BEDS IN ECONOMY? Air NZ’s Next Big Play

Air New Zealand has unveiled a ground-breaking, prototype lie-flat sleep product for economy class travellers.

The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of research and development by the airline at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland.

The airline has now filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods.

“We know it’s early days, but this is much more than a thought bubble from a customer suggestions box. Watch this very exciting space,” said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

So, how would it work?

“We see a future flying experience where an economy-class customer on long-haul flights would be able to book the Economy Skynest in addition to their Economy seat, get some quality rest and arrive at their destination ready to go,” said General Manager of Customer Experience, Nikki Goodman.

Fast Facts

  • Each Economy Skynest can accommodate six sleeping pods.
  • Overall length of each sleeping pod will be in excess of 200cm.
  • Width at the shoulder area will be in excess of 58cm.

It is envisaged that each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs, privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. The airline continues to explore other Skynest features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.

Air New Zealand will make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Companion Sale!

These brilliant Virgin Australia companion fares have just taken off, and we’d love you and a bestie or two to take advantage of the savings.

SALE ENDS on 07 March 2020!

Companion fares apply when two or more people book and travel together on the same itinerary.

The bar in Virgin Australia’s international The Business cabin.

Try these fares on for size!

PERTH TO AUCKLAND

  • Business Class from $989 one-way

SYDNEY TO NADI

  • Business Class from $1299 return

SYDNEY TO LOS ANGELES

  • Premium Economy from $2799 return
  • Business Class from $5499 return

SYDNEY TO TOKYO

  • Business Class from $3099 return
    Also applies to departures from Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

MELBOURNE TO NEW YORK

  • Premium Economy from $2999 return
  • Business Class from $5999 return

Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 international Premium Class cabin.

Contact us for more fares to destination across Virgin Australia’s domestic and international networks.

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Don’t miss out! Ends 07 March 2020 unless sold out prior.

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Terms & Conditions

ALL FARES: Offer valid until 07MAR20. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Virgin Australia terms and conditions and Helloworld Travel online Booking Terms and Conditions apply. Prices are per person in Australian dollars and are correct as at 24FEB20 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Prices displayed are valid when 2 or more passengers book and travel together on the same itinerary. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Prices displayed are ‘from’ pricing, includes all prepaid taxes and fees, except payment card fees which may be payable in addition, rates vary.

USA FARES: Passengers travelling on International Premium Economy or Business Class fares will be seated in Economy on Domestic connections within Australia where these services are not offered. Premium Economy Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 01MAR20-26MAR20, 17APR20-17JUN20, 15JUL20-18AUG20. Business Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 01MAR20-31AUG20. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

TOKYO FARES: Passengers travelling on International Premium Economy or Business Class fares will be seated in Economy on Domestic connections within Australia where these services are not offered. Business Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 19APR20-19JUN20, 20JUL20-14SEP20, 12OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Brisbane; 11MAY20-19JUN20, 17AUG20-14SEP20, 12OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Sydney, 11MAY20-19JUN20, 17AUG20-14SEP20, 20OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Melbourne, 11MAY20-19JUN20, 17AUG20-09SEP20 for travel from Adelaide. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

FIJI FARES: Passengers travelling on International Premium Economy or Business Class fares will be seated in Economy on Domestic connections within Australia where these services are not offered. Business Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 05AUG20-06SEP20, 16OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Sydney. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

NZ FARES: Fares are based on various travel periods – please contact your local Helloworld Travel agent for details. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

DOMESTIC FARES: Fares are based on various travel periods – please contact your local Helloworld Travel agent for details. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

CATHAY PACIFIC SALE!

Our friends at Cathay Pacific have generously offered some brilliant special fares across the airline’s extensive network.

SALE ends 28 February

Cathay Pacific A350-1000 Business Class cabin.

Take a look at some sample fares below, and be sure to contact us for pricing to other destinations around the globe.

SYDNEY to PARIS

  • Economy Class from $1279 return
  • Premium Economy from $3215 return
  • Business Class from $6243 return

PERTH TO LONDON

  • Economy Class from $1279 return
  • Premium Economy from $3215 return
  • Business Class from $5905 return

PERTH TO NEW YORK

  • Economy Class from $1910 return
  • Premium Economy from $3430 return
  • Business Class from $8569 return

Premium Economy Class

All fares shown were correct at 18 February 2020, are subject to availability and change due to fluctuations in currencies and fees/levies charged.

Fares above are priced based on 10 March 2020 departures, and all require a transit through Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific’s Economy Class cabin on the Airbus A350-1000.

The airline is operating the brand new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft on some flights to-from Australia, which is exciting news for AvGeeks and regular flyers seeking a heightened in-flight experience.

