• What the 'Schengen Area' means for your European business trip

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If your business travels take you to Europe, there’s a good chance you’ll visit the ‘Schengen Area’: a network of 26 countries that share open borders, ...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 9 Comments

  • The best Airbus A380 first class on Melbourne-Europe flights

    Melbourne high flyers have no shortage of options when jetting to the UK and Europe aboard an Airbus A380 with five airlines offering their flagship superjumbo first class service on what’s normally a 24-hour voyage across the globe. Included on that list is Qantas, Emirates, Etihad Airway...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2017 15 Comments

  • The best Airbus A380 business class on Melbourne-Europe flights

    Melbourne travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to flying on the Airbus A380 superjumbo with Qantas, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and from June 30 2017 Qatar Airways all offering one-stop Airbus A380 flights through to London and Europe. Australian Business Traveller ra...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2017 44 Comments

  • New hotels in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Europe

    Travellers bound for the likes of London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris can give their Hilton HHonors or IHG Rewards accounts a welcome boost at hotels both new and newly-renovated. So too can HHonors and Accor Le Club cardholders in either Venice, Madrid or Istanbul, with new Hilton and Novotel p...

    POSTED 27 May, 2015 0 Comments

  • Reader poll: what

    READER POLL | Yesterday's 'Talking Point' story raised the question of how AusBT readers choose to fly from Australia to London, the UK or Europe, and it was fascinating to see – by way of comments on the article – how strongly each airline's anointed stopover city worked its way...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2015 31 Comments

  • 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

  • Etihad adds Amsterdam flights, connects to 13 new European cities

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad will introduce connections from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam starting 15 May, and will expand its onward codeshare connections to over a dozen regional European economic hubs from the Dutch airport at Schipol. While Amsterdam itself has been relatively well served by in...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2013 0 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic's new London-Scotland flights start March 2013

    Virgin Atlantic will begin flights to Scotland's financial capital Edinburgh and key North Sea resources hub Aberdeen from London Heathrow from March next year. The UK regulator awarded Virgin all twelve of the competition-boosting landing slots up for grabs at Heathrow, following the merge...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2012 4 Comments

  • Qantas slashes British Airways codeshare flights to Europe

    Qantas is cutting almost two-thirds of its codeshare flights with British Airways between London and Europe, as well as BA's Hong Kong-London route. Over two dozen BA routes will no longer run as codeshare Qantas services from March 31, 2013. The move comes as the Qantas-BA joint ventu...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2012 2 Comments

  • Aussie travellers to get up to $800 payment for delayed European flights

    Australian travellers will be entitled to compensation of almost $800 for delayed flights under Europe’s ‘air passenger rights’ law, the European Court of Justice affirmed in an overnight ruling. The court rejected a challenge by several European airlines – including Brit...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • The business traveller's guide to Frankfurt Airport

    Travelling through Germany's main international hub at Frankfurt Airport? Our handy guide to help business travellers demystify this behemoth of airports is just what you need. We've got the information you need explaining how the lounges work -- and where you'll find them -- plus how to get to ...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2012 2 Comments

  • Better connections to Europe on Swiss' Singapore-Zurich flights

    Swiss International Airlines will start flying between Singapore and its main hub at Zurich from next May. The new flights open up another route to one of Europe's most convenient connection airports -- on one of the world's most spacious business class seats -- to Australian passengers. The Air...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2012 9 Comments

  • France's TGV high-speed trains: everything you need to know

    When travelling around France on business, the 320 km/h high-speed TGV trains are faster and more comfortable than flying between just about any pair of cities. With a TGV station inside Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport (and many other airports), you can be off the plane and onto the train in re...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Europe's easyJet starts allocating seats: no more boarding scrum

    European airline easyJet is taking a step away from its low-cost carrier roots as it adds allocated seating in place of the first come, first served boarding scrum previously in place. Despite its bright orange low-cost airline feel, easyJet is a key part of the business travel network around Eu...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • New iPhone, Android app explains European flight compensation

    The EU government has a new iPhone, iPad and Android app to help travellers figure out what their airlines are obliged to do in the event of flight delays or cancellations. European regulations mean that business travellers whose flights are disrupted are entitled to compensation -- but since it...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2012 1 Comment

  • Air France, SkyTeam reshuffle Paris hub: new terminal & lounge

    Business travellers connecting through Air France's Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) hub can look forward to the new Satellite S4 wing, providing the airline's largest lounge, an improved terminal and shorter connections, when the lounge opens on 28 June. But be aware that Air France's and SkyTeam'...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2012 6 Comments

  • "Euroaming" arrives: best roaming SIM options for Europe

    Local SIMs are a useful way to avoid the global roaming rort from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone -- which can be an eye-watering $15 per MB -- but it's a pain having to swap SIM cards and recharge every time you change European country. But no more -- thanks to pressure from the EU government, Euro...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2012 18 Comments

  • Up next for business class: supersizing the fold-down tray table?

    Sitting in the bulkhead seat at the front of the business class cabin during a recent Frankfurt-London flight, we came across a truly useful feature: an extra-large, extra-deep fold-down table. Lufthansa's business class is one of those "Eurobusiness" styles, where all you get is a blocked middl...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2012 4 Comments

  • Vienna's new terminal: connect to your next flight in 25 minutes

    Austria's Vienna International Airport reckons it has cracked what many travellers would consider Mission Impossible: a 25 minute transfer time between arriving and connecting flights. That world-beating figure is the least amount of time the airport and its airlines reckon it should t...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2012 2 Comments

  • New Pullman business-class hotels in Europe for Munich, Eindhoven

    Business travellers have two extra decent hotel options with the opening of Pullman hotels in Munich and Eindhoven, two key European business destinations. Pullman is the upscale business brand from Accor, home to Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and several other brands on the budget end of the scale....

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: stylish Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel suites, Paris

    Paris' Mandarin Oriental has unveiled its sumptuously decorated suites, following the hotel's opening earlier this year. If your budget swings to it, especially if you have the time to enjoy them, they look absolutely stunning. The Mandarin Oriental Paris is located at 250 Rue Saint-Honor&eacu...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2011 1 Comment

  • Roadtest: Droam 3G-to-wifi mobile Internet

    We talk a lot about global roaming here at Australian Business Traveller, since getting online when overseas is one of the biggest pains -- and biggest ripoffs -- in travel.  Dutch company Droam offers an easy way around the problem in many countries (not just in Europe), with rental roamin...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • Best seats: Club Europe business class, British Airways Airbus A319

    Travelling to a European city on British Airways? You're quite likely to be on one of the airline's Airbus A320 planes -- so here's how to pick the best seat in Club Europe, BA's short-haul business class. The plane If you're not on the 43-strong A320 fleet (and here's our guide to the best sea...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Blood alcohol limits in Europe: safe to drive after that dinner?

    Australian travellers to Europe are sometimes confused by the different drink driving limits across European countries. With seven different limits across European Union (EU) countries, it's important to be aware of the national laws when you're next travelling. Business travellers, no strangers...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Travel tip: how to get extra legroom in Economy in Europe

    Many travellers are surprised that frequent flyers within Europe don't get a proper business class on European airlines, even on flights of four or five hours. Instead, they have what's called "Eurobusiness" convertible seating at the front of the plane. On some planes, this is as simple as blo...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

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