FOUR NEW TFE HOTELS FOR MELBOURNE

We love an good hotel opening, so you can imagine how we feel about a flurry of four of them in Melbourne.

With the recent announcement that Quincy Hotels will debut in Melbourne early next year, TFE (Toga Far East) Hotels is busy with a string of new hotel openings across the city.

TFE Hotels’ Chief Executive Officer, Antony Ritch says its four new hotel openings were a positive step forward for Victoria’s tourism industry after a very challenging year.

“Melbourne is one of the world’s great cities and we’re excited about its future,” he said.

MEET THE HOTELS

VIBE MELBOURNE

First off the block, Vibe Melbourne opened its doors on one of the world’s most celebrated CBD blocks, on the corner of Flinders and Queen Street. The hotel is perfectly positioned within walking distance of everything Melbourne is famous for – art, culture, coffee, shopping, food, festivals and sport.

Opened: April 2020

ADINA MELBOURNE SOUTHBANK

Adina Melbourne Southbankis already making headlines for its uber ‘green’ credentials. The apartment hotel is also wrapped in a head-turning curved ‘glass curtain’ façade, including rooms with floor-to-ceiling views across the Yarra River, to Melbourne’s CBD in the north, or Port Philip Bay to the south.

Opened: 9 November 2020

ADINA WEST MELBOURNE

Adina West Melbourne will deliver a Zen-style urban experience as part of a $350 million luxury mixed-use precinct in Melbourne’s blossoming inner-city fringe. West End features 2,000sqm of Zen gardens, an on-site supermarket, 24/7 gym, coffee roastery, 10 eclectic eateries and a private outdoor retreat complete with a 25m lap pool, plunge pool and spa pool.

Opened: 4 December 2020

QUINCY MELBOURNE

Finally, the debut of Australia’s most exciting new hotel brand straight out of Singapore, will see Quincy Melbourne open on Flinders Lane. The hotel itself features distinctive interior design, three signature food experiences, a rooftop pool with views of Melbourne CBD, and exclusive club levels and lounge access. Sensory experiences and an innovative approach to room service are just some of the finer things that guests can expect to see when the brand-new hotel Quincy Melbourne opens.

Opening: First quarter 2021

Ritch said TFE would continue to make investments like these, because they believe in the strength and resilience of the Australian market in the long term.

“When it comes to our development pipeline, we’re immensely proud to create showpiece properties that continue to evolve our brands into experiences where our guests are fully immersed in the local neighbourhood,’ said Ritch.

“And we look forward to seeing more Australians travel as it is safe to do so,” he added.

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FREQUENT FLYER STATUS MATCHING – VIRGIN FIGHTS BACK

Hot on the heels of Qantas’ frequent flyer fast-track offer, Virgin Australia has hit back with an attractive counter offer.

The airline announced that its Velocity Frequent Flyer program will reward its Gold and Platinum members for their loyalty, and give eligible Qantas Frequent Flyer members (and their companion) a taste of flying with a ‘fun and vibrant’ airline.

Speaking at Brisbane Airport, Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said domestic airline competition was alive and well.

“Virgin Australia was the first airline in Australia to bring genuine competition to the domestic market, and that competitive spirit is in our DNA, so we’re happy to offer a more compelling loyalty offer than what is currently in market,” said Ms Hrdlicka.

“We’re pleased to welcome Qantas members to Velocity who are interested in taking advantage of cheaper fares, award-winning cabin crew, and great rewards for ongoing loyalty. We look forward to welcoming them onboard this summer season,” she added.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

By simply filling-in a short expression of interest form by 21 December 2020, Qantas Gold status and above members will receive a three month ‘Velocity Discover Gold Status’ trial membership.

That membership offers complimentary Lounge access, priority boarding, preferential seating, higher checked baggage allowances, and lucrative bonus points when customers book and fly with Virgin Australia.

To retain Velocity Gold status for 12-months and receive an additional Velocity Gold membership for a companion, they are only required to take one eligible flight and earn 80 status credits during their three month Discover Gold Status trial period—something previously only awarded to the most active Velocity members.

STATUS EXTENSIONS FOR EXISTING VELOCITY GOLD AND PLATINUM MEMBERS

Not to be outdone by the national carrier, Velocity Frequent Flyer is also offring eligible Gold and Platinum members a status extension of up to one year or until 31 March 2022, as long as they take one (1) eligible flight with Virgin Australia before 28 March 2021.

This is the second time Velocity has granted eligible members a Status extension this year. This will enable Gold and Platinum members to continue accessing benefits like Lounge access, priority boarding, and higher Velocity points earning ability when they return to the skies.

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QANTAS FAST-TRACKS LOYALTY PROGRAM SWITCHERS

In a perhaps not entirely surprising (but bold) move, Qantas Frequent Flyer is offering top tier members of other airline loyalty programs the opportunity to fast track their flying status when they switch to Qantas.

The offer also includes a very attractive bonus of 90-days of complimentary lounge access.

According to a statement from the national carrier, this is the first time it has made such an offer. It comes on the back of significant enquiries about joining the program from members of other domestic and international airline loyalty programs – the consequence of changes in the local market as well as restrictions on overseas travel.

So, how does it work?

People holding an eligible loyalty status with a qualifying airline program are invited to switch and take advantage of the Qantas Status Fast Track – an offer to earn 100 status credits in 3 months to qualify for Qantas’ Gold tier.

What does earning 100 Status Credits look like?

  • 5 x return economy trips Sydney to Melbourne.
  • 1 x return business class trip Melbourne to Cairns.

In addition to helping expedite their status, the offer also includes 90 days of complimentary access to Qantas Club lounges, and extra checked baggage.

Gold tier benefits with Qantas include lounge access across Qantas and oneworld airline lounges globally, preferential seating and priority access to reward seats, as well as priority check-in, boarding and upgrade requests.

Those wishing to transfer from a higher flying tier – Platinum and Platinum One equivalents – will only be able to transfer to Qantas’ Gold status, rather than have their status matched. Reaching a higher frequent flyer status requires members to earn the normal requirements within a Membership Year.

“With so much uncertainty in the market, we’ve seen a spike in requests from people wanting us to match their status with other airlines. If they are willing to bring their travel across to Qantas, we will fast track them to Gold status,” said Qantas Loyalty CEO, Olivia Wirth.

By early December, eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers will have access to 30 of the 35 domestic and regional lounges across the airline’s network.

Registrations for the Qantas Status Fast Track close 18 December 2020.

For more information, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US [1300 935 669] to discuss your specific requirements.

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