Did you know that you can enjoy Qantas' award-winning international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne when travelling on a domestic Jetstar flight? Imagine being able to sample the lounge’s superb Rockpool-inspired seasonal menu, soak up the relaxed ambie...
POSTED 1 Aug, 2016 45 Comments
The Qantas first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airport are among the world's best airport lounges, and happily they're not restricted to first class passengers – any traveller with Platinum-grade frequent flyer status is welcome, even if they're travelling in economy. This updated ...
POSTED 15 Jul, 2015 40 Comments
If you’re saving a stack of US Airways Dividend Miles for a rainy day, you’ll soon find these merged with your American Airlines AAdvantage balance – we’ve got what you need to know in this week’s wrap. Speaking of points, we’ve got five good reasons for busin...
POSTED 31 Oct, 2014 0 Comments
This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Serious frequent flyers will want to aim for Platinum status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program thanks to a raft of generous perks that apply whether you’re flying at the front o...
POSTED 27 Oct, 2014 13 Comments
Qantas will close its domestic Business Lounges at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra airports this week so they can undergo "routine cleaning and maintenance" across the Christmas and New Year period. The four flagship domestic lounges will shut their doors following the last fl...
POSTED 23 Dec, 2013 24 Comments
Oneworld's top-tier frequent flyers, including Qantas Platinums and Golds, can now scoot through the 'fast track' security lanes at London's Heathrow Airport when flying on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia. The premium perk also extends to other oneworld partners, of course, includin...
POSTED 9 Aug, 2013 7 Comments
UPDATE | Australian Business Traveller spoke with Emirates' man in charge of Skywards, Senior Vice President Brian LaBelle, to get more details about what you can expect. Read our exclusive report covering who qualifies for a Partner Gold card, when your annual requalification starts, how the "Gu...
POSTED 11 Feb, 2013 4 Comments
The high flyers of Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and other members of the oneworld alliance – including new partner Malaysia Airlines – will be able to sidestep the security queue at leading airports from February 1st. It’s an exclusive treat for travellers enjoying E...
POSTED 31 Jan, 2013 11 Comments
Qantas will shut its domestic Business Lounges at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra airports next week so they can undergo "routine maintenance." The lounges will shut their doors with the last flight of Christmas Day and reopen on Monday morning, January 7th 2013. Qantas says the 1...
POSTED 21 Dec, 2012 29 Comments
Flying from London Heathrow's Terminal 3 and got a Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum card, or the Emerald equivalent with other oneworld airlines such as BA and Cathay Pacific? There's no shortage of oneworld lounges at T3, including three first class lounges accessible to Qantas Platinums and...
POSTED 14 Jun, 2012 19 Comments
Qantas has confirmed that Platinum frequent flyers will continue to enjoy full access to the American Airlines AArivals Lounge at London's Heathrow Airport, following a confusing series of changes to its website regarding reciprocal lounge acccess rights. The airline sparked concern among UK-bou...
POSTED 23 Mar, 2012 1 Comment
Latest: read our 'world first' review of Cathay Pacific premium economy Cathay Pacific is offering free upgrades to its new premium economy class throughout March on flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, New York and Toronto. The 'surprise and delight' campaign will target high-value frequent f...
POSTED 18 Mar, 2012 3 Comments
Qantas is giving many top-tier frequent flyers an early Christmas present this year and extending their Gold or Platinum status, even though they fell well short of the required amount of flying. The Red Roo generally allows a degree of grace when there’s a small gap between the number of ...
POSTED 15 Dec, 2011 6 Comments
This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. Gold and platinum membership of a frequent flyer program is where the benefits really start to pile up -- but you have to spend a considerable amount with the airline to achieve it. We're tackling...
POSTED 11 Nov, 2011 8 Comments
Following Qantas' decision to delay the delivery of its next batch of Airbus A380 superjumbos, the Red Roo has finished refurbishing the first of the Boeing 747-400ER planes that it will keep. The first of the refitted planes headed on the Brisbane-Los Angeles route last week. Here's what you'll...
POSTED 28 Oct, 2011 6 Comments
Need to know what your Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver, Gold or Platinum elite tier status means on other oneworld alliance airlines, and whether you'll get priority boarding, extra luggage allowance and access to the business class lounge? In the latest addition to our series of basics for the beg...
POSTED 15 Sep, 2011 0 Comments
In a canny move to tempt Qantas' most coveted customers, Virgin Australia is giving Qantas Frequent Flyer gold and platinum members full access to its new lounges in Melbourne and Brisbane as well as Sydney's premium lounge entry. The trial program, which began in late May, has no...
POSTED 27 Jul, 2011 7 Comments
Qantas is splitting the top Platinum tier of its Frequent Flyer loyalty program into three levels to satisfy the appetite of business travellers for even more perks in return for their loyalty. Even the allure of lifetime Platinum membership remains on the cards. "We looked at lifetim...
POSTED 8 Jul, 2011 0 Comments
High-flying members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program may have benefits they're not even aware of. During an exclusive interview with Australian Business Traveller, Qantas confirmed that it deliberately keeps some advantages for top-tier Platinum members as "unpublished", or not lis...
POSTED 1 Jul, 2011 3 Comments
UPDATE | Qantas has now launched its Platinum One frequent flyer level, and we've got all the details... PREVIOUS | Thousands of Australia's most frequent flyers will quality for Qantas' new elite 'Platinum One' level, even with its lofty requirement of 3600 'status credits'&...
POSTED 21 May, 2011 6 Comments
UPDATE | Qantas has now launched its Platinum One frequent flyer level, and we've got all the details... PREVIOUS | One of the many significant changes which Qantas is making to its Frequent Flyer programme is the creation of a new super-platinum level for its most frequent flyers...
POSTED 18 May, 2011 2 Comments
Qantas is rolling out significant changes to its Qantas Frequent Flyer program in the face of a new frequent flyer offering from Virgin Australia due in July. Silver and Gold members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme can now earn more status points, while the most highly-travelled Platinum mem...
POSTED 17 May, 2011 8 Comments
How'd you like to receive a year's upgrade to Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, but find it actually lasts for just one day? That's the bizarre situation Australian Business Traveller reader and Qantas Frequent Flyer member Rick Ramsey found himself in recently, when he received a letter from Qantas o...
POSTED 22 Apr, 2011 4 Comments
Qantas is allowing Platinum Frequent Flyers free access to exit-row seats on both international and domestic flights, it appears. The airline normally sells these seats to passengers for up to $160 on each sector. Despite there being no announced change in its policy of charging for exit row se...
POSTED 30 Mar, 2011 4 Comments
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