Starting in June 2015, EL AL Israel Airlines will begin offering nonstop service from Boston to Tel Aviv three days a week. The new EL AL flights, which will supplement the airline’s existing nonstop service from North America out of New York’s JFK and Newark airports, Los Angeles and Toronto, will depart from Boston’s Logan International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. This nonstop service caters to the 16 percent growth in the Boston-Tel Aviv market in the last three years.
Taiwan’s leading independent airline, EVA Air, has announced a fantastic lucky draw competition, with the chance to win FREE return flights to Thailand. Running until 11th December 2014, this incredible prize giveaway features four fantastic prizes, including complimentary tickets from London to Bangkok in Elite Class and Economy Class, as well as two EVA Air Hello Kitty aircraft models*.
EVA Air’s lucky draw competition is open to all passengers who successfully book airline tickets on the airline’s official website, www.evaair.com, and is valid for all bookings departing from London and travelling between 1st November and 11th December 2014. Upon booking, EVA Air passengers will be automatically entered into the prize draw to have a chance of winning a free flight to Thailand’s bustling capital city or a special Hello Kitty keepsake to mark the carrier’s themed aircraft launching into Europe.
The lucky winners will be drawn at random on 5th January 2015 at the EVA Air office in London. The fortunate individual that is drawn first will claim the top prize and have the chance of experiencing EVA Air’s award-winning Elite service, flying in style from London to Bangkok. EVA Air led the industry in 1992 by launching the first Premium Economy cabin and giving passengers 40 percent more personal space with improved amenities. Now named Elite Class, the airline upgraded the cabins on-board its Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts by boasting impressive touch screen entertainment systems, fantastic personal space with adjustable ergonomic shape-memory seats, individual power sockets for laptop computers and an exemplary service from take-off to landing.
The first runner-up will be awarded a return journey to Thailand in Economy Class, which promises a comfortable flying experience and is recognised worldwide for its warm, friendly service and diverse entertainment options, including a wealth of video, music and games for passengers to choose from. The final two winners will each receive an EVA Air Hello Kitty jet model, the airline’s innovative themed aircraft.
*Participants must be over 12 years old to enter. Valid on all London outbound bookings made on EVA Air’s official website on or between 1st November and 11th December 2014 for outbound travel during the same period. Prize airline flights must be booked, ticketed and flown by 31st December 2015. For a full list of terms and conditions, visit http://www.evaair.com/en-gb/index.html
Some of the most popular footballers to play in the Premier League gathered Tuesday November 4th to celebrate the launch of a new football tournament to be hosted in the beautiful Caribbean island of Tobago June 15th-22nd, 2015.
Former Manchester United star and Tobago native Dwight Yorke led a posse of top names including Ian Wright, Paul Davis, David Howells, Ruel Fox, Sean Davis, Paul Hall, Luke Young, Iain Dowie and Mitchell Thomas at the launch of the British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge at the Union Street Café in London.
“Today’s launch is all about giving visitors from the UK and Europe the chance to come and see football Tobago-style,” said Yorke. “As well as mixing with players everyone is familiar with, you will get a chance to relax in one of the most beautiful places on earth, play a little golf and enjoy the unrivalled hospitality offered by the people of Tobago.”
The British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge kicks off in June 2015 and will see 64 of the best Premier League past players locking horns in Tobago. The fast paced six-a-side tournament has been organised by the Tobago House of Assembly, British Airways, which flies twice weekly to Tobago and the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Fans from the UK will be able to rub shoulders with the stars on BA’s flights to Tobago ahead of the tournament. “We are excited to host this prestigious event and strengthen our long standing relationship with our friends in the UK and Europe,” said Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Tobago’s Secretary for Tourism and Transportation. “Football might have been invented in the UK but I can promise you that we have a very special brand of fun-filled sporting excitement and natural beauty that makes for a unique visitor experience.”
Old rivalries will be reignited, said Yorke and other officials at the launch. Players from Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool are expected to face-off against All Star line-ups from the PFA and the Caribbean.
“We can’t wait to be able to bring this fantastic event to Tobago next June,” said Bobby Barnes, Deputy Chief Executive-Professional Footballers’ Association. “We are sure there will be a few old scores to settle as none of the lads have lost that competitive edge. We’ll just have to make sure they take it easy on the rum punch!”
