• I think he should stick to vacuums.

  • Oh, Air NZ is absolutely using these as marketing tools, and they've said so — they use the "little airline at the end of the world" line a lot. Even with the expense of hiring a helicopter and Bear Grylls, it's a cost-effective way of getting things to go viral. My concern as someone sub...

  • I imagine that's it, unless someone at Virgin typoed. I'm keeping an eye on the timetables to check.

  • Open question: it's well-known that BA's seat is less spacious than Cathay's and doesn't have direct aisle access. How much of a pricing percentage difference would that need to be compared with Cathay, on the Australia-Hong Kong route, for you to consider it?

  • Platinum Figures? Emirates let slip: 5500 worldwide from a base of 110k Golds and 8.6m Skywards members. 1m Skywards members in Australia total. So, finger in air, divide 5500 by 9? Roughly 600 Australian Skywards Platinums, a mere drop in the ocean compared with Qantas. :)

  • We're pressing Qantas for all the information on seats, timing and rollout — and you'll read everything we find out here on AusBT!

  • Salty, with a nine-hour layover I'd totally go explore Abu Dhabi. The Sheikh Zayed mosque around 20 minutes from the airport is an absolute stunner, and there are regular tours leaving from just inside the main portico. (I don't know if mosques have porticos, but just ask.)The Yas Island, F1 trac...

  • Best OneWorld lounge in BKK?

    Feb 15, 2013, 07:34 AM

    Babushka, you've run into the contract lounge problem — these are very rarely included in alliance agreements, though you may have luck with a bit of pleading/arm-waving. 

  • Welcome to AusBT! Do you want to tell us a little bit more about your trip so we can be specifically helpful — which class are you travelling in, which aircraft is your onward connection using, how much time will you be spending in London, where will you be staying, what will the purpose be...

  • Phil, it's a reasonable argument, but I've done a lot of conferences where it's very handy to be able to chuck a box or two of printed materials, promo items and so on in a suitcase rather than organising delivery to a hotel.And the corollary to the argument is: given that most business traveller...