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EMIRATES UNVEILS PREMIUM ECONOMY

In a bold move, Emirates has unveiled a brand new Premium Economy cabin on its newest A380 aircraft.

The airline received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility in late December, and its remaining order of 5 A380s will also be delivered with premium economy cabins through 2021 and 2022. The new premium economy seats will also be installed on some Emirates Boeing 777X aircraft which are due to join the fleet in 2023.

“The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. True to our fly better promise, Emirates continues to invest to offer our customers the best possible experience,” said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

Our First, Business and Economy experiences reset industry standards when they were introduced, and we are confident that our Premium Economy will also make its mark as a distinct premium offering.

The new cabin offers 56 seats in a 2-4-2 layout.

With a generous pitch of up to 40-inches, Emirates’ premium economy cream-coloured leather seat is 19.5 inches wide, and reclines 8 inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out.

Seats also feature 6-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests.

“We love seeing airlines develop new passenger experiences, and we’re delighted to see Emirates’ much anticipated Premium Economy cabin take flight,” said The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

Emirates has announced that it will deploy its A380 aircraft featuring new premium economy seats and enhancements across all cabins to London Heathrow.

Interestingly, until more Premium Economy seats enter its inventory, the airline intends to offer these as spot upgrades for its valued customers on a discretionary basis.

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EXCHANGING Miles for Smiles

We’re all looking for feel-good travel stories at the moment, right?

Here’s one.

The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper, brought a smile to his dial by making the most of an Aegean Air—a Star Alliance Member—program that encourages frequent flyers to donate miles to referral hospitals in Greece.

And to increase the impact of gestures like this, the airline triples the miles contribution. Not only that, it offers two round-trip tickets to medical staff so that, when this is over, they can take a break with their plus-ones in any Greek destination on the Aegean Air network.

“I didn’t have a huge miles balance. But I know those miles can be better utilised by others and work much harder than they would for me.”

The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

“I know many other people doing similar things with their miles and points. It’ll be a while before any of us are in the air again, and it feels nice to have made a contribution those working at the COVID coal face,” Hosper added.

Aegean Air isn’t unique in offering ways for customers to put their miles to work charitably.

Here are some more examples.

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Qantas’ program supports a range of organisations from the Australian Red Cross, Unicef, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Royal Flying Doctor Service and more.

More info here.

Singapore Airlines and KrisFlyer

Singapore Airlines supports Make-A-Wish Singapore to help fulfill the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses.

More info here.

The Emirates Airline Foundation

If you’re a Skywards member you can donate your Miles to the Emirates Foundation to sponsor the travel of doctors and volunteer professionals serving on humanitarian missions.

More info here.

Etihad Guest

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad enables flyers to donate to the UNHCR through its Etihad Guest frequent flyer program to support the prevention and response efforts in view of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in refugees settings.

Etihad Guest contributions can be made in any number of miles.

Marriott Bonvoy

The Bonvoy loyalty program covers 30 hotel brands, and is currently encouraging members to donate points and aid crisis relief efforts for COVID-19 and more worldwide.

Donations can be directed to a number of organisations including:

  • World Central Kitchen
  • UNICEF
  • American Red Cross
  • International Federation
  • The Marriott International Disaster Relief Fund

More info here.

There are, of course, many more.

If you’re interested in doing something similar, be sure to check-in with your preferred frequent flyer program and see just how much good you can do with your miles and points.

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WE KNOW: Emirates Business Class

Director of The Travel Authority Group, Sarah Bush, recently returned from Dubai in business class aboard an Emirates A380.

Here are Sarah’s trip notes.

Flight EK412 DXB so SYD
Business Class
Seat 12B (aisle/window)

My journey started with the Emirates Chauffeur Drive service picking me up on time from my hotel for a seamless journey to Dubai International Airport.

I was checked in swiftly and made my way to Emirates’ First Class lounge—an open, airy space where my personal waitperson, Chris, found me a seat and took an order of a very healthy breakfast of kale and salad, and fresh prawns accompanied by a glass of Moët. Healthy and sparkling. The lounge is a wonderful, relaxing place to escape the madness of the airport’s buzzing public areas, and to prepare for the 14 hour journey home.

