AMERICAN EXPRESS UPDATE – Big changes to Membership Rewards

American Express has made changes to the way Membership Rewards members earn and redeem points from 15 April 2019.

As a helloworld agent, our clients can redeem their American Express Membership Rewards points for travel.

It’s a fabulous membership benefit and a convenient way to pay for holidays and unique experiences around the world.

But changes are coming.

Effective 15 April 2019, the rate at which members can redeem their points is set to increase by as much as double.

Earn rates are going up, too—which is great—but if you don’t redeem the points currently in your account before 15 April, they will effectively be worth HALF what they are now.

“If you’re a Membership Rewards member, we encourage you to put your points to work before they can only buy half the holiday they can now”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

American Express will continue to offer a simple program, with no points caps, expiry dates, complicated tiers and no spend thresholds.

CLICK HERE for full details of the changes.

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INTRODUCING THE TAHITIAN DREAMLINER

Air Tahiti Nui has launched the ‘Tahitian Dreamliner’—a brand new aircraft to coincide with the airline’s 20th year of operations.

The new aircraft has initially been deployed on the Papeete-Auckland route. Travellers departing from Australia will fly on Qantas-operated Air Tahiti Nui flights across the Tasman, and board the Tahitian Dreamliner in Auckland for onward travel to Tahiti.

Trans-Tasman connections are also permitted on Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Jetstar in accordance with airfare rules. Please contact us for full details.

SERVICE FREQUENCY
Air Tahiti Nui operates three flights a week between Auckland and Papeete in Tahiti—Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, crossing the International Dateline in the process.

Papeete to Auckland services operate Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

AIRCRAFT CONFIGURATION
The airline’s Dreamliner is configured with three cabins:

  • Poerava Business Class
  • Moana Premium Economy
  • Moana Economy

POERAVA BUSINESS CLASS
Air Tahiti’s Poerava Business Class has been enhanced with the introduction of a 180-degree full-flat seat.

Designed to optimise space, the seat includes a wide range of storage areas, and is configured in five rows on a six-across (2-2-2) layout.

  • 60 inches of pitch
  • A fully flat 78 inches bed
  • Luxurious cushion and cover comfort system
  • Individual touch screen and remote control
  • Personal lighting and privacy divider.

Onboard business class amenities include a thick duvet, one large and comfortable pillow, and a luxury kit of accessories.

MOANA PREMIUM ECONOMY
The Tahitian Dreamliner features Air Tahiti Nui’s first premium economy seat and cabin.

The cabin offers a more comfortable flying experience with extra leg room and relaxation space in 32 seats configured in five rows in a seven-across
(2-3-2) layout.

  • 20.4 inches-wide seats
  • Pitch of 38 inches
  • Recline of 8 inches.

The onboard amenities include: a comfortable polar blanket, one big pillow and a complete kit of accessories.

MOANA ECONOMY
The two Moana Economy class cabins feature a total of 232 seats specially designed for long-haul travel.

Economy class seats are installed in a nine-across (3-3-3) configuration.

  • Pitch of 31 inches
  • Recline of 6 inches

The onboard amenities include: a comfortable polar blanket, one comfortable pillow and a complete kit of personal accessories.

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FLY OMAN AIR BUSINESS CLASS TO EUROPE

Fly to Europe via Asia and remarkable Muscat in Oman Air’s divine Business Class for a little more than you might pay to fly Premium Economy.

Enjoy a fully-flat bed and access to gorgeous lounges as you travel.

Oman Air partners with a number of airlines from Australia including Qantas, Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines, so itineraries can be really exciting.

Try these sample Oman Air Business Class journeys on for size.

Fly from Sydney to Istanbul via Kuala Lumpur and Muscat
From just $4632 including taxes, fees and charges

Fly from Sydney to Paris via Kuala Lumpur and Muscat
From just $4908 including taxes, fees and charges

Fly from Sydney to London via Bangkok and Muscat
From just $5679 including taxes, fees and charges

Please note the fares and itineraries above are subject to availability and change without notice due to currency fluctuations and changes in applicable fees and surcharges. Prices shown were correct at 09 November 2018.

There are dozens of routings available, so be sure to contact us for full details.

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FLY TOGETHER, SAVE TOGETHER: Emirates Sale

BONUS: Enjoy a complimentary Dubai Stopover!
Offer ends 26 November 2018

Companion Fares to over 50 destinations are on sale now from just $1,169 p.p. return.

Travel period: 14 January to 30 October 2019

Eligible destinations:

  • Dubai
  • All 41 cities across Emirates’ Europe and United Kingdom network
  • Select destinations on the Emirates and flydubai Europe codeshare network

Advertised fares above are based on routing and taxes departing Melbourne, correct at 2 November 2018, and subject to currency fluctuation and availability. Additional destinations are also available.

Companion Fares require a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 9 people travelling together on all flights. Fares are also available from Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.

Contact us for further terms and conditions.

ENJOY A COMPLIMENTARY DUBAI STOPOVER

Book an Emirates companion fare, and you can break your journey and enjoy two holidays in one with a complimentary nights’ accommodation in Dubai thanks to Emirates.

