• Delta upgrades regional flight connections at New York JFK hub

    US airline — and Virgin Australia partner — Delta Air Lines is driving ahead with the much-needed expansion of its JFK Airport Terminal 4 home, focussing on passengers connecting via New York to regional economic hubs. Eleven new gates with jetway airbridges and an extra 75,000 squar...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2013 0 Comments

  • The best seats in Delta's BusinessElite on the Boeing 777-200LR

    Flying across the Pacific in BusinessElite on Delta's Boeing 777-200LR? We've got hand-picked recommendations for the best seats in business class on your flight between Sydney and Los Angeles. Delta's BusinessElite is a combined business/first class that's the airline's top offering, and on the...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2013 2 Comments

  • Delta adds connecting flight to Silicon Valley's San Jose airport

    Delta is offering new connecting flights between Los Angeles LAX and Silicon Valley's local airport, San Jose in California. The airline is the second Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer partner to announce new San Jose flights (quickly dubbed a "nerd bird" tech sector route) this week, fol...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2013 0 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

  • Delta buys into Virgin Atlantic: what does it mean for Virgin Australia?

    With Delta set to take a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic -- buying that stake from Singapore Airlines for US$360 million -- there are already questions being raised about its impact on Virgin Australia. The quick answer: frequent flyers shouldn't fret. The Delta-Virgin tie-up is unlikely to deliver...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2012 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyers get Delta fast-track

    Virgin Australia's Gold and Platinum Velocity frequent flyers can speed through the airport with new fast-track reciprocal benefits with partner airline Delta. Golds and Platinums can join the Sky Priority line whenever flying Delta, which means they can avoid most of the worst queues in the air...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2012 19 Comments

  • Delta offers frequent flyers faster connections -- in a Porsche!

    Virgin Australia partner airline Delta is rolling out the first class treatment to its frequent flyers in the US: collecting them from the plane and driving them across the tarmac straight to their connecting flights in a Porsche. Arriving passengers will be pulled out of the queue of people get...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Why direct aisle access is so important for a business class seat

    Every so often when we review business class seats or put together one of our best seats guides for the pointy end of the plane, we get questions asking why we place such a premium on having direct aisle access. The answer revolves around an undisturbed flight: privacy, the ability to get out of...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2012 1 Comment

  • The best premium economy seats from Australia to the USA

    What's the best premium economy seat between Australia and the USA, you ask? After our rankings of the best trans-Pacific business class seat, we turned our spotlight on premium economy, which offers a significant upgrade from the economy experience without the high price of a business clas...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2012 7 Comments

  • The premium economy puzzle: why 'economy plus' isn't a premium class

    Premium economy is the new black for business travellers who are balancing cost and comfort, especially on day flights and shorter routes. The 'in-between' class behind business but ahead of economy offers extra space, better service and an easier go of getting some decent work done en route -- ...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2012 2 Comments

  • Delta to launch inflight wifi Internet on Australia-US flights

    Getting online when crossing the Pacific on Delta flights will be a boon to business travellers when the Virgin Australia partner airline starts installing satellite wifi across its fleet. The airline says it will offer wifi on all its international aircraft, including the Boeing 777-200LR that ...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

  • Travel hack: 30 days' access to Virgin Australia lounges for $90

    Here's a handy travel hack for the infrequent Virgin Australia passenger who still wants lounge access: enjoy 30 days' access to all Virgin Australia lounges for just $90. Sign up for a temporary pass from Virgin Australia's partner Delta and you can have a pre-flight pitstop at Virgin's stylish...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2012 14 Comments

  • How to buy lounge entry and airport priority fast-track access

    Airlines are increasingly offering their frequent flyer benefits -- fast track security, extra bags, lounge access, early boarding -- for a price. If you're flying an unfamiliar airline, one where your silver, gold or platinum frequent flyer card doesn't have any reciprocal benefits, it's a usef...

