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Issue 35: Saturday,11 May 2019

Win a trip to Fiji

You could win three nights accommodation staying in 5-star luxury, plus return flights to Fiji, just by staying at participating hotels between now and 30 May 2019. All you have to do is become a Le Club AccorHotels member. All stays between now and 30 September 2019 will also go in the draw for the grand prize: a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Join up here (it’s free).

A premium way to travel long distance

If you’re looking for something more comfortable than economy but more affordable than Business or First class, Premium Economy can be an excellent compromise. According to Australian Frequent Flyer, airlines with a superior “Business Lite” style of product include Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines. We will be “roadtesting” Air New Zealand’s premium in August.

More points for car hire

Need to hire a car for your next adventure? Qantas has an excellent points offer with Avis. You’ll earn six Qantas Points per A$1 spent on Avis car hire but only when you make your booking through To take advantage of this offer, you must book before 30 June 2019. Details here.

Europe to the US a superdeal

If you are heading to Europe this year and want to spend some time in the US – Iberia Airlines has a super deal going until May 21 offering savings on flights plus up to 40% off hotels and car hire. Offers like flights and five nights in New York from 549 euros pp return. See here.

Secluded Bali luxury 30% off

Looking for peaceful, secluded luxury in Bali? Set amidst the dramatic cliffs and immaculate beaches of southern Bali, The Apurva Kempinski Bali features 475 luxury guest rooms, iconic suites and exclusive villas. Right now enjoy 30% off all accommodation for stays booked from until May 31, 2019. More details here

Nine days Japan from $2899

Nexus Holidays is featuring a nine day holiday to Japan flying ANA priced from $2899 ex Sydney. Discover Osaka, visit the Great Eastern Temple with its huge Buddha Hall in Nara, Visit Nagoya’s Inuyama Castle and drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji before exploring Tokyo. Details here.

See Japan’s cherry blossom and save $750

Small groups tour operator BunnikTours is also offering special deals to Japan. If you book before 31 May you can save $750 on selected travel dates between late October 2019 and April 2020. This gives you the chance to witness the stunning autumn colours (October/November) or cherry blossom (March/April) at a great discount.  More details here.

Exploring South America easier

In a move set to make travelling to South America easier for Australians, Emirates has announced a new codeshare partnership agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil covering domestic services in Brazil. The partnership will allow Emirates passengers travelling to and from Brazil to connect with 17 cities in LATAM’s domestic network including Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Foz do Iguaçu.

Verandah suite upgrades on Seabourn

Seabourn is one of my favourite upmarket cruise operators – small ships, a prive club-like atmosphere and superb service. Right now there are special offers in Canada and New England – veranda suite upgrades, $US1000 shipboard credit and 50% reduced deposit. If you want to really spoil yourself book now – the deal ends on May 31. Details here.

Historic machinery tour

By sharing a two bedded room with another solo traveller, guests can save $3,680 each on a Toursgallery’s small group UK tour to England, Scotland and Wales designed for lovers of historic machinery. Departing on August 5, the program includes inspections of everything from vintage cars to tractors, trains, antique steam boats and historic remnants of the industrial revolution.  More details here.

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