British Airways is the tournament’s official airline and has played a key role in bringing the event to Tobago. Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial, Gatwick, said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the tournament, and we’re really excited to be able to say that as of next summer, we will be increasing our services to Tobago from one per week to two.”
The event will coincide with a week of sporting activities, including the Dwight Yorke Celebrity Golf Day on19th June.
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About Tobago – Named for the tobacco cultivated by the original Carib population, Tobago existed separately from Trinidad for centuries. While the explorer Christopher Columbus sighted the island in 1498, he did not land and no attempts were made to colonize Tobago. During British rule in the late 1600s, sugar, cotton and indigo plantations were established and thousands of Africans were brought to Tobago as slave labour. In 1781 the French invaded, but by 1814 the island was ceded to Britain. NB: The TTA is responsible for all elements of tourism, marketing and promotion of Tobago. www.tobagostyle.travel/legends
British Airways offers 7 nights at the 4.5* Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort from £949 per person for selected departures in June 2015 includes return flights from London Gatwick and accommodation with breakfast. For Reservations visit BA.COM/TOBAGO or call 0844 493 0120. Book by 30th Nov 2014.
About British Airways – British Airways is a full service global airline, offering year-round fares with an extensive global route network flying to and from centrally-located airports. It flies to a number of destinations in the Caribbean and has expanded its weekly flights from the UK-London Gatwick to Tobago twice per week, year round.
About PFA – The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) was formed on 2nd December 1907 and is the world’s longest established professional sportsperson’s union. The aims of the PFA are to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights and status of all professional players by collective bargaining agreements, with 4,000 current and almost 10,000 former members. The PFA commercial department has developed significantly in recent years and is now very much a key aspect of the work of the union. With offices in London and Manchester, the variety of work now undertaken on behalf of both current and former members of the PFA is considerable.
40 new Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks have been unveiled at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) expedite the entry process for international arriving passengers at the airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.
U.S. and Canadian citizens arriving from abroad, as well as travelers from the 38 Visa Waiver Countries who are also registered with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program, are eligible to use the new machines.
APC kiosks allow international travelers, including family groups, to submit their customs declaration form and biographic information electronically, thereby reducing the time they spend with a CBP officer. A passenger can select from 13 languages to use. Easy-to-follow instructions guide the user through the process, which includes scanning your passport, taking a photograph using the kiosk, answering questions, and fingerprinting for non-U.S. citizens. Travelers will then receive a receipt confirming their information and proceed to a CBP officer to complete their entry into the United States. Individuals can complete the process within 90 seconds and a family of three within four minutes.
“These kiosks will allow passengers to avoid long lines and reduce wait times at Customs, so they can be out the door faster and on their way to exploring the greatest city in
the world,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This important improvement to the passenger experience is all part of our work to overhaul nearly every terminal and bring rail to LAX, because Los Angeles deserves a world-class airport.”
“After a long flight, the last thing passengers want to do is stand in line to process through federal inspection to enter the U.S.,” said Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey. “With faster processing times, shorter lines, and increased convenience these APC kiosks bring to LAX, we expect the passenger experience of the millions of international passengers who travel through LAX each year to improve
substantially. We thank the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the airlines operating in
the Tom Bradley International Terminal for their invaluable support of this program.”
APC is a free service, does not require pre-registration or membership, and maintains the highest levels of protection when it comes to the handling of personal data or information. Travelers opting to use the kiosks will no longer have to fill out a paper customs declaration form.
Travelers will still be inspected by a CBP officer to verify the purpose and intent of their travel. However, the self-service kiosk removes the administrative responsibility for a CBP officer to scan a traveler’s document, allowing for shorter processing times. Passengers then proceed to baggage claim, customs declaration, and exit.
Travelers have already experienced a reduction in wait times for primary inspection at the Tom Bradley International Terminal during the recent start-up period. This is especially true for returning U.S. citizens, who are experiencing an average 39 percent reduction in wait times. For example, airport officials expect a flight with 300 passengers to normally process in 45 minutes with multiple booths open and without APC kiosks. With APC kiosks, returning U.S. citizens are waiting an average 17.5 minutes less.
