Emirates very Early Bird deals adds cash plus miles option

Emirates very Early Bird deals adds cash plus miles option

Early Bird fares used to come out in October in Australia –  but they have already hit the market via Emirates. Book 2017 travel now and enjoy economy class fares including:

Europe from AUD 1,309 return
UK and Ireland from AUD 1,399 return
The Middle East from AUD 1,449 return
South Africa from AUD 1,549 return

Special Business Class fares also available.

As well, the carrier has introduced a cash+miles payment option.

Cathay releases “2017 First In, Best Dressed” airfares

Cathay Pacific has announced it’s 2017 First In, Best Dressed sale.

The earlybird fares are available on flights booked from now until 31 December 2016, and departing to Europe or America between 1 March and 30 November 2017. Airfares like Perth to Amsterdam starting from $1478, and $1477 to Vancouver, will not last long.

Cruise line offers $999 return flights to Europe

Cruise line offers $999 return flights to Europe

Airfares to Europe have grown exceptionally cheap – making them a bargain for cruise lines, who use them to attract customers to European gateways to take cruises.

Holland America Line is offering travellers AUD 999 return airfares to Europe next year when booking a Verandah or above cabin category in conjunction with select sailings across the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Baltic.

Valid on select 2017 sailings booked between 1 September and 18 November 2016, the airfare offer is also combinable with with Holland America Line’s current Explore4 offer which includes a complimentary Signature Beverage Package, Pinnacle Grill dinner and a 50% reduced deposit.

“Once again, we are extremely pleased to provide our guests with this incredible flight offer. It’s definitely not every day Australian’s can fly return to Europe in peak season for less than AUD 1000!” said Tony Archbold, Holland America Line’s Director of Sales in Australia and New Zealand.

“There’s no shortage of culture, interesting ports and enriching experiences in Europe and our AUD 999 flight offer is making them all even more accessible for Australian cruisers. And, as always, Holland America Line’s extensive Journeys Ashore program will inform and engage guests at every port.”

The line release four eligible sailings yesterday: 

29-day Adriatic Treasures and European Splendour

Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will sail four eligible itineraries. Launched in April this year, ms Koningsdam represents a new class of ship for Holland America Line. A highlight will be the 29-day Adriatic Treasures and European Splendour sailing departing 15 April 2017. Priced from AUD 8199 per person in Verandah, this itinerary will take guests from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Amsterdam with calls in 12 countries including Croatia, Greece, Portugal and France.

14-day Celtic Explorer

Departing 3 June 2017 from Amsterdam on ms Prinsendam, this sailing offers an extensive exploration of Ireland with five port calls including Dublin and Galway. In addition, Prinsendam will make calls in Guernsey, Wales and Antwerp before returning to the Netherlands. Priced from AUD 7999 per person in Vista Suites.

12-day Mediterranean Rivieras

Sailing from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) on ms Westerdam. Visiting Mallorca, Corsica and Monaco to name a few, cruisers will be delighted with this incredibly rich and scenic sailing. From AUD 4499 per person in Verandah.

24-day Fjords & Highlands and Baltic Adventures

This 24-day roundtrip Copenhagen sailing on ms Zuiderdam will take cruisers on a journey spanning eight countries, with highlights including Estonia, Russia, Sweden and Norway. This intrepid itinerary is a once-in-a-lifetime journey to experience some of the world’s most fascinating and scenic destinations. From AUD 7899 per person in Verandah.

Soothing solution found for crying babies on flights

Soothing solution found for crying babies on flights

The sound of crying babies is all too familiar to most airline passengers, who wish only to be as far away as possible, especially on long-haul flights.

Sydney-based mother Anna Lovell has come up with an invention which addresses the problem, and it’s selling so well that distribution agreements are reportedly about to be signed in Malaysia, Singapore and Sweden.

The invention is Fly Babee, essentially a protective canopy that fits over baby bassinets in planes and on prams.



Fly Babee claims to be the first product to practically address the problems associated with flying with a baby. Overhead lights, reading lights, wall mounted TV’s directly above babies heads, passengers constantly passing and toilet lights flickering on and off are just some of the distractions that stop babies from sleeping on a plane. Sleepless babies can be loud babies, which can make passengers sleepless as well.

Fly Babee is a blackout pop-up canopy for inflight bassinets that clips to any airline bassinet as well as to an everyday stroller. Lovell says it blocks over 90% of light and keeps out the stimulating external environment to ensure babies gets the sleep they need.

“A sleeping baby is a happy baby,” Lovell comments. Many airline passengers would agree.

Lovell designed Fly Babee after confronting the challenge of trying to get her baby to sleep on a long-haul flight to Britain. Her mother was ill in the UK at the time and she had to fly between Australia and Britain with her infant daughter.



“Travelling with a baby is hard and trying to get them to sleep when you’re out and about and breaking routine is even harder. I didn’t wake up and think – ‘I want to start my own business’ – the discovery of the problem kept burning away inside of me until I started playing around with ideas on how to make parenting easier.

“The business developed around me really as I set about making my prototype and eventually started manufacturing.”