you know where the lounge is -- many of them are before passport control, and you might not be allowed back through to go to the lounge. It's all because of the Schengen system, where most of continental Europe has open internal bor...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2013 4 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: Etihad's swish new Paris business/first class lounge

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad's new lounge at Paris is sure to impress business travellers passing through Charles de Gaulle airport's Terminal 2A. After rolling up in your Etihad business/first class limousine, you'll be able to relax in the 620 square metre lounge, which is a big improvement...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2013 5 Comments

  • Delta joins the exclusive outdoor airport business lounge club

    Passengers travelling on Virgin Australia partner Delta will enjoy outdoor rooftop Sky Decks above the airline's Sky Club business class lounges at New York JFK and Atlanta, due to open in the US summer. A breath of cold fresh air in the New York winter, or a brief respite from dry airplane air ...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2013 3 Comments

  • Virgin America's LAX Loft lounge: only Australian kids allowed

    Remember how Virgin America introduced a controversial a "no kids allowed" policy at its Los Angeles LAX business lounge, The Loft? Australian Business Traveller brought you pictures and details of the swish new space last month, including news of the ban on children under 12. The airlines' pol...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2013 6 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: inside Virgin America's swanky new Loft lounge at LAX

    Virgin America has joined its sister airlines in Australia and across the Atlantic in the "who can have the swankiest Virgin lounge" game, and its first move is the chic and stylish space it calls The Loft at Los Angeles LAX. Even better, you can also use The Loft when heading back home across t...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2012 24 Comments

  • Pay your way into Air New Zealand's Australian, NZ airport lounges

    Flying in economy or premium economy with Air New Zealand (or one of the many that use its lounges), but still want to use the Koru or international business class lounges in NZ, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane? Hand over some cash and the answer will be "right this way, please", under a new schem...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2012 10 Comments

  • Spice up Friday's "drinks o'clock" at the airport lounge

    It's Friday, and Friday evening means it's time for a week-ending glass of something. Of course, if you're on the road, your options might be limited: bad airline wine, a severely limited bottom-shelf liquor selection or just the mixers. (FYI, you might find those called "soft drinks".) But addi...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines closes Heathrow lounge "for aesthetic facelift"

    Singapore Airlines has closed its first and business class SilverKris lounges in London Heathrow's Terminal 3 for a minor make-over. "The London Heathrow First and Business Class SilverKris Lounges in Terminal 3 are scheduled to undergo refurbishment from 18 June, which are expected to be c...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2012 1 Comment

  • British Airways takes over, rebrands BMI lounge at Heathrow T1

    British Airways has gained another lounge at Heathrow, and Star Alliance lost one, following BA take-over of BMI's superb Great British Lounge at London Heathrow's Terminal 1. A highly-regarded haven in T1, the Great British Lounge was previously open to business class passengers and h...

    POSTED 31 May, 2012 2 Comments

  • Inside Virgin Atlantic's funky Clubhouse lounge at New York JFK

    Who doesn't love an amazing airport lounge? Now there's another great one to add to your must-visit list, with the opening of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York's JFK Airport. The Clubhouse is a trans-Atlantic business travel hotspot for Virgin America and Singapore Airlines as well, and ...

    POSTED 13 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • oneworld cuts cross-airline lounge access for business, first class

    UPDATE | Following Australian Business Traveller's story on oneworld lounge access, a senior oneworld rep contacted us to explain that the change was due to an unauthorised change made during a website update. You're able to use any oneworld airline's business lounge if you hold a business ...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2011 17 Comments

  • Swiss: new lounges, priority security & business buses at Zurich

    Switzerland's national airline Swiss is adding new services for business travellers at its home hub in Zurich with the opening of the new Dock B section at Zurich International Airport (ZRH). Priority security lanes are now in place for business class, first class, and frequent flyers in th...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • United-Continental business class lounges now called United Club

    IN BRIEF | If you're hunting through a US airport's for the United Red Carpet Club or Continental Presidents Club, check again: you're now looking for the United Club. That's what the two merging airlines are calling their business class lounges, in a change that went into effect over the weeken...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • London Heathrow Terminal 3: the best oneworld business class lounge

    If your Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific or other oneworld alliance flight departs from London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3, you might not know that you can get into three different business class lounges. That's if you're flying on a oneworld airline, in business class -- or you have a ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2011 4 Comments

  • No showers, toilets in new Singapore lounge for frequent flyers

    Singapore Airlines' top-tier KrisFlyer Elite Gold frequent flyers (and their Star Alliance Gold counterparts) travelling in Economy no longer have access to a lounge with showers -- or even toilets -- with the recent opening of the KrisFlyer Gold lounge in Terminal 2 at Singapore's Changi ai...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2011 6 Comments

  • Thai Royal Orchid Lounge in Hong Kong airport gets new seats, food

    Thai Airways' Royal Orchid first and business class lounges in Hong Kong -- probably the best Star Alliance lounge options in the airport -- have been upgraded. New sofas, Italian coffee makers, authentic Thai food, upmarket ice cream, and an expanded salad bar are among the new offerings. Th...

    POSTED 19 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia brings business class flights to the Gold Coast

    Virgin Australia will start flights with business class to the Gold Coast towards the end of this year, with a snazzy new airport lounge set to follow. The move makes Virgin the only airline to offer domestic business class services to the Gold Coast, although the availability of business c...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2011 12 Comments

  • American Airlines monthly lounge pass, A$92: Qantas Club access?

    Travelling on Qantas' oneworld partner American Airlines in the US for a month-long period, and not always booked in business or first class? You may find the airline's new monthly Admirals Club lounge pass for US$99 (A$92) worthwhile. Australian travellers who aren't high-level Qantas Frequent ...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic kids-only airport lounges could be a blessing for business travellers

    An airport lounge just for leisure travellers, with special separated sections for children of different ages, leaving grownups -- and business travellers -- in peace and quiet.  It sounds like the business traveller's dream, but Virgin Atlantic's Virgin Holidays subsidiary has just opened ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2011 1 Comment

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