Eligible foreign passport holders are experiencing an average 18 percent reduction in wait times. Airport officials expect a flight with 300 passengers to normally process in 60 minutes with multiple booths open and without APC kiosks. With the APC kiosks, eligible foreign passport holders are waiting an average 11 minutes less for primary inspection.
The $2-million project cost was funded by LAWA, the Los Angeles City department that owns and operates LAX and two other Southern California airports. Each APC kiosk costs $36,000. TBITEC (Tom Bradley International Terminal Equipment Company), the consortium of the 39 airlines operating in TBIT, will fund the estimated $1.6-million annual cost for staff to direct and assist travelers with questions on using the new machines. All the kiosks are under the jurisdiction of and connected to CBP’s operations at LAX.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection places a significant value on our public-private partnerships and we continue to collaborate on innovations to improve the international arrivals process. The Automated Passport Control kiosks are a prime example of CBP’s private sector partners taking a leadership role in purchasing and deploying a solution that is mutually beneficial for CBP, airline carriers, airport authorities, and international air travelers,” said Todd Hoffman, CBP port director for Los Angeles International Airport.
According to Hoffman, APC is part of a comprehensive strategy to optimize CBP’s current resources. CBP continues to explore automation, innovation, sustainable initiatives and trusted traveler programs to streamline the traveler inspection process.
Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers to the
U.S. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to ensure global tourism remains safe and strong.
LAX officials expect nearly 70 million total passengers will use LAX this year, of which approximately 19 million will be international travelers. The Tom Bradley International Terminal serves almost half of LAX’s international market, of which over five million are expected to be inbound passengers who might process through the upgraded federal inspection screening.
Airport officials are planning to install APC kiosks in Terminal 2, LAX’s secondary international terminal, during its recently started $320-million terminal renovation, which is scheduled to finish in 2016. Similar technology is currently in use in Terminal 5, installed by Delta Air Lines as part of its on-going $250-million renovation program.
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States. LAX offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 85 cities in the U.S. and 928 weekly nonstop flights to 67 cities in 34 countries on 62 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with over 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at over $91.6 billion. An economic study in 2011 reported that operations at LAX generated 294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.6 billion and economic output of more than $39.7 billion. This activity added $2.5 billion to local and state revenues. LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.
For more information about LAX, please visit www.lawa.aero/lax or follow on Twitter @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport and on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/laxairport1.
AZUL BRAZILLIAN AIRLINES NOW ON SALE FOR
DAILY NONSTOP FLIGHTS BETWEEN THE US AND BRAZIL
– JetBlue Founder David Neeleman returns to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando with his popular Brazilian airline serving São Paulo/Campinas –
GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., – Azul Brazilian Airlines has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration to commence sales on its first international flights to and from the United States.
Azul, Brazil’s third largest airline, will begin daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale International Airport and São Paulo/Campinas International Airport on December 2, 2014. It will follow with daily service between Orlando International and Campinas two weeks later on December 15. Fares for the new services start from $888 roundtrip* (including fees and taxes).
US travelers will fly in and out of Azul’s brand new $1.5 billion terminal at São Paulo/Campinas airport, strategically located 60 minutes from the city. Azul transformed São Paulo/Campinas into Brazil’s largest airline hub serving 55 non-stop destinations with more than 175 daily flights. Customers flying in from FLL or MCO can conveniently connect to popular destinations including Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia and Iguacu Falls.
Flights will depart Fort Lauderdale (FLL) at 7pm, arriving the next day at São Paulo/Campinas (VCP) at 6:20am. Returning flights leave VCP at 11:27pm, arriving the following day at FLL at 5am.
“Azul is the one airline that truly serves all of Brazil. With 104 destinations throughout the country, Azul unites Brazil with convenient and frequent connections from Campinas,” said David Neeleman, CEO and Founder of Azul. “We now look forward to providing U.S. customers with our superior service on international flights, just as we have been doing today on our 850 daily domestic flights. We’re excited to share the Azul experience with new customers internationally and expand the airline’s success story beyond Brazil’s borders.”
In its six years of operations, Azul already has flown more than 95 million customers and changed the face of competition in the Brazilian domestic aviation market since its first flight, on December 15, 2008.
The airline currently operates one-third of Brazil’s daily departures with a fleet of 145 aircraft serving 104 destinations throughout Brazil. Azul employs 10,000 people and has been named best low-cost carrier in South America four years in a row by Skytrax.