    POSTED 29 May, 2012 4 Comments

  • Delta boosts San Francisco-Los Angeles, now 11 returns daily

    If you're a regular Delta or Virgin Australia traveller from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to San Francisco via Los Angeles, Delta's LAX-SFO schedules have shifted -- so be aware that your usual flights may have changed. Eleven daily returns are now in effect, which is useful news for Virgin Aus...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2012 3 Comments

  • Delta puts Cathay's business seats in BusinessElite on Boeing 747

    US airline (and Virgin Australia partner) Delta is refurbishing its Boeing 747 business class with fully flat beds similar to Cathay Pacific's seats. That's a big upgrade for the jumbos, which previously had an uncompetitive recliner-style seat on board as its top first-business offering, Busine...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2012 9 Comments

  • Airline alliance basics for Australian frequent flyers: SkyTeam

    Business travellers new to jetting around the world are as much a part of the Australian Business Traveller audience as the seasoned experts. With new airlines joining SkyTeam, here's an updated 2012 version of our series outlining the 'need to know' essentials of the three global air...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • SkyTeam's new queue-busting SkyPriority service for frequent flyers

    The SkyTeam airline alliance will upgrade its airport services for business class, first class and Elite Plus top-tier frequent flyers from March with new SkyPriority services to speed you through the airport. Originally introduced by SkyTeam member Delta, SkyPriority consists of: priority ch...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • V Australia becomes Virgin Australia, but no Velocity upgrades

    V Australia is set to adopt the name of its parent airline Virgin Australia this month, as will the trans-Tasman Pacific Blue fleet and the single-aircraft offshoot Polynesian Blue. Work is already underway on changing the livery of the V Australia fleet, as seen in the photo above, which was sn...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • How to hack the tangled web of Etihad's frequent flyer partners

    Want to earn miles from American Airlines flights that you can spend on Virgin Australia tickets? Or pick up points from Malaysia Airlines flights for free flights on either airline? Middle East airline Etihad has been busy forging reciprocal frequent flyer links with American Airlines and Malay...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • More Economy Comfort seats on Delta, but not for Virgin passengers

    US airline Delta is expanding its extra legroom Economy Comfort section to its US domestic fleet, in a move business travellers will welcome. The Economy Comfort seats, similar to competitor United's Economy Plus, aren't premium economy as we know it. They're regular economy seats clo...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia, Delta begin codesharing to USA in November

    Virgin Australia and Delta will begin codesharing on trans-Pacific flights between Australia and Los Angeles' LAX airport, the airlines have revealed. Delta's DL flight numbers will appear on V Australia flights, and Virgin's VA code will also be seen on Delta's services. Virgin Australia tells ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Delta cuts LAX-SFO flights: longer LAX layovers on Virgin Australia

    Virgin Australia and Delta passengers travelling to San Francisco's SFO airport via Los Angeles LAX will have fewer flight options and longer waits in LAX once Delta cuts its schedules in December. There are three key flight cuts, affecting mainly Virgin's V Australia's passengers from Melbourne...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2011 5 Comments

  • Delta nixes hopes of direct SYD-SFO service

    In brief: If you're waiting for some choice on the direct Sydney to San Francisco route, and some welcome competition against United since Qantas left Fog City for Dallas, don't look to Delta. The US carrier says it's sticking to Los Angeles, with a spokesperson telling Australian Business Trave...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Get the points: earn frequent flyer points for your business, too

    Businesses, as well as their travelling staff, can now 'double dip' to earn frequent flyer points on Emirates' Skywards rewards program. The new Emirates Business Rewards scheme issues a traveller's company, which paid for the ticket, with the same number of points as the person taking the ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Photo tour: Delta's new New York JFK Terminal 4

    US airline Delta is well under way with its plans for a new terminal at New York's JFK airport, which means that Australians connecting to Virgin Australia's partner airline in the USA can expect some changes. Delta's new terminal -- which is actually a bolt-on part of the existing international...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

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