When you're in the air, checking in, checking out, or running through airports every other day, you need all the help you can get to make things run smoothly.
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These high-end travel hacks can optimise your precious time when you're travelling for work.
Secure and convenient
You won't actually bypass security with Virgin's Premium Entry and Exit service - but you will speed through with VIP treatment. This means you'll spend more time in the lounge and less time in the terminal, which sounds good to us. Now operating in Sydney (security check at Lounge entry) and Melbourne (at Lounge exit) with a Brisbane service to open later in the year, Virgin offers a private-ish security screening point connected to the lounge. This is available to business class and premium economy guests and Velocity Platinum and Gold members. More info
Say goodbye to taxi ranks. Travelling business or first? Top tier airlines such as Qantas and Emirates offer complimentary chauffeur driven transfers to and from the airport on selected major flights. You will be picked up in luxury wheels and whisked to the airport, then met by another chauffeur service when you land back home. More info
You can check in for your flights online, but did you know you can also check into your hotel room? Hotel group Accor is the name behind the Sofitel, Mercure, Pullman, the Sebel and the Novotel to name a few. It offers online check ins for over 40 hotels with 80 more to be hooked up by end of the year. You can check in two days before your stay, and have your key handed over immediately when you arrive. To check out, simply hand the key back and the invoice is sent by email. More info Not convenient enough? The new Apple Watch unveiled this week is expected to allow wearers to bypass check-in completely, via a digital code sent to the Watch that unlocks your room with a simple swipe of the wrist. Nifty.
Above and beyond
Feeling the pinch of jet lag? Like Red Bull for long haulers, 1Above is a New Zealand-made remedy that comes as a tablet or ready to drink. The secret recipe combines 'pycnogenol' - a natural bark extract - with six electrolytes to fight the dehydration suffered when crossing time zones. 1Above claim travellers who take pycnogenol recover from jet lag in around half the time. Worth a shot. More info
If you need something done properly, you need a butler. It's not just for 19th century fops, we promise. Stedmans Butler and Concierge Services have been on the Sydney scene for over 25 years, and offer, well, pretty much whatever you need. The can set up your pad from scratch, meet and greet you at the airport, show you around town, drive you wherever you need to go, pack, unpack, cook, babysit, shop and more. You could get used to this. More info
Moving on up
Upgrade to a Club River Room at The Langham in Melbourne and the hotel will throw in complimentary WiFi, extensive buffet breakfast (think pastries, eggs, smoked salmon), afternoon tea as well as bubbles and canapés in the evening. Sounds like the perfect stay. More info
Does your wardrobe need a kick start in the morning? Order fresh shirts from Art Series hotel the Blackman's room service menu and you'll cut a sharp figure at the first meeting of the day. Australian atelier Mr Shirts provides your choice of cut and colour to order. More info
Going, going, gone
Looking for a quick upgrade? Qantas has launched a bidding system for members of its Frequent Flyer loyalty club. Members are invited to take part and make a points offer plus a minimum dollar offer to land an upgrade at the pointy end. Sold! More info