* Fare based on economy class service, for low season. Seats are limited and fare may not be available on all flights.
Azul, the third largest airline in Brazil, offers more than 850 daily flights to 104 destinations. With a fleet of 145 aircraft and around 10,000 crewmembers, the company currently has a 33% share of departures of the Brazilian aviation market. In 2014 Azul was named best low cost carrier in Latin America for the fourth consecutive time by Skytrax. The airline was also named Best Low Cost Carrier in the World by CAPA in 2012 and is recognized by FlightStats as having the best on-time performance in Latin America. For more information visit www.flyazul.com.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale
From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Fork Lauderdale, iVisitLauderdale and Defrost Your Swimsuit at www.sunny.org/apps.
Getting to The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is now even easier thanks to a new VIP air service, which has taken to the skies today (31st October), connecting Antigua and Beef Island. The twice a week flights are operated by VI Airlink on Fridays and Saturdays and connect with the arrival/departure of scheduled British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights between London Gatwick and Antigua.
Flights start from £249 round trip, including taxes and include a personalised meet and greet concierge service meaning guests will be met after clearing immigration and be escorted through the baggage hall, customs and security, ensuring a stress-free connection.
With the timing of these new flights allowing visitors to enjoy more time in The BVI, here’s a top ten of things to do during your visit:
1. The Baths National Park – for those in awe of the wonder of nature
A geological wonder and undoubtedly one of the The BVI’s most famous attractions, these exotic pools and grottos, formed by ancient volcanic boulders, are the centrepiece of Virgin Gorda’s north shore. Visitors can enjoy swimming or snorkelling through this beautiful maze of rock formations or just spend time relaxing in the cool and tranquil pools.
2. Anegada Lobster – for the food lover
Reputed to be the best in the Caribbean, the famous Anegada lobster can be enjoyed grilled, jerked, curried, ceviche, broiled or stewed. In addition to fantastic lobster, visitors can also experience the spectacular scenery of the island, formed from coral which has created stunning white beaches that go on for miles.
3. Sunset at the Loop – for the romantics
Peter Island Resort offers guests a truly spectacular sunset experience at the most beautiful point on Peter Island. With a fruit and cheese platter and favourite beverage in hand, guests are left to enjoy watching the sunset over the stunning backdrop of The BVI. The perfect setting perhaps for the perfect proposal!
4. Dive the Wreck of the Rhone – for the diving enthusiast
If you only get one chance to go on a dive trip, the Wreck of the Rhone is the most celebrated dive site in The BVI. The well preserved wreck is that of a Royal Mail Steamer, which sunk during a hurricane in 1867, and offers an unforgettable dive with much of it still intact including decking, parts of the rigging, the team engine and propeller.
5. Sandy Spit – for the desert island newlyweds
Although you can get married anywhere on The BVI, Sandy Spit, a minute paradise located South East of Jost Van Dyke is a truly unique place to say your vows. Only accessible by boat, this uninhabited island epitomises the classic ‘desert island’ utopia. With just half an acre of white sandy beach surrounded by beautiful green foliage, Sandy Spit is a truly secluded spot to get married or renew vows.
6. Full Moon Party at Trellis Bay – for the party animal
The Full Moon Party as Trellis bay is a monthly celebration, alive with fire, located on the beach of Trellis Bay, Tortola. Popular with both locals and Island visitors, the party is home to local artist Aragorn who brings the party to life by crafting striking fire sculptures in the sand. It is a celebration suitable for the entire family who can enjoy a moonlit beach barbeque, watch the stilt-walking ‘Mocko Jumbies’ and listen to upbeat rhythms of local reggae bands.
7. Monkey point – for the underwater lover
Monkey point is a stunning location for snorkelers. Teeming with colourful fish, you may also find yourself with the unique opportunity to swim with several sea turtles that make the day anchorage home. Gently swimming behind one of these creatures as they glide peacefully through the water is a truly indescribable experience.
8. Gorda Peak – for those at home with nature
A walk up to Gorda Peak, the highest point on Virgin Gorda, will reward you with spectacular views of some of the surrounding islands. The area, which contains a variety of indigenous and exotic plants, has been extensively reforested with mahogany trees – perfect for the flora and fauna lover.
