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New Zealand

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority for travel to New Zealand – effective 1 October 2019

From 1 October 2019, visitors who are currently eligible to travel to New Zealand without a visa will be required to hold a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

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‘The Adnate’ to open in Perth with one of the world’s tallest murals

‘The Adnate’ to open in Perth with one of the world’s tallest murals

Accor announces namesake artist for new Art Series hotel in Perth – opening October 2019.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019: Strong winds ground planes at Melbourne airport

Thursday, 11 July 2019: Strong winds ground planes at Melbourne airport

Qantas has cancelled more than 15 flights from Sydney inbound to Melbourne due to the weather.

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Extension of travel management services to Australian Government agencies3

Extension of TM services to Australian Government agencies 

Department of Finance has exercised its option to extend the Deed between Department and QBT 

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48-hour Virgin Australia sale boasts flights to New Zealand from $218

Don't wait to make your escape. Sale ends midnight 25 June.

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Qantas eyes direct Brisbane-Chicago and Brisbane-San Francisco flights

Qantas will launch direct flights from Brisbane to Chicago & San Francisco by the end of April 2020 

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Air New Zealand removes straight to gate domestic check-in process

Air New Zealand removes straight to gate domestic check-in process

From July 1, all passengers, including those without checked baggage, will have to check-in 

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Qantas adds new Broome service as mining work picks up

Qantas adds new Broome service as mining work picks up

The new service provides a direct option for corporate travellers as well as providing connections for domestic and international travellers.

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Should you pay in your own currency with credit cards overseas Why its a rip-off

Should you pay in your own currency with credit cards overseas? 

It's a trick that catches out even the most experienced travellers. I've made this mistake. I'm sure many other people have as well.

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Special loyalty offer to stay with Accor during June, July and August!

Special loyalty offer to stay with Accor during June, July and August!

Simply register to earn double Le Club Accor points.

Booking Window: 1 June to 30 June 2019
Stay Window: 1 June to 31 Aug 2019

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Weather bureau issues warning for Sydney drivers amid gusty winds, rain, snow

Weather bureau issues warning for Sydney drivers amid gusty winds, rain, snow

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning Sydneysiders to take care as wild weather hits the city and surrounds, with massive swell prompting some ferry services to be cancelled on Sydney Harbour.

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Changes to Virgin Australia's Premium Economy Checked Baggage Allowance

Changes to Virgin Australia's Premium Economy Checked Baggage Allowance

Virgin Australia wishes to advise of changes to checked baggage allowances for the Premium Economy fare class on Virgin Australia services to/from Australia and New Zealand to Los Angeles.

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Group Package Sale! | Sage Hotel West Perth

Group Package Sale! | Sage Hotel West Perth

Book your next group into Sage West Perth and enjoy rates from $135* per night, including breakfast, wi-fi and airport transfers. One complimentary room for every 10 booked.

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Mantra Hotels supplier

Mantra Hotels has Brisbane covered

A hotel partner with a range of tailored corporate products to meet business travel, long stay, conference and leisure needs. With 11 Brisbane properties, they have a location, room type and price point to suit your travel policy. 

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Batman’s Hill on Collins, Melbourne - the experience true hospitality

Melbourne Trip? Think Batman’s Hill on Collins

Need a good option for customers traveling to Melbourne? Batman’s Hill on Collins, under Choice Hotel Group, offers both hotel rooms and apartments for longer stays!

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Australian passports can now be used at UK airport e-passport gates

Australian passports can now be used at UK airport e-passport gates

Australian travellers can now swipe their passports at the automated e-passport gates of all UK airports, bypassing the slow and snaking lines for the staffed immigration desks.

Australian travellers can now swipe their passports at the automated e-passport gates of all UK airports, bypassing the slow and snaking lines for the staffed immigration desks – a move which will be especially welcome when it comes to beating the morning queues at London's busy Heathrow hub.

 

Also on the fast-track list are visitors from New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Canada and the USA.

Although the streamlined system was due to take effect around June, the UK government opened its e-passport gates to travellers from all seven countries overnight.

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Virgin Australia Accelerate 10 Million Points Promotion

From 1 to 31 March 2019 Virgin Australia accelerate clients can go in the draw to win 100 prizes of 100,000 Velocity Points when they book and fly a Virgin Australia flight during this period.

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AUSSIES WARNED: Make sure your visa is right post Brexit

It might not be right at the front of all Australian’s minds but Brexit is scheduled to take place this month. Yep, as of 29 March 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union and it could have implications for Aussies.

