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LONDON: The Vanderbilt Hotel from £180

We’re loving this brilliant offer from our friends at The Vanderbilt Hotel, South Kensington—starting from just £180 for a Double Bedded Room with guaranteed late check-out!

That late check-out is super beneficial for Australian travellers returning home from London on those late-evening flights.

Our ‘Exclusively London’ rates include:

  • Full English Breakfast for one guest.
  • Priority early check-in (subject to availability).
  • Late check-out until 4.00 pm guaranteed.
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • Double or Twin bedded rooms.
  • Frequent Flyer Points awarded with partner airlines.
  • 20% discount on food (beverages excluded).
  • £15 daily credit on food and beverage on deluxe rooms and suites.

NOTE: Rates are exclusive of 20%-VAT, and subject to availability. Conditions apply.

The Vanderbilt is a 19th Century, heritage-listed townhouse in leafy South Kensington, close to Hyde Park and a number of museums.

Perfectly located for the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and the V&A along with the exclusive boutiques of Knightsbridge are only moments away. Gloucester Road tube station can be found conveniently opposite the hotel.

Thanks to the building’s history, and blend of historical features with modern design, the hotel’s bedrooms and Italian marble bathrooms all boast individual styles.

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AIR NEW ZEALAND to Cease London Services

The Kiwi national carrier has made a strategic decision to redeploy aircraft capacity on faster-growing markets. The upshot is that, from October 2020, the airline’s Los Angeles-London (NZ1/2) service will cease to operate.

“Today Kiwis have more than twice the number of ways to fly to London than a decade ago and preferences have changed. Less than seven percent of all airline travellers between Auckland and London chose to fly via Los Angeles last year.”

Jeff McDowall, Air New Zealand acting chief executive officer.

“At the same time, the Atlantic has become one of the most hotly contested routes in the world and Air New Zealand lacks the home market advantages and scale of the North American and European airlines we’re up against,” he added.

The news comes at the same time as the airline’s announcement of proposed year-round, non-stop 787-9 Dreamliner services between Auckland and New York also due to commence in October 2020.

The airline’s Auckland to Los Angeles services—up to 12 per week—will continue to operate.

From October 2020, Air New Zealand customers will be able to travel year-round between Auckland and London with partner airlines via 12 gateways in Asia and the Americas, including New York.

Air New Zealand’s Business Premier cabin.

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EDWARDIAN HOTELS LONDON: FREE Breakfast & Save 5%!

BOOK TO STAY at a luxurious Edwardian Hotels London property between 18 December 2019 and 29 February 2020, and you’ll SAVE 5% and enjoy FREE breakfast.

This offer ends on 29 February 2020, and applies to Edwardian Hotels properties in:

  • Kensington
  • Oxford Street
  • Covent Garden
  • Soho
  • Leicester Square
  • Heathrow
  • Canary Wharf
  • Fitzrovia
  • Bloomsbury
  • Marble Arch

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

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QANTAS Testing Non-Stop London-Sydney ‘Sunrise’ Flight

The national carrier is preparing for a second research flight, as part of its studies into jetlag, passengers and crew wellbeing on ultra-long haul flights.

The airline’s first research flight flew between New York and Sydney non-stop with 49 passengers and crew, and cut around three hours off the typical gate-to-gate travel time of current one-stop services.

Celebrating Qantas’ first ‘Sunrise’ test flight between New York and Sydney. Photo by James D Morgan/Qantas.

“Qantas’ Sunrise research flights are a fascinating development. With every generation of aircraft, Qantas gets closer to its ‘holy grail’ of non-stop flights to just about anywhere on the planet,” says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

In-flight exercises aboard Qantas’ non-stop New York to Sydney test flight. Photo by James D Morgan/Qantas.

Qantas has re-purposed the delivery flights of three brand new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which would otherwise fly empty from Seattle to Australia. A third research flight, repeating the New York-Sydney route, will take place in December 2019.

“We’re looking forward to this second flight, which will involve passengers eating supper at breakfast time, with the aim of encouraging them to sleep at 10am in the morning London time to help avoid light and reset their body clock to Sydney time,” said Professor Corinne Caillaud from the Charles Perkins Centre.

Cockpit crew in the 787 flight simulator to ensure the EEG brain monitoring equipment doesn’t interfere with aircraft systems.

The research flight will carry around 50 passengers and crew in order to give the 787-9 the range required for the 17,800 km flight, expected to take around 19 and a half hours.

While the flight is over 1,500 kilometres further than New York to Sydney, the duration is expected to be similar due to prevailing tail winds between London and Sydney.

