Dear Lifehacker, I am starting to collect points from different airlines. I am starting to sign up to credit cards as a part of my effort to do so -- Amex has been rewarding because we can transfer the points to Singapore Airlines, Etihad, and so on. Do you have any tips to earn more points? I know buying wine from the Qantas online store is one of the best ways, but I don’t spend on wine.
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With Qantas delaying their deployment of in-flight WiFi, Virgin has entered the fray. A new deal between Virgin Australia and Optus will see a three-month customer trial of Gogo’s 2Ku technology on a single Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Planning on flying anywhere across Australia, around Asia or to Abu Dhabi or Los Angeles any time soon? If you feel like travelling in luxury, you'll want to check this out: Virgin Australia has given us the heads up on a Mates Rates deal that could save you thousands of dollars on a business class plane ticket.
Dear Lifehacker, I'm from the US and will be visiting Australia in November for business. I have 4 domestic flights on Virgin Australia and I plan to travel light (backpack + 1 personal item). I've spent lots of time trying to find a carry-on bag that meets VA's size guidelines. The bag I'm looking at is slightly over their size requirements. So I'm wondering: how strictly do they enforce them? Should I try my luck or look for a smaller bag?
Virgin calls it The Business. Already flying for a few months on the Aussie carrier's east coast to Perth long-haul domestic routes, this super-luxurious business class cabin has just been rolled out on the first of Virgin's Boeing 777-300ER jets running twice daily between Sydney and Los Angeles. With its own in-flight bar, ultra-comfy beds and a ridiculous amount of leg room, it's definitely a cut about standard business class. We put it to the test.
Travelling only with hand luggage saves you valuable time, but domestic airlines in Australia are getting much stricter about enforcing their baggage limits. Here's the current state of play for Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair, and the best tactics to use to avoid unwanted hassles or excess luggage fees.
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.
Virgin Australia has begun expanding its Wi-Fi entertainment service so that you can watch it through your own device, rather than relying on supplying you with a tablet itself. Qantas will also debut its BYOD-for-streaming entertainment option soon, but this development not necessarily good news for travellers.
Virgin Australia has launched a scheme which lets pets flying on its domestic services earn Velocity points for their owners. While every point helps, we have to say this is a relatively expensive way of earning them.
Ever wondered how Sir Richard Branson became so ridiculously successful? Last week, we attended Talent International's "Talent Unleashed" event in Sydney which was headlined by the Virgin billionaire. Guests were given an insight into Branson's business methods with a focus on how to successfully create working environments through sheer bloody-mindedness and self-belief. He also discusses Virgin Galactic, the importance of following your gut instinct and the havoc wrought by Apple on his former music business.
Consulting group IdeaWorks has released its 4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey, which ranks the frequent flyer schemes and reward programs of airlines around the world. This year, one Australian airline has managed to climb up the ranks into second position. Can you guess which one?