• Your Uber app no longer works in China: here's why

    Uber in China is now closed to foreign visitors, with business travellers and tourists alike unable to order rides in any Chinese city, including major destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai. When selecting a Chinese pick-up address in the normal Uber app, foreigners are simply logged off &nd...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches new iPhone app

    Virgin Australia's latest iPhone and iPad app is everything you'd expect from the airline, and goes way beyond the 'latest deals' nature of its Flight Specials app. Travellers can track their upcoming flights, see their Velocity Frequent Flyer points and status credits balance and even call fo...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2015 13 Comments

  • Emirates launches iPhone app

    Emirates passengers can now book flights, check-in on the go and keep an eye on their journey using ‘The Emirates App’ for iPhone, now available for download via the iTunes Store. Push notifications remind jetsetters when online check-in opens, when the flight is called for boarding ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2014 2 Comments

  • Our weekly frequent flyer wrap

    Want a share of five million Qantas Frequent Flyer points by booking a Qantas flight with your credit card, or the chance to earn Virgin Australia Velocity points and status credits every day from Brisbane to Los Angeles? Or, are you already Velocity Gold and have been tossing up between the fre...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Social media and Google Maps are tops with Aussie travellers

    Facebook and Google Maps are among the most popular apps used by Australians when travelling overseas, although a massive 92% adopt strategies to minimise their roaming bill. Those tactics range from disabling roaming and seeking out free Wi-Fi hotspots to buying a local SIM card. However, ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2013 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport launches Android app

    Sydney Airport has released an Android app provide live updates on flights as well as finding your way around the airport. As with the airport's near-identical iPhone app, the callout feature of the Android version is the ability to 'subscribe' to international and domestic flights to ...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2013 8 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to release BlackBerry app

    Virgin Australia will release a BlackBerry version of its Flight Specials App next week, following the success of its iPhone and Android apps. A Virgin Australia spokesman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the new app is scheduled to appear in the BlackBerry World&nb...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2013 4 Comments

  • Sydney, Melbourne airports prep Android versions of their handy iPhone apps

    Sydney and Melbourne airports are finally gearing up to release Android versions of their handy iPhone apps, which provide live updates on your flight – including the checkin counter, departure gate and when boarding opens – as well as finding your way around the airport. Sydney...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2013 0 Comments

  • Travel app: Frequent Flyer Calculator 3.0 for iPhone

    One of our favourite travel apps is Frequent Flyer Calculator, created by Brisbane coder Adam Ware to keep track of – and make the most of – your Qantas Frequent Flyer points and status credits. It’s leagues ahead of Qantas’ own frequent flyer app, and with the latest ver...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2012 12 Comments

  • Qantas mulls Android app plus improved app for iPhone

    Qantas is looking to upgrade its iPhone app and also considering launching an app for Android smartphones. Following the release of its slick Windows Phone app (check out our walkthrough here), a Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the airline is "definitely looki...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2012 3 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines launches new iPhone, Android apps

    IN BRIEF | Singapore Airlines has released apps for both the iPhone and Android smartphones, along with a new mobile-friendly website (at mobile.singaporeair.com). Admittedly, these debutante apps are somewhat limited in their capabilities. All you can do in these first versions is ...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2012 2 Comments

  • London: best smartphone apps for the business traveller

    If you're travelling to London on business, we've got some top recommendations for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps to make your trip easier and more enjoyable. You'll find practical apps in the "getting in and around" categories, plus several in the "restaurants, bars and things to do" field...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2012 2 Comments

  • Best smartphone apps for business travellers: New York City

    Heading to New York City on business? We've narrowed down the wide field of apps for your iPhone, iPad or Android device, and we've got recommendations for the most useful to keep about your person when in New York. We've split things up into "getting in and around" and "restaurants, bars and th...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2012 0 Comments

  • Keep a bartender app on your smartphone for lounge drink options

    Stuck in an unloved airport lounge at the end of a busy day, and only have a bottle of liquor and a couple of mixers (or "soft drinks", as some people call them...) to hand? While Australia's airport lounges tend to be frequently refreshed, travellers further afield know that many lounges aren't...

    POSTED 10 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • Australian airport iPhone apps: roundup, pics and reviews

    Business travellers with an iPhone in their pocket or purse, or iPad tucked under their arm, have an increasingly wide range of Australian airport apps to speed their path to and from the airport -- and through the terminal. Here are five iPhone apps for Australian airports, from the big gu...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • Review and pics: Sydney Airport's new iPhone app

    Sydney Airport is launching a new iPhone app today, making it Australia’s second major airport – after Melbourne Airport – to finally step into the smartphone era. (To which we say "welcome to the same world most of your business travellers have been living in for the past few ...

    POSTED 22 Dec, 2011 6 Comments

  • AusBT Awards 2011: Best Technology for the Business Traveller

    Best Laptop for Australian Business Travellers: MacBook Air & Toshiba Satellite Z830 There’s no argument that thin-and-light laptops are best for frequent flyers, and at the close of 2011 that means the evolutionary notebook branch known as the ultrabook. Barely-there weights and wais...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2011 2 Comments

  • First Look: Melbourne Airport gets new iPhone app

    Melbourne Airport has become Australia's first major airport to release its own iPhone app – it's free, and definitely worth the download. The app provides real-time flight information - including recent arrivals and departures plus details of delays – drawn from the same data y...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • The man behind TripIt: Michael Eberhard

    Michael Eberhard is a frequent flyer's frequent flyer… each year he travels 300,000 miles, criss-crossing between Australia, the US, Asia, India, New Zealand and abroad. He is also the Executive Vice President of Concur, which makes smartphone apps and services including TripIt -- a marke...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • How to avoid taxi confusion in China

    If you're heading to China for business for the first time, don't make the mistake of assuming Chinese taxi drivers will recognise the English name of your hotel. You must have the name and address of the hotel written in Chinese, otherwise you'll be chowing down the dollars as you use global ro...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2011 4 Comments

  • New Marriott smartphone apps for iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Android

    Marriott has fleshed out its suite of hotel apps for iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry, which let business travellers find hotels, make reservations, check Rewards points and manage upcoming bookings. It's great to see a hotel focussing on the BlackBerry and Android market in addition to iPhon...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Travel tech: free Qantas Frequent Flyer points calculator app!

    Here's an app that any Australian frequent flyer won't want to miss: the unofficial Qantas Frequent Flyer Calculator for iPhone, which usually sells for $2.99, is available free until Thursday September 8th. This Aussie-made app sports many functions that Qantas left out of its official iPh...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Money-saving Onavo global roaming app now available for Android

    Onavo, the app that dramatically cuts how much data your smartphone uses to cut down on data roaming costs, is now available for Android phones. However, unlike the iPhone version that can actually cut data usage by up to 85% by compressing data before it gets sent over the mobile network, the A...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • 2-for-1 deal on unlimited data roaming SIM

    IN BRIEF | Heading to Asia for a short trip? There's a good deal on a roaming SIM card that could save you even more money than usual.  Bridge Alliance -- a consortium of mobile networks in the region -- is offering a good promotion on its Bridge AsiaRoam DataSIM cards for American Express ...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Where to get decent coffee in San Francisco: iPhone/iPad app

    You might be surprised at how difficult it is to find good coffee in San Francisco, especially if your local colleagues and friends are happy with Starbucks! If you're out of recommendations, try the San Francisco's Best Coffee iPhone app. Need an immediate fix? The GPS function will show you e...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

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