Road & Rail

Qantas hops onto the tracks with Journey Beyond

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now earn and use points on premium train trips around Australia including The Ghan, the Indian Pacific and the Great Southern – marking the first time Classic Reward Seats have been offered on the ground.

Members can use points to book Classic Rail Reward seats or earn 1 point per $1 spent on Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions journeys.

Journey Beyond offers extended overnight rail holidays that traverse some of Australia’s most picturesque and iconic landscapes such as the Red Centre, Blue Mountains and east coast.

The all-inclusive, high-end expeditions include bespoke menus inspired by the places the trains travel through, and the opportunity for guests to explore beyond the tracks with immersive ‘Off Train Excursions’ before returning to their onboard accommodation.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said at a time when Australians are planning domestic holidays more than ever, the partnership with Journey Beyond provides even more choice for frequent flyers to use their Qantas points.

“Ninety per cent of our members want to use their points for travel, so the ability to explore the country by rail is an exciting alternative for frequent flyers and a real drawcard for our program,” she said.

“Whether members are redeeming points on flights, hotel bookings, holiday packages or now rail travel, we’re always evolving and innovating to meet the needs of our 13 million members and help bring them closer to their next dream trip.”

Journey Beyond CEO Chris Tallent said the partnership reflected a coming together of two great Australian brands.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Qantas Frequent Flyer and provide people who love to travel with greater value when they choose a premium rail holiday experience,” he said.

“Like Qantas, Journey Beyond is in the business of taking people to incredible places across the country and curating unique experiences that forge lasting memories.

“As the first travel partner to offer Classic Reward Seats outside of flights with the launch of our ‘Classic Rail’ Rewards, we look forward to growing our partnership with Qantas and sharing the joy of travel with our guests.”

Bookings are now available for rail travel next year, with the Great Southern’s second season being extended by two weeks into February, and the once-a-week Ghan service becoming a twice-weekly service from May to August.

Work is currently underway to see the Indian Pacific return with its weekly journeys from mid-February.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Victoria downgrades ‘red zones’ for Queensland and parts of Sydney, as other states make border moves

by Huntley Mitchell

The colour of Victoria’s ‘traffic lights’ have changed for certain travellers. However, that’s not an invite for them to drag race their way into the state.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

New Zealand sticking to two-way travel ‘bubble’ timeline despite Australia’s recent COVID-19 concerns

We’ve got a feeling NZ might just be 2021’s top overseas destination among Aussie travellers, and not just because it’ll likely be the first place they can go to … okay, maybe it is.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Singapore Airlines provides breathing room for frequent flyers

This story is for all the frequent flyer status whores out there, particularly the PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite ones.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Scenic names new boss of global cruise operations

Scenic staff reportedly used traditional nautical lingo in welcoming their newest colleague by collectively yelling “AHOY!” and “ARR ME HEARTY!” at him as he entered the office.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Emirates suspends Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne flights, as government increases repatriation efforts

Meanwhile, Etihad has taken this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to repatriating stranded Aussies. Nice one, guys.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Wondering what Thailand’s new tourism normal looks like? Tune in to this webinar

Are your clients nagging you about when you can book their next Thailand trip? Find some respite with this.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Topdeck slashes 25 per cent off a majority of its trips

Get your clients back on board and dreaming again with Topdeck’s new campaign, sweetened with great savings.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Accor to transform heritage theatre into Sydney lifestyle hotel

Accor is bringing one of its funky lifestyle hotel brands to one of Sydney’s most iconic heritage buildings, so expect to hear a lot of James Brown and Prince being played from the property’s speakers.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin Australia announces mass changes to executive team

Virgin’s HR team is drowning in paperwork after CEO Jayne Hrdlicka assembled her dream exec leadership line-up.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

OPINION: Playing a long game against the pandemic – book now, for travel later

by David Green

Here, G Adventure’s head of commercial waxes lyrical about why agents shouldn’t give up hope in the current climate.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

The Travel Industry Hub creates online community

Are you sick of attending webinars where everyone leaves straight after they end, leaving no chance to network and chat? Well, TTIH is doing something about it.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Brisbane Airport achieves global COVID-safe accreditation

While the health and safety protocols at Brisbane’s quarantine hotels are being questioned, at least the airport’s got it together.

Share

CommentComments