Cathay’s A350 was recently featured on The Today Show. Click the pic below to watch the clip!

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CATHAY PACIFIC Temporarily Closes Lounges

Cathay Pacific has temporarily closed three of its lounges at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), namely The Bridge, The Deck and The Pier First Class Lounge, from today (17 February 2020) until further notice.

This follows a coronavirus-related short-term capacity reduction of 30% across the combined networks of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.

The Deck lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

Cathay Pacific and eligible passengers are advised to visit the airline’s other lounges at HKIA – The Wing First Class and Business Class Lounges, and The Pier Business Class Lounge.

The airline went on to describe implementation of health and safety protocols at it lounges at HKIA, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, where buffet services have been replaced by individually-packed meal options supplemented by made-to-order hot food from the Noodle Bar.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES Adds 5th Daily Perth Flight

Singapore Airlines has announced the launch of a FIFTH daily flight to Perth from Monday, 1 June 2020.

The new service will be operated by the airline’s medium-haul Airbus A350-900 aircraft, offering flyers the choice of Business or Economy Class aboard one of the world’s most modern aircraft.

The new inbound flight SQ229 will depart Singapore at 12:20 and arrive in Perth at 17:25, before returning as SQ230 from Perth at 18:40 and arriving into Singapore at 00:10 the next morning. See below for details of all five departures from Perth, effective 01 June.

“We’re delighted to learn of Singapore Airline’s new Perth services,” said Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource in Fremantle, Western Australia.

“Having a fifth daily Singapore Airlines option from Perth is pretty astonishing. The service will improve connection times to a number of key destinations.”

Lisa Byers

Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr. Philip Goh, said the introduction of the fifth daily service to Perth reflected the Airline’s commitment to the West Australian market.

“Singapore Airlines has been operating to Perth since 1967 and has continued to invest, enhance, and grow our services to the city.”

Philip Goh

The A350-900 medium-haul aircraft is equipped with Singapore Airlines’ medium-haul Business Class and Economy Class cabin products, with 40 seats in Business Class and 263 seats in Economy Class.

The Business Class cabin boasts a 1-2-1 seat arrangement, providing every customer with direct aisle access, while the Economy Class cabin is arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.

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QANTAS International Companion Sale!

SALE ENDS ON 17 FEBRUARY 2020!

Qantas has just released a fantastic ‘Global Companion Sale’ to destinations right around its international network.

Whether you take off with friends, family or just that someone special, don’t miss out on great savings when travelling together in Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class.

London, Singapore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Honolulu, Bangkok, Johannesburg and many more are on sale!

Where in the world will you go?

Departure dates vary, seats are limited and they will sell out fast! So contact us today to secure seats to your favourite destination.

SALE END 11.59pm (AEDT) 17 February 2020, SHARP!

 


LONDON (HEATHROW)

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $1,329  Economy Class return
  • From $3,299  Premium Economy return
  • From $6,859  Business Class return
  • From $11,099 First Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,459  Economy Class return
  • From $3,299  Premium Economy return
  • From $6,889  Business Class return
  • From $11,499 First Class return

SINGAPORE

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $679     Economy Class return
  • From $2,899 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $499     Economy Class return
  • From $2,489 Business Class return

SAN FRANCISCO

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $929    Economy Class return
  • From $2,799 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,499 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,029   Economy Class return
  • From $2,849   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,899   Business Class return
  • From $16,158  First Class return

LOS ANGELES

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $875       Economy Class return
  • From $2,799   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,499   Business Class return
  • From $10,999 First Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $995      Economy Class return
  • From $2,849  Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,899  Business Class return
  • From $15,115  First Class return

NEW YORK (JFK)

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $1,229    Economy Class return
  • From $2,899   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,999   Business Class return
  • From $15,680 First Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,329    Economy Class return
  • From $3,049   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $6,399   Business Class return
  • From $16,123  First Class return

SANTIAGO

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $999    Economy Class return
  • From $1,999 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $3,799 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,299 Economy Class return
  • From $2,449 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $4,299 Business Class return

HONOLULU

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $799     Economy Class return
  • From $3,982 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,099 Economy Class return
  • From $4,825 Business Class return

BANGKOK

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $699     Economy Class return
  • From $3,499 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $599     Economy Class return
  • From $2,599 Business Class return

JOHANNESBURG

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $1,199  Economy Class return
  • From $2,199  Premium Economy Class return
  • From $4,099 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,399  Economy Class return
  • From $2,499 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $4,599  Business Class return

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General Terms & Conditions
Specific, available departure dates may vary but fares apply generally to departures as shown. Black-out dates may apply. Please contact us for details and to check availability on your preferred date of travel. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Fares are quoted per person and are applicable only when booking two or more passengers are travelling together on the same itinerary. Fares shown include taxes, are subject to availability and change without notice. Offer valid until 17FEB20. Prices are in Australian dollars and are correct as at 11FEB20 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability, destinations and travel dates.