Qantas first started flying between London and Sydney in 1947. It took five days and six stops. Today, the airline flies London to Perth non-stop in around 17 hours and the route has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any flight on the Qantas international network.

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HOTEL HIGHLIGHT: The Standard London

Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex in London’s thriving King’s Cross neighbourhood, the 1974 Brutalist building has been meticulously restored and sets the perfect stage for The Standard’s first hotel outside America.

The hotel has 266 rooms in 42 unique styles ranging from Cosy Core rooms to terraced suites with outdoor bathtubs overlooking St Pancras station.

“The Standard London has made quite an impression in the few weeks it has been open. It’s Shawn Hausman interiors look expectedly remarkable”, said Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

Shawn Hausman first made his name by overseeing the creative direction of Area, the most experimental, outlandish, art-plus-fashion, uptown-meets-downtown nightclub of 80s New York City. Since the early 90s, his eponymous design company has brought a uniquely idiosyncratic approach to the interiors of The Standard hotels in the US.

One striking feature of The Standard London’s exterior is its bright red external elevator.

“In one sense it’s like this lipstick, moving up the front of the building. The red is an acknowledgement of London buses and also a contrast to the concrete building. It was intended to not be a subtle thing, said Hausman.

All rooms feature huge TVs, Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, bathrobes, custom bath amenities, 24-hour gym access, mini bar, 24-hour room service, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Executive Chef Adam Rawson’s street facing bar, Double Standard, offers lunch, happy-hour and casual drinking and dining, while Rawson’s garden restaurant, Isla, serves a seasonally-driven, coastal inspired menu.

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BRITISH AIRWAYS Premium Economy, Business & First Exclusives!

ON SALE UNTIL 07 JUNE 2019 ONLY

We’re thrilled to have received these exclusive fares in premium cabins from our friends at British Airways offering brilliant value to Singapore and London.

Try these return fares from Sydney on for size.

SINGAPORE

  • WORLD TRAVELLER PLUS premium economy from $1699
  • CLUB WORLD business class from $2959
  • FIRST from $3859

LONDON

  • WORLD TRAVELLER PLUS premium economy from $3055
  • CLUB WORLD business class from $5969
  • FIRST from $9119

Fares are also available from other Australian cities into destinations right across Europe. Please contact us for the perfect fare for your journey.

BUSINESS CLASS BONUS!
All BA Club World business class bookings on flights BA15/16 made through The Travel Authority are eligible for chauffeur-driven transfers to-from Sydney Airport—a service previously only offered to First passengers.

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Fares shown are from Sydney, include taxes, are correct at 28 May 2019 but are subject to availability and change due to fluctuations in foreign currencies and fees or charges applied at the time of booking. Pricing is based on Low Season departures 30 April – 06 June 2019, 27 September – 25 November 2019, and 13 January – 24 March 2020. Advance purchase ticketing requirements (up to 21 days prior to travel) apply. Additional conditions apply.

QANTAS Perth-London Flights: One Year Down

Qantas’ landmark non-stop Perth-London services have been operating for more than a year now, and the airline reports that they’re exceeding expectations, breaking speed records and supporting more than $100 million in visitor spending in Western Australia.

“Qantas’ direct Perth-London services have really changed the way travellers and airlines think about long-haul”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Business Class cabin aboard Qantas’ 787 Dreamliner. Image credit: Qantas.

“The very-near future of ultra-long-haul aircraft and flights promises to be very exciting indeed. We look forward to new city-pairs, and innovative offerings that take these services to new heights. We thrilled to see an Australian airline leading the way and inventing the future”, added Hosper.

Visiting Perth recently to mark the first anniversary of the service – which remains the only direct connection between Australia and Europe – Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce released a report card showing what Perth-London has achieved so far.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. Image credit: Qantas.

Key among the insights was an independent analysis by Deloitte Access Economics, which found the non-stop 787 Dreamliner service had in its first year:

  • Facilitated more than $100 million increase in spending by visitors, 92% from international stopover passengers.
  • Supported creation of 601 full-time equivalent jobs, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sector.
  • With 71% of international visitors on the route choosing to stopover in Perth, helped to drive more than 1 million visitor nights spent in WA.

Other insights included:

  • UK residents make up the majority of overseas passengers at 31%.
  • Qantas has seen a 30 per cent increase in the total number of passengers travelling between Australia and London via Perth – including a 7% increase in visitors from the UK travelling to Perth.
  • Interestingly, 25% of outbound passengers on the new services start their journey in Melbourne.

Mr Joyce said, “The work we put into managing passenger jetlag and designing a comfortable cabin has paid off. It’s the longest flight on our entire network but it has the highest level of customer satisfaction.

