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MORE NEW QANTAS ROUTES & AIRCRAFT DEPLOYMENTS

Further to our recent update about Qantas operating its Boeing 787 Dreamliners between Sydney and Perth, the national carrier has announced seven new domestic routes, as well as widebody aircraft deployments on domestic routes.

The new routes—Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney; Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart; Sydney-Uluru and Perth-Gold Coast—provide direct connections and reduce travel time for customers.

They also bring the total number of routes Qantas and Jetstar have added since the start of the pandemic to 45.

“We’re delighted to see the domestic travel market starting to flourish again. These new Qantas routes will, no doubt, be very popular,” said The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

Five of the routes will be operated by 94-seat Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines.

Travellers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights from East Coast capital cities into Darwin and Perth.

Widebody Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said the new routes would support the growing demand for domestic tourism.

“As most international travel remains off limits for now, Australians are taking more regular holidays within the country and we expect these new direct flights to key tourism destinations will be popular with travellers,” said Mr David.

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QANTAS RESTRUCTURES DOMESTIC AIRFARES

Qantas is updating its domestic Economy airfare structure as the airline rolls out its three-year recovery plan.

Prices are being reduced at the top of the fare structure on some routes, and an additional fare class will be introduced to the ‘Red e-Deal’ fare family which will see smaller buy-up levels between economy class fare classes.

There are no changes for Business fares.

The new fare structure applies for tickets issued and tickets reissued on or after 4 November 2020.

What does it all mean?

‘M’ class fares—currently Qantas’ cheapest flexible economy fares—will move from the ‘Flex’ fare class to the ‘Red e-Deal’ fare family.

Is this good or bad news?

David Thompson, Manager of Sales & Client Experience at The Travel Authority Corporate, believes this is a positive move by the national carrier.

“It remains to be seen how pricing trends through 2021 but, as it stands, this restructure is good news. Big picture: Qantas has reduced published fares across most of its fare classes,” says Thompson.

One thing that is apparent, is that the domestic market will remain highly competitive, with Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and an emergent REX making a big play on key routes.

Questions?

1. Will there be any changes to the product and experience offered onboard?

All fares will continue to be inclusive of complimentary food and beverages, in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi (where available) and checked baggage allowance.

2. Will there be any changes to Qantas Frequent Flyer points earning rates?

Qantas Point and Status Credit earn rates will remain the same within each Qantas Frequent Flyer Earn Category.

3. Are there any changes to the number of Qantas Points required for a Classic Upgrade Reward on Qantas Domestic flights?

The points required to upgrade from Qantas Domestic Frequent Flyer Categories are not changing.

Some questions still remain, however.

Like, how will this structure change affect customers holding Qantas flight credits in M-class? Please contact us to discuss if this sounds like it might affect you.

And, if Qantas deploys smaller aircraft on some routes to adjust for the slow return of demand, what effect will this have on the availability of the lower, cheaper booking classes?

We will continue to monitor the situation and make booking recommendations accordingly.

“Even with the current unknowns, we’re pleased to see Qantas preparing for the return of significant corporate and business travel,” notes Thompson.

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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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QANTAS Increases Rewards Seats & Status Support

As more travellers look closer to home for their next holiday, Qantas is making it easier for Frequent Flyers to use their points on domestic and Trans-Tasman flights.

For the rest of 2020, the airline has increased Classic Flight Reward seat availability by up to 50% to its most popular destinations in Australia and New Zealand including Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Queenstown and Auckland (when flights recommence).

To help regular flyers maintain their travel benefits, Qantas Frequent Flyer will also be giving all eligible tiered members with Silver or higher status a one-off Status Credits bonus to compensate for reduced flying activity.

“These are very sensible and generous program adjustments. We’re delighted to see Qantas engaging with and supporting its most frequent flyers with these initiatives,”

says The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

The increased availability and status support are part of a raft of initiatives designed to give Qantas frequent Flyer members more value.

Other program improvements include:

More Points Planes
Qantas Frequent Flyer will launch more Points Planes – exclusive flights for frequent flyer redemptions – to meet the pent-up travel demand of members and boost Australian tourism.

Extra Status Credits
To help its most frequent flyers maintain their benefits throughout travel restrictions, eligible Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members will automatically receive 50 per cent of the Status Credits they need annually to maintain their tier.

Greater flexibility
To help members plan their holidays with more confidence, bookings made using points on Qantas Group flights will have any change or cancellation fees waived until 31 October 2020.

Timings and destinations of the flights will be released over the coming months.

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or CALL US [1300 935 669] to discuss your specific requirements.

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