As part of a massive restructure that will see 5000 jobs lost and orders for new planes deferred and cancelled, Qantas is also dumping and altering some flights, including direct flights between Perth and Singapore. Here’s what frequent flyers need to know.
26 February 2014
13 February 2014
One of the key distinctions between Qantas and Virgin Australia has been that Qantas offers a free meal or refreshment to all passengers, while on Virgin you had to pay for anything other than tea, coffee or water. But that distinction is beginning to blur, with Virgin now offering “complimentary refreshments” on flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
7 February 2014
You wouldn’t think it if you’re on a Friday afternoon flight between Sydney and Melbourne, but it turns out that there are a lot of empty seats on Australian domestic flights. In 2013, the “load factor” (aviation speak for the number of occupied seats) was 76.5 per cent.
13 January 2014
While we prefer to avoid checking luggage whenever possible, if you have to put yours into the hands of the airline else you should take a picture of it first. That way, if your suitcase is lost (or temporarily missing) you can file a claim easily.
9 January 2014
In the era of budget airlines, flying no longer seems glamorous; often it seems more like a downright pain. Queues, outrageous parking fees, delayed flights . . . where’s the fun in that? But with a little planning and some smart choices, you can improve your airport experience. Here’s how.
Getting to the pointy end of the plane can be tough. However, if you need to travel to Auckland in the next month or two, a little tricky tweaking can get you a “business class” seat on Jetstar for a tiny supplement to the economy price, as Australian Business Traveller explains.
13 December 2013
On a good day, you’ll get to the airport, breeze through security, get on your plane, and take off and land on time. But that doesn’t always happen: delays are a fact of life when you travel. While you can’t make the trip go any faster, you can put together a kit so you don’t get bored, hungry, or too uncomfortable if your plane gets grounded.
8 December 2013
It’s no secret that long flights lead to stiff joints and sore muscles, but packing a tennis ball in your carry-on luggage might just give you the relief you need.
4 December 2013
Planning a trip to the US which involves cross-country flying? Depending on your airline, you may have a power outlet or USB port in your seat. Here’s how to find out which planes have some extra juice to give.