It might not be right at the front of all Australian’s minds but Brexit is scheduled to take place this month. Yep, as of 29 March 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union and it could have implications for Aussies.

 

Australians who plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU, on the other hand, will need to use the UK’s visa and immigration tool to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay.

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Helloworld Travel’s TTV jumped to $3.2b thanks to new buys

Helloworld Travel’s TTV jumped to $3.2b thanks to new buys

Helloworld Travel’s recent investments are paying off financially as the company welcomed both an increase in total transaction value over six months AND a spike in revenue.

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A380 superjumbo Why the era of big passenger jets is over

A380 superjumbo: Why the era of big passenger jets is over

The double-decker A380 was loved by passengers, aviation enthusiasts and executives at Airbus.But the world's largest commercial plane never won over the group that really mattered - airlines.

The double-decker A380 was loved by passengers, aviation enthusiasts and executives at Airbus.But the world's largest commercial plane never won over the group that really mattered - airlines.

Airbus pulled the plug on its superjumbo program this week, announcing that it would deliver the final A380s to airlines such as Emirates by 2021.

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Qantas delivering new content for TMCs

QBT customers to benefit from new Qantas distribution model for more personalised bookings.

We’re delighted to announce QBT’s partnership with the soon-to-be-launched ‘Qantas Channel’ which will deliver an increasingly personalised, flexible and seamless booking experience for QBT and its customers no matter where you travel to across the globe.

We’re delighted to announce QBT’s partnership with the soon-to-be-launched ‘Qantas Channel’ which will deliver an increasingly personalised, flexible and seamless booking experience for QBT and its customers no matter where you travel to across the globe.

As part of the airline’s broader digital strategy, The Qantas Channel, coming into effect on 1 August 2019, has been introduced to enhance the Qantas experience for its users, enabling QBT to provide to its customers tailored offerings, a wider range of fares compared to traditional booking channels and richer content to better serve our customers.

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The five best benefits of Qantas Gold status for business class flyers

The five best benefits of Qantas Gold status for business class flyers

A Qantas Gold frequent flyer card is your ticket to priority check-in, airport lounge access and priority boarding wherever these perks are available: but those same benefits are also offered to business class travellers, regardless of status.

A Qantas Gold frequent flyer card is your ticket to priority check-in, airport lounge access and priority boarding wherever these perks are available: but those same benefits are also offered to business class travellers, regardless of status.

While the advantages of Platinum frequent flyer status are clear – most notably, access to Qantas, Emirates and Oneworld first class lounges – Gold frequent flyers are somewhat stuck in the middle, which poses the question, is there any real advantage to your Gold status if you’re already flying at the pointy end?

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Virgin doubles carry-on allowance, but only for business class

Virgin doubles carry-on allowance, but only for business class

Australia's domestic airlines spent 2018 cracking down on carry-on baggage allowances. All four of the major players – Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair – now routinely weigh passenger bags at check-in.

Australia's domestic airlines spent 2018 cracking down on carry-on baggage allowances. All four of the major players – Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair – now routinely weigh passenger bags at check-in.

If you have more than 7kg, you're out of luck, and face your luggage being sent to the hold. On the low-cost carriers (Jetstar and Tigerair), you'll have to pay a hefty sum as well.

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Air New Zealand extends summer of free Wi-Fi

Air New Zealand extends summer of free Wi-Fi

Air New Zealand’s complimentary inflight Wi-Fi summer offer to customers has been such a hit the airline is extending it.

Air New Zealand’s complimentary inflight Wi-Fi summer offer to customers has been such a hit the airline is extending it.

Wi-Fi is now available on 12 international aircraft, including six Boeing 777-200s and four Boeing 777-300s which predominantly fly the airline’s trans-Tasman, US and London routes and two A321neo aircraft which operate Tasman and Pacific Island services.

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Qantas returns to Sydney-Nadi route after 20 years

Commencing 31 March 2019, Qantas will return to Fiji after nearly 20 years with a four times per week (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between Sydney and Nadi on its Boeing 737 aircraft.

Commencing 31 March 2019, Qantas will return to Fiji after nearly 20 years with a four times per week (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between Sydney and Nadi on its Boeing 737 aircraft.

Describing the new route as one that meets demand for a “premium travel option” to Fiji, the airfares will include checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment, food and drinks. Travellers will also have the option to fly or upgrade to Busines Class.

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Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee Beach Sydney reveals new look

Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee Beach Sydney reveals new look

TFE Hotels’ Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee has unveiled a new look following a multimillion-dollar refurbishment.