HYATT HOTELS Wellness Partnership with Headspace

In a unique tie-up, Hyatt Hotels and Headspace—a leader in mindfulness and meditation with nearly 60 million users, have announced a global well-being collaboration that will bring mindfulness exercises, guided meditations and sleep content to millions of employees, corporate customers and guests.

Headspace was created with one mission in mind: to improve the health and happiness of the world. Reaching users in 190 countries, Headspace remains a leader in mindfulness and mental training.

“We know that travelling for business can take you out of your routine and is often stressful. If well-delivered, this initiative will be a very welcome service for our corporate clients staying at Hyatt branded hotels.”

Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

The collab is set to roll out at Hyatt-branded hotels around the world through 2020, and builds on Hyatt’s wellbeing strategy, which focuses on positively impacting how employees, corporate customers and guests ‘feel, fuel and function’ at work and in life.

The initiative will include a variety of mindfulness experiences including:

  • Corporate customers have emphasized the importance of integrating wellness into meetings, and this new collaboration will give planners the option to infuse Headspace content and experiences into meetings packages. Additionally, Headspace content will power Hyatt’s new meditation experience for meeting and conference attendees, which is expected to launch later this year.
  • Guests will receive complimentary access to Headspace via in-room content, including short meditations for those with busy schedules, soothing sounds for a restful night’s sleep, expert guidance and more.
  • World of Hyatt members can receive exclusive Headspace member offers and will have access to meditation and mindfulness content during their stay via the World of Hyatt app.
  • Employees will be offered access to a complimentary subscription to Headspace as a means of supporting them on their own mental health and well-being journeys.

“Well-being is a true realization of Hyatt’s purpose – we care for people so they can be their best,” said Mark Vondrasek, chief commercial officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“By teaming up with industry leaders like Headspace, we are better positioned to care for our guests and employees and help them prioritize their own well-being both during and in between stays at Hyatt hotels around the world,” Vondrasek added.

Starting with the 2017 acquisitions of the Miraval and Exhale brands that joined Hyatt’s portfolio of more than 220 spa and wellness locations, Hyatt continues to deliver on a holistic commitment to well-being by extending its wellness-centered offerings beyond traditional hotel experiences.

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ABU DHABI: Etihad’s Free Stopovers Offer!

For a limited time, Etihad customers can explore Abu Dhabi on the way to their next destination with a FREE two-night stopover.

Simply book a multi-city flight via Abu Dhabi on Etihad, and you can book a free two-night stay in Abu Dhabi. This brilliant offer applies to new Etihad bookings made by 01 March 2020, for travel until 30 November, 2020.

Free stopovers are available on the way to or from your final destination.

Simply book an eligible multi-city flight via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways, tell us which Abu Dhabi hotels you’d like to stay at for free, and we’ll do the rest.

Hotel choices include

  • Aloft Abu Dhabi
  • TRYP by Wyndham Abu Dhabi
  • Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
  • Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Pearl Rotana Capital Centre
  • Hotel Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate
  • Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Centro Al Manhal Abu Dhabi
  • Radisson Blu Yas Island
  • Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport
  • Hotel Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate
  • Crowne Plaza Yas Island
  • Courtyard by Marriott WTC
  • Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

In recent years, Abu Dhabi has rolled out an astonishing suite of brilliant infrastructure and tourism projects.

Abu Dhabi city sits on an island connected to the mainland and numerous adjacent islands by sweeping freeways and bridges, making getting around a breeze.

Ferrari World sits between Yas Mall and Yas Marina Circuit on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

From the gleaming city fringed with beaches and waterways, to the luxury seaside resorts of Saadiyat Island and the family-friendly playground of Yas Island, and out into the stunning desert regions, an Abu Dhabi stopover will leave you wondering why you didn’t stay longer.

For a taste of what’s on offer, take a look at what our very own Autumn Moser, Senior Corporate Consultant at The Travel Authority Resource in Fremantle, thought of her recent visit.

If you’d like to stay for longer than 2-nights, ask us about Etihad’s exclusive 2-for-1 stopover package. Available for stays up to four nights, the package includes exclusive rates in Abu Dhabi’s premium 4* and 5* star hotels, as well as discounts on tours and activities.

