SILVERSEA Fly Business Class to Europe from $3,998

Silversea’s intimate and luxurious ships will lead you to big discoveries on the broadest scale, from architectural splendours and grand palaces, to quaint villages and local cuisine.

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Visiting a wide range of ports – from the classic and iconic, to the unique and hard to reach destinations dotted along the European coastline, Silversea’s itineraries offer a bespoke experience for all who seek the treasures of this breathtaking region.

SILVERSEA’S ALL-INCLUSIVE LIFESTYLE

  • Spacious, elegantly appointed ocean-view suites, most with a private veranda
  • Personalised butler service for every suite
  • Up to eight restaurants on board, diverse cuisine and open seating dining
  • Complimentary caviar, Champagne, select wines, beers and spirits served in-suite and throughout the ship
  • Nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Complimentary 24-hour in suite dining
  • Complimentary WiFi for all guests
  • Onboard gratuities always included

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TRAVELMARVEL Fly Free to Europe!

‘EUROPEAN GEMS’ RIVER CRUISE
15 Days from $5,595*pp twin share

Budapest to Amsterdam
5 Countries – 15 Days – 41 Meals

PLUS: BOOK BY 23 SEPTEMBER and You’ll fly FREE!

Trip Inclusions

  • Transfers, port charges and tipping
  • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners Explore 14 towns, villages and cities
  • 14 nights cruising on a premium Travelmarvel river ship Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Entertainment and Activities Coordinator, and local guides
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise

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Terms and Conditions
Fly Free Including Taxes: Flights are based on wholesale economy airfares in (W) Class with Singapore Airlines or an airline of Travelmarvel’s choosing. Includes taxes of up to $300 per person from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Fly Free is not offered for Land Only Journeys. Prices are for cruise only departing 30 October 2020. Surcharges apply for other departures. Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change. Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising. Alternative sightseeing will be provided in the event that castles in Brühl are closed.

QANTAS Singapore Business Lounge Expansion

Qantas has unveiled an expanded Business Lounge in Singapore offering seats for more than 570 customers.

The additional area offers new banquette seating, dining chairs and tables and has been designed to maximise power and data outlets for customers’ devices.

The expansion of the Business Lounge will be followed by the opening of a new First Lounge in November. Both lounges combined will offer seating for more than 800 customers.

Highlights of the Business Lounge, which originally opened in 2013:

  • Neil Perry menus with dishes inspired by regional cuisine and cooked to order.
  • Dining options include the plate of the day at the communal dining area, dishes from the live cooking station, an extensive buffet and snacks at the bar.
  • Spice Temple inspired cocktails, a premium Australian wine selection and a barista service.
  • Service by Sofitel in line with Qantas’ First Lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles.
  • 20 showers, 80-inch television screens and flexible working, relaxing and dining areas.

Qantas operates more than 50 return services through Singapore each week, making it one of the largest foreign airlines to operate out of Changi Airport, with codeshare connections to 16 cities in eight countries on more than 210 Jetstar Asia services.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Adds Baggage Allowance for Infants

Virgin Australia has become the first Australian airline to allow its tiniest travellers a dedicated checked baggage allowance when flying on domestic, international short haul and international long haul routes.

The change means that parents travelling with a child under 23-months-old on Virgin Australia operated flights can check-in one additional 23kg bag free of charge, as well as two special infant items, such as a pram, cot, car seat or baby capsule.

“This is a terrific initiative. The additional baggage allowance will make a huge difference to families travelling with little ones”, said Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

Infant baggage allowance is the newest announcement in a suite of initiatives introduced by Virgin Australia to make travelling easier for families.

General Manager of Ground Operations, Paul Woosnam said: “We know travelling with an infant can be incredibly stressful and we’re pleased to make that journey a little more effortless by introducing an infant baggage allowance on domestic and international flights.”

“We want to be the airline of choice for travelling families and we’re proud to be the only carrier in Australia to recognise that travelling with an infant sometimes means packing far more than usual. We think parents will be pleased too, as they can now pack a little extra for themselves on their next trip,” Mr Woosnam said.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES Getaway Fares

We’re thrilled to bits by these great value ‘Getaway’ fares from our friends at Singapore Airlines.

ON SALE until 05 September 2019
VALID FOR TRAVEL between 1 September 2019 and 15 August 2020

Fares are available in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class.

Try these return Economy Class fares from Sydney on for size.

