Other travel tips and hacks 2018-01-15T12:13:42+00:00

Other travel tips and hacks

How to pay to enter a Virgin Australia lounge

Having access to an airport lounge can be a godsend: not only does it give you a comfortable space in which to work, relax or socialise before boarding, but if for some reason your flight is delayed, it makes waiting infinitely more bearable. Virgin Australia operates a network of lounges in Australia, with spaces in all state and territory capitals (except Hobart), and Alice Springs, Cairns, the Gold Coast and Mackay. In a Virgin Australia lounge, customers have access [...]

Join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free

Qantas bizarrely continues to charge Australians $89.50 to join its loyalty program, Qantas Frequent Flyer. That's pretty steep when you consider that almost all other major airlines around the world (including Virgin Australia) provide free access to their loyalty programs. All it takes is a simple Google search to find ways to get around paying Qantas' joining fee. That means many Australians are getting free membership while those who pay for it probably feel duped when they realise they wasted their money. [...]

You can pay to enjoy the Emirates lounges at Dubai Airport

Are you flying through Dubai International Airport but stuck without lounge access? It can be a nightmare dealing with that busy airport, especially when you’re exhausted after a long flight – which is probably the case if you’re flying economy! The good news is that Emirates allows weary passengers to pay their way into the airline's lux business and first class lounges, regardless of status or class of travel. The price isn’t cheap - US$100 for four hours' access [...]

Your airline won’t tell you the best lounge you can access, so do your own research

If you have status with an airline or fly in business or first class, you'll typically have access to a lounge at the airport - and, sometimes, you'll have a choice of several lounges. Your airline will tell you to go to a specific lounge when you check in for your flight, which will be the lounge it operates or has a special arrangement with. However, not all airport lounges are havens of comfort and glamour - in fact, some [...]

Google Flights officially takes off in Australia

Google has this week formally launched its handy flight booking tool, Google Flights, in Australia. Google Flights allows users to compare flights and prices, with options to search by destination, airline, time and class. This tool has been available for Australians to use for a while, but it appears Google has added some new features for the official launch here. One of these new features is that you can now search for flights simply by googling things like “flights to [...]

How to get cheap oneworld business class seats with purchased American Airlines miles

Last week I flew in Qantas business class from Melbourne to Perth and it only cost me $500 – that’s a quarter of the usual price of $2000 one-way! I absolutely love the Business Suite in the Qantas A330s, as well Qantas' service - so for me this was a great deal for the 4-hour flight. Here’s the hack I used to get the cheap tickets: I purchased American Airlines frequent flyer miles and then redeemed them instantly for my [...]

Save thousands on business class trips by stopping over in Asia

It costs so much more for Australians to fly international business class compared to people in other countries. I’m constantly amazed at some of the cheap business class fares people can get in Europe, North America and Asia with full service airlines. But there is a way that Aussies can get in on some of the action. The trick is to use Asia as a stopover before continuing on to Europe, Africa or North America. You can save thousands [...]