• Qantas to launch Brisbane-San Francisco flights

    Qantas will begin flying non-stop from Brisbane to San Francisco in early 2020, joining the newly-announced Brisbane-Chicago service as the airline boosts its schedule from the Queensland capital. Qantas says both routes "are expected to launch by the end of April 2020." This marks the Qant...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2019 8 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades Sydney-San Francisco to Boeing 787

    Qantas will move its daily Sydney-San Francisco route to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from 4 December 2019 as the airline steadily puts its Boeing 747 jumbo jets out to pasture. The Sydney-San Francisco Dreamliner service will complement Qantas’ existing Boeing 787 between Melbourne and San F...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 62 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 13 Comments

  • United Airlines to launch Melbourne-San Francisco flights

    United Airlines will begin direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco in October 2019, mirroring the Star Alliance's popular Sydney-San Francisco service. The move will pit United's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner against that of Qantas on the same route, with the United Dreamliners expected to ...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 25 Comments

  • Road trip: the best places to eat along California’s Highway 1

    Planning a road trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco? California’s Highway 1 isn’t just about uninterrupted drive and stunning views along a gorgeous coastal highway. There’s also the food to contend with: Dotted along the winding route, you’ll find peppery smoked-f...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • United Airlines says "no plans" to close San Francisco Arrivals lounge

    United Airlines has denied reports that it intends to close its Arrivals lounge at San Francisco following this week's opening of the airport's new Polaris lounge. Located on SFO Terminal 3's lower level near the baggage claim area, the spartan Arrivals lounge is certainly not in the same league...

    POSTED 4 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qantas drops Boeing 747s from LAX, trims Dallas A380 flights

    All Qantas Los Angeles services shift to Airbus A380 or Boeing 787-9 Sydney-Dallas superjumbo drops to six days a week Sydney-San Francisco goes daily A redraw of Qantas' international network sees the ageing Boeing 747  move closer to retirement with all jumbo jets pulled from flight...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 45 Comments

  • United's San Francisco Polaris business class lounge opens April 30

    United Airlines will open its new Polaris business class airport lounge at San Francisco on Monday April 30, with travellers set to enjoy a sprawling split-level space with its own dining room and tended bar. The Polaris lounge incorporates the old United Club as well as the former Singapore Air...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 3 Comments

  • Qantas boosts San Francisco codeshare flights with Alaska Airlines

    Travellers on Qantas' San Francisco flights from Sydney and Melbourne – the latter starting on September 1, 2018 as a Boeing 787 service – are going to find it easier to continue their journey under a new codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines. Some 20 destinations ex-SFO will...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 20 Comments

  • Qantas' Melbourne-San Francisco Boeing 787 flights now on sale

    UPDATE | Qantas' new Melbourne-San Francisco flights are now on sale, with the route kicking off on September 1 2018 and running four times each week. Using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, business class passengers can relax in one of 42 suites, configured in a 1-2-1 layout offering direct...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2018 55 Comments

  • United Boeing 777-300ER to fly San Francisco-Hong Kong from March

    United Airlines will begin flights of its new Boeing 777-300ER – with the Polaris business class seats – between San Francisco and Hong Kong from March 25, 2017, replacing an ageing Boeing 747 on the route. It's the first international route for the factory-fresh birds, and will...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2016 9 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines confirms plans for two-class Airbus A350ULR

    Singapore Airlines has confirmed that its forthcoming ultra-long range Airbus A350 fleet will likely be a two-class offering when they begin non-stop flights to Los Angeles and New York in 2018. However, the Star Alliance member hasn't revealed if the two-class layout means business class w...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2016 18 Comments

  • Business class comparison: Qantas vs United Airlines, Sydney to San Francisco

    Qantas' re-entry onto the Sydney-San Francisco route has broken a monopoly enjoyed by United Airlines for the past few years, and also made it more appealing for travellers to Fog City to fly direct rather than make a time-consuming stopover at LAX. But United hasn't taken anything for granted, ...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2016 20 Comments