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Terms & Conditions
Available to guests flying anywhere on the Etihad global or EAP network, transiting via Abu Dhabi. Minimum stay of 18 hours in Abu Dhabi applies. Valid for bookings made in any fare choice within any class on Etihad Airways issued tickets starting with 607. Includes frequent flyer redemption bookings, award upgrades or cash plus miles promotions. Valid for tickets issued from 7 April 2019 – 1 March 2020 only. Within the campaign period, changed or amended tickets will still be eligible for a free stopover as long as they include a minimum transit period in Abu Dhabi of 18 hours, regardless of the original ticket issue date. Valid for travel and hotel accommodation from 20 April 2019 to 30 November 2020, excluding blackout dates during major events and conferences. These include but are not limited to World Future Energy Summit (WFES), Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), Formula 1TM (F1TM), Islamic Public Holidays (Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha), Christmas & New Year Festive Period. Please check availability online at the time of booking. Valid for adults travelling on one-way or return tickets, transiting through Abu Dhabi for more than 18 hours. The free stopover can only be used on one leg of the journey, via Abu Dhabi. The second leg will be payable by the Guest at the Abu Dhabi stopover rates. Offer consists of up to two (2) consecutive night’s free accommodation at selected partners. Free Stopover offer cannot be split across separate legs of the journey to avail multiple free accommodation offers.
For any flights that do not fall within the specified periods, any other available rate at the time of booking will be offered Hotel accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking and we reserve the right to offer an alternative hotel of a similar standard. No liability will be accepted where flight bookings have been made and/or tickets issued if no hotel availability exists. The stopover conditions of the applicable fare of your ticket will apply, including additional charges for adding a stopover plus any applicable taxes. Please read the terms and conditions on your ticket carefully. Free stopover bookings are not eligible for upgrade to a higher class of room or suite. The lead person on the booking must be at least 21 years old.
Hotel rates are inclusive of a 10% service charge, 3.5% tourism fee, 2% municipality fee and 5% VAT known at the time of producing this tariff. Etihad Airways reserves the right to adjust without prior notice the quoted rates accordingly to reflect any increase or changes in the amount of government or municipality fees and/or taxes as applicable in the UAE. For hotel bookings in Abu Dhabi, an additional fee of AED 10 per room per night applies. Guests must settle all additional fees directly with the hotel. This is a voluntary promotion run by Etihad Airways and can be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the airline(s). All accommodation must be pre-booked 72 hours (three days) prior to the arrival date at the hotel , based on the promotional sales period from 7 April 2019 – 1 March 2020. No hotel reservations will be permitted after this date, regardless of when the flight ticket was issued or actual travel date. Any reservations made directly with a hotel do not qualify for the offer and cannot be amended by Etihad Airways without exception. Reservations made directly with a hotel do not qualify and cannot be amended by Etihad Airways without exception. Hotel reservations can be made for up to two adults and one child (under 12 years old) or three adults on a room-only basis, subject to the hotel’s policy on maximum room occupancy. An extra bed can be requested for reservations with children under 12 or third adult at an extra cost, subject to availability, and must be paid directly at the hotel. Travel companions must travel on the same date and flights with the guests eligible for the Free Stopover to be eligible to share accommodation. All extra charges incurred during the stay (including breakfast, meals, laundry, room service and telephone) are the responsibility of the guest. These must be paid directly to the hotel. A credit card will be required upon check-in.
To cancel, please contact AbuDhabiStopover@etihad.com at least three (3) working days before you are scheduled to arrive at the hotel. Cancellation charges will apply otherwise. Specific and more restrictive cancellation charges will apply during peak periods, for instance public holidays, exhibitions, conferences, special events, Formula 1, Eid Holidays, Christmas and New Year. The cancellation charges for the respective hotel will be informed at the time of booking. Exceptions might apply. For hotels that offer 24-hour check-in or check-out, guests will have access to their room for 24 hours from the time of check in.
Etihad Airways reserve the right to cancel any stopover booking that does not meet these terms and conditions. This offer does not constitute a package for the purpose of the EC Directive 2015/2302 on package travel and linked travel arrangements. Any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdictions of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Courts and laws of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Separate terms and conditions will apply to flight and hotels booked in separate transactions.
Offer exclusions:
Offer is not available for guests whose final destination is the United Arab Emirates. Offer is not valid for guests starting their journey from the United Arab Emirates. Offer is not valid for unaccompanied minors or children travelling without an adult over 21 years of age. Offer is not valid on group bookings, staff tickets or travel industry-discounted tickets. Visas are not provided within this promotion. You can purchase a UAE Visa by visiting www.etihad.com/en-ae/before-you-fly/visas. No liability will be accepted where flight bookings have been made and/or tickets issued if no hotel availability exists. Does not include airport transfers. Does not include hotel stay in Dubai or any other emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Not valid in conjunction with any other promotional offer except Abu Dhabi Stopover.