9. Painkillers at The Soggy Dollar Bar – for the cocktail connoisseur (or anyone who enjoys a tipple)!
Home to The BVI’s most famous cocktail, the Painkiller, The Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost van Dyke is guaranteed to have a fantastic atmosphere at every visit. The bar offers a wide range of different Caribbean beverages, but you can’t leave The BVI without tasting the famous Painkiller cocktail – a delicious concoction of premium Dark Rum, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple and Orange Juice, topped with fresh grated Grenadian Nutmeg.
10. Biras Creek – for those looking for a piece of paradise
One way to enjoy the stunning views that The BVI has to offer is to sit on top of Biras creek with a cool rum punch watching the sunset over 140 Acres of Virgin Gorda. You will enjoy stunning views of the warm turquoise Caribbean ocean, the calm and tranquil lagoon of the North Sound, and if you turn look over to the opposite Atlantic side you might catch a glimpse of pelicans diving into the sea.
For further information on everything the British Virgin Islands has to offer, visit www.bvitourism.co.uk.
Holiday deals to the BVI:
Peter Island Resort & Spa, British Virgin Islands
Tropic Breeze (01752 880 880: www.tropicbreeze.co.uk) offers 7 nights from £3,100 per person – saving £1,200, based on two people sharing a Beach Front Junior Suite on a half board basis, including flights and transfers. Price includes FREE VI Airlink flights between Antigua and Beef Island and one free night. Book by 30 November 2014 for stays between 1 November 2014 – 31 March 2015 (blackout dates apply).
Nail Bay Resort, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Coast to Coast Worldwide Travel (0843 289 3589: www.ctcwwt.co.uk) offers 7 nights from £1,600 per person, based on two people sharing on a room only basis, including return scheduled flights with British Airways and connecting flights with VI Airlink, based on Friday departures from Gatwick from 1 November – 5 December 2014.
Biras Creek, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Turquoise Holidays (01494 678400: www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers 7 nights from £1,849 per person – saving of over £550 per person. Price is based on two people sharing a Garden Suite on a half board basis, economy flights from London Gatwick with British Airways and VI Airlink. Based on stays up to and including 19 December 2014.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay,Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Elegant Resorts (01244 897538: www.elegantresorts.co.uk) offers 7 nights for the price of 5 from £2,275 per person – saving of £1,420 per couple. Price is based on two people sharing a Premium Ocean View Room and receive a complimentary upgrade to an Ocean Cottage on a room only basis, economy flights from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic and VI Airlink, including transfers. Based on 15 November 2014 departure. Offer is valid until 18 December 2014.
Biras Creek, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Caribtours (020 7751 0660: www.caribtours.co.uk ) offers 7 nights from £2,025 per person. Price is based on two people sharing a Garden Suite on a bed and breakfast basis, economy flights from London Gatwick with British Airways and VI Airlink. Based on 30 January 2015 departure – book by 21 December 2014.
About the British Virgin Islands:
The British Virgin Islands is an archipelago of 60 islands situated just east of Puerto Rico. Other nearby neighbours include the United States Virgin Islands, located to the immediate south-west of the BVI. Fifteen of the islands are inhabited with the main islands consisting of Tortola (with the capital Road Town), Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.
The British Virgin Islands can be reached via connecting flights through other Caribbean airports including Antigua, St Thomas, Puerto Rico, St Kitts or St Maarten. From the UK a number of airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, offer scheduled flights to Antigua with connecting flights to Tortola available with LIAT and VI Airlink or by private charter flight. Island hopping is made easy with frequent, speedy and efficient ferry services from Tortola to Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and Peter Island.
About VI Airlink
VI Airlink is owned and operated in the BVI and provides exclusive private air charter and scheduled airline services offering connections throughout the Caribbean. For further information visit www.viairlink.com
Summer is almost here and with the school summer holidays just around the corner Tigerair has launched its new summer Tiger Bites in-flight menu to coincide with the commencement of the new Tigerair Junior Captain’s Flyer Club.
Tigerair Australia’s Commercial Director Adam Rowe says that the regularly updated Tiger Bites menu continues to be a popular addition since it was launched in September last year.
“Our goal is to make Tigerair Australia’s number one airline of choice for budget travel; providing Australians with great value fares and friendly service while helping keep the domestic travel market competitive.
