• How to book flights to Tokyo and Japan using Qantas Points

    Japan remains one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers, and stash of Qantas frequent flyer points unlocks plenty of ways to fly direct to Japan from the eastern states as well as one-stop options such as Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. So whether you’re hitting the powd...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2019 2 Comments

  • Your guide to Auckland Airport's international lounges

    With five international lounges welcoming passengers jetting from Auckland to Australia, travellers may find they have a choice between two, three or even four lounges, depending on their frequent flyer status, travel class and lounge membership. For example, a Qantas Platinum frequent flyer can...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2019 1 Comment

  • Qantas business class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Last updated January 2019. Nobody likes to fly in economy, so how do you go about getting an upgrade to business class? There are plenty of myths and also misinformation on how to get a...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2019 82 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Emirates' Boeing 777-200LR

    Emirates’ newest business class seat is currently soaring between Adelaide and Dubai, alongside flights to Fort Lauderdale, Santiago and São Paulo. While it's fair to say that the new 2-2-2 arrangement isn't on-par with many other airlines, it's still an improvement on the Emirates ...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2019 13 Comments

  • Can you travel on a passport within six months of its expiry date?

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. All Australian passports carry an expiry date, but can you actually use your passport right up until it expires, even when that date is less than six months away? As it turns ...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 9 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Air Vanuatu flights

    Turn your hard-earned Qantas Points into a well-deserved holiday with Air Vanuatu, and be whisked away to a tropical island paradise with picture-postcard beaches and some of the world’s best scuba diving. With key destinations within the Pacific Islands on the map – think Vanu...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • These five silver frequent flyer cards give you airport lounge access

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. You’d normally associate flagship airline lounges with flying business class or having a shiny Gold frequent flyer card, but did you know that quite a few airlines also g...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 10 Comments

  • The best ways to fly to Europe using Qantas Points

    With a huge network of global partner airlines plus its own twice-daily flights to London, Qantas’ Frequent Flyer members have so many ways to travel from Australia to Europe using their hard-earned Qantas Points: but not every path is created equal. Some airlines and routes may require fe...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2019 16 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Alaska Airlines flights

    Planning a trip to the United States? You're probably familiar with American Airlines – one of Qantas' closest Oneworld alliance partners – but an often-overlooked alternative is Alaska Airlines, another Qantas partner. Despite the name and particularly following its takeover of Virg...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 4 Comments

  • The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

    Qantas' flagship Airbus A380 flies to Singapore, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and seasonally to Hong Kong, with fully-flat beds for business class passengers along the upper deck. But not every business seat is created equal – some are better for working, others for uninterrupted ...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2019 34 Comments

  • Power up your Australian passport with these six savvy traveller tips

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Don't take your Australian passport for granted – here are six ways to make the most of it. 1. Make your passport last longer when running out of pages Many busine...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2019 20 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific first class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. 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 flight...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2019 10 Comments

  • How to book a Star Alliance round-the-world trip

    To many travellers, jetting round-the-world could just be The Trip of a Lifetime – but for savvy high flyers, these itineraries can be both a time- and cost-efficient way to conduct business or attend to meetings around the globe. Well-planned trips can slash thousands of dollars off the p...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2019 7 Comments

  • How to plan a Star Alliance round-the-world trip

    Flying around the world may seem like an extravagant sojourn, but smart business travellers can use these tickets to get more from their journeys – visiting clients in multiple cities one after the next, rather than taking a separate trip for every meeting, saving precious time. Round-the-...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • How to beat those annoying hotel 'resort fees' in the USA

    Unlike Australia, many hotels in the United States charge guests compulsory daily ‘resort fees’ over and above their nightly room rate, which can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of each stay – even at inner-city hotels which aren’t in fact ‘resorts’. But t...

    POSTED 1 Jan, 2019 25 Comments

  • How to plan and book a round-the-world trip using Qantas Points

    Looking for one of the very best ways to use your pile of Qantas frequent flyer points? Here it is: booking a lavish, round-the-world business class trip for only 2,000 Qantas Points more than a return journey to London. For example, a return business class flight from Sydney to London with...

    POSTED 1 Jan, 2019 34 Comments

  • How I booked my entire honeymoon using frequent flyer points

    When Australian Business Traveller journalist Chris Chamberlin got married in 2017, he booked his entire two-week European honeymoon, including business class flights and five star hotel accommodation, using airline and hotel points. Here's how he did it, so you can do it too... A luxury ov...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2018 45 Comments

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

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. 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 ra...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 39 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 20 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

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

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. 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-ap...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 28 Comments

  • Best seats guide: Qatar Airways Qsuites (Boeing 777 and Airbus A350)

    Qatar Airways’ ‘super business class’ Qsuites have been flying high since June 2017, and currently grace the skies between Canberra, Sydney and Doha on the Boeing 777-300ER. You’ll also find Qsuites on all Airbus A350-1000s, plus some Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200LR ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 10 Comments

  • The best perks of Qantas Gold for domestic economy flyers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. 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,...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 13 Comments

  • How to visit China for up to six days without a visa

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Australian citizens normally need a pre-arranged visa to enter China, but the country’s Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program allows foreigners to enter the country for up ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 40 Comments

  • Why Qantas Lifetime Silver status is worth having

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Lifetime Silver status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme is often seen as a mere stepping stone on the path to Lifetime Gold, but don't underestimate this shiny card. Qantas Lifetime ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 35 Comments

  • Finding the status 'sweet spot' in hotel loyalty programs

    While the top tier of any hotel's loyalty program always provides that chain's best perks, reaching such stratospheric levels isn't always easy – especially for travellers who spread their wings and venture to a variety of destinations, staying with different hotels throughout the year rath...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 10 Comments

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