Corporate Newsletter July

  • Corporate Newsletter July

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    Emirates’ Boston Lounge Now Open 
    Emirates’ Boston Logan International Airport lounge has been officially opened following a soft launch earlier this year. Located on the upper level of Terminal E, Emirates 41st dedicated lounge has a capacity of 123 passengers. Source: Travel Daily

    New Fiji Airways Lounge at LAX
    Eligible passengers flying with Fiji Airways out of Los Angeles are now able to access the luxurious oneworld Lounge at Tom Bradley International Terminal. Fiji Airways has relocated to the lounge to offer guests more space and premium amenities. “With the continued growth of Business class passengers from North America, our priority at Fiji Airways is to offer the best experience possible, and the move to a luxury lounge at LAX will allow us to continue these efforts,” Fiji Airways managing director & CEO Andre Viljoen said. Source: Travel Daily

    American Airlines Ends Codeshare Agreement 
    American Airlines is severing its codeshare relationships with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The last valid date of travel under the codeshares will be 24 March 2018 – but other existing aspects of the relationships remain intact including lounge access, interlining, cargo deals, and frequent flyer reciprocity.  Source: Travel Daily.

    Cover-More Increases Cover 
    Mental illnesses will now be covered by travel insurance policies issued by Cover-More under a series of changes developed through the company’s new underwriter Zurich Insurance Group. The insurer has removed its general exclusion for mental illness for all travel insurance products in Australia and New Zealand and will provide cover for amendment, cancellation and medical expenses for travellers who suffer the first onset of a serious mental health issue. Cover-More is also piloting coverage for travellers with pre-existing mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, however, this will be via direct sales channels and may involve additional premiums. Source: Travel Daily

    Toll Payment Solution With Hertz
    Remove any hassle regarding payment for tolls by selecting the option on your rental agreement for the HERTZ TOLL DAY PASS. This option offers unlimited tolls under one daily charge and allows you to focus on getting to your destination. The current daily rates per rental day for cars (not 4WD’s) in each state are VIC:$14.30, NSW: $16.50, QLD: $11.00, ACT: $12.10, SA: $12.10, All other states: $9.90 per rental day. The HERTZ TOLL DAY PASS solution is only available at the commencement of your rental agreement. Source: Hertz

    Change To Virgin Frequent Flyer Program
    Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program Velocity has unveiled widespread adjustments affecting points earned on four of its long standing airline partners, including the wind back of points and status credits with alliance partner, Air New Zealand. From 01 November 2017, you will no longer be able to earn or redeem Velocity Points and Status Credits, or receive other benefits on all other flights operated by Air New Zealand. But it’s not all bad news, with Velocity Platinum, Gold and Silver members able to earn even more Velocity Points when flying on Delta Air Lines or VA operated flights with a Delta Airlines flight number, coming into effect on 31 July. From 31 August, Velocity members will also be able to use points for Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Reward Seats and use points across all cabin classes on Singapore Airlines Reward Seats. Source: Travel Daily

    Virgin LAX Disruptions
    Due to scheduled maintenance of Virgins Boeing 777 fleet, a number of Australia- Los Angeles flights have been cancelled or rescheduled between 17 October and 07 December. Passengers on flights affected will be re-accommodated on other services via Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney, which will include an additional domestic sector. If passengers are not satisfied with the alternative flights, they may change their date of travel no later than 14 days from the original travel date, with no fare difference, or cancel their booking. Source: Travel Daily

    Cathay Pacific Upgrade Bids
    Cathay Pacific has become the latest carrier to offer an upgrade bidding system, allowing Economy and Premium Economy passengers to move one cabin class higher. The system has been launched on 13 routes from Hong Kong including to Adelaide and Brisbane, with other points to be added in coming months. Passengers will be able to see the strength of their bid during the online application process and bids can be cancelled or changed up to 50 hours before flight departure. Passengers will be given a confirmation of an upgrade two or three days before departure if their bid is successful. Source: Travel Daily

    Removal of Argentinian Reciprocity Fee 
    Argentina’s hefty US$100 stopover levy on Australian citizens entering the country has
    been suspended as of July 1st. Latin America specialist Chimu Adventures says the move makes Argentina more convenient for travellers. Source: Travel Daily

     

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