Qantas’ 737 Business Class is a key points redemption opportunity for longer domestic and short-haul international flights. Here’s our overview of what to expect onboard.
Arguably one of the best First Class lounges in the world, this private terminal makes security and immigration a breeze, with fantastic dining options, a calm environment and excellent customer service. Being driven directly to your plane like a celebrity is just the icing on the cake.
The number of Qantas A330s with their reconfigured Business Class has been slowly growing since its introduction in late 2014. We look at how to redeem points to fly in it, and what to expect.
The Novotel Auckland’s close proximity to the Airport – literally just across the road – nicely-designed rooms and consistently reliable service makes it my go to hotel whenever I find myself in Auckland with an early flight.
Virgin Australia’s 737 Business Class is a key points redemption opportunity for longer domestic and short-haul international flights. Here’s our overview of what to expect onboard.
Spain’s flag carrier offers an average product, with a comfortable enough seat and service with a smile but bland food and slow wifi.
Qatar Airways’ flagship First Class Lounge in Doha is one of the most outlandish lounge experiences I have had to date.
The Sheraton Melbourne is, as a Starwood loyalist, my go to hotel when travelling to Melbourne. It’s not very big, but makes up for it’s size with a good location, modern and comfortable rooms and good service.
A perfectly serviceable hotel if you can score a reasonable room rate, and want to earn Starpoints and/or stay credits towards status. However, Starwood aficionados need to choose between staying loyal but down-scale, or looking for more luxurious accommodation elsewhere.
The Old Clare Hotel is the only Design Hotels property in Australia that’s linked to Starwood, allowing you to use/earn points or status. It’s a unique place and definitely recommended for those looking for a different Sydney experience.
While the rooms are clean and fairly spacious, the staff are friendly and there’s nothing particularly wrong with the place, there’s also nothing to get you coming back here when Melbourne’s hotel scene is pretty competitive.
Some of the best value to be had from IHG Rewards is the quarterly PointBreaks promotion, where a number of hotels globally of the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands are made available for 5,000 points per night – that’s up to a 90% discount.
The First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi Airport is Etihad Airways’ flagship lounge and offers upscale dining, spa treatments with everything done in the Etihad way.