• Taiwan opens fast-track passport e-Gates to Australian travellers

    Aussie travellers jetting to Taiwan or stopping over in Taipei on journeys with China Airlines and EVA Air can now expedite their crossing at Taiwanese passport control by registering for access to the country’s automated e-Gates. As Taiwan has no priority line or ‘express path&rsquo...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 5 Comments

  • New benefits for Qantas flyers as Fiji Airways joins Oneworld Connect

    Fiji Airways is now affiliated with Oneworld, joining the global alliance as a ‘Oneworld Connect’ partner this week: unlocking valuable perks for eligible Qantas Frequent Flyer cardholders taking Fiji Airways flights. Chiefly, there's access to priority check-in and boarding, althoug...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 14 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific business class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel, and was last updated January 2019. 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 clas...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • How to get Qantas Lifetime Gold status

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Lifetime Gold status with the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the goal of many business travellers and high flyers, and with good reason. It means you get all of those prized perks of ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 95 Comments

  • Fast-track to Emirates Skywards Gold in a single return trip

    Fancy access to Emirates’ business class lounges the world over, along with Qantas’ international business class lounges and Australian domestic Qantas Clubs for an entire year, just by taking one return flight to Dubai, London or anywhere else in Europe? That’s exactly what Em...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

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

    Covering a range of points-earning 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, Singapore...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

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

    Brisbane Airport's international terminal is home to no less than five lounges, and with some business class passengers, frequent flyers or lounge members potentially having two or even three lounges to choose from, it pays to know all the options. For example, Star Alliance business class passe...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2018 13 Comments

  • The best SkyTeam frequent flyer programs for Australian travellers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Although the global SkyTeam alliance doesn’t count an Australian airline among its ranks, eight SkyTeam members currently fly Down Under, on which travellers can earn and redeem fr...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • Get a complimentary flight every year with these Visa credit cards

    While plenty of American Express cards include 'travel credits' to offset the cost of their annual fees, most Australian spenders need more than an AMEX card in their wallet to pay everywhere they shop, given Visa and Mastercard are accepted much more widely. However, that doesn't mean you have ...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • How to choose the right frequent flyer program

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Every business traveller should belong to at least one frequent flyer program – but making that choice isn't as straightforward as you may think. While the Qantas Frequent Fl...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • What could you do with 120,000 Qantas frequent flyer points?

    With some of Australia's highest credit card sign-up deals pumping out offers of up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points right now, there's plenty you could do with that bounty. Whether your travels take you within Australia, to New Zealand, up to Asia or even to London or New York, we show some of th...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2018 13 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book American Airlines flights

    With the world's largest fleet of aircraft and flights to more destinations worldwide than any other carrier, American Airlines isn't just Qantas' Stateside alliance partner, it's also an option to consider when it comes time to exchange your hard-earned Qantas Frequent Flyer points to book your ...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2018 3 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 from late 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, th...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2018 50 Comments

  • Your guide to connecting to the USA via Vancouver with Air Canada

    While many Australian travellers bound for US east coast cities like New York will default to flying via Los Angeles, Vancouver presents an interesting alternative, and can take some of the hassle out of the typical Stateside transit experience. For instance, when flying from Australia to the US...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 6 Comments

  • How to get a second Australian passport

    Having just one Australian passport is sufficient for most travellers, but regular international jetsetters can actually apply to hold a second valid Australian passport, facilitating travel when the first is out-of-reach. That’s handy when you’re waiting for a visa to be approved fo...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 15 Comments

  • Best perks of Virgin Velocity Platinum for domestic economy flyers

    Velocity Platinum is currently the highest status tier that Virgin Australia offers and it's yours after 1,000 status credits (800 if maintaining existing Platinum status) and eight eligible flights in a year. The main benefits of lounge access and priority perks are relatively similar to Veloci...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • These Australian debit cards don't charge overseas transaction fees

    A growing number of Australian debit cards offer savvy travellers various ways to save on international transaction fees, and in some cases, even provide rebates on ATM fees imposed by the machines' operators. With no monthly account keeping fees and easy online banking tools to manage your cash...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 20 Comments

  • Best perks of Qantas Platinum One for domestic economy flyers

    Qantas Platinum One status is the highest rung on the Qantas Frequent Flyer ladder – bested only by the invitation-only Chairman’s Lounge tier – and for travellers who mainly fly domestically, getting there can be a particularly hard slog. On popular routes like Sydney-Melbourn...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • 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 8 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

  • 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 15 Comments

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