• Rimowa's see-through luggage has nothing to hide

    "Transparency" has been a go-to buzzword in the business and tech industries over the past few years, but German luggage maker Rimowa has taken the concept to the extreme. Introducing the Rimowa x Off-White Cabin Multiwheel (€850), a carry-on bag cast in clear polycarbonate for a completely...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2018 14 Comments

  • Segway's new Puppy 1 suitcase follows you like, well, a puppy!

    Tired of pulling and pushing your luggage around? Segway is behind the development of a new 'self-driving' suitcase called the Puppy 1 which will faithfully follow you at speeds up to 10mph (16kph). A 20 inch high, 50 pound capacity, remote-controlled suitcase, the Puppy 1 uses sensors to balanc...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2018 8 Comments

  • How 'smart luggage' makers plan to beat airline bans

    Considering that the last major innovation in luggage was a four-wheeled suitcase patented in 1972, it’s understandable that recent shifts have thrown the travel industry for a loop. For the past few years, makers of so-called smart luggage – that’s bags with anything from a US...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2017 7 Comments

  • Five easy ways to tamper-proof your suitcase

    Luggage tampering and theft happens all around the world – even when you’re heading to tourist-friendly destinations such as Los Angeles and New York, which were recently named as America’s two worst-ranking cities for claims of missing items from checked baggage. Wherever your...

    POSTED 7 May, 2015 10 Comments

  • Paklite unveils new 'Altitude' luggage range

    Paklite’s new ‘Altitude’ range of hard-shell suitcases have hit the streets and skies, with both cabin and checked bags now on sale. All bags come in both Cool Copper and Gun Metal metallic finishes – making them easier to spot at baggage claim – while the 115cm, $2...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2015 2 Comments

  • Paklite unveils new frequent traveller luggage ranges

    Paklite’s new Cyborg, Featherweight and Jet-Lite ranges hit the shelves this month, with designs that are both lightweight and durable for frequent business travellers. For tough cases, look no further than Cyborg – its medium and large hard-sided cases are perfect for housing those ...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2014 0 Comments

  • In search of the perfect carry-on bag

    Business travellers put a lot of thought into picking the perfect carry-on bag, and that's as it should be. For the frequent flyer, the right hand luggage lets you zip through security, make an overnight trip without the time-consuming hassle of checked bags – and keep your gear safe ...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2014 19 Comments

  • Travel tip: how to safely pack wine in your luggage

    One of the many joys of travel is the opportunity to sample new wines and bring back some bottles of the best for yourself or friends. We've been known to pick up a top bottle of Argentinian Malbec or French Côtes du Rhone while on a business trip, and after much trial and error (especiall...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2014 8 Comments

  • Airbus reveals iPhone-enabled 'smart bag' with RFID, GPS tracking

    Airbus is best known for aircraft like its A380 superjumbo and the next-generation A350 jetliner, but the company has cooked up something else to delight the traveller: a prototype 'smart' bag complete with a companion iPhone app and 'Find My Bag' function to track lost luggage. Christened 'Ba...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2013 7 Comments

  • British Airways revamps Europe tickets, cuts free checked luggage

    British Airways is shaking up European fares from its London Gatwick hub, with new "no bag" tickets on sale now for flights from 26 February. The airline insists the basic luggage-inclusive ticket price will remain the same under the new regime, with passengers seeing new "hand baggage only" far...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2013 14 Comments

  • United slashes business class baggage limits, adds $200 fee

    United Airlines is cutting baggage allowances with immediate effect for business and first class passengers across its network. Business class passengers' luggage limit is now two bags of 32 kg each, down from three bags.  The airline is now charging business class passengers a sky-high ext...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2013 1 Comment

  • Qantas changes international luggage limits to match Emirates

    Qantas will change international baggage allowances from counting number of bags to counting their weight, bringing them in line with Emirates, as the Qantas-Emirates alliance starts up on 1 April. Qantas' and Emirates' Platinum, Gold and Silver frequent flyers will receive extra allowances on t...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2013 15 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's new baggage limits: more for most flyers