“We continue to focus on taking the hassle out of flying and aim to provide greater choice through our exciting in-flight menu which is designed to cater for all tastes and budgets.”
The new menu caters for a range of dietary requirements and includes a number of new hot and cold menu items including a triple beef platter for meat lovers and a Snowy cheese snacking platter and wine deal for a special end of day treat.
The popular savoury Vili’s meat pie and sausage roll combo pack is still on offer and there are also a number of special dietary options including a gluten free Rowie’s cheese or vegan toastie as well as delicious Rowie’s rocky road and Anzac biscuits that are both nut, wheat and gluten free.
Tigerair continues to provide an extensive choice of beverages including hot and cold soft drinks as well as a range of wine, beer, cider and pre-mixed drinks. We have also introduced Barista’s iced coffee to the drinks line-up for the first time to help keep coffee lovers cool this summer.
Chocolate lovers may well be tempted by the new Tim Tam Chocolicious Bites, but for passengers looking for lighter options there is still Cobs popcorn available and the addition of the low carb, high protein and high fibre Slim Secrets’ Minitabolism Boost bar. Strawberry ‘Pockys’ (thin yoghurt coated bread sticks) are becoming an increasingly popular sweet treat and are also now available for our passengers.
There also continues to be plenty on offer for the kids including the addition of Mr. Munchies cookies, and the kid’s snack pack is available for just $4 when purchased with a new Toby Activity Case. This includes a games map, trivia cards, pencils, temporary tattoo and a maze game to keep children over the age of three entertained.
Also included in the activity case is a Tigerair Junior Captain’s Flyer Club log-book for younger passengers who can’t wait to get their wings. Each time the club member travels with Tigerair they can ask a member of crew to get the captain on duty to verify that flight log-book entry. After five flights the member then qualifies for a prized Tigerair Wings club badge to impress their friends (see attached).
Summer travel also means family travel and to help keep kids of all ages entertained, or even for last minute gift ideas, Tigerair is offering a number of fun new items as part of its Tiger Bites summer revamp. These include a Darth Vader LED key ring, a $100 eco-friendly neoprene travel wallet, a USB rechargeable mini retro speaker, a portable phone charger and distinctive triple pack Lego luggage tags for when you want your bags to stand-out on arrival. There is also a unique Tigerair stubby holder which is just $5 with any other purchase.
Customers who plan ahead can continue to book their Tiger Bites combo meal choice in advance at the same time that they book their ticket, saving time, money and the hassle of ordering when on board.
Tiger Bites items are available from $4. The menu will be updated again in six months in time for when the cooler months return and as always, the product will continue to evolve based on consumer demand.
Australian pioneers of 24/7 no lock-in contract gym concept Jetts celebrates an Australian-first partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer
Australia’s leading 24/7 fitness group, Jetts, has revealed a three year partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer, the award-winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia.
The Australian-first partnership sees Jetts become Velocity’s first official fitness partner enabling members to earn Points with Jetts Fitness.
Benefits will include the ability to earn two points for every dollar spent on Jetts’ membership payments and one-off club access fee. Additionally, Jetts members who visit a Jetts gym five or more times each month will earn 60 bonus Velocity Points.
The partnership will also generate the largest Velocity Frequent Flyer Points earn opportunity currently available. As part of the launch, Velocity Platinum, Gold or Silver members who purchase a Jetts Franchise will earn 500,000 bonus Points.
Jetts CEO Martin Oliver said the decision to partner with Velocity is the result of 12 months of planning and discussions. “We want to put our members’ needs first to ensure they continue to get the most out of their membership. By partnering with a leading Australian loyalty program like Velocity Frequent Flyer, we can ensure Jetts members’ experience continues to be nothing but rewarding,” said Mr Oliver.
Velocity Frequent Flyer General Manager, Sid Gokani said: “This Australian-first partnership is another example of the program’s ongoing quest to add meaningful partners and reward its members on everyday spend.
“At Velocity, we are proud to provide members with an extensive portfolio of partners across a range of categories, and from today, this will include our first fitness partner. We recognise the importance of health and well-being to our members and we are thrilled to welcome Jetts to the program, offering the ability to earn while you burn so to speak,” said Mr Gokani.
