Other travel tips and hacks2018-01-15T12:13:42+11:00

Other travel tips and hacks

Join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free

Qantas' loyalty program is useful for New Zealanders who travel with Qantas or Jetstar, as well as those looking to diversify away from Air New Zealand Airpoints. Why would you want to do this? Well, since Qantas is a member of the global oneworld alliance, Qantas Points give you access to seats with over a dozen airlines, like Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines. Plus, Qantas and Emirates have a separate tie-up that allows Qantas Frequent Flyer members to book seats [...]

New Zealand passport holders to get easier entry into the UK

New Zealand passport holders will soon be able to use e-passport SmartGates when entering the UK, the UK government has announced. This is welcome news for travellers, who typically have to endure long queues at airports such as Heathrow. Right now, e-passport access is only available to EU passport holders. At some point next year, New Zealanders will also get access, as will passport holders of other countries like Australia. We don't know yet when this change will kick in. [...]

New Virgin Australia lounge arrangements in New Zealand

Virgin Australia is shaking up its lounge network from 28 October 2018, when its alliance with Air New Zealand ends. The airline has confirmed that passengers travelling from New Zealand to Australia will access the Strata Lounge in Auckland, the Manaia lounges in Christchurch and Queenstown, and a new Virgin Australia lounge in Wellington that's set to open in the next few months (until then, eligible guests will receive a food and beverage voucher to use at any of [...]

Air New Zealand in-flight wi-fi pricing and plans

Air New Zealand is in the process of installing wi-fi across its international fleet, starting with the 777s before moving on to other aircraft. At this stage, it appears six of the 777s have wi-fi installed, and the roll-out is expected to continue throughout 2018 and 2019. Air New Zealand has been adjusting pricing since the launch of the internet service earlier this year, and it appears to have settled on the final plans. As you can see, all [...]