• How to move to an earlier Qantas, Virgin Australia flight

    When your business day winds up sooner than planned or your last meeting of the day is cancelled, moving onto an earlier Qantas or Virgin Australia domestic flight is a much-appreciated perk of regular flyers, who’d rather spend more time with family than sit around waiting in airport loung...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific first class upgrade guide

    If you’re trekking to London with Cathay Pacific in business class, why not use your Asia Miles for a first class upgrade? While Cathay Pacific’s Australian flights don’t come with first class – except for a few select flights to Sydney where business class passenger...

    POSTED 22 Oct, 2018 6 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific business class upgrade guide

    If you’re travelling with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and beyond in premium economy, a great use for your Asia Miles is a business class upgrade. What's more, you can also use Asia Miles to upgrade to business class on Cathay's sister airline Cathay Dragon – particularly useful if co...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

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

    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, including popular destinations such as France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. This means you won’t go through pas...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 7 Comments

  • Which business class is best for flights between Australia and Brazil?

    South America is one of the furthest destinations from Australia, and although you can fly non-stop to Santiago de Chile, there are no direct flights between Australia and Brazil: so whether you’re headed to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or anywhere else in the continent's largest ...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2018 25 Comments

  • Here are the best economy seats on domestic Qantas Airbus A330 flights

    While the Boeing 737 forms the backbone of Qantas' domestic fleet, many of the east-west transcontinental routes – along with some shorter hops on the busy  'triangle' between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – are flown by the twin-aisle Airbus A330. Qantas has A330 jets i...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2018 11 Comments

  • Speed through Dubai passport control with Smart Gate registration

    Australian passport holders can zip through Dubai Airport like a local, by registering their passport with Dubai’s Smart Gate system for automated processing at the border on arrival and departure. Once enrolled, you won’t need to line up in the regular passport lanes: you’ll i...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • A business traveller's guide to Perth's airport lounges

    With four terminals catering to a mix of domestic and international flights, Perth Airport hosts no fewer than 11 airline lounges for well-heeled business travellers to relax and work. Here's where you'll find them, what's on offer and how to gain access. Perth Airport: which terminal? The eas...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Air New Zealand's Airbus A321neo

    Air New Zealand's first Airbus A321neo jets will take wing in mid-November, darting between Auckland and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as the Star Alliance member seeks to sharpen its edge on the competitive trans-Tasman market. An upgraded version of AirNZ's workhorse Airbus A320 family, this ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 35 Comments

  • Tips for staying trim when travelling on business

    By nature, most business travel involves lots of sitting – whether that’s at the airport, on the flight, in meetings or in cars to and from – and plenty of eating too, such as at the hotel breakfast buffet, dinners out with clients, or again, in the air. Combine the two and it&...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2018 24 Comments

  • Best business class seats on Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350-900ULR

    Singapore Airlines' ultra-long range Airbus A350-900 jet takes wing in October with non-stop flights to New York starting October 11, followed by direct flights to Los Angeles on November 2. Those globe-striding flights – which in the case of Singapore-New York will also be the world's lon...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 13 Comments

  • The best perks of Qantas Platinum for domestic economy flyers

    While Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status provides many prized perks such as airport lounge access, priority check-in and priority boarding on domestic flights, travellers aiming for Qantas Platinum have even more to enjoy. Here’s what you can expect when reaching Platinum-grade status and p...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2018 17 Comments

  • The top perks of Virgin Velocity Gold for domestic economy flyers

    Virgin Australia Velocity Gold status is the target of many frequent flyers as it's easier to obtain than Platinum, while still providing many premium perks like airport lounge access and other priority benefits. This shiny Gold card is yours after earning 500 status credits and notching up four...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Your guide to Melbourne Airport's international business class lounges

    Melbourne's international terminal features no less than eight lounges for business class passengers, and with some boarding passes unlocking not just one, but several pre-flight lounges, it pays to know all your options. For example, Qantas business class passengers may naturally gravitate to t...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 22 Comments

  • Why you should never pay in Australian dollars on overseas trips

    When using your Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card overseas to make purchases or ATM cash withdrawals, you may be asked if you’d like to pay in Australian dollars rather than the local currency – and while it might sound like you’re being done a favour, it’s quite the...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 25 Comments

  • Using Virgin Australia Velocity points to book Delta flights

    When it comes to booking flights using your hard-earned Virgin Australia Velocity points, one option to consider for your next journey abroad is Delta. Offering flights from Sydney along with a broader international and US domestic network, Delta reward flights can be booked with minimal taxes a...

    POSTED 17 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Fast-track to Marriott Rewards Gold, Platinum status

    Have some upcoming stays planned at hotels like Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin, and other properties attached to the combined Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs such as W, Autograph Collection and Sheraton? Those stays – and any new ones you...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 10 Comments

  • The best economy seats on the Qantas Boeing 737, and how to get them

    Business travellers darting around Australia will often find themselves on the workhorse of Qantas' domestic fleet, the Boeing 737 – and while these jets feature 12 business class seats up the front, everybody else on board flies economy, as many company travel policies mandate. Of course,...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 17 Comments

  • The best perks of Qantas Gold for domestic economy flyers

    While long-time road warriors could well recite the benefits of Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status from memory, for first-time qualifiers, there’s a lot to learn: but a lot to gain, particularly when flying economy on Australian domestic flights, where the benefits of status are most pronoun...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2018 11 Comments

  • How to always be ready for business when you travel

    Plenty of things can affect your business trips – flight delays, weather events, and terrible traffic to name but a few – but there’s lots you can do to take control of your travel, so that no matter what happens, you’re always ready for business. By removing some of the ...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Getting the most from the ANZ Rewards credit card program

    ANZ partners with a variety of frequent flyer programs to let its cardholders earn points on every credit card transaction they make, from Virgin Australia Velocity to neighbouring Air New Zealand Airpoints through to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and even Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Members of th...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2018 6 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: how their flexible economy fares compare

    In the world of business travel, as in life, the best-laid plans can and often do go awry. Having a flexible airfare will save both you and your business some significant headaches when there's the sudden unexpected need for some leeway in your travel schedule. While we’d all rather be fly...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2018 20 Comments

  • How to merge your Marriott, Starwood Preferred Guest accounts

    As the merger between Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards continues to roll out, members can now combine their hotel loyalty memberships into one account: pooling together all their nights and points into a single program. That’s handy when it comes time...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 3 Comments

  • Your guide to Westpac's Altitude Rewards credit card program

    Covering a range of points-earning Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards, the Westpac Altitude Rewards program allows credit card users to earn points in five airline frequent flyer programs from their everyday purchases. Those partners include Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer, Sin...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • Your guide to Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club loyalty program

    The Asia Miles frequent flyer program allows you to earn and burn miles on flights and upgrades – but when it comes to building frequent flyer status with Cathay Pacific, that’s where the Marco Polo Club program comes into play. Boasting great perks like priority check-in and boardin...

    POSTED 20 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

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