• This appears to be a targeted promotion - a work colleague got the email from QF, but I haven't seen it yet.

  • Check here for the official list (not sure about the '???' after USA though...)https://www.dnrd.ae/en/page/smart-gate

  • The comparison was done in Brisbane, where both the Qantas lounges have been recently refurbished and the F&B offerings refreshed. I can't speak for Perth, but to describe the Sydney QC lounge as 'dated' compared to BNE is being generous.

  • An important thing to note, the train is a good option if you're already in downtown HK, but a really bad option of you're arriving at HK airport and heading direct to SZ. Getting from the Airport Express to East Rail requires at least 2 other trains no matter which way you interchange.If you're...

  • Qantas drops inflight duty-free

    Dec 06, 2017, 04:25 PM

    Can't say I'll miss it. One less announcement to assault your ears when you've just settled down with headphones on to watch a movie.Now if the airports can just do something about the "Thank you for visiting Australia, please exit the country via the gift shop" embarrassment...

  • Duty Free Hong Kong

    Oct 11, 2018, 10:31 AM

    I noticed that the secondary inspection seemed to be missing when I came home from HKG in late September.In any case, you can buy duty free liquids just fine - the shops are well aware of the secondary checks on AU and US flights, and they will put it in a tamper-evident bag that the screening st...

  • The new BNE international lounge tends to leave bad first impressions, but gets better once you're familiar with its quirks. The relatively narrow walkway between the entrance/barista and the main seating areas gets congested easily and leaves a "crowded inner-city cafe' vibe on arrival.Once you...

  • Communicating with Home from China

    Dec 06, 2017, 05:45 PM

    A few options.1. Use an Australian SIM with a roaming pack (eg, the $5 a day Vodafone or $10 a day Telstra packs). Mobile data with foreign SIMs currently allows access to most blocked services, including FB, Skype, Google, etc. Also allows unlimited phone calls/SMS. Telstra gives you 100MB a ...

  • Originally Posted by Tancho : I find it can be departure airport dependent as well. Yep.  The bags come off the plane in the reverse order they are loaded, and generally go straight to the carousel.  They don't unload everything and sort through it looking for orange tags.  It all...