London from $1,257
Paris from $1,254
Zurich from $1,244
Copenhagen from $1,203
Colombo from $830
Seoul from $783
Tokyo (Narita) from $772
Phuket from $761
Hanoi from $757
Singapore from $695

Fares can be booked on a mixed-class basis. For example, one way in Economy, the other in Business Class.

Getaway fares are available to more than 110 destinations on the Singapore Airlines international network.

AU$1 Singapore Stopover Holiday (SSH) packages apply!

Why not combine a Getaway fare with a $1 stopover? Singapore Airlines’ Singapore Stopover Holiday packages are incredible value, and start at just AU$1 for your first night in a Category A hotel.

Further discounts apply in higher hotel categories.

Singapore Stopover Holiday (SSH) packages include hotel accommodation, one way airport shuttle service and SG$500 worth of discounts at attractions.

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Fares shown are for return travel per person from Sydney (K Class), and are correct at 15 August 2019. Fares are subject to availability, and include price of the air tickets, associated taxes, levies and surcharges. Travel blackout periods apply.

APPLE MACBOOK Bans in Checked-Luggage

News from Australia’s airlines this week is that passengers travelling with Apple MacBook laptops must place them in their carry-on luggage. Due to safety concerns, they cannot be packed in checked luggage.

A press release from Apple on 21 June 2019 announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.

While the recalled model is specifically for the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch mid-2015 laptop, Virgin Australia’s ban will apply to all Apple MacBooks due to the difficulty in determining different models.

A notice in the dangerous goods section of Virgin Australia’s website states:

“Due to a worldwide recall by Apple of a number of Apple MacBook batteries, ALL Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only.

“No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice.”

We have been advised that Qantas also confirmed a ban on the MacBooks, but its ban only applies to MacBook Pro models, rather than all MacBook devices.

We have not details at this time about how long these bans will be in place.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES Changi Airport Lounges Revamp

Singapore Airlines has announced a major investment of more than SG$50 million for upgrades to its SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold Lounges at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3.

The redevelopment will see space and total guest capacity of the T3 lounges increase by 30%. The new lounges will offer even more generous open spaces, enhanced facilities and a wide array of food and beverage selections.

The airline advises that it has engaged renowned hospitality designers Hirsch Bedner Associates to “inject a fresh look and feel to each lounge that is modern yet homely, while inspiring a sense of timeless elegance”.

Suites and First Class customers can look forward to a brand new The Private Room and First Class Lounge, with luxurious and intimate seating spaces suitable for both work and rest. The First Class Lounge will continue to feature a flagship bar and The Private Room, a full-service fine dining section within the lounge.

The KrisFlyer Gold Lounge will double in capacity and include dedicated working spaces, as well as larger al fresco seating and dining areas. The lounge will also be equipped with restrooms and showers.

Renovations are expected to be completed by mid-2021.

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QANTAS Premium Cabin Sale: ENDS 30 August!

Qantas international First, Business and Premium Economy, and domestic Business fares are on sale now!

SALE ENDS 11.59pm (AEST) on 30 AUGUST 2019!

Take a look at this sample of return fares from Sydney:

PREMIUM ECONOMY

SINGAPORE from $1499
Departures: 7 Oct 2019–28 Nov 2019, 17 Jan 2020–28 Mar 2020, 30 Apr 2020–19 Jun 2020.

TOKYO from $1695
Departures: 14 May 2020–25 Jun 2020.

JOHANNESBURG from $2299
Departures: 18 Jan 2020–24 Mar 2020, 20 Apr 2020–20 Jun 2020.

LOS ANGELES from $2799
Departures: 23 Oct 2019–25 Nov 2019, 14 Jan 2020–19 Mar 2020, 17 Apr 2020–18 Jun 2020, 10 Jul 2020–31 Jul 2020

NEW YORK from $2999
Departures: 4 Nov 2019–24 Nov 2019, 14 Jan 2020–19 Mar 2020, 17 Apr 2020–18 Jun 2020, 10 Jul 2020–31 Jul 2020.

CHICAGO from $3249
Departures: 22 Apr 2020–17 Jun 2020, 10 Jul 2020–31 Jul 2020.

BUSINESS CLASS

BEIJING from $2798
Departures: 1 Nov 2019–20 Dec 2019, 19 Feb 2020–28 Mar 2020.

