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Travel insurance company Cover-More is reminding passengers that its Cancel-For-Any-Reason (CFAR) policy launched in April covers disruptions caused by Mt Agung for Aussie travellers to Bali. “When travellers choose to add CFAR cover, they can plan to travel to Bali knowing they’re covered for Mt Agung activity,” said Cover-More GM, sales and marketing Mike Stein. CFAR cover must be taken within seven days before trip purchase & cancellations need to be seven days prior to departure. Speak to your PCT representative about Cover-More Travel Insurance today.
Remember Your Frequent Flyer Points
For participating hotels, always remember to mention you are a frequent flyer member so your accommodation can gain you the points you are entitled to. Some hotels won’t ask upon check-in and therefore you may be missing out.
New Powder Rules
The Department of Home Affairs is introducing new security restrictions on the carriage of inorganic powders in aircraft cabins for outbound international flights.
From 30 June 2018, new restrictions will apply to all international flights departing from Australia, including transit flights.
- The restrictions will limit inorganic powders (e.g. salt, sand, talcum powder) to a total volume of 350ml/g or less per passenger in the aircraft cabin.
- There will not be a quantity restriction on organic powders (e.g. food, powdered baby formula, coffee, sugar) but all powders will need to be divested from carry-on baggage and placed separately into trays for x-ray examination.
- Exemptions will apply for organic powders (including baby products), medical or therapeutic products, cremated remains and duty free powders contained in security tamper evident bags with proof of purchase. An exemption will also apply for items required for carrying on a business in the sterile area.
- The restrictions will be implemented through a Special Security Direction issued to the airports under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004. They will apply to all persons, including staff and crew, passing through security screening points.
Source: Etihad Airways
Emirates Park Pass
Emirates has partnered with Dubai Parks and Resorts to offer its passengers an exclusive pass to visit four parks in the city – Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. The special bundle gives customers the choice of visiting any of the four parks over a two-day period for AED495 (A$183) for adults. Source: Travel Daily
Battle of the New Menus
Air New Zealand is serving a plant-based “Impossible Burger,” as part of its Business Premier menu on flights NZ1 and NZ5 from Los Angeles to Auckland until Oct. The burger was created in collaboration with Silicon Valley food tech start-up Impossible Foods to offer customers a “fresh & innovative approach to cuisine”.
Singapore Airlines has flagged plans to offer a new Chinese dining experience to Business class passengers from 01 Jul this year. The Shi Quan Wei Mei culinary concept will be available on select flights including Singapore to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Lufthansa is offering Business class passengers on long-haul flights from Germany in Jul & Aug the option to try space food, made by LSG Group Culinary Excellence Team & the European Space Agency. Options include spatzle Source Travel Daily.
Trump Bans Upheld
The US Supreme Court has upheld American President Donald Trump’s travel bans on citizens of several muslim majority countries, ending months of legal wrangling over the restrictions. The ban targets travellers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, with other limited sanctions on North Korea and Venezuela. Source: Travel Daily
QantasLink’s first upgraded turboprop took off off from Tamworth Airport towards the end of June, boasting a refreshed cabin that provides extra comfort for passengers. The full Bombardier upgrade will be complete by the end of 2019. Source: Travel Daily
Virgin Hainan Live
The codeshare partnership between Hainan Airlines & Virgin Australia has officially launched, with flights between Australia and China now active. The new codeshare agreement is now effective on all flights between Brisbane and Shenzhen, Cairns and Shenzhen, Melbourne and Changsha, Melbourne and Xi’an, Sydney and Changsha, Sydney and Haikou, and Sydney and Xi’an. Source: Travel Daily
Qatar Kids’ Club
Children travelling on select long-haul Qatar Airways flights from 01 Jul will have access to the carrier’s new Oryx Kids’ Club onboard children’s program. As part of the program, kids will be presented with specially designed plush toys, activity packs and meal boxes. The program will be extended to short- and medium-haul flights from 01 September. Source: Travel Daily.