I chose seat 12B. Being a few rows back from the front of the business class cabin, helps with avoiding galley noise. It’s also far enough from the bar at the rear of the aircraft providing a good stretch of the legs and enough distance to reduce any bar sounds.

After my sumptuous breakfast in the lounge, I was handed a food and a drink menu and was content to select just two small plates option rather than the full 4 course meal.

Emirates’ renowned in-flight entertainment system, ICE, has more than 4,000 channels of entertainment. You can’t go wrong and there is something for all ages and tastes.

My gorgeous complementary Bulgari amenity bag came in very handy for re-hydration, socks, toothbrush and other generous goodies you don’t always find these days in business class on other carriers.

I did wander down to the bar for a stretch and a chat with the lovely cabin crew. It’s the perfect excuse to move around and enjoy a bit of human interaction after a few hours comfortably seated.

My seat was made up into a very comfy bed with a thick mattress that provided enough support for a great sleep.

I woke for a cup of tea and, next thing, we were preparing for landing. I loved watching the live footage of our landing from the cameras on board—there is nothing better and more welcoming than landing at Sydney Airport on a beautiful warm sunny day to really make you feel like you’re home.

My Emirates chauffeur was waiting for me in arrivals and whisked me home in next to no time.

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Complimentary Hotel Stay when Flying on Emirates EK415

Some Emirates First Class and Business Class customers who book and travel on Sydney’s morning service, EK415, can enjoy a free overnight stay at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel before they fly.

This offer is available for any customer whose pick-up address is outside the complimentary Chauffeur-drive service radius of 80km.

Rydges Hotel Sydney Airport.

Once aboard the airline’s iconic A380, First Class and Business Class passengers will experience Emirates’ style and comfort with Shower Spas in First Class, fully flat-bed seats in Business Class, and the Onboard Lounge on the upper-deck.

Business Class cabin, upper deck, Emirates A380.

“This will be really popular with many of our clients, particularly luxury leisure travellers”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“Offering the convenience of a comfortable night right beside the airport, combined with chauffeured transfers is a great move by Emirates”, added Hosper.

First Class cabin aboard an Emirates A380.

Offer details include:

  • Customers who have purchased a Mixed Class fare to Europe are also eligible to redeem this offer.
  • For customers arriving via a domestic flight, a free transfer on the Rydges Hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel is also included.

Offer valid for all new bookings for travel up until 31 December 2019.

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Terms and conditions:
This offer cannot be used in conjunction with Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service. Accommodation is subject to room availability at the time of booking and will be made available on a first come, first served bases. Incidental costs (minibar etc) are not included. This offer is only valid for Emirates bookings originating from Sydney that are ticketed on Emirates (176) documents. Codeshare flights or other airline documents are not permitted. Emirates will be partnering with Hughes Chauffeured Cars as the preferred chauffeur service provider in Sydney and Brisbane.

Emirates Chauffeur Drive update

Emirates has advised The Travel Authority Group of a change to the airline’s preferred chauffeur service provider in Sydney and Brisbane.

Emirates will now partner with Hughes Chauffeured Cars to offer its chauffeur service. Hughes operates professional ground transport services in several cities and at airports worldwide.

Along with the change in service provider, eligible Emirates flyers will also enjoy an increase in complimentary mileage radius in the following cities:

On 01 March 2019, the airline ceased its Complimentary Chauffeur Drive Service at Origin, Destination or in Dubai on:

  • First and Business Classic Reward Tickets
  • Upgraded Economy to Business class tickets, where frequent flyer points are utilised

Please note, however, that the Complimentary Chauffeur Drive service is still provided on all Business and First revenue tickets, and for those upgrading from Business to First utilising Skywards points.

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Emirates is Heading to Porto

Emirates has announced it will commence a four-times weekly service between Dubai and Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, from 02 July 2019.

Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day.

Emirates 777-300ER

“This will be a popular option for the premium leisure crowd”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“We’re seeing growth in bookings to Portugal. These one-stop services will bring Porto and destinations along Portugal’s northern coast into focus for many Australian travellers, especially with the great value launch fares”, added Hosper.

  • Economy Class fares from Sydney start from AU$1739 per person

  • Business Class fares from Sydney start from AU$7935 per person

ON SALE until 28 February 2019 only. Valid for travel between 01 July and 12 December 2019.
Advance purchase requirements apply. One free stopover permitted in Dubai in each direction.