“We didn’t plan to regularly break speed records in both directions. The current title holder arrived into Perth from London a full hour ahead schedule thanks to prevailing winds and our new flight planning system.”

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WE KNOW: Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in London & Paris

Emma Dalton, Senior Corporate Travel Consultant at The Travel Authority Corporate Sydney, recently returned from an educational (and luxurious) trip to Singapore and Europe.

Emma was invited by The Travel Authority Group’s friends at British Airways and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts to inspect their luxury offerings first-hand. As she travelled, Emma also put BA’s Club World Business Class and airport lounges through their paces.

Click Here to read about Emma’s British Airways immersion.

On the ground at the far end of the journey, Emma spent a great deal of time getting to know a pair of iconic luxury hotels:

  • Shangri-la Hotel, Paris
  • Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London

La Bauhinia, Shangri-La Hotel Paris.

In Paris, Emma sampled fabulous cuisine at breakfast in the Shangri-la Hotel’s La Bauhinia where she was joined by the hotel’s Sales and Marketing team beneath the restaurant’s stunning glass cupola. Another culinary highlight was dinner in the hotel’s Shang Palace restaurant—the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in Paris.

Shang Palace restaurant, Shangri-la Hotel Paris.

Having inspected the property from top to bottom, and enjoying an unforgettable serving of French Toast, Emma recommends a morning swim in the hotel’s indoor pool.

“It is best in the morning as the indoor pool is bathed in the day’s early light. You’ll only manage this, of course, if you can drag yourself out of your spectacular room with a view”, says Emma referring to the hotel’s stunning accommodation.

She also recommends Shangri-La’s Chi The Spa.

“If you want to spoil yourself, the spa is also wonderful! A massage and facial is the perfect pick-me-up after a long flight! Just 30 minutes is all it takes to revive and get out to enjoy the city of love”, says Emma.

Chi the Spa.

Returning to London with British Airways, Emma transferred to the stunning Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard.

Once again, she caught up with the hotel’s Sales and Marketing team for lunch, this time at TING. Derived from the Chinese word for ‘living room’, TING is on the hotel’s 35th floor and serves the best of British fare with an Asian twist and views to die for.

TING at Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London.

From all reports, Emma was even more taken by the views a few floors up at GONG Bar—the highest hotel bar in all of Western Europe.

“Sunset drinks at GONG are a must. Situated on the 52nd floor of The Shard with uninterrupted views of London, GONG is the perfect place to watch the sun slowly slip away”, says Emma.

GONG at Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London.

The views are, perhaps not surprisingly, a real highlight of stays at Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard.

“Breakfast in the clouds is the perfect way to start your day in London. The view is postcard perfect, gazing down over London landmarks such as the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, all in the shadow of the Shard. If you have spare time (and need to walk off the bountiful breakfast) there is a lovely nearby walk along the Thames”, notes Emma.

Emma’s pics from Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London .

ON the ground in London, Emma partook in a gin tasting at Jensen’s Distillery, Bermondsey, and explored the cultural scene of the city’s South Bank area on a walking tour escorted by a Blue Badge Guide. The Blue Badge is recognised internationally as the qualification of excellence in site and heritage interpretation, and in communication skills.

For more information about Shangri-La’s brilliant portfolio of luxury hotels, leave us a note in the form below, or call us to discuss your specific requirements.

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London on Sale with British Airways

On sale until 31st March 2019 only
For Departures until 5th December 2019

We love an airfare sale as much as you do.

And we’re loving these fares from our very good friends at British Airways.

To London from Sydney:

  • World Traveller (Economy) from just $1,273
  • World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) from just $3,300

These prices include taxes and surcharges. They were correct at 22 March 2019, and apply to specific departures between 23 April and 06 June 2019, and between 27 September and 25 November 2019. They are subject to availability, and change without notice.

Sale fare are also available from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and Gold Coast.

Ask us about fares to destinations right across the UK and Europe!

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Qantas on Sale!

Return fares from Sydney to Singapore from just $526
Return fares from Sydney to London from just $1262

Qantas, our preferred airline partner, has extended these brilliant fares to The Travel Authority Group.

Singapore and London are two of our most popular destinations, and we’re thrilled to have access to these special offers.

Please note that they’re on sale until 19 May 2019 only, and apply specifically to departures on flight QF5 on 26 May 2019.

The London fare rises slightly to to $1312 for departures 02 to 25 May, 27 May to 04 June, and 01 October to 27 November 2019.

At these prices, we do expect them to sell out, so be sure to call us to discuss your preferred travel dates, pricing and all the relevant terms and conditions.

Fares shown were correct on 21 March, but are subject to availability and change without notice.

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

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