• Batik Air launches double-daily Perth-Denpasar (Bali) flights

    Batik Air will launch its first Australian route next month with double-daily flights from Perth to Denpasar in Indonesia’s popular province of Bali commencing from June 21. Using an Airbus A320 aircraft, all flights will offer business class service with three rows of seats in a 2-2 layou...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 16 Comments

  • Vodafone extends $5/day roaming to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and more

    Vodafone Australia extends its $5 per day data roaming deal to China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand this week. Beginning January 23rd, Vodafone subscribers on the carrier's globetrotter-friendly Red plans can now use their Australian plan's call, text and data all...

    POSTED 26 Jan, 2014 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia boosts flights to Bali

    Virgin Australia is adding an extra six flights per week from Australia’s east coast into Denpasar, Bali. From 19 December 2013 there'll be one extra weekly service from Brisbane, two extra weekly services from Sydney plus three more from Melbourne. Virgin Australia sa...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2013 14 Comments

  • Virgin Australia adds more flights to Indonesia with SilkAir

    Virgin Australia is spreading its wings a little more throughout Asia with the launch of new codeshare flights to Indonesia via SilkAir, the regional arm of Virgin partner Singapore Airlines. The five new destinations are Bandung (airport code BDO), Balikpapan (BPN), Lombok (LOP), Palembang...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2013 4 Comments

  • Garuda Indonesia returns to Brisbane with Denpasar-Jakarta flights

    Garuda Indonesia is coming back to Brisbane, with flights between Queensland and Indonesia six times weekly starting next August after a five-year hiatus. The new flights will run Brisbane-Denpasar-Jakarta, using Boeing 737-800 planes -- smaller than Garuda's Airbus A330 jets, which the airline ...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2012 2 Comments

  • BridgeAlliance axes unlimited AsiaRoam Data SIM

    IN BRIEF | Australian travellers to Asia will lose one of their options for unlimited data roaming on December 31 when the Bridge Alliance group shutters its AsiaRoam Data SIM programme. However, citing a "change of business focus", the Bridge Alliance says that "Bridge AsiaRoamData SIM and...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • Garuda Indonesia plans inflight wifi for Australia flights

    Garuda Indonesia will be offering inflight Internet from the end of the year, with new Airbus A330 planes receiving in-the-air satellite wifi as standard and the existing fleet seeing a refit. The airline will use the OnAir satellite-based system, similar to the systems that are already being us...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Garuda's big plans for Indonesia, Europe, SkyTeam & frequent flyers

    Garuda Indonesia is hoping to snare business travellers from Australia with its fully flat beds and daily flights to Jakarta, which Australian Business Traveller reviewed recently. We sat down in Jakarta with Bagus Siregar, Garuda's Senior General Manager for the Australian market, to talk more ...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • 2-for-1 deal on unlimited data roaming SIM

    IN BRIEF | Heading to Asia for a short trip? There's a good deal on a roaming SIM card that could save you even more money than usual.  Bridge Alliance -- a consortium of mobile networks in the region -- is offering a good promotion on its Bridge AsiaRoam DataSIM cards for American Express ...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Garuda launches 'Corporate Partner Program'

    In brief: On the back on increased business travel to and from Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia has launched a Corporate Partner Program for Australian corporate accounts and travel management companies. The scheme offers ticket savings, travel rebates and accelerated rewards for frequent business tr...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • How to divert your mobile through Skype to avoid global roaming fees

    There's a golden trick that tech-savvy travellers have been using for years to avoid global roaming fees. Put simply, you divert your Australian mobile number to a Skype number, which in turn diverts to your overseas mobile number.  As a result, you avoid global roaming fees altogether. Y...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2011 18 Comments

  • Unlimited roaming data in 32 countries: new service

    A new service is offering unlimited mobile internet access in 32 countries around the world for a flat daily fee — adding yet another nail to the coffin of telcos' inflated global roaming data fees. We've recently covered some solutions to the problem of high data roaming fees (typically $...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • New SIM card offers unlimited data roaming in Asia

    UPDATE | The Bridge AsiaRoam Data SIM package is being withdrawn as of December 31, 2012 – see our story here for more details. PREVIOUS | Last week, we detailed Tru's new mobile network that spans three countries, doing away with global roaming fees altogether. This week, there's mo...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2011 6 Comments

  • More flights from Sydney to Jakarta on Garuda

    Good news for travellers bound for Indonesia: Garuda Indonesia is adding four Jakarta-Sydney return flights to its weekly schedule. The airline will use its Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, in Executive (business) and economy class. Total flight time is just under eight hours. Garuda, Indo...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Update: Volcanic ash cloud disrupts flights to Jakarta

    Update: Jetstar has announced most flights will be returning to normal from Friday morning onwards. However, its Perth-Jakarta service may soon be affected by the volcano's ash cloud.   Previous: Flights to and from Australia are being hampered by the Mount Merapi volcano, with Qantas and ...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Garuda offers in-flight visa processing from Sydney

    Now this is something we'd like to see a lot more of! Passengers travelling from Sydney to Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia will now be able to have their visas processed during the flight. Payment for the processing will be made when checking in at Sydney Airport, for around $25. The service mean...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2010 0 Comments

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