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Issue 53: Saturday, 14 September 2019

More Early Bird specials on the way

According to Australian Frequent Flyer,  Qantas, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and many other airlines are offering Early Bird sale prices on flights to Europe for travel in 2020. “However, the early-bird sale season is only just beginning. The best prices are not always offered right at the start, and it is likely that new sale fares will continue to be launched across the next month.”  See here.

London return from $1240

One of the first cabs off the rank was premium carrier Singapore Airlines. Featured are trending destinations across Asia, Europe and beyond. Remember this airline offers premium class as well as economy. Deals vary from State to State – Adelaide/London economy return is, for instance, from $1240 – premium $3073. Book by 26 September 2019. Details here

Choose your seat on Emirates for $1

Emirates economy return fares for travellers start from $1,299 to UK (Business Class $6,999.) As part of the Early Bird offering, Emirates is offering Economy Class travellers regular seat selection for $1 per sector. For example, a family of four could save around $400 for a flight if travelling from Sydney to London Heathrow the carrier says.  Rather oddly, the Emirates deals are called Rare Fares – don’t ask me why. More details here

Why not stopover in Switzerland?

If you are looking for a new way to visit Europe Swiss has specials to Europe going at the moment – economy from $1206 and business from $5627. Swiss serves more than 100 destinations in 44 countries all over the world from its hub in Zurich and Geneva airport. You fly via Swiss gateways gateways of Singapore, Hong Kong or Bangkok with partner airlines including Singapore Airlines and Qantas. Switzerland is a great stopover destination. Details here 

$600 off Europe 2020 tours

Tour companies have Early Bird deals as well – small group operator Albatross Tours for instance has reduced prices on 2020 tours by $600 per couple, or $300pp. The 13 day Croatia & the Adriatic tour for instance is now priced from $5897pp. Highlights include a stay on the lavender island of Hvar and a four night stay in Dubrovnik. More details here

Free air on upgraded Silver Shadow

Silversea Cruises Silver Shadow will be fully renovated in time for the 2020 cruise program. Guests booking voyages by 31 October 2019 will enjoy economy class air as part of the deal or upgrade to Business Class from just AU$3,998 roundtrip. Itineraries in the Europe 2020 program include Rome Roundtrip departing on July 3 2020  – a 7-day voyage taking in the very best of Italy. Details here 

Travelodge rates up to 35% off

The Travelodge global hotel sale is back and eClub subscribers save an extra 10%. That’s a 35% saving on the fully flexible rate across all hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark and Hungary. Use promo code GLOBAL35 to unlock your extra saving. Hotels are located in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. More details here 

London’s Downton Abbey secrets

London is toasting one of England’s most infamous and beloved families as Lord and Lady Grantham invite audiences back into their world via the Downton Abbey film. They had the privilege of being chauffeured wherever they went, but for the servants downstairs, walking would sometimes be their only option. Visit all the London film locations by foot with Downton Abbey Walking Tour and re-live the London season first-hand. Details here 

Up to 50% off rail in Europe

RailEurope is offering 50% off France-Germany High Speed train tickets on routes including Paris – Frankfurt, Strasbourg – Munich, and Marseille – Baden-Baden. The offer ends 1 October 2019 and travel dates apply. There is also a special Autumn deal on Eurail Global Passes and discounted travel between France and Switzerland with TGV Lyria. Details here

Scoot to Europe for $618

You could score some great Scoot fares to Europe during the current flash sale. Scoot is a Singaporean low-cost airline owned by Singapore Airlines. Fares to Athens or Berlin fare rom as little as $618 return (including taxes), for travel between 10th January and 15th June 2020. You have to be quick though – the deal cuts out on Tuesday,  17 September 17. Economy Fly Fares to either Athens or Berlin are from $309 (ex Perth) $329 (ex Gold Coast) and $339 from Sydney or Melbourne. Economy Fly fares are a base fare, with food and baggage at extra cost. All fares include taxes. More details,

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