ECONOMY CLASS TRAVELLERS
One night accommodation in a Rover Room at the Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre or Rove Healthcare City, Dubai, including bed and breakfast

Rove Downtown, Dubai

FIRST and BUSINESS CLASS TRAVELLERS
One night accommodation at the 5 star JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai including bed and breakfast.

  • Executive Room for First Class travellers
  • Deluxe Room for Business Class travellers

For full details, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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VIRGIN ATLANTIC FARES TO EUROPE via HONG KONG & USA

These very special fares enable travellers to create great value round-the-world itineraries by flying from Australia to the UK or Europe via Hong Kong in one direction, and via Los Angeles or San Francisco in the other.

SAMPLE ITINERARY
Sydney > Hong Kong > London > Los Angeles > Sydney
Economy Class: $1195
Upper Class (Business): $5875

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (Business) cabin

Prices shown were correct at 02 November, but are subject to availability and may change if fees and surcharges change.

Premium Economy fares are also available.

Fares are available from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, and are ON SALE UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER 2018!

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (Business) on-board bar

UK destinations include London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle and more.

Europe destinations include Paris, Nice, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Liman, Rome, Zurich, Vienna, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Dublin, Athens, Venice, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Prague, Istanbul and more.

Maximum stay away is 12 months, and a total of two stops are permitted on your itinerary—effectively one in each direction.

Depending on your final itinerary and destinations, you may fly on a combination of airlines including Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Hongkong Airlines and British Airways.

Combinations are near endless and can be complicated, so be sure to call us to discuss your particular needs.

Fares are subject to seat availability in the appropriate class, and additional terms, conditions and charges may apply.

For more information, terms and conditions, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Iberian Peninsula, Andalusia & Med

18 Night Fly, Cruise & Tour package from $5,599 per person, twin share.
ON SALE UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER 2018 ONLY!

Price is based on departures from Sydney. Airfare add-ons apply as follows:

  • Ex Brisbane add $200 per person
  • Ex Melbourne add $125 per person

Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, departing 4th September, 2019.

VISITING
Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bilbao, Spain | La Coruna, Spain | Porto, Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal | Cartagena, Spain | Ibiza, Spain | Barcelona, Spain

IBERIAN PENINSULA WITH ADALUSIA & MED COAST Fly, Cruise & Tour package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare with a full service airline from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Amsterdam, returning from Barcelona
  • Private Transfer in Amsterdam from Airport to Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Amsterdam
  • Private Transfer in Amsterdam from Hotel to Port
  • 10 night Iberian Peninsula cruise onboard Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam to Barcelona
  • Main Meals and entertainment onboard
  • Private Transfer in Barcelona from Port to Hotel
  • 1 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Barcelona
  • 6 Day/5 night Andalusia & Mediterranean Coast from
  • Barcelona Tour including:
    • Guided visits in Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens) & Valencia
    • Tour escort during the tour
    • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
    • Accommodation
    • Daily breakfast & 3 Dinners
    • Private Transfer in Barcelona from Hotel to Airport
  • Air taxes, Port charges and government fees
  • Onboard gratuities

For more information, terms and details, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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SENTOSA TWILIGHT & ASIA DELIGHTS CRUISE – SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

14 Night Cruise & Stay from $2869 per person, twin share.

ON SALE UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER 2018 ONLY!

Cruise departs 21st January, 2020

This brilliant cruise bundle includes 2 nights pre-cruise accommodation in Singapore, followed by 12 nights aboard Sapphire Princess exploring the waters, ports and islands of Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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SENTOSA TWILIGHT AND ASIA DELIGHTS Cruise & Stay package includes:

  • 2 nights 4-star accommodation in Singapore including breakfast
  • 14 night Malaysia Thailand & Vietnam Sapphire Princess cruise ex Singapore return
  • Main Meals (Specialty restaurants may incur a surcharge) and entertainment onboard
  • Port charges and government fees
  • Full Day Sentosa Twilight experience:
    • Board the cable car from Mount Faber and enjoy the scenery as you descend to Sentosa.
    • Watch the ultimate immersive 4D movie, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
    • Discover the awe inspiring world of ocean life at the world’s largest aquarium.
    • Immerse yourself in a magical marine world seen through our planet’s largest window to the ocean. With more than 800 species of marine animals, the aquarium is home to majestic manta rays, enormous goliath grouper, Napoleon Wrasse and other gentle giants of the sea.
    • Come face to face with over 200 sharks and uncover the centuries of myths about these predators.
    • Discover the endless wonders of our blue planet at S.E.A. Aquarium plus Maritime Museum.
    • Up next, Skyride to the top and skid down the hills with The Luge, the first and only part go-cart, part-toboggan ride in Southeast Asia.
    • The tour ends with the Wings of Time, a dazzling display of water, laser and fire effects, set to majestic music and a panorama of breathtaking vistas.

Ask us about the BONUS US$85 ONBOARD CREDIT per cabin for Inside, Outside, Balcony, or Suite bookings!

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