Velocity Frequent Flyer members interested in joining Jetts, during the launch offer period from 13 October to 30 November 2014, new Jetts members will receive 3,500 bonus Points when purchasing an Annual Membership, or 750 bonus Points on their first Freedom direct debit payment.
Points can also be redeemed for a one month membership and an advance 12 month membership on the Velocity Online Rewards Store.
The Velocity partnership further solidifies Jetts position as the number one fitness chain in Australia for customer satisfaction and Australia’s leading 24/7 fitness group.
Jetts currently operates over 250 clubs across Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Jetts is Australia’s leading 24/7 fitness group offering members a low cost, high value membership option where members can workout on their terms. With no lock-in contracts, 24hr access, and no additional hidden costs, Jetts is the consumer’s choice in health and fitness. Established in 2007 and now boasting over 250 clubs across Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, Jetts is Australia’s most successful home-grown fitness franchise. Jetts was awarded #1 in BRW’s Fast Franchises in 2012, and #2 in BRW’s Fast Franchises in 2013. Jetts was also awarded SmartCompany’s Australian Franchisor of the year in 2012.
About Velocity Frequent Flyer
Velocity Frequent Flyer is the multi-award winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia. The program launched in 2005 bringing competition to the loyalty landscape in Australia for the first time by offering genuine and unique rewards to its members.
Today, the program has a membership base of more than 4.5 million. The program gives members the ability to earn Points when flying to nearly 600 destinations worldwide with Virgin Australia or any of its 11 airline partners, including Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, and Singapore Airlines. It also offers an extensive portfolio of more than 130 hotel brands and a partnership with Agoda, giving members the ability to earn Points at more than 400,000 hotels around the world. Velocity Frequent Flyer has the widest retail offering of any loyalty program in Australia with more than 200 retail brands in its online e-store, which launched in 2008 and a wide range of credit card options to suit the different needs of its customers.
Velocity Frequent Flyer continues to bring unique innovations to the Australian market and in 2014 became the first loyalty program to partner with Australia Post and Aussie Home Loans giving members brand new ways to earn Points on everyday spend. In 2013 Velocity launched Australia’s first frequent flyer program for pets and recently introduced ‘Space Class’, granting one member an upgrade to space with a seat on board the world’s first commercial space line in partnership with Virgin Galactic.
Air Adventure has just launched an exciting new tour, The Great Wagyu Adventure. Takeoff from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport and embark on what is sure to be a day that will not be forgotten.
“To be able to offer a tour that incorporates three iconic Australian experiences in two states (South Australia and Victoria) in the one day is pretty exciting,” said Air Adventure’s Managing Director, John Dyer.
Take off is at 0830 hours onboard the Outback Jet, capable of cruising speeds of over 300 knots (560kmph) means that in just 50 minutes guests will land amongst the vines of Coonawarra in South Australia.
Upon landing, guests are whisked across to Wynns Estate for a behind the scenes tour before slipping into a lab coat to try their hand at wine making.
“it’s a fascinating hands on experience where you can blend to suit your own tastes and then take a bottle home with your own personalized label” said Dyer.
Next stop, the multi award winning Mayura Station in Millicent. Owner Scott deBruin purchased their first live full-blood Wagyu cattle from Japan in 1998 with a vision of producing and marketing highly consistent, premium quality Wagyu beef. Today their 1130-strong herd is raised on a 6000-acre property located in the heart of South Australia’s Limestone Coast.
“Here guests enjoy a 3 course lunch showcasing the diversity of this premium beef product, one course includes the signature ‘Brand 9+’ cut which retails at A$250 per kg.” Said Dyer. There is also the opportunity to purchase Wagyu beef at cellar door prices.
“Each course is matched with a museum release Coonawarra fine wine,” Dyer added.
The return trip completes this memorable experience with a scenic orbit of the iconic 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. Arrive back in Melbourne at 1700 hours.
Get a group of friends together for a special celebration or for no reason at all, $1,190 per person all inclusive for a minimum of 6 guests. For bookings call 1800 033 160/+61 3 5572 1371or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.airadventure.com.au.
Background: Air Adventure has been operating in Australia since 1977 providing small group, high end all inclusive tours to some of Australia’s most exciting and remote destinations. Offering scheduled tour departures or customized private charters, this family run business is passionate about creating unique and unforgettable experiences.
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