Economy Class cabin

Porto services will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private First Class suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class, and 310 in Economy Class.

Business Class on Emirates’ B777-300ER aircraft.

The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing Dubai as EK197 at 09:15am, arriving in Porto at 14:30.

The return service, EK198, departs Porto at 17:35, landing in Dubai at 04:15am the following morning. The schedule provides convenient connections to Emirates’ flights to both Melbourne and Sydney.

Emirates First Class

“Porto is currently enjoying increased levels of tourism, which is also reflective of the growth in the number of visitors to Portugal as a whole. The introduction of this new flight, along with our twice daily Lisbon service, will help meet this growing demand from both leisure and business travellers, as well as provide them with more choice, flexibility and connectivity when travelling to and from Portugal,” said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.

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Terms & Conditions: Fares shown were correct on 26 February 2019, but are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and changes in applicable fees and charges. They are also subject to availability. The Economy Class fare shown was based on a 02 September departure from Sydney. Business Class fare was based on a 04 September departure.

Emirates Network And Baggage Changes

A couple of recent updates from Emirates have flagged a number of changes to the airline’s operations that will affect passengers travelling to-and-from Australia:

  • Flight suspensions
  • Baggage allowance changes

FLIGHT SUSPENSIONS
As one of the largest airlines in the world, Emirates regularly updates its flight schedules, and this year it has done so to minimise the impact of the closure of Dubai International Airport’s Southern Runway in April-May 2019, and to respond to global travel demand trends.

“The changes we are implementing to our network schedules in 2019 are in line with this approach, taking into consideration global market dynamics and operational limitations including the maintenance work on Dubai Airport’s Southern Runway. Through the year, we will continue to keep a close watch on global markets and will maintain our flexibility to optimise the usage of our aircraft assets”, said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

The changes?

  1. Emirates will suspend flights EK 418/419 between Bangkok and Sydney from 01 June 2019. Emirates will continue to serve Sydney with three non-stop flights a day to Dubai.
  2. Effective 31 March 2019, Emirates will suspend EK 424/425 and serve Perth with a once daily Airbus A380 non-stop service from Dubai.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE REDUCTIONS

Emirates has also announced a reduction in baggage allowances for ‘Special’ and ‘Saver’ fare types in Economy Class effective 04 FEBRUARY 2019. The changes are part of what the airline describes as a move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to airfares and inclusions.

The table below shows how the changes will be affect journeys between Australia and Europe via Dubai.

Journeys between Dubai and North America, where luggage allowances are determined on a ‘piece’ (not weight) basis are affected differently. These changes are illustrated below.

Free baggage allowance is dependent on the fare brand selected and can vary on inbound and outbound part of the journey. This information will clearly be shown on the customer flight ticket.

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EMIRATES ‘EXPLORE THE WORLD’ SALE

Book now and save for travel in 2019 to over 140 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, the Americas, South Asian Sub Continent and many more across the Emirates network.

PRICES below are from Adelaide—please ask us for fares from other Australia departure ports.

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If you’re an Emirates Skywards member, you can earn DOUBLE Skywards miles if you book before 18th January 2019

ON SALE UNTIL 18th January 2019, or until sold out.
Travel Period: 13 January to 10 December 2019

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Terms and conditions
Fares shown are for Business and Economy Class return travel departing from Adelaide inclusive of taxes and surcharges, correct as of 11 December 2018, subject to currency fluctuation and availability. Offer ends 18 January 2019. Business Class fares are for travel commencing between 13 January and 10 December 2019. Economy Class fares to Europe and the United Kingdom are for travel commencing between 13 January and 3 April, 21 April and 31 May, and 30 September and 30 November 2019. Economy Class fares to the Indian Subcontinent are for travel commencing between 13 January and 31 March, 15 April and 31 May, 8 August and 18 September, and 30 September and 30 November 2019. Economy Class fares to Africa, North America and South America are for travel commencing between 13 January and 31 May, 8 August and 18 September, and 30 September and 30 November 2019. Economy Class fares to the Middle East are for travel commencing between 13 January and 31 March, and 01 October and 30 November 2019. Higher levels apply for other travel periods. Flight restrictions, day-of-week surcharges, inbound blackout periods, amendment and cancellation fees apply. Additional travel periods, destinations and fares are available from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Further terms and conditions apply.

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

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