  • How to buy a San Francisco Clipper card

    Flying into San Francisco? A Clipper card makes it much easier to get around on the city's trains, trams and cable cars. Instead of fishing around for notes and change or standing in line at ticket machines, this prepaid public transport card gives you tap-and-go convenience. There's a US$3 p...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2016 1 Comment

  • Qantas' San Francisco lounge get a welcome refresh

    Business travellers and frequent flyers on Qantas' Sydney-San Francisco route can look forward to a somewhat improved lounge experience at San Francisco airport next month. The Air France/KLM Lounge used by Qantas for its QF74 leg to Sydney is undergoing a refresh which will add more seats, more...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2016 2 Comments

  • Flying Qantas from San Francisco? Here's your airport lounge strategy...

    The good news is that Qantas is once again flying between Sydney and San Francisco. The not-so-good news? That'd be the sub-par 'business class' lounge experience ahead of your return journey. The Air France/KLM lounge As we've previously detailed, Qantas directs all eligible passengers on the...

    POSTED 16 May, 2016 19 Comments

  • Qantas Sydney-San Francisco flights to go daily

    Qantas will boost its Sydney-San Francisco flights to a daily schedule over the December-January period, making it that little bit easier for business travellers as well as holiday-makers to map out their itinerary. The San Francisco Boeing 747 service, which Qantas resurrected in December ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2016 67 Comments

  • United Airlines upgrades Sydney flights to Boeing 787

    Sydney travellers will be able put the Boeing 787's jetlag-smashing capabilities to the ultimate test from this weekend when United Airlines upgrades its Los Angeles and San Francisco flights to the advanced jet. United's Dreamliner will go up against Qantas' older Boeing 747 on the Sydney-San F...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2016 51 Comments

  • Best airport lounges for Qantas passengers in San Francisco

    Qantas kicks off flights between Sydney and San Francisco this week, going head-on with United Airlines to offer a non-stop service and convenient access to both Fog City and Silicon Valley. And while the airline doesn't have its own lounge at San Francisco airport, business class passengers and...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2015 13 Comments

  • United moves New York p.s. flights to Newark Airport

    United Airlines’ flagship p.s. transcontinental flights between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco have now switched from JFK to Newark Liberty Airport in a move which also guarantees BusinessFirst passengers a fully-flat bed and airport lounge access on every flight. Located ...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2015 7 Comments

  • United to launch Auckland-San Francisco flights with Boeing 787

    United Airlines will kick off flights to New Zealand next year with a new non-stop service between Auckland and San Francisco. Beginning at three-times-weekly from July 3 2016 with a Boeing 787-8, that ramps up to daily service and the larger Boeing 787-9 from October 30 2016: complementing Star...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2015 10 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific to upgrade San Francisco Airport lounge

    Cathay Pacific's San Francisco lounge is getting an upgrade to cater for an increase in flights between Hong Kong and Fog City, which now numbers 17 weekly direct Boeing 777-300ER services. The lounge, which first opened in late 2011, will expand into an adjacent space to boost the number of s...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2015 8 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia remain soft on San Francisco

    United Airlines looks set to retain its monopoly on flights from Sydney to San Francisco for some time, with neither Qantas or Virgin Australia eager to add Fog City to their respective network maps. Qantas shuttered its San Fran service in May 2011 in favour of a new direct flight to Dalla...

    POSTED 20 May, 2015 25 Comments

  • United Airlines to offer Wi-Fi on all Australian flights by July

    United Airlines is on track to provide wireless inflight Internet access on all Australian routes by July this year, and remains the only airline to offer the service to Aussie travellers when crossing the Pacific. Included on the roster are flights from Sydney to both Los Angeles and San Franci...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2015 4 Comments

  • New perks for United Airlines

    United Airlines’ international first class passengers and select cardholders in the MileagePlus frequent flyer scheme will enjoy new premium check-in facilities at San Francisco International Airport from tomorrow. Global Services members – the United version of Qantas’ elite C...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2014 1 Comment

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