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
UPDATE | Virgin Australia says it will not impose any time limit for passengers visiting its new international lounges at Sydney and Melbourne, over-ruling a statement made overnight by lounge operator No1 Lounges. As reported earlier today, No1 Lounges spokesman Duncan Cargill said that Vi...
POSTED 8 Nov, 2018 40 Comments
Through its network of partners across the globe, Diners Club offers cardholders unlimited and complimentary access to over 500 airport lounges, regardless of which airline you’re travelling with and where you’re sitting on board. Better yet, with basic Australian Diners Club cards a...
POSTED 14 Jun, 2016 8 Comments
With several daily flights from Qantas, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines and British Airways, London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3 is something of a de facto hub for Oneworld carriers. And as it happens, most of those airlines are working on new or radically revamped lounges which will progress...
POSTED 30 Mar, 2016 6 Comments
The doors to Air New Zealand's shiny new Brisbane Airport lounge are now open, with the airline moving into a completely new facility almost twice the size of its current lounge. Prior to its debut, Australian Business Traveller stopped by for a sneak peek of what's in store, and it's quite a pl...
POSTED 14 Mar, 2016 22 Comments
Qantas partner Emirates has opened a new lounge at Melbourne Airport for the airline's first class, business class and top-tier Skywards frequent flyers. Located adjacent to the 'old' Emirates lounge, atop the escalators near Gate 10 on Level 3, it's substantially larger – with room for&...
POSTED 12 Jan, 2016 17 Comments
Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Etihad take line honours for the world's best airport lounges in the Australian Business Traveller Awards for 2015. Best First Class Lounge: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class, Hong Kong Between rushing to the airport and boarding that next flight, Cathay Pacific&rsq...
POSTED 4 Aug, 2015 9 Comments
Fancy earning 5,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles without leaving your lounge room and another 5,000 bonus miles on your first Singapore Airlines flight? How about a boosted checked baggage allowance on the cheapest Virgin Australia economy tickets for Silver, Gold and Platinum members of V...
POSTED 6 Mar, 2015 0 Comments
If you're flying around Europe, especially to the UK, make sure you know where the lounge is -- many of them are before passport control, and you might not be allowed back through to go to the lounge. It's all because of the Schengen system, where most of continental Europe has open internal bor...
POSTED 1 Aug, 2013 4 Comments
Virgin America has joined its sister airlines in Australia and across the Atlantic in the "who can have the swankiest Virgin lounge" game, and its first move is the chic and stylish space it calls The Loft at Los Angeles LAX. Even better, you can also use The Loft when heading back home across t...
POSTED 13 Dec, 2012 24 Comments
Does your frequent flyer card offer you a serviced office in the CBD? If it says "Air New Zealand Airpoints" or "Koru Club", it does now. The Kiwi flag-carrier this week opened the doors of its Koru Central Auckland CBD business lounge to its top-tier frequent flyers and members of the...
POSTED 22 Nov, 2012 5 Comments
In the wash-up of the Qantas-Emirates alliance we've taken a close look at Emirates first class, business class and economy class compared with Qantas;' own offerings in each cabin, and also presented a bit of a 'Skywards 101' on Emirates' frequent flyer reward program. In this fi...
POSTED 3 Oct, 2012 3 Comments
There's a new buy-your-way-in lounge in Kuala Lumpur from the Plaza Premium Lounge network, which is also affiliated with Priority Pass and other lounge-access cards. It's ideal if you're travelling in economy from KL and don't have lounge-access frequent flyer status on the airline you're flying...
POSTED 27 Sep, 2012 7 Comments
It's Friday, and Friday evening means it's time for a week-ending glass of something. Of course, if you're on the road, your options might be limited: bad airline wine, a severely limited bottom-shelf liquor selection or just the mixers. (FYI, you might find those called "soft drinks".) But addi...
POSTED 20 Jul, 2012 0 Comments
British Airways has gained another lounge at Heathrow, and Star Alliance lost one, following BA take-over of BMI's superb Great British Lounge at London Heathrow's Terminal 1. A highly-regarded haven in T1, the Great British Lounge was previously open to business class passengers and h...
POSTED 31 May, 2012 2 Comments
Air Pacific's new Tabua Club Lounge at Nadi International Airport will provide travellers on the Fijian flag-carrier with some pre-flight respite. Located on the ground floor of the Nadi's departure hall, the 75-seater lounge is for the use of Air Pacific's Tabua Club members. Non-mem...
POSTED 19 Mar, 2012 0 Comments
Who doesn't love an amazing airport lounge? Now there's another great one to add to your must-visit list, with the opening of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York's JFK Airport. The Clubhouse is a trans-Atlantic business travel hotspot for Virgin America and Singapore Airlines as well, and ...
POSTED 13 Mar, 2012 0 Comments
As Virgin Australia continues to expand its domestic lounge network, Virgin boss John Borghetti shared with Australian Business Traveller an insight into progress for the lounges already announced at the Gold Coast and Darwin, plus the refit of the Sydney lounge. "Gold...
POSTED 24 Feb, 2012 3 Comments
Auckland Airport's newly-opened international Emperor Lounge is available for a fee to all passengers crossing the Tasman or Pacific from Auckland. That's a win for frequent flyers flying economy class outside their usual airline, who don't have lounge access, and for occasional business travell...
POSTED 21 Feb, 2012 0 Comments
Global airport lounge network Priority Pass is offering 20 percent off membership -- and that's a good deal if you're a frequent international traveller. There's $20 off the Standard membership (now $79 plus $27 per visit), $50 off the Standard Plus level (now $199 for ten visits, then $27 per v...
POSTED 20 Feb, 2012 0 Comments
Qatar Airways' new Premium Lounge at London Heathrow piles on the luxury for first class and business class passengers. It's the first 'premium' Qatar lounge outside of the airline's Doha hub, inspired by the Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport – which is exclusiv...
POSTED 2 Feb, 2012 4 Comments
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