Big fat Valentine’s Day wrap

Forgot to send your significant other (or yourself) flowers this Valentine’s day? There’s still time to make amends by snagging one of these great deals.

BYO-Ex to QT this Valentine’s Day for a night of romantic recycling

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Waste not, want not this Valentine’s Day, as QT Hotels & Resorts adds a little spice to offset the sugar.

On February 14th, the stars will align and Cupid’s arrow will be perfectly poised and ready to strike as QT bars Australia-wide host a singles mixer with a QT twist: you need to BYO-Ex.

Maybe you’re still good friends? Maybe they’re the perfect sidekick, or maybe there’s a little flame still burning? Either way, two wrongs could make a night, so bring your ex and ignite a new spark (with someone else) in QT’s award-winning bars. It might have not worked out for the both of you, so why not move on together?

Not on speaking terms with your ex? No problem. Bring along a BFF, your “handbag” or that good old faithful plus one for a night of fun and frivolity.

Ex perience the love at the Rooftop at QT Melbourne, Santini Bar at QT Perth, Gowings Bar at QT Sydney, Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Canberra and Stingray Lounge at QT Gold Coast.

If the love gods have been kind to you and you’re currently loved-up, why not turn up the romance and treat your significant other to one of the many QT experiences on offer. From the spa-addict to the discerning diner, sleeping beauties to art connoisseurs, here are Cupid’s picks for lovers of the quirky, playful and fun.

More info here.

Trafalgar creates world’s first travel fragrance 

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Continuing their legacy of innovative thinking and immersive travel experiences, industry leader Trafalgar has developed the world’s first travel fragrance in partnership with leading French perfumery, Fragonard. Celebrating the love affair between travel memories and scent, ‘La Belle Vie’ launches on Valentine’s Day 2019.

Named after Trafalgar’s brand philosophy, ‘La Belle Vie’ reconnects guests to ‘The Good Life’, long after their travels are finished.

A harmonious blend of delicate white petals and a hint of white grapefruit zest, the fragrance for both men and women is available exclusively for Trafalgar guests travelling through France, on itineraries visiting Paris, Eze and Grasse.

For guests travelling on Trafalgar’s Paris Explorer trip, the brand offers an included insider experience at Fragonard’s Parisian Headquarters.

An official Fragonard ‘nose’ will unlock the history and secrets of perfume, with guests being able to get hands-on during the experience, mixing-and-matching three components of the fragrance, to create their own version. By purchasing this exclusive fragrance, guests can continue to connect to The Good Life, long after their journey has ended.

Love takes flight at LAX


Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is helping love take flight this Valentine’s Day with a special “Love LAX” photo contest.

From now until Feb. 14, couples, families and individuals are encouraged to take a romantic, quirky or stylish photo in front of the iconic LAX sign on Sepulveda Boulevard, which Cupid has decorated to celebrate the holiday of love.

People who tag their photos with #LoveLAX and @flyLAXairport on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram will be eligible to win Los Angeles World Airports swag. (The sign can be found on the east sideof Sepulveda Blvd, north of LAX, where Sepulveda Blvd. meets Lincoln Blvd.)

LAX will randomly select 5 winners from all eligible submissions on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook on Feb. 15. Winners will be contacted via social media.

If anyone is interested in proposing in front of the LAX sign on or before Feb. 14, they should contact and we’ll help make it happen!

Love is in the air with Tigerair’s 2for1 network-wide sale 


Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day with Tigerair Australia giving the ultimate gift of great value fares as the airline’s ‘2FOR1’ sale launches for travel on some of the most popular routes around Australia.

Hearts will skip a beat for the return of the ‘2FOR1’ sale which runs from midday (AEDT) today until midday (AEDT) Friday 15 February across all Tigerair’s 21 domestic routes for the travel period beginning from the end of April 2019.

Highlights of this week’s V-Day sale include flying two people either way between Sydney and the Gold Coast from just $71.95*, between Melbourne and Hobart from $69.95^* or between Melbourne and Sydney for a heart stopping $83.95*.

Tigerair Australia Public Affairs Manager Breanna Gaymer is encouraging romantics to ditch traditional gifts this Valentine’s Day in favour of picking up a great value getaway for two.

Celebrity Cruises shares love this Valentine’s day 

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Celebrity Cruises is celebrating Valentines Day with an incredible offer for guests: $25 deposits per person, savings of up to $300 and a range of free perks, for a limited time only.

New bookings made on eligible local and international sailings departing between June 2019 and April 2021 will qualify for the offer, with a range of free perks available according to tier of stateroom, including a classic beverage package for two, unlimited wifi and up to US$600 onboard credit.

Emirates celebrates love on board and in worldwide lounges for Valentine’s Day

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Emirates is celebrating the season of love with Australian customers on board and in its lounges this Valentine’s Day. As part of its commitment to create seasonal menus and unique experiences for celebrations worldwide, Emirates has refreshed its Valentine’s Day offering to create a memorable travel experience for its customers.