    Virgin Australia's new checked luggage rules, recently introduced alongside the airline's move to the Sabre booking system, could catch a few travellers unawares. But on the whole, passengers on most fares and Velocity Frequent Flyers will find themselves no worse off, and in some cases the...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2013 4 Comments

  • Christmas trees fly free all December on airberlin

    This story proved too good for us to resist, especially on mid-week 'hump day'! Christmas trees may not be a common sight on the baggage belts at Australian airports, but things are a bit different in Europe, says airberlin -- especially among Germans escaping the chill of Northern Europe f...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2012 3 Comments

  • How to pack like a pro: roll some clothes, fold others

    Since the suitcase was invented (and certainly since business travellers have tried to squeeze everything they need into a carry-on sized one), packing to avoid wrinkles has been top of the list. Rolling certain types of clothes rather than folding them helps to save space in your luggage -- and...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2012 3 Comments

  • Louis Vuitton luggage videos show you how the other half packs

    If you've got more money than sense and are toting Louis Vuitton luggage, the luxury bagmaker has some fun animations of how to pack so that you can amuse yourself instead of doing whatever it is that means you're thinking about buying Louis Vuitton luggage. (Starring on The Shire, perhaps.) It'...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2012 3 Comments

  • Save time when packing: keep essentials in your carry-on at home

    Hate packing? We'll let you into a secret: so do we! That's why the Australian Business Traveller team is always on the lookout to make one of business travel's more frustrating tasks faster, easier and with less faff. One of the tricks I'm very fond of is never fully unpacking. Don't...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2012 6 Comments

  • What to do when an airline damages or destroys your luggage

    It's a rare frequent flyer who hasn't had an airline wreck their baggage -- whether it's a giant crack down your "unbreakable" hard-sided case, a rip in your "military-grade" ballistic nylon bag, or a zip disaster that has your meeting clothes making their own way around the carousel. Naturally,...

    POSTED 13 Jun, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia introduces new luggage rules and restrictions

    Today sees the start of Virgin Australia's new rules for checked baggage on all domestic flights and trans-Tasman services to New Zealand. The airline moves from its current system of charging for baggage according to weight and shift to a ‘per piece’ model – which means r...

    POSTED 16 May, 2012 8 Comments

  • Five tips to keep your luggage smelling fresh on the road

    We've all been there -- that point halfway through a business trip where there's something in your travel bag that's making everything in it smell a little less than crispy fresh. It's even more disheartening to pack away clothes straight from the hotel laundry (and at hotel laundry prices, no l...

    POSTED 11 May, 2012 1 Comment

  • What to look for when buying a carry-on bag

    Business travellers put a lot of thought into picking the perfect carry-on bag. That's as it should be. For the frequent flyer, the right hand luggage lets you zip through security, make an overnight trip without the time-consuming hassle of checked bags (especially if you pack efficiently)...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2012 7 Comments

  • Top 10 tips for getting the best travel insurance

    Want to maximise your chances of a travel insurance payout with minimum hassle? Then choose your insurer, and your policy carefully -- our top ten tips will help! 1. Buy online, direct from the insurer It's reasonably well known that travel agents and airlines get staggeringly large commissions...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2012 7 Comments

  • Best and worst credit cards for travel insurance: what's covered?

    Credit card travel insurance: the devil's in the detail Is free travel insurance with credit cards as good as independent policies -- and how do different cards' coverage stack up against each other's? We've spent a solid week reading the travel insurance policies provided by banks and credit c...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2011 22 Comments

  • US Skycap airport porters: a good deal for heavy or bulky luggage

    Flying through a US airport with lots of hold luggage? Tip the Skycap airport porter to carry your checked bags instead of spending the same amount of money on a pay-per-use luggage trolley. At most US airports -- especially the ones Australian business travellers are likely to find themselves p...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2011 3 Comments

  • SkyTeam adds extra baggage allowance for elite frequent flyers

    Global airline network SkyTeam has set standardised extra baggage allowances for its high-tier Elite and Gold Elite frequent flyers, which will come into effect next week on 1 September. Passengers travelling from Australia on China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Korean Air or Vietnam Airlines ...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

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