• Melbourne-Singapore business class: how the airlines compare

    Melbourne to Singapore is a busy international corridor for business travellers, with no less than five airlines currently doing the eight-hour dash between the two cities. Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar and Scoot all have business class cabins on this route ranging from luxurious...

    POSTED 27 May, 2019 23 Comments

  • Jetstar could add business class to its domestic Airbus A321neo fleet

    Jetstar could begin offering business class within Australia in its forthcoming Airbus A321neo jets, in a move which would be at odds with the airline's low-cost mantra but also boosts its appeal to domestic business travellers on a budget. 18 of the long-range A321neo LR series will arrive in J...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 36 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Sydney-Honolulu flights

    Whether you’re jetting to Hawaii for work or play, several airlines can take you there in business class, including Qantas, Hawaiian Airlines and low-cost option Jetstar. On some flights: fully-flat beds with direct aisle access as travellers are now coming to expect, while on others, seat...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • The best business class on Melbourne-Singapore flights

    Melbourne-based travellers are quite literally spoiled for choice when jetting to Singapore with no less than five airlines offering non-stop flights including Qantas and Singapore Airlines, but also Emirates, Jetstar and Scoot. Depending on which option you choose, you could either find yoursel...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2017 33 Comments

  • Jetstar to fly from Sydney, Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City

    Jetstar is looking to break the monopoly on flights to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) from Sydney and Melbourne with the launch of direct flights from mid-May. Qantas' low-cost offshoot will go up against national flag-carrier Vietnam Airlines on the route, with  both airlines flyi...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2017 9 Comments

  • Jetstar introduces 1% credit card booking fee

    Jetstar travellers will pay up to 1.06% of their airfare as a credit card booking fee from September 1. Qantas' low-cost sibling is the latest airline to switch from flat fees to a percentage-based system, in line with new rules set by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the&n...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2016 16 Comments

  • Can you use Qantas Points to upgrade to Jetstar business class?

    Can you use Qantas Points to upgrade from economy to business class on a Jetstar flight? In two words: unfortunately not! Although Jetstar is owned by Qantas, it’s not possible to use your Qantas frequent flyer points for a business class upgrade on any Jetstar flight. If you're really k...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2016 2 Comments

  • Jetstar Australia eyes more non-stop flights to China

    Jetstar intends to open up new direct routes between Australia and China as Qantas' low-cost arm expands its international network. But rather than the mega-hubs of Shanghai and Beijing, Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka reveals that the airline is circling “major regional cities in China&r...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2016 11 Comments

  • Flying to secondary cities in China: your non-stop options explained

    Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are all major destinations for Australian business travellers, yet there’s growing demand for journeys further afield with eight airlines now flying or soon to fly directly between our shores and 11 other cities across mainland China. Among them, Chengdu, Sh...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 14 Comments

  • Jetstar edges towards all-Boeing 787 long-haul fleet

    Jetstar is close to having an all-Boeing 787 fleet to cover its longer international flights as the date of its final Airbus A330 service nears on September 24. That’s when Jetstar will run its last A330 flights, being from Melbourne to Honolulu as JQ1 and then Honolulu to Brisbane later t...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2015 18 Comments

  • Earning Qantas frequent flyer points on flights to China

    Through Qantas’ web of codeshare and Oneworld airline partners, it’s incredibly easy for Aussie travellers to earn frequent flyer points when travelling to China, along with status credits in many cases. Whether you’re visiting Shanghai on business, taking a holiday in Beijing ...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2015 13 Comments

  • Frequent flyer points and perks news: our weekly wrap

    Selected American Express customers will soon earn fewer frequent flyer points per dollar spent on a range of Blue, Gold and Affinity Gold credit cards, while all Virgin Australia Velocity members can amass double points with a range of retailers before the financial year ends. Also in this week...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on Jetstar New Zealand flights

    Jetstar New Zealand flights will now earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points, giving travellers – especially our Kiwi cousins – the chance to pocket more points across the pond. The new deal, which comes into effect from today, applies to all domestic Jetstar NZ flights and starts at a min...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2015 3 Comments

  • Jetstar launches non-stop Boeing 787 flights to China

    IN BRIEF | Qantas’ low-cost offshoot Jetstar will begin serving mainland China from later this year with the launch of non-stop flights between Queensland’s Gold Coast (Coolangatta) and Wuhan – Central China’s most populous city. Served by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with 2...