The celebrations kick off in Emirates’ network of lounges, across most of Emirates’ network of 42 lounges worldwide, including in Australia, Emirates’ chefs have prepared heart shaped culinary creations or the occasion. From 13-15 February, the special selection of Valentine’s inspired desserts include:

  • Mud cake with a chocolate ganache, berry coulis and decorated with white chocolate hearts in lounges in Australia
  • White chocolate mousse with strawberry and passion fruit in lounges in the UK
  • Chocolate covered strawberries with coconut flakes in Emirates lounges in Boston, LAX and JFK
  • Pink macaroon and heart-shaped mousse cakes in Shanghai
  • Red velvet torte with cream cheese and strawberry tart in Cairo

Australians visiting the Emirates First and Business Class lounges in Dubai from the 13-15 February, customers can look forward to:

  • A Valentine’s champagne treat with the lively and generous notes of Moet & Chandon Rosé Impérial
  • A selection of Valentine’s inspired cakes and desserts including heart shaped dark chocolate raspberry truffle, strawberry eton mess with mini heart sprinkles, red velvet cupcakes and red velvet ice cream
  • Valentine’s Day coffee infusions by Coffee Planet & special biscuits from Costa Coffee
  • A special Voss water infusion of strawberry & watermelon
  • Specially flavoured teas from Dilmah including a spritely chamomile and black iced tea and a rum-based Moroccan mint mojito black iced tea which will be paired with Florentines and cookies
  • Emirates’ special pampering services in the lounges like the Timeless Spa and shoe shine services will also have special deals
  • Complimentary bottle engraving on purchase of spirits from Le Clos, a fine wines & luxury spirits retailer in the lounge

Onboard meals will be seasoned with a touch of romance to complement the regionally inspired cuisine. On Valentine’s Day itself, Emirates will serve a special selection of desserts to Australians on longer flights across its network.

  • Snack baskets in First Class will feature strawberry & cream flavoured Lakrids liquorice
  • In First and Business, customers can choose a Strawberry feuilletine with layered white chocolate mousse and strawberry jelly decorated with hearts for an after meal treat
  • In Economy Class, customers will be served a dark chocolate mousse topped with candied hearts for dessert

Travellers can also get in the Valentine’s mood with ice, Emirates’ award winning inflight entertainment system. February’s entertainment catalogue features classic favourites including:

  • Romantic comedies such as Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding & Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • 1973 classic The Way We Were
  • Emirates’ specially curated music playlists called ‘Romantic Moments’ and ‘Love at First Flight’ featuring love songs. Customers can also create their own playlists of music, movies and TV shows on the Emirates app ahead of their flight and sync it to their seats once on board

Book a last-minute Valentine’s Stay with Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ Love is in the Air! Sale

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With just two weeks to go until the most romantic day of the year is upon us, Oaks Hotels & Resorts has released a sweet-as line up of Valentine’s Stay deals across its Australian and New Zealand portfolio as part of its Love is in the Air! Sale.

And with the big day falling on a Thursday, it presents as the perfect opportunity to bookend the special occasion with a few days away – a Valentine’s Stay

Couples who book a Love is in the Air deal with Oaks Hotels & Resorts from now until 28 February will enjoy a 10% discount on their accommodation, plus delicious wine and chocolates on arrival to ramp up the romance, and a bonus late checkout. Stays are valid until 30 April.

Choose from some of Oaks’ most sought-after city and coastal destinations to spoil your sweetheart, from Brisbane, to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, the Tweed Coast, Port Douglas, Sydney and Queenstown.

To view all participating properties and to book your Love is in the Air deal, visit  

Romance on the Harbour this Valentine’s Day


Add even more romance to the evening, one lucky passenger will win a three-night “Fraser Romance” package.

For the ultimate in romance Captain Cook Cruises Gold Penfolds Dinner cruise, offers it all.

Indulge in a six-course degustation menu, an open bar of Gold Penfolds bin and vintage wines, beer and spirits, priority boarding and lounge entertainment.

The Gold Penfolds Dinner cruise is priced at $259 per person.

Lovers can dance the night away to a live band on the 7.30pm Valentines Lovers Dinner & Drinks cruise.

Be treated to a mouth-watering four-course Valentine’s menu, glass of premium Champagne, chocolate gift and an open bar of house wines, beer and soft drinks, while enjoying the million-dollar Sydney Harbour views.

The 7.30pm Valentines Lovers Dinner & Drinks cruise is priced at $169 per person.

The Gold Penfolds Dinner cruise departs at 7.00pm from Wharf 6, Circular Quay returning at 9.30pm or at 7.30pm from King Street Wharf No.1, returning at 10.00pm. The 7.30pm Valentines Lovers Dinner & Drinks cruise departs from King Street Wharf No.1 at 7.30pm returning at 10.00pm. A guaranteed window table is available for $25 per person and bar packages can be upgraded.

Taking love to new heights this Valentine’s Day 

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This morning at dawn, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was the perfect platform for five lucky couples to profess their love 134 metres in the air. Couple Climbers were treated to unrivalled 360-degree views of Sydney and received an incredible 24-karat gold-dipped Eternity Rose for the ultimate photo opportunity atop of the world’s most celebrated bridge.

With the city still in darkness, the ten Climbers ascended the famous arches, guided by a Climb Leader who entertained the group with historical stories and secrets of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. When they reached the top, hearts were a-flutter with Sydney casting a beautiful orange glow across the harbour.

One Climber, Justin took his love to the greatest of heights by getting down on one knee and proposing to his partner, Sarah. Set on a stage like no other, Justin popped the question and after an enthusiastic “YES” from Sarah, put a diamond ring on her finger.


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