• Qantas unlocks business class reward flights on China Airlines

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now spend their stash of Qantas Points on reward flights with Taiwan’s China Airlines, covering routes from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Taipei. A one-way business class flight on any of those routes clocks in at 65,000 Qantas Points one-way (130,000 ...

    POSTED 15 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • Taiwan opens fast-track passport e-Gates to Australian travellers

    Aussie travellers jetting to Taiwan or stopping over in Taipei on journeys with China Airlines and EVA Air can now expedite their crossing at Taiwanese passport control by registering for access to the country’s automated e-Gates. As Taiwan has no priority line or ‘express path&rsquo...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 5 Comments

  • Flying from Taipei? Ditch your suitcase at in-town check-in

    Booked on a flight from Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport with China Airlines or EVA Air? Then take advantage of the city’s in-town check-in facility on the day you depart, to drop your suitcase and grab your boarding pass before venturing to the airport. It’s a nifty option to keep up ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2018 12 Comments

  • Your guide to doing business in Taiwan (Republic of China)

    Taiwan and its capital city Taipei are mega-hubs in the tech industry, housing the headquarters of companies like Acer, Asus and HTC, along with the lesser-known Foxconn, but which manufactures tech for global giants such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. Visiting Taipei is easy from Australia wit...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2016 2 Comments

  • BridgeAlliance axes unlimited AsiaRoam Data SIM

    IN BRIEF | Australian travellers to Asia will lose one of their options for unlimited data roaming on December 31 when the Bridge Alliance group shutters its AsiaRoam Data SIM programme. However, citing a "change of business focus", the Bridge Alliance says that "Bridge AsiaRoamData SIM and...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • Scoot to start Taipei flights from September 18

    Singapore Airlines' low-cost offshoot Scoot will begin flights to Taipei from September 18. Initially running three times per week, the outbound service departs Singapore Changi Airport at 1.05am and arrives at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 5.40am. The return flight will leave Taipei ...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2012 5 Comments

  • EVA to begin Sydney-Taiwan flights in July

    IN BRIEF | Taiwan’s EVA Air will run a series of direct flights from Sydney to Taipei in July, ahead of what’s tipped to be a full-time return to Sydney. EVA abandoned Sydney in early 2006 and currently lists Brisbane as its only Australian port. There will be five round-trip Taipei...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2012 0 Comments

  • EVA Airways signs up to join Star Alliance today

    Taipei-based carrier EVA Airways will sign on the dotted line to join Star Alliance today. An EVA Airways spokesman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the airline will formally announce its membership at a joint press conference to be held with Star Alliance in Taipei this morn...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2012 4 Comments

  • China Airlines joins SkyTeam, considers axing first class

    IN BRIEF: Taipei-based China Airlines today became the 15th member of the SkyTeam alliance, following recent recruit China Eastern in expanding SkyTeam's footprint in the Asia-Pacific region (alongside China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Korean Air and Vi...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Avoid data roaming fees in Taiwan: 2,520 free Wi-Fi hotspots

    IN BRIEF | If you're making a trip to the Mecca of electronics, Taiwan, you will soon be able to avoid data roaming fees entirely. Authorities are setting up free Wi-Fi hotspots in 2,520 locations, including government agencies, tourist attractions and public transport stops. Taiwan's leader, M...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2011 1 Comment

  • China Airlines adds extra Sydney-Taipei flights

    In brief: China Airlines is increasing its Sydney-Taipei flights from four to five every week, making its flights more appealing for business travellers -- especially with a New York JFK connection from Taipei. The Taiwan-based airline launched connecting flights from Taipei to New York in April...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • How to divert your mobile through Skype to avoid global roaming fees

    There's a golden trick that tech-savvy travellers have been using for years to avoid global roaming fees. Put simply, you divert your Australian mobile number to a Skype number, which in turn diverts to your overseas mobile number.  As a result, you avoid global roaming fees altogether. Y...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2011 18 Comments

  • China Airlines aims for Sydney-New York market with new JFK flights

    China Airlines is launching flights between Taipei and New York this month, and hoping to win a slice of the NYC-bound Australian market on the back of its existing flights from Sydney to Taipei. The airline -- based in Taiwan and not to be confused with Air China, the national flag carrier of t...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Unlimited roaming data in 32 countries: new service

    A new service is offering unlimited mobile internet access in 32 countries around the world for a flat daily fee — adding yet another nail to the coffin of telcos' inflated global roaming data fees. We've recently covered some solutions to the problem of high data roaming fees (typically $...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Earthquake, tsunami, volcano effects continue to disrupt Japan travel

    Earthquake and tsunami damage, a nuclear crisis, the ash cloud from an erupting volcano, severe flight disruption and government advisories to avoid numerous areas of Japan mean that business travellers should be watching the situation carefully and considering their need to travel. Tokyo's Nari...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • How to get to and from Japan in the earthquake/tsunami aftermath

    Authorities in Australia and around the world are advising against non-essential travel to Japan. The situation for essential travel is confusing, though, with Tokyo's main airports congested and difficult to access. We've got the lowdown on the current situation, and we've put together sug...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Ash cloud from Japanese volcano in path of flights to Korea, China, Taiwan

    Business travellers with flights to Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan should check arrival and departure times with their airline following the eruption of Shinmoedake, a volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Closer to Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul than it is to Tokyo, the ash cloud from ...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Chinese New Year: our guide for business travellers

    ????! Xin nian kuai le! Gung hay fat choi! The Spring Festival (commonly known as Chinese New Year in the West) travel season begins tomorrow and the largest human migration in the world will see more than two billion Chinese people on the move for the holiday.  Moving that many people arou...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • China Airlines adds Brisbane-Auckland flight

    Taiwanese flag-carrier China Airlines will add a Brisbane-Auckland flight to its schedule as of January 1, 2011. The thrice-weekly service is an extension of CAL's current Taipei-Brisbane flights, using the same aircraft: an Airbus 330-300 aircraft equipped with 30 business class seats  277 ...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

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