• Cathay Pacific, Dragonair boost carry-on, checked baggage limits

    Cathay Pacific and Dragonair will boost checked baggage allowances from next month, giving every traveller at least 10kg more than under the current system. Cabin baggage limits on Dragonair will also increase to align with Cathay Pacific – particularly useful for travellers on the Hong Ko...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • Carting around too much cabin baggage? Leave it at Hyatt!

    If you like staying fit on the road but just can’t squeeze those gym shoes and your workout gear into your cabin bag, why not leave them at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne hotel ahead of your next visit? Regular guests at the property can make use of the ‘Leave it at Hyatt’ scheme, w...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2014 3 Comments

  • Carry-on crackdown: travellers support ban on oversized cabin bags

    Are you frustrated when your fellow passengers insist on bringing oversized carry-on bags onto the plane and cramming them into the overhead locker? You're not alone. Almost half of all travellers feel that people bring too much stuff on board. However, there's also a strong beli...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2014 31 Comments

  • Five top pieces of travel gear we rate in 2012

    Every so often  at Australian Business Traveller we take a look at the bits of travel kit we take on the road, and share them with you. Here's a mid-year round-up of the five pieces of gear that have made my travels in 2012 faster, easier, and smoother so far. Now some of this isn't n...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2012 4 Comments

  • Save time when packing: keep essentials in your carry-on at home

    Hate packing? We'll let you into a secret: so do we! That's why the Australian Business Traveller team is always on the lookout to make one of business travel's more frustrating tasks faster, easier and with less faff. One of the tricks I'm very fond of is never fully unpacking. Don't...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2012 6 Comments

  • World's lightest carry-on luggage

    It comes as a surprise to many travellers when they first weigh their cabin bag empty -- the average heavy-duty nylon business wheel-aboard weighs about 5KG! That leaves a piffling 2KG for the contents of the bag, given Qantas and Virgin Australia's weight limit of 7KG. It then becomes obvious ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • In the USA? How to avoid checked bag fees in the land of the luggage charge

    If you're surprised by the amount of stuff that people bring with them on a plane in the USA, here's the reason why: on just about every airline, there's a charge to check even your first piece of hold luggage. No wonder US "road warriors" roll their trusty wheeled luggage down the aisle (and ov...

    POSTED 30 May, 2011 2 Comments

  • 37-pocket cabin baggage coat evades 7kg limit

    If you're frustrated by the ridiculously low weight limits airlines impose on cabin baggage, the solution may well be wearable cabin baggage. Scottevest makes coats that can carry anything from an iPad to a laptop, and the company makes no bones about what the jackets are for: "Why pay for a car...

    POSTED 26 May, 2011 2 Comments

  • How to pack your carry-on like a flight attendant

    We've recently written about the virtues of rolling your clothes to save space in luggage, but nobody has illustrated this as well as flight attendant Heather Poole. Poole, who has worked for an unnamed major US airline for 14 years, flying back and forth between New York and Los Angeles (where ...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2011 1 Comment

  • Suitcase + scooter = Micro-Samsonite!

    Spend a bit too much time relaxing in the lounge or browsing the shops, then have to hot-foot it to the gate before a ‘personal boarding call’ comes over the PA? This could be just the ticket. Samsonite introduced one of its cabin-sized hard shell cases to a portable scooter, served ...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2010 2 Comments


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