QANTAS SETS SIGHTS ON SNOWFIELDS

Anticipating strong demand for skiing this Australian winter, Qantas has just announced the launch of three new seasonal routes to the snow.

“We, too, expect this to be a strong ski season regardless of the snow conditions. Australians are itching to travel, and our snowfields are some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and divine travel experiences. We look forward to helping fill those flights,” said Sarah Bush, Co-Founder & Director of The Travel Authority Group.

From 01 July to 26 September 2021, Qantas will operate three new routes to Cooma and Albury, gateways to the New South Wales and Victoria snowfields:

  • Sydney to Cooma – flights will operate three days per week.
  • Brisbane to Cooma – flights will operate two days per week.
  • Brisbane to Albury – flights will operate three days per week.

Fares for flights between Sydney and Cooma start at $179 one-way, and flights from Brisbane to Cooma and Albury are available from $239 one-way.

Remember, you can use your American Express Membership Rewards Points to book and pay for anything at The Travel Authority Group.

From Cooma, skiers can access Perisher Valley, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass in New South Wales. While Albury offers great access to Falls Creek and Hotham resorts across the border in Victoria.

All flights will be operated by QantasLink’s turboprop Q400 aircraft.

Complimentary food and drinks will be offered on board, and ski and snowboard equipment can be included as part of the checked baggage allowance.

“These new flights are also good news for local businesses, hospitality and tour operators in the region, helping drive tourism and reviving the industry that has been hurting from COVID-19,” said QantasLink CEO John Gissing.

Flights from Sydney to Cooma are timed to allow travellers to depart after work on a Thursday or Friday and return Sunday evening, which enables them to enjoy a long weekend of skiing without needing to drive.

To help offset some of the uncertainty on borders, Qantas is offering unlimited flight changes through to at least February 2022, for flights booked until at least the end of April 2021.

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MORE QANTAS QUEENSLAND FLIGHTS

Our friends at Qantas have announced an increase in flights between the ACT and Queensland following the lifting of border restrictions, including introducing a new seasonal route between Canberra and the Gold Coast.

That means that, from 25 September, for the first time in more than two decades the national carrier will operate up to four flights each week between Canberra and the Gold Coast.

Qantas is also increasing flights between Canberra and Brisbane from four flights per week to 14 flights—adding an extra 2200 seats each week between the two cities.

“We’re delighted to learn of these developments,” says The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

“Every additional flight put on by Australian carriers is a step in the right direction. They instill confidence that we will emerge from this Covid mess soon and travel again.”

Peter Hosper CEO – The Travel Authority Group.

The new Gold Coast services will operate on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday. The flights will be operated by a dual class Boeing 717 featuring 12 Business Class seats and 98 seats in Economy.

Business Class

Acknowledging the impetus behind the new services, QantasLink CEO John Gissing said, “We know there is significant pent up demand for domestic travel with Australians wanting to explore their own backyard. We’ll monitor demand on the route and if it proves successful, we could look to operating flights over the summer school holiday period.”

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ETIHAD’S Global COVID-19 Insurance

Etihad Airways is introducing COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover as part of the airline’s health and hygiene program—Etihad Wellness.

So, what’s it all about?

Etihad passengers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip won’t have to worry about medical expenses or quarantine costs.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while you’re away from home, Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance will cover up to EUR150K of medical costs, and up to EUR100 per day of quarantine costs in case of a positive diagnosis for 14 days.

“This is a welcome initiative by the national carrier of the UAE. While we’re still a way from anything resembling a ‘normal’ flying environment, program’s like this play an important role in rebuilding passenger and client confidence.”

Peter Hosper – CEO, The Travel Authority Group.

All Etihad tickets, regardless of date of booking, traveling between now and 31 December 2020 will include the COVID-19 insurance. If you have an existing booking you don’t need to do anything—you will be automatically enrolled into the program.

The insurance is valid worldwide for 31 days from the first day of travel.

“The introduction of global COVID-19 insurance, in partnership with AXA, builds on stringent measures already in place as part of our Etihad Wellness program” said Duncan Bureau, Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution, Etihad Airways.

“This additional cover will not only instil confidence to travel but also reassure our guests that we are doing all we can to keep them safe and protected. As more countries start opening their borders, we are making it as easy as possible for our guests to plan their next trip, hassle free,” Bureau added.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Re-starts Flight Redemptions

Virgin Australia domestic flight redemptions using Velocity Points are back to some of the airline’s most popular destinations with Reward Seat and Any Seat bookings re-opening for travel from 01 September 2020.

From Sydney, redemption destinations include:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Melbourne
  • Gold Coast
  • Perth
  • Broome
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton

Contact us for full details of the routes available from other Australian destinations at this time.

To ensure Velocity program members feel they can book with confidence, Virgin Australia is offering refunds and waiving cancellation and change fees as follows:

Change and cancellation fees

If you book a redemption seat by 01 September 2020 for travel after that date, the airline will waive fees for any changes or cancellations you make before 01 September.

Refunds

If you or Virgin Australia cancel your flight before 01 September 2020, for a booking made between 15 May 2020 & 1 September 2020, Virgin Australia will refund your Points/cash in full to the original form of payment (except for any booking or credit card fees).

On board safety and hygiene

Virgin Australia has implemented additional cleaning and hygiene measures including social seat distancing onboard.

CLICK HERE for more details about the airline’s COVID-19 safety and wellbeing processes and practices.

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