• Earning frequent flyer points on petrol: Woolworths vs Coles vs BP

    Aussie motorists now have three way to earn airline frequent flyer points when they fill up their tank. Flash your Woolworths Rewards card to earn Qantas Points at Caltex-Woolworths service stations; your Virgin Australia membership card at BP outlets to pocket a serve of Velocity Frequent Flyer...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2016 8 Comments

  • Woolworths Rewards vs Coles Flybuys: earning frequent flyer points

    Both Woolworths and Coles allow shoppers to earn airline frequent flyer points at the checkout. Woolies offers Qantas Frequent Flyer points via its Woolworths Rewards loyalty program, while Coles is allied to Virgin Australia partner Etihad for earning Etihad Guest reward miles through its Flybu...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2016 7 Comments

  • Etihad Airways Airbus A380 first class 'shower suite' review

    Taking a shower mid-flight, while cruising high above the clouds, is a luxury usually associated with private jets. In many respects it's still a luxury, being restricted to just one aircraft flown by only two commercial airlines. That aircraft is the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger j...

    POSTED 29 Feb, 2016 5 Comments

  • The best local SIM card for travellers to Dubai, Abu Dhabi

    With daily flights from major Australian cities on both Qantas partner Emirates to Dubai and Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is a popular destination for Australian travellers – but current roaming charges from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone make calls and tests incredibl...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2016 3 Comments

  • Etihad lounge access for Virgin Australia Velocity Gold, Platinum

    With Virgin Australia standing alone from the global families of Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance, the airline instead relies on its own network of partners across the globe – among them Etihad Airways – to enable Velocity Gold and Platinum members to earn points and enjoy perks su...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2016 9 Comments

  • Etihad set to fly two-class Boeing 787 without first class

    Etihad will begin flying two-class Boeing 787s from mid-2016, with the pared-back Dreamliners swapping their private first class suites (below) for substantially more economy seats. Read: Etihad's Boeing 787 first class suite The two-class configuration will retain the same number of 28 ...

    POSTED 17 Dec, 2015 9 Comments

  • Which airlines waive excess baggage fees for golf club bags?

    While your lucky golf clubs might attract the odd birdie or eagle on the green, they’re much more likely to invite excess baggage charges at the airport, which few airlines are willing to waive for avid golfers. Etihad remains one of the exceptions to the rule in allowing all passengers to...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2015 3 Comments

  • Etihad opens new Abu Dhabi business, first class Premium Lounge

    Etihad Airways’ business class and first class passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi can now unwind in a new Premium Lounge in Terminal 1. With seats for 134 guests, the lounge’s modern design takes its cues from the airline’s larger and also recently-revamped Premium Loung...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2015 5 Comments

  • Etihad tightens Sydney airport lounge access

    Etihad Airways is clamping down on frequent flyer access to its First and Business Class Lounge at Sydney Airport when flying to Abu Dhabi. Passengers booked into economy on Etihad's daily Airbus A380 flight (EY455) but holding Gold or Platinum status with Etihad partner...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2015 16 Comments

  • How to book Etihad

    With a return ticket price of $87,000 between Sydney and London, The Residence on Etihad’s Airbus A380s is generally off-limits to travellers redeeming their frequent flyer points rather than spending their cold hard cash. However, if you’ve notched up millions of Etihad Guest miles ...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2015 6 Comments

  • Earn up to 4x frequent flyer points with Virgin Australia, Etihad

    Virgin Australia and Etihad are serving up a stack of extra frequent flyer points to Velocity Frequent Flyer and Etihad Guest members bound for Abu Dhabi and beyond. It's double or triple points for Velocity cardholders, with up to 4x the usual miles with Etihad Guest. Here's what's on the table...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2015 8 Comments

  • Emirates, Etihad, Qatar: alcohol restrictions during Ramadan explained

    As Muslims around the world begin fasting this week in observance of Ramadan, travellers on Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways may notice subtle differences when flying during the Islamic Holy month. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan this year begins on Thu...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2015 16 Comments

