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Issue 19: Friday, 30 November 2018

Special prices to Spain, Portugal

Timeless Tours and Travel specialises in small group tours to Spain and Portugal in Europe. Right now they have an Early Bird special – book and pay by Friday, December 21 and enjoy special prices including an eight day Northern Spain tour from Barcelona priced from $2010 pp in twin or double or from $2480pp in a single room. You can be sure there will be a maximum of 25 passengers. See all the tours here. Details here

Meet a polar bear

Australia’s only dedicated polar expedition cruise agency,, won the Tours and Transfers – Small Business Category in the 2018 Sunshine Coast Business Awards, after only its first year of trading. and sign up to their newsletter on their homepage to receive a $250pp cruise voucher. While you are there, explore the selection of cruises. Details here

Air New Zealand on sale

Air New Zealand is one of the world’s most successful small airlines – and always seems to have destinations on sale. Right now it is North America – but you must book by December 8. Choose from Houston, Chicago and Vancouver – prices start from $899 return in economy, $2523 in premium and $4878 in business. For more details check with your local Helloworld travel office. Details here

Try before you fly

Don’t forget if you live in Adelaide you can try Singapore Airlines new A350 seats without even heading to the airport. A special seat display has been set up at Burnside Village where you can sit down in economy or business class. You will need a Krisflyer number (free to register) but you might also win two free tickets to Singapore. The display ends on December 2 and is open around noon each day.  The new aircraft starts flying on December 18.

Just for single cruise lovers

Silversea Cruises is offering guests a 10% special single supplement on selected cruises, available on bookings made before 20 December 2018.  This special festive offer applies to a selection of cruises in Asia on board Silver Muse and Silver Discoverer.  Guests will also receive US$1,000 on board credit per suite, an extra 5% off the fare per person, and one-category suite upgrade. Detailshere

See Britain the easy way

Discover the sights and breathtaking landscapes of Britain on this quintessential tour and save $406pp. Explore Windsor Castle, uncover the city of Edinburgh and tour the famous Lake District and continue to Liverpool. The tour ends in London where you will enjoy a tour of the city with its many famous landmarks. Deal ends December 21. Details here

The drinks are on MSC

Drinks are an expensive additional cost when you take say a Royal Caribbean cruise – you not only pay for say a glass of wine – but a tip is usually added every time as well. Which makes the new Drinks are on Us offer from MSC Cruises a winner. Inside, oceanview or balcony cabin bookings will score the ‘Easy Drinks’ package for you and your partner. The deal does not extend to specialty restaurants and is valid selected departures from April 2019. Details here

Jetset business V Qantas economy

Australian Frequent Flyer recently asked members to rate Jetstar’s Business Class. Is it worth considering when the price is only a little higher than Qantas’ asking price for a seat in Economy? The answer was a resounding yes. Passengers receive better meals, more personalised service and other perks including lounge access (Business Max bundle.)

How to grab a cruise bargain

According to Cruise Critic, grabbing a last minute cabin on a cruise as a bargain price is not as easy as it seems. The easiest way to find out about sales is to sign up for the cruise line’s e-letter or follow the line on Twitter and Facebook; do this for every cruise line you’re interested in. The lines will advertise flash sales through these outlets. Register with sites like Clean Cruising as well.

Not always a bargain

I am in Tasmania at the moment – booked through Qantas – or to be more exact Jetstar. The Jetstar site asked me if I wanted a hire car – and recommended a list of operators. The best deal was offered by Bargain car rentals. You trust the Qantas site – I booked – the flight into Hobart was late – and the Bargain office was closed. My advice is pay a little more and stay well away from this operator. Fortunately for me, the charming girl at Avis was happy to help.

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