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Issue 54: Saturday, 21 September 2019

Spontaneous escapes every month

If you are a member of the Singapore Airlines Frequent Flyer program your points could be more valuable than you think. Every month the carrier offers 30% off the KrisFlyer miles required for last-minute award travel on a range of routes. You can book Saver awards in Economy, Premium and Business for travel during the following month. Destinations this month include Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin. Details here 

Go further with your Krisflyer miles

Just to give you some idea of the fares available here is an update from Australian Frequent Flyer. “Premium and Business flights from Singapore to Frankfurt and Düsseldorf are a good deal this month at 45,150 or 64,400 KrisFlyer miles, respectively. There are also flights available in Economy from Singapore to Dubai or Istanbul for 17,500 miles. Flights from Singapore to Dubai in Premium Economy are also available for travel next month. More details here

Small group visit to Peru

We have all heard of Machu Picchu, but there’s so much more to Peru than just this ancient Incan city.  Bucket-list locations and experiences range from cruising through the Amazon Rainforest to watching the Andean Condor soar over the Colca Canyon and visiting the vast waters of Lake Titicaca and the ‘white city’ of Arequipa. Small group specialist Bunnik Tours has just released a program that includes Peru Explorer – 20 days from $9995 (save $500) and Peru in Style – 18 days from $12995 – save $1000. Details here

Time to visit Mickey, Pluto and Donald

According to helloworld, there’s never been a better time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Experience four incredible theme parks, two water parks and more than 25 themed Disney resort hotels, along with endless shopping, dining and recreation options. A five day Disney World ticket for the price of four plus transfers costs from $1409pp twin share. The deal ends on October 18. More details here

Stay longer and save

Where will your next adventure take you? To the jungles of the Golden Triangle, walking with rescued elephants? To the seas of Southern Thailand, exploring islands in a longtail boat? Or to Bangkok, the City of Angels?  Experience more of Thailand during Anantara’s Endless Summer with a Stay Longer offer. Valid for stays until 30 September 2019 in any Anantara destination around the globe. More details here

 Princess Cruises on sale

I have explained many times that cruise lines have more sales than Harvey Norman and The Good Guys combined. I try to sift out the best of them – this week Princess Cruises is having a seven day Spring Sale with 40 per cent off Australian launch fares and 50 per cent off Asia. You have to hurry though –  the sale ends on Thursday, September 25. Australian cruise prices are as low as $439 for an inside cabin. More details here

The kids stay free in London

Cheval Residences in London has a great deal for families. Book your stay for two or more nights this October half-term at participating Residences, and your kids can stay for free. The upmarket operator can provide roll-out beds or sofa beds across its residences to accommodate the whole family. Of the 1,624 properties in the TripAdvisor Specialty Lodging category, Cheval Residences claims the top two spots. Details here 

Most popular tours on earth

What are the most incredible tours on earth? TripAdvisor asked its millions of members and they compiled this list. At the top was a Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica Tour followed by a Chicago architecture cruise.  A Tuscany in one day sightseeing tour was next.  You can see the full list here

Try your swing in Sri Lanka

Golfers can now indulge in a golf holiday to Sri Lanka with Asia’s largest golf tour operator, Golfasian (www.golfasian.com)  Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian ocean has just been named Number 1 in Travel + Leisure’s World’s ‘Best Islands in the World’. First introduced at the Royal Colombo Golf Club, the island is home to four fine 18-hole golf courses, each of them located at different elevations against a backdrop of stunning landscapes. The association with golf dates back over a century. Details here

Your own private resort

The Philippines is home to some of the world’s most luxurious and sought-after accommodation.  The recently opened Banwa Private Island is among the most expensive getaways in the world. Located around two hours from Manila, the luxurious private resort costs AU$142,000 per night and can accommodate just 48 guests at time in either one of six beachfront villas, each with their own jacuzzi deck and infinity pool, 12 garden suites, or the owner’s residence.  More details, https://www.banwaprivateisland.com

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