  • Etihad kicks off Abu Dhabi-Edinburgh flights

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways now flies daily between Abu Dhabi and Edinburgh, becoming the first and only airline to offer Sydneysiders a one-stop service to the Scottish capital. Timed to connect perfectly with flight EY451 from Sydney and EY454 on the return, the Etihad’s Edin...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2015 6 Comments

  • Etihad Airways upgrades Abu Dhabi-Zurich flights to Boeing 787

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will fly Boeing 787s on its Abu Dhabi-Zurich flights from July 6 2015. A significant step up from the route's current Airbus A330-300, the Dreamliner comes with eight of Etihad’s brand new first class suites offering guests a chilled mini-bar and the...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2015 4 Comments

  • This week's Friday wrap for frequent flyers

    If your wallet packs an ANZ Rewards credit card, you’ll soon earn more Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points on your everyday spend – or if you’re more of a Cathay Pacific loyalist, register for the airline’s latest promo which doles out double miles on flights t...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • 10 things you should know about Etihad's A380

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad kicks off its Airbus A380 Sydney flights today, connecting Aussie travellers to Abu Dhabi and beyond to destinations such as London Heathrow. Even if you’ve flown on the superjumbo before, here are 10 things you need to know about Etihad’s take on the ...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2015 13 Comments

  • Photos: building Abu Dhabi Airport's new Midfield Terminal

    If you've flown through Abu Dhabi lately with Virgin Australia or Etihad, you may have spotted the airport's Midfield Terminal Building starting to take shape. Taking the reins as Etihad's future home when it opens in Q3 2017, the new terminal will handle up to 30 million passengers each year, ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2015 11 Comments

  • Etihad to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Singapore-Abu Dhabi route

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will upgrade its Singapore-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 787-9 from August 1 2015. Taking the place of the current Airbus A330, the Dreamliner introduces Etihad first class to Changi Airport: in fact, eight of Etihad’s brand new first class suites, c...

    POSTED 8 May, 2015 3 Comments

  • Etihad Guest: the unofficial guide for Aussie frequent flyers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Last updated January 2019. With lounge access, priority boarding, free excess baggage and other valuable perks for road warriors, Etihad Guest is a must-know frequent flyer scheme for t...

    POSTED 18 Mar, 2015 4 Comments

  • This week's wrap of frequent flyer news and reviews

    Tired of the somewhat-dated Qantas lounges in Brisbane and Auckland? Those could soon be replaced with shiny new interiors along the lines of Singapore and Hong Kong to be enjoyed by Gold and Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyers. Also in this week’s wrap, how to earn Virgin Australia Velocity f...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2015 0 Comments

  • Earning Velocity Frequent Flyer points in Etihad's A380 Residence

    Virgin Australia Velocity members can now earn an impressive four frequent flyer points per mile flown in Etihad’s Airbus A380 Residence. Now on offer between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, it’ll also appear on Etihad’s Sydney flights from June 1 for the ultimate in luxury from...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2015 10 Comments

  • Photo tour: Etihad's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner first class suites

    Brisbane residents are in for a treat come June 1 next year, with Etihad's new Boeing 787-9 touching down and linking the Sunshine State directly with Abu Dhabi. At the pointiest of pointy ends are new first class suites designed specifically for the Dreamliner, laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2014 6 Comments

  • Up close with Etihad's new Airbus A380 first class apartments

    Etihad Airways' new Airbus A380 first class apartments take off next week, but not before Australian Business Traveller had a chance to try them out. Etihad's Airbus A380 First Class Apartments With little niceties such as a chilled mini-bar and a private vanity mirror with make-up lighting in ...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2014 7 Comments

  • Sneak peek: The Residence by Etihad private A380 VIP suite

    The Residence by Etihad gives well-heeled travellers the ultimate in space, luxury and comfort aboard the airline's brand new Airbus A380 aircraft. Comprised of a lounge room with an adjoining bedroom, bathroom and shower for the exclusive use of one or two VIP travellers, there's really no need...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2014 12 Comments

  • Emirates brings Airbus A380 to Perth

    Qantas partner Emirates will begin flying its flagship Airbus A380 between Perth and Dubai from May 1 2015, less than 12 months after Qantas axed regular international flights from Perth. Emirates will upgrade its daily EK420/421 flights to the superjumbo, which boasts private first class suits ...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2014 25 Comments

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