Business Holidays : Traveller Tips

Accommodation

Don't pay for the minibar: hotel insider's secrets revealed

Concierge

Veteran front desk agent Jacob Tomsky reveals some of the best-kept secrets of the hotel industry.

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Air travel

Is a lie-flat plane seat worth the high price?

Qantas A380 business class

Airlines are increasingly offering lie-flat seats at the pointy end, but they don't come cheap.

Air travel

Top tips for scoring an airline upgrade

Air France business class A380

Oliver Smith For most of us, there's only one way we'll ever fly at the front of the plane: get a free upgrade.

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Tips

How to complain to an airline ... and get results

Airline complaints

John Walton When things do go wrong with an airline, it's often difficult to get your problems resolved. Here are some tips on how to make sure it happens.

Tripologist

Tripologist: SIM-ple fix for iPads overseas

Qantas iPad

Michael Gebicki What is the best data SIM card for my iPad while I'm travelling overseas?

Tripologist

Tripologist: SIMs straightforward for laptop-free sojourn

Tripologist I need to have reliable, low-cost internet but want to travel without a laptop.

Travellers

Ultimate frequent flyer: meet the 10-million-mile man

Tom Stuker United Airlines 10 million mile man

Tom Stuker is the definition of a frequent flyer. With 200 trips between the US and Australia, he's amassed an extraordinary 10 million frequent flyer miles.

Flight test

Flight test: Qatar Airways business class

Qatar Airways Boeing 777

The Qatar Premium Terminal is more akin to a five-star hotel than a holding pen.

Flight test

Flight test: Malaysia Airlines business class

Malaysia Airlines 747 take off

Malaysia Airlines' business class seats can be adjusted to a seemingly infinite number of positions.

Tips

When frequent flyers get taken for a ride

Qantas Frequent Flyer points Woolworths

Jane E. Fraser Discounts and rewards dealt out in loyalty schemes are a tempting incentive but it's worth considering who reaps the biggest benefits.

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Flight test

Flight test: United Airlines business class

United Airlines upgraded business-class seating

A comfortable, lie-flat bed at a cheaper rate than other carriers on the US-Australia route.

Tips

How to stay fit on the road

Matthias Morel, an airport marketing consultant who travels a lot for work, likes to stay in shape.

Flight test

Flight test: Emirates A380

Emirates Airlines flight attendant.

With its built-in minibar, we put business class to the test on the Emirates superjumbo.

Flight test: Qantas 747 business class

Near flawless ... Qantas's 747 business class.

A near-flawless and comfortable journey on board a Qantas jumbo to Mumbai.

Flight test

Flight test: V Australia business class to Fiji

V Australia business class bar

V Australia's crew are hip, fun and friendly - if a little chaotic - on the airline's first Fiji flight.

Q&A

Your questions

A man withdraws money from an ATM teller machine in Kuala Lumpur 27 February 2004.

Is there a way to avoid all those charges when you withdraw money from an ATM while overseas?

Hotel lounges

Boardrooms and canapes

Travellers increasingly are finding no reason to leave their plush hotel lounges, writes Tamara Thiessen.

Air travel

Flight test: Scandinavian Airlines business class

Scandinavian Airlines

The Scandinavians are a down-to-earth bunch and it shows in their friendly, efficient service.

Flight test

Flight test: United Airlines economy class

United Airlines nose

What, no seat-back TV screen? United Airlines 747 put to the test on the long-haul to Los Angeles.

Airlines

Flight test: V Australia economy class

V Australia launch.

We put Richard Branson's new Australian airline to the test on a flight to Los Angeles.