• Your weekly wrap for Qantas, Virgin Australia frequent flyers

    This week is filled with news for frequent flyers with Qantas unlocking a new type of points upgrade to premium economy and business class, while Virgin Australia tinkers with its Velocity scheme and the number of points you’ll need in order to fly with VA and its international partners. A...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2016 0 Comments

  • LAN, TAM tweak LATAM Plus, Fidelidade frequent flyer programs

    LAN and TAM, collectively the LATAM Group, are streamlining the airlines’ frequent flyer programs while at the same time improving benefits for existing members. Cornerstone to the changes are improved ‘courtesy upgrades’ to premium economy and business class on selected but as...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2016 1 Comment

  • Trans-Tasman traffic is a welcome bonus for LAN's Boeing 787

    South American airline LAN didn't set out to win a chunk of the competitive trans-Tasman business travel market, but there's no denying that its Auckland stop-over en route from Sydney to Santiago has won over many passengers. The combination of keenly-priced fares and a smooth-riding Boeing 787...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2015 16 Comments

  • LAN's Boeing 787-9 makes first flight to Sydney

    LAN's latest Boeing 787-9 has graced Sydney with a one-off visit ahead of beginning regular flights to Santiago from late September. The larger and longer-range version of the Boeing 787-8, which started on the Sydney-Auckland-Santiago in April this year, filled in for its smaller sibling last F...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2015 4 Comments

  • LAN, TAM airlines to be rebranded as LATAM

    Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM will be renamed LATAM as another step in integrating the two airlines, which merged in 2012. The new moniker, which is already in existence as the name of both airline's parent group, is intended to simplify promotion of the airlines across their integrated...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2015 8 Comments

  • LAN considering direct Sydney-Santiago flights on Boeing 787-9

    LAN Airlines may move to direct flights between Sydney and Santiago, skipping the current Auckland stop-over, some time after the airline's new Boeing 787-9 debuts on the route in September. The South American airline and Qantas partner could also add Melbourne and Brisbane to its Australian map...

    POSTED 1 May, 2015 10 Comments

  • Photos: new Santiago lounge for LAN, TAM, Qantas passengers

    Santiago now boasts the largest airport lounge in South America with the opening of LATAM’s two-storey facility for LAN, TAM, Qantas and other Oneworld passengers in the Chilean capital. With space for up to 460 seated guests, LAN’ and TAM’s own business class travellers can ...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2015 14 Comments

  • LAN, TAM cut Qantas Frequent Flyer points on economy flights

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members stuck in economy on Oneworld airlines LAN and TAM will soon earn fewer points on most economy tickets, with travellers reeling in as little as a quarter of what they do today. It's most noticeable on the cheapest fares, which drop from earning one frequent flyer poi...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2015 3 Comments

  • Qantas launches frequent flyer upgrades on LAN

    Aussie travellers can now use their Qantas frequent flyer points to upgrade to business class on Oneworld partner LAN’s Sydney-Auckland-Santiago flights. To upgrade, passengers must have booked their flights through Qantas as a QF codeshare – that’s QF321 from Sydney to Santiag...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2015 5 Comments

  • LAN Boeing 787 to fly Sydney-Auckland-Santiago from April 18

    South America's LAN Airlines will begin flying the Boeing 787 between Sydney and Santiago this week, with a stopover in Auckland also providing a quick trans-Tasman dash on the advanced Dreamliner. LAN, which as a member of the Oneworld airline alliance is also a Qantas partner, will upgrad...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2015 16 Comments

  • LAN looks for growth with Boeing 787 on Sydney-Santiago flights

    South American airline and Qantas partner LAN is gearing up for growth on its Sydney-Santiago route, driven in part by next month's launch of a Boeing 787-8 on the 16 hour flight. Although LAN has not set a date for the upgrade from its ageing and fuel-guzzling Airbus A340 to the ...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2015 12 Comments

  • Five ways to fly Sydney-Auckland in business class

    With the Sydney-Auckland corridor being Australia's most popular international route and trans-Tasman flights a regular fixture in the schedule of many Australian business travellers, there's plenty of interest in how to cross the pond at the pointy end of the plane. Despite the relati...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2015 19 Comments

  • Five Oneworld airlines you probably haven't flown, but should...