SINGAPORE from $2999
Departures: 2 Oct 2019–31 Oct 2019, 5 Nov 2019–14 Nov 2019, 16 Jan 2020–1 Feb 2020, 26 Mar 2020–3 Apr 2020.

TOKYO from $3495
Departures: 9 Nov 2019–18 Dec 2019, 3 Feb 2020–29 Mar 2020, 11 May 2020–26 Jun 2020.

LOS ANGELES from $5499
Departures: 2 Oct 2019–16 Dec 2019, 17 Jan 2020–30 Apr 2020, 1 Jun 2020–31 Jul 2020.

NEW YORK from $5999
Departures: 5 Nov 2019–13 Dec 2019, 17 Jan 2020–30 Apr 2020, 2 Jun 2020–Fri 31 Jul 2020.

CHICAGO from $6499
Departures: 22 Apr 2020–31 Jul 2020.

LONDON from $6999
Departures: 22 Oct 2019–27 Nov 2019, 19 Jan 2020–18 Feb 2020.

PARIS from $7297
Departures: 22 Oct 2019–27 Nov 2019, 19 Jan 2020–18 Feb 2020.

FIRST CLASS

LOS ANGELES from $9999
Departures: 11 Sep 2019–10 Oct 2019, 4 Nov 2019–13 Dec 2019, 12 Jan 2020–31 Jul 2020.

LONDON from $10499
Departures: 22 Oct 2019–27 Oct 2019, 19 Jan 2020–18 Feb 2020.

Please contact us for Premium Cabin Sale fares to destinations right across the Qantas international network!

Fares shown are correct at 27 August 2019, subject to availability and change due to fluctuations in airfare component currencies and other factors.

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BRITISH AIRWAYS Pilots Strike: 09, 10 & 27 September 2019

In British Airways’ centenary year, the airline and the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) have failed to come to a negotiated agreement in their pay-dispute.

As the talks broke down, BALPA has given notice of strikes set to take place on 9, 10 and 27 September 2019.

A media release on the British Airways website states that, “It is completely unacceptable that BALPA is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.” It goes on to describe BALPA’s action as ‘reckless’.

On the other side, BALPA said strikes were a ‘last resort’ born from ‘enormous frustration’ with airline management.

British Airways has advised it’s making changes to flight schedules to get as many people away on their journeys as possible. However, it expects many of its customers will not be able to travel on their preferred dates, and will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights.

“We continue to monitor the situation, and are in close contact with our close friends at British Airways”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“All of our affected clients have been notified, and alternative travel arrangements swiftly made”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“We continue to monitor the situation, however, and are in close contact with our close friends at British Airways to ensure our clients’ travel plans aren’t disrupted’, added Hosper.

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QANTAS Testing Non-Stop Flights to New York & London

Qantas has announced three ultra-long-haul research flights to collect data about passenger and crew health and wellbeing.

The flights form part of Project Sunrise – Qantas’ goal to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from Australia’s east coast of to London and New York.

The three research flights will be operated by brand new 787-9s on re-routed delivery flights from Boeing. Rather than flying empty from Seattle, the aircraft will simulate two Project Sunrise routes – London and New York to Sydney.

This will represent the first ever flight by a commercial airline direct from New York to Sydney, and only the second time a commercial airline has flown direct from London to Sydney.

Each flight will have a maximum of 40 people, including crew, in order to minimise weight and ensure the necessary fuel range.

The passengers – mostly Qantas employees – will be fitted with wearable technology and take part in specific experiences at varying stages of the roughly 19 hour flights. Scientists and medical experts from the Charles Perkins Centre will monitor sleep patterns, food and beverage consumption, lighting, physical movement and inflight entertainment to assess impact on health, wellbeing and body clock.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said “flying from the East Coast of Australia to London and New York is truly the final frontier in aviation, so we’re determined to do all the groundwork to get this right.

“No airline has done this kind of dedicated research before and we’ll be using the results to help shape the cabin design, inflight service and crew roster patterns for Project Sunrise. We’ll also be looking at how we can use it to improve our existing long-haul flights,” he added.

An Airbus A350 in Qantas livery.

Airbus and Boeing have both pitched aircraft (A350 and 777X) to Qantas that are capable of operating Project Sunrise flights with a viable commercial payload. A final decision on Project Sunrise – which depends on aircraft economics, regulatory approvals and industrial agreements – is expected by the end of December 2019.

Watch this space.

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