It’s a double whammy today – with both Airline and Wholesaler wraps in one. Hope you all enjoyed your long weekend, and feel nice and in-the-know post reading this wrap.
BIG FAT AIRLINE WRAP
Capella Lodge Offers a Suite Upgrade and Free Flights to Paradisewith Stay-7-Pay-6 Package
Lord Howe Island’s acclaimed Capella Lodge has announced a bonus suite upgrade for a limited period as part of its popular Fly Free Stay 7 Pay 6 deal, which offers holidaymakers free flights and a free night in the island’s subtropical paradise.
From May 20 to August 31, 2017, guests who book the Capella Lodge Fly Free, Stay 7 Pay 6 package can stay seven nights for the price of six and also receive free return QantasLink flights* from Sydney or Brisbane. As an extra bonus, guests who book the package before May 7, 2017 will also receive a complimentary suite upgrade.
The seven-night package is priced from $4500* per person twin share, including free flights, a bonus night, gourmet breakfasts, sunset drinks and canapés, open bar with premium wines and spirits from 6pm, dinners with inspired daily menu, non alcoholic beverages, selected in-suite bar, mountain bikes and island airport transfers.
Cathay Pacific launch Economy Class Sale on Flights to Shangai
The sale is on all flights from Australia to Shanghai, departing 1 May to 30 November 2017, allowing customers to experience the popular attractions during the Summer-Autumn seasons. Flights start from AUD$675 and must be booked by 24 April 2017.
The list of reduced fares from all six Australian ports to Shanghai:
- Sydney from $692* return
- Melbourne from $679*return
- Perth from $675* return
- Brisbane from $688* return
- Adelaide from $682* return
- Cairns from$690* return
Cathay Pacific are also holding a competition as part of their Port Adelaide Football Club Sponsorship, offering fans the chance to see the Power play in the historic, inaugural AFL game in Shanghai on Sunday 14 May. Up for grabs is flights, tickets to the game and accommodation for three lucky winners to support the Power at this memorable event. The competition ends on 27 April. For entry details visit: www.residentoftheworld.com.au/port-adelaide
Qantas puts Aussie Art on Business Class Amenity Kits
Qantas has teamed up with some of Australia’s leading artists, photographers and digital influencers to feature their work on the airline’s international Business class amenity kitsfrom the 1 May.
With artworks named Fairy Bread, 7000 Ironbarks and Maaate, the initiative called ‘Qantas Curates’ has seen the airline work with professional Australian contemporary art curators to select artworks from 16 Australians specialising in a variety of different styles including pop culture, photography, fine art, abstract landscape, Indigenous art and textile design. Two new designs will be launched every few months.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir sign Codeshare Agreement with Air France-KLM
Singapore Airlines and regional subsidiary SilkAir have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Air France-KLM to codeshare on each other’s flights with effect from 27 April 2017. Under the agreement, which is subject to regulatory approvals, Singapore Airlines will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Air France-operated flights beyond Paris to 10 destinations – Aberdeen, Bordeaux, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Newcastle, Nice and Toulouse.
Air France will in turn add its ‘AF’ designator code to Singapore Airlines-operated flights beyond Singapore to Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, as well as on SilkAir-operated flights to Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, and Phuket in Thailand.
Singapore Airlines and Air France-KLM will later explore the opportunity to expand the codeshare to other airlines within their respective groups. The agreement is intended to provide customers more options and seamless connectivity when travelling between Australia, Southeast Asia and Europe. The airlines will also explore the possibility for Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer and Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue members to earn and redeem miles when travelling on the codeshare flight segments.
Qantas open New Lounge at Coffs Harbour Airport
Passengers travelling from Coffs Harbour Regional Airport now have access to a brand new Qantas lounge. The new facility caters for 40 passengers and is 25 per cent larger than the previous lounge. It features a bright and fresh palette to complement the natural timber finishes that have become the signature design feature of Qantas Regional Lounges around Australia.
The lounge also features a multi-purpose work station, power and data charging outlets and a refreshment bar. The new Qantas Regional Lounge will be open 90 minutes prior to the first flight of the day until the last evening departure.
Eligible passengers include Business Class passengers, Qantas Club Frequent Flyers and their guests, Qantas Frequent Flyer members holding Chairmans Lounge, Platinum one, Platinum and Gold status, eligible oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members, eligible Emirates Platinum and Gold Skyward customers and eligible China Eastern Platinum and Gold Eastern Miles customers.
Merlot and a Manicure at London Heathrow Airport
Whether flying business class or economy, travellers can now do so in style thanks to a new nail service launched at London Heathrow Airport. Wellness Spa located inside the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 2A Departures allows you to enjoy a little pre-holiday pampering meaning your manicure can last from the airport to the beach and back!
At Wellness, pampering possibilities are endless as it offers a full range of beauty treatments, both on a walk in or pre-booked service, so it’s not just nasty nails that can get a tidy up meaning you can board that flight as a truly pampered passenger.
BIG FAT WHOLESALE WRAP
Celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18 with Collette
Collette is launching its Special Collections brochure which offers Australian travellers the chance to visit some of the world’s most iconic monuments and sites. Available from 24 April, the brochure features a range of exciting itineraries and destinations steeped in history and heritage, where travellers can appreciate both natural and manmade landmarks.
From traditional sites such as the Pyramids of Egypt and the majestic Taj Mahal, to the more recent Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai which stretches four hundred and sixty- eight metres into the sky, to the sumptuous Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Dubai and the striking Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, there is much to celebrate.
Wendy Wu shows India for First Time Agents
Wendy Wu Tours, recently hosted an agent famil to India for first time visitors to discover what attracts a growing number of Australians to this vibrant destination.
Hosted by Aaron Phillips, Wendy Wu Tours’ specialist in tailor-made India arrangements, the itinerary was a tailored version of Wendy Wu’s Golden Triangle tour over seven days, perfect for a first time visitor. It featured the main highlights including the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, renowned for its forts and palaces and Agra, home to the majestic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The group ended their journey visiting the many highlights of Delhi.
Feedback from the participating agents was extremely positive on all aspects- the country as a destination, Wendy Wu Tours services on the ground and the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of selling points to assist clients with their bookings. It was encouraging that all agents made note of their desire to return and explore the country further. The group also managed to explore the highlights on a stopover in Bangkok, courtesy of Thai Airways.
Free Shore Excursions plus 25% off in Greece
Tempo Holidays are offering 25% off plus free shore excursions on their eight day cruising packages in Greece for all new bookings made until the 31 May 2017. This deal is available on Tempo’s Jewels Of The Cyclades and Classical Greece itineraries for select departures between May – Oct 2017. Prices start from A$2651// NZ$2777 per person based on Classical Greece package.
Both packages include buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a welcome cocktail, a local theme evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and captain’s dinner, multilingual cruise escort and use of games, snorkelling and fishing equipment.
For these packages travellers can choose from a range of free excursions on the islands of Delos, Syros, Paros, Santorini, Crete/Rethymno and Nauplion.