    Most Australian business travellers naturally belong to the 10 million-strong Qantas Frequent Flyer program and are already earning points on their Qantas flights both at home and abroad. And as a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, Qantas has partners a'plenty including British Airway...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2014 11 Comments

  • How codeshare flights could be costing you thousands...

    Airline partnerships such as those of Qantas and Emirates, or Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines, can see you paying thousands of dollars more to travel on the exact same flight, depending on which airline you book your ticket with. What if you could pay up to $3,200 less for the exact...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2014 14 Comments

  • Luxe new South American lounges for LAN & TAM

    Qantas partner and oneworld member LAN Airlines and its Brazilian sibling TAM Airlines will open four more VIP lounges next year, following this month's debut of LAN's newest lounge at El Dorado International Airport in the Colombian capital of Bogota. Also on the slate for 2...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2013 4 Comments

  • Qantas gets a new partner as Brazil's TAM Airlines joins Oneworld

    Qantas is set to gain another partner for shared flights and frequent flyer reward points as Brazil’s TAM Airlines joins the Oneworld alliance. TAM's Chilean sibling LAN is already part of the Oneworld family, which also includes British Airways, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2013 3 Comments

  • How to get true business class on flights to New Zealand

    New Zealand is the number one destination for Australian business travellers, but it's not exactly brimming with true business class seats -- wide, comfortable, plenty of legroom, international-grade seats -- for that hope across the pond, a journey which take up to five hours if the winds a...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2012 6 Comments

  • LAN & TAM merger: what it means for Qantas/oneworld passengers

    With the merger of two of South America's largest airlines -- Chile-based LAN and Brazil's TAM -- to create the LATAM group, what's the impact on Qantas travellers and especially Qantas Frequent Flyers? The big win will be LATAM's expected alignment with the oneworld airline alliance, of which Q...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2012 2 Comments

  • Tokyo, Hong Kong follow Sydney with oneworld support centres

    Oneworld is continuing to roll out its at-airport support centres to handle tight connections and minimise missed flights between alliance airlines. Following the opening of oneworld's Global Support centre at Sydney Airport earlier this year, a similar operation is now being trialled at Tokyo's...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2012 0 Comments

  • Bye-bye Buenos Aires: Qantas begins direct Sydney-Santiago flights

    This week sees Qantas flights to South American shift from Buenos Aires in Argentina to the Santiago hub of Chile's flag carrier and oneworld partner airline LAN. It's an inconvenience if you want to go to Buenos Aires, but for just about everyone else heading for South America it's a ...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2012 1 Comment

  • Three of the best 'home cuisine' dishes served in-flight

    One of the pleasures of travelling abroad on business is experiencing different cuisines and local specialties. And an increasing number of airlines get you in the mood en route, showcasing their national dishes in the air. That's a weclome treat for business travellers: not only can you en...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2012 2 Comments

  • How to get long-haul seats and service on AU-NZ flights

    Flying across the Tasman to New Zealand from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland or Christchurch? Choose your flights carefully and you could fly in a more comfortable seat, snooze on a fully flat bed, get some work done with full inflight power points and space to unfold your laptop, or ...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2011 8 Comments

  • Qantas drops international routes in major restructure

    Qantas has this morning surprised travellers with an earlier than expected announcement of its massive restructure, including a reshuffle of its international routes. CEO Alan Joyce made the announcement at a press conference called at short notice in Sydney today, under the catchphrase "There's...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • New flight cuts five hours off Sydney-Brazil travel time

    Planning a business trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? LAN Chile Airlines has introduced a new flight that cuts out one of the three stops necessary along the way. Options for flying from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro are limited. The quickest route available prior to this announcement was 26 hours tota...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2011 2 Comments

  • The oneworld alliance: the basics for Australian frequent flyers

    Every frequent flyer is, at some stage, an infrequent flyer setting off on their first business trip. And first-time business travellers are as much a part of the Australian Business Traveller audience as the seasoned experts. Over the next few days we'll introduce you to the 'need to know' ...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2011 5 Comments

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