• Alan Joyce aims to 'redefine’ business, first class on 20 hour flights

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce wants to match his ambitious Project Sunrise program for non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, with equally bullish plans for the seats and suites which will cradle passengers on those marathon 18-20 hour treks. “It will be the best produc...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2019 26 Comments

  • Which US airport lounges can Qantas Club members use?

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. While Qantas Club members normally need to be travelling on a Qantas (or Jetstar) flight number to gain access to airport lounges, that’s not always the case – and in the Uni...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2019 8 Comments

  • Guided tour: inside the new Qantas Singapore first class lounge

    An all-new Qantas first class lounge is taking shape at Singapore’s Changi Airport, and we’ve been for a virtual walkthrough of the deluxe digs thanks to some pretty impressive VR technology. Here’s what you can expect to see when the lounge opens by the end of November 2019. T...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 25 Comments

  • Supercharge your status with Qantas' 2019 double status credits promo

    The first Qantas 'double status credits' promotion of 2019 has landed, which means your status is set to take off – whether you're looking to lock away Gold, Platinum or even Platinum One for the coming year. The promotion runs from Monday 18 February through to Monday 25 February, and cov...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2019 36 Comments

  • Qantas: upgraded Airbus A380s will begin flying in August 2019

    Qantas has pushed back the long-awaited upgrade to its Airbus A380s, shifting the kick-off from March to July, with the first of the refurb'd birds now expected to take wing in August. Qantas International CEO Alison Webster confirmed the four-month setback to the program, although tha...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 110 Comments

  • Qantas' new Singapore first class lounge to open November 2019

    Qantas' new first class lounge in Singapore is getting closer to welcoming its first travellers, with the ribbon cut and the welcome mat being laid out at the end of November. Catering for 240 guests, here's what Qantas first class flyers – along with Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman's ...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 17 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Air Vanuatu flights

    Turn your hard-earned Qantas Points into a well-deserved holiday with Air Vanuatu, and be whisked away to a tropical island paradise with picture-postcard beaches and some of the world’s best scuba diving. With key destinations within the Pacific Islands on the map – think Vanu...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Qantas Titanium card: first class lounge access, extra status credits

    20% bonus Status Credits 150,000 Qantas Points sign-up bonus Base earning rate of 1.25 Qantas Points per dollar on domestic spend Qantas is taking aim at high-spending high flyers with its new Premier Titanium credit card, which trumps its Premier Platinum sibling with more than just super...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2019 50 Comments

  • The best ways to fly to Europe using Qantas Points

    With a huge network of global partner airlines plus its own twice-daily flights to London, Qantas’ Frequent Flyer members have so many ways to travel from Australia to Europe using their hard-earned Qantas Points: but not every path is created equal. Some airlines and routes may require fe...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2019 16 Comments

  • Qantas trims chauffeur drive service on London flights

    Qantas is reducing the free mileage allowance for business class and first class chauffeur drive service on its London flights, although many passengers won't even notice. The current 70 mile (112km) complimentary distance from London Heathrow Airport will be reduced to 50 miles (80km) as o...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 18 Comments

  • February's best Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals

    Fancy earning up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points: enough for a return business class trip to Asia? That's what's possible right now through a range of rewarding credit card deals, offered alongside plastic that also provides points when spending on the card throughout the year. Without further d...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • The five best benefits of Qantas Gold status for business class flyers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. A Qantas Gold frequent flyer card is your ticket to priority check-in, airport lounge access and priority boarding wherever these perks are available: but those same benefits are also of...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2019 17 Comments

  • Air Vanuatu to launch Melbourne-Port Vila flights

    Vanuatu will become an easier destination for Melbourne residents to reach from June 18 2019, with Air Vanuatu kicking off a new non-stop service between Port Vila and the Victorian capital. The route will be served by Air Vanuatu's Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which feature eight reclining seats in...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 9 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Alaska Airlines flights

    Planning a trip to the United States? You're probably familiar with American Airlines – one of Qantas' closest Oneworld alliance partners – but an often-overlooked alternative is Alaska Airlines, another Qantas partner. Despite the name and particularly following its takeover of Virg...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 4 Comments

  • The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

    Qantas' flagship Airbus A380 flies to Singapore, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and seasonally to Hong Kong, with fully-flat beds for business class passengers along the upper deck. But not every business seat is created equal – some are better for working, others for uninterrupted ...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2019 34 Comments

  • Qantas: cafes, gyms and 'chill zones' for non-stop 20 hour flights

    Passengers on Qantas' non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York could while away the 18-20 hour journey at a sky-high cafe, exercising in a mini-gym or tuning out in "virtual reality relaxation zones". Those are some of the ideas on a shortlist drawn up for the airline's ...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2019 102 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Sydney-Bali to an Airbus A330 with lie-flat seats

    Qantas is set to make flights on the popular Sydney-Bali corridor a little more cosy by moving from a Boeing 737 to the better-appointed Airbus A330 from 31 March 2019. For passengers in the pointy end, that means upgrading from this... ... to this. The Qantas Business Suite seats bring fa...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2019 24 Comments

  • How to quickly earn Qantas Points and keep your points balance alive

    There are plenty of stories about travellers who have lost their hard-earned stash of Qantas Frequent Flyer points  due to their expiry after 18 months of no earning or spending activity. And while no Australian Business Traveller reader would no issues keeping their Qantas Points...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 1 Comment

  • Qantas Club passes are no longer accepted at Qantas' Singapore Lounge

    If you're travelling with Qantas from Singapore and pocketing a Qantas Club lounge pass to use before your flight, you'd better keep that card in your wallet. Due to continued overcrowding, the airline is no longer accepting complimentary Qantas Club passes at the door of its Qantas Singapo...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 25 Comments

  • Qantas to begin Sydney-Fiji flights

    If you're contemplating an island getaway – especially when it comes tor turning hard-earned frequent flyer points into a well-earned holiday – Qantas' decision to begin direct flights from Sydney to Fiji will be welcome news. Starting 31 March 2019, Qantas' nimble Boeing 737 will da...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2019 19 Comments

  • The best Qantas frequent flyer credit card deals for January 2019

    Whether you spent all your points during the holiday season or are well progressed in saving up for your next big trip, carefully selecting the right credit card is one way to keep your points balance climbing higher: not only when spending on the card, but also in the beginning following your ap...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Qantas flyers to soon have access to Auckland's outbound express path

    Qantas expects its trans-Tasman flyers to once again enjoy access to Auckland Airport's express lane in the coming weeks. The airport's fast track through outbound security screening checkpoints is currently restricted to Air New Zealand, Emirates and Singapore Airlines, but is expected to be op...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2019 12 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific opens San Francisco lounge to Qantas frequent flyers

    Qantas business class passengers along with Platinum and Gold-grade frequent flyers can now count on a warm welcome at Cathay Pacific's San Francisco lounge ahead of their flights back to Sydney and Melbourne. As previously reported on Australian Business Traveller in late 2018, the Oneworld p...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 12 Comments

  • Qantas says it won't scrap chauffeur service for points-based bookings

    Qantas says it will continue to offer its chauffeur drive service for business class or first class travellers who book their trip with frequent flyer points, despite a decision by partner Emirates to restrict chauffeur rides to paying customers. A spokeswoman for Qantas tells Australian Bu...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2019 26 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia stream ahead with domestic WiFi in 2019

    Qantas and Virgin Australia have both passed the halfway mark in their rollout of domestic WiFi, giving passengers a 50/50 chance that their next flight will allow them to stay connected above the clouds. Here’s where the two airlines stand in the sky-high WiFi stakes. A spokesman for Qan...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 31 Comments

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