TFE Hotels’ Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee has unveiled a new look following a multimillion-dollar refurbishment.

TFE Hotels’ Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee has unveiled a stunning new look following a multimillion-dollar refurbishment.

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Company's Business Travel for Efficiency and Cost Savings

4 Ways to Optimize Your Company's Business Travel for Efficiency and Cost Savings

Travel is a crucial element of success for businesses in many industries. In almost every sector, you’ll need to go on trips to meet investors, suppliers, potential partners or some other party that’s necessary to your business model.

Travel is a crucial element of success for businesses in many industries. In almost every sector, you’ll need to go on trips to meet investors, suppliers, potential partners or some other party that’s necessary to your business model.

Business travel can take up a large chunk of your time and budget -- up to 31 percent of the budget for larger companies, according to this JP Morgan report, so you should constantly be looking for ways to save money and time.

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TAKE A SPLASH: Did you know airports have pools? These do!

Soothing the stresses of a flight away by floating in a swimming pool at the airport sounds like the perfect antidote to long haul travel.

Soothing the stresses of a flight away by floating in a swimming pool at the airport sounds like the perfect antidote to long haul travel.

Luckily for passengers, more and more airports are catching on to the popularity of taking a splash between flights.

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United becomes the first airline with an all Dreamliner family

United becomes the first airline with an all Dreamliner family

United has become the first carrier in the world to operate all three Dreamliner models, including the 787-8, 787-9 and now the longest model, the 787-10.

United has become the first carrier in the world to operate all three Dreamliner models, including the 787-8, 787-9 and now the longest model, the 787-10.

 

United Airlines’ first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner began regular service today as UA2418, departing from Los Angeles International Airport traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport.

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New list names world’s best and worst airlines for safety

New list names world’s best airlines for safety

Anyone who’s ever watched Rain Man knows it already, but now Qantas has officially been named the world’s safest airline.

Anyone who’s ever watched Rain Man knows it already, but now Qantas has officially been named the world’s safest airline.

 

The airline ranks as the best in the world in AirlineRatings.com’s awards for 2019, singled out among the 20 airlines listed as the world’s safest for its extraordinary safety record and leadership.

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Emirates issues alert for travellers flying out today as thousands return to Dubai after holidays

Expect long queues, delays at the airport as thousands of holidaymakers pass through gates

Expect long queues, delays at the airport as thousands of holidaymakers pass through gates

 

Dubai: Travellers flying out or arriving into Dubai today, January 2, are facing delays and long queues at the airport, as airlines deal with the busiest day of the week.

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Ciao, Roma - Emirates opens new business, first class lounge at Rome

Ciao, Roma: Emirates opens new business, first class lounge at Rome

Rome seems to be the epicentre of airport lounge openings this year, with Emirates now carving out its own space to join recent ribbon-cuttings by British Airways and Star Alliance.

Rome seems to be the epicentre of airport lounge openings this year, with Emirates now carving out its own space to join recent ribbon-cuttings by British Airways and Star Alliance.

 

The new lounge caters for Emirates business class and first class travellers, along with passengers holding Skywards Platinum and Gold membership and – under the terms of the Qantas/Emirates alliance – also Qantas Platinum and Qantas Gold frequent flyers booked onto an Emirates flight.

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The Qantas-Singapore Airlines merger that almost happened...

The Qantas-Singapore Airlines merger that almost happened...

The Qantas-Singapore Airlines merger that almost happened...

As Qantas gears up to celebrate its 100th anniversary at the end of 2019, we look back to a time when the Australian flag-carrier almost merged with Singapore Airlines to create an Asia-Pacific colossus of aviation..

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ROUTES ROUND-UP QANTAS 787 TAKES OFF TO HONG KONG, SIA A350 LANDS IN ADELAIDE

Routes Round-Up: Qantas 787 takes off to Hong Kong, SIA A350 lands in Adelaide

Qantas has operated its first flight to Hong Kong using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Singapore Airlines has introduced the Airbus A350-900 onto the Adelaide route, Air New Zealand has announced a number of schedule additions, and Fiji Airways has begun using its Boeing 737 MAX on flights to Australia.

Qantas has operated its first flight to Hong Kong using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Singapore Airlines has introduced the Airbus A350-900 onto the Adelaide route, Air New Zealand has announced a number of schedule additions, and Fiji Airways has begun using its Boeing 737 MAX on flights to Australia.

 

The first Qantas 787 flight to Hong Kong departed Melbourne on December 13, with the airline now operating the Boeing widebody twin on the route five times a week, replacing the previous daily Airbus A330 schedule.

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