    POSTED 5 May, 2015 15 Comments

  • This week's wrap for Aussie frequent flyers

    Want to upgrade from economy to business class on Virgin Australia’s cheaper fares, or to earn both Skywards miles and SPG Starpoints on your next trek with Emirates? Or, how about a whopping 64,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points for a single return trip from Sydney to Singapore, or up to 10...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2014 0 Comments

  • Jetstar trials streaming wi-fi entertainment

    Jetstar is running live trials of a new inflight entertainment system capable of beaming movies, TV shows and music directly to a traveller’s smartphone or tablet. The Jetstar Streaming service is similar to Qantas’ Q Streaming, with one exception – passengers will be expected ...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2014 6 Comments

  • Jetstar cuts carry-on baggage allowance

    Jetstar is reducing its carry-on baggage allowance across all Australian domestic and international flights from late November in both business class and economy. As Australian Business Traveller tipped earlier this month, the maximum weight per cabin bag on most Jetstar flights will decrease fr...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2014 22 Comments

  • Skip the check-in queues on Jetstar international flights

    Business travellers can now side-step Jetstar’s check-in counters at Melbourne Airport with the airline expanding its existing online check-in system to selected international flights from the Victorian capital. Through the Jetstar website, Melbournians can select their seat, print their o...

    POSTED 20 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Jetstar carry-on baggage crack down kicks off next week

    UPDATE | Jetstar's six-month trial of 'cabin baggage officers' will kick off at airports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast on Monday October 13. These staff are tasked with weighing and measuring customers' bags, and will arrange to have bags checked in if they&rsquo...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2014 45 Comments

  • Jetstar upgrades Sydney-Honolulu flights to Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Jetstar passengers heading to Honolulu (Hawaii) from Sydney will find themselves on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from February 19 next year. The Sydney-Honolulu service will become Jetstar’s 10th Boeing 787 route and the airline’s longest scheduled Dreamliner flight. Jetstar Australia ...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2014 3 Comments

  • Jetstar to allow gate-to-gate iPads, Kindles, smartphones

    Passengers on Jetstar flights can use portable gadgets such as their phones, tablets and eReaders from gate to gate from the first departures on Saturday August 30. That includes domestic flights within both Australia and New Zealand, trans-Tasman services and also Jetstar’s international ...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2014 3 Comments

  • Jetstar loses $116m despite strong domestic showing

    Qantas' low-cost sibling Jetstar has not escaped its share of the pain, with the Jetstar Group losing $116 million before tax this year. It's a shift in fortunes for the low-cost carrier, with profits down over a quarter of a billion dollars following last year’s earnings before tax p...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2014 2 Comments

  • Qantas wins for on-time flights but QantasLink tops in cancellations

    Qantas has pipped Virgin Australia as Australia's most on-time airline but its regional arm QantasLink now leads low-cost carrier Tiger Airways for the highest number of cancellations. Data from the federal government's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) for the 2...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2014 0 Comments

  • Qantas amps up Airbus A320neo order

    IN BRIEF | Qantas has firmed up a three-year old order for the Airbus A320neo with 99 of the next-generation jets due for delivery between 2016 and 2022. Although the planes are intended for low-cost sibling Jetstar, Qantas has not ruled out drafting A320neos into its domestic fleet, which is cu...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2014 19 Comments

  • ACCC takes Virgin Australia, Jetstar to court over credit card fees

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today filed proceedings against Virgin Australia and Jetstar in Federal Court over the airlines’ card payment fees. Alleging “misleading or deceptive conduct”, the ACCC's action relates to ‘drip pricing’ –...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2014 10 Comments

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