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The Impact Of Qantas' Strict New 'Smart Casual' Rules Will Be Minimal

Qantas don’t want your stinking thongs no more. From April 1 (no joke), it will begin more strictly enforcing its “smart casual” rules in Qantas Club and Business lounges. Does this mean the end of miners hanging out waiting for their FIFO connection? Not quite.


How Qantas' New Bid Now Upgrades Will Work

Aching for a business-class upgrade? Qantas now has a new option called Bid Now Upgrades that give you a second chance at a better seat — but it will cost you both points and money. Here is how it works.


The Best (And Worst) Airlines In The US

When flying in Australia, you only have a choice of four major airlines (and often less depending on your destination). Choosing airlines in the United States is much more difficult — which is where this guide can help. We’ve ranked US airlines based on their reliability, customer experience and propensity to charge extra fees.


What Can (And Can't) You Take From Hotel Rooms?

When you’re packing your bags and checking out of a hotel, you might be tempted to grab a few extra soaps, a notepad, or maybe even a towel. Is that stealing or does the hotel expect you to swipe a few items? A hotel manager responds and lets us know what’s OK to take with you.


Why We Keep Using Uber Despite Douchebag Behaviour

Uber, the leading company in the taxi app sector, recently had to defend its company culture, values and ethics due to several reported incidents. These range from customer complaints, poor safety standards, protesting cab drivers and, more recently, reports on how the company handles customer data.


How To Prepare Your Body For Jet Lag (And Get Over It Quickly)

With long distance travel comes the insomnia, dizziness, and just out-of-it feeling we all know as jet lag. Luckily, just because you’ve been on a plane for several hours doesn’t mean you have to lose a day. These tips will help you before, during and after your trip to beat back jet lag as quickly as possible.


In-Flight Internet: Is Your Phone Or Laptop A Better Choice?

Yes, I know — in Australia we still don’t have in-flight internet of any description on domestic flights. But now, when you land in a country that does offer it, there’s a new issue you need to consider: which device are you going to use?


Why US Customs Queues Are Now A Lot Less Painful

I have long maintained that the worst aspect of flying from Australia to the USA isn’t the 14 hours in the air — it’s the hideously lengthy queue to get through customs and immigration when you land. Recent technological improvements mean I might have to revise my view.


Plane Evil: Top 10 Ways To Annoy Fellow Airline Passengers

Who’s the most important person on the plane? You, of course. Make sure everyone else knows it with these sky-high douchebag tips.


Train Torture Test: Melbourne To Adelaide

Phone companies love to boast about how broad their coverage is. We put those claims to the test by measuring mobile broadband performance for Optus, Telstra and Vodafone on a cross-country train trip between Melbourne and Adelaide.