Did you know that Andrew Jones Travel and Serko offer UTAS staff the SAME domestic airfare prices you would find on individual airline websites?
In the past you may have found Jetstar prices were $10 more and the cheapest Rex internet fares were not available through the Andrew Jones Travel online booking tool Serko.
We are pleased to say this has now been rectified.
Also just a reminder that when you book using Serko, Qantas and Virgin Australia airfares are nearly always cheaper than what you would find on the airlines website.
So if you want to get the best deal on domestic airlines, get onto Serko and start booking.
Call Andrew Jones Travel on 1300 781 781 to find out more or click here to access Serko.
Qantas has announced today that they will be increasing services into Tasmania. From 29 October 2012, Qantas will add more than 1,700 seats per week on its services between Melbourne and Tasmania.
Hobart, Launceston and Devonport will all benefit from the additional and upgraded services to and from Melbourne, operated by the new Qantaslink Bombardier Dash 8 (Q400) aircraft.
The new Q400 aircraft will replace some Boeing 737 jet services including the daily 6:30 am Hobart to Melbourne service. A new 8:55 am Boeing 737 daily jet service between Hobart and Melbourne has been added, increasing Qantas services between the two cities from twice to three times per day.
Qantas also announced they will introduce morning and afternoon weekend Q400 services between Launceston and Melbourne. However, no additional weekday services are being added to the current timetable.
The aircraft on the Tuesday and Wednesday morning flights between Devonport to Melbourne are due to be upgraded from the Q300 to the Q400 aircraft adding an additional 24 seats on each service.
The new services will add an additional 1036 seats per week between Melbourne and Hobart and 694 seats per week between Melbourne and Launceston.
‘The new schedules for both Melbourne and Hobart significantly improve our connectivity from traditional international ports including USA, London and Hong Kong,’ a Qantas spokesperson said.
International SOS Update
5 Golden Rules | Women’s security & health abroad
WEBINAR: 19 July, 2012 | 2pm AEST
Females make up 45% of the corporate travel market. While most health and safety considerations apply to all travellers, there are a number of unique issues for female travellers and expatriates.
Based on globally developed practices, Eliza Murray (security specialist) and Dr Natalie Yuen-Francis will outline five golden rules for female travellers.
One online will outline:
- managing cultural sensitivities
- using public transport and health systems
- securing money and valuables
- understanding the health risks
- access and legality around prescription medications
Following the discussion, attendees are invited to participate in a Q & A session with the panelists.
Click here to register you attendance.
Virgin Australia has upgraded their mobile website to allow travellers with Smartphones to check-in for domestic flights within Australia.
The check-in feature on the Virgin mobile website requires travellers to use their reservation number and surname to retrieve their booking and move through a wizard process to check-in for their flights.
When the check-in process is completed, an SMS boarding pass is sent to travellers Smartphone. When the traveller arrives at the airport, check-in staff at the departure gate scan barcode details within the SMS allowing the traveller to board.
Travellers can use the mobile website on all Smartphones including iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry.
Virgin has also released a ‘Virgin Australia Flight Specials’ app for iPhone. The new App allows travellers to view the latest flight specials and happy hour fares for Virgin domestic and international flights. The App also enables travellers to sign up for real time alerts so they receive notification of specials as they are released to the market.
The Virgin Flight Specials App is free and can be downloaded from the App Store.
Andrew Jones has advised that Serko is experiencing issues with quoting Qantas fares, as the system is not correctly processing the university discount at the time of booking.
Andrew Jones advises the issue is limited to a small number of bookings and procedures are in place to ensure discounts are correctly applied.
This issue does not affect Virgin Australia or Jet Star bookings, and the system is applying Virgin discounts as normal.
If you experience an issue with Serko and require assistance, please contact Andrew Jones Travel on 1800 781 781.
Visas on arrival will be available from 1 June for business travellers arriving to Burma/Myanmar from the following countries: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, US and Vietnam. The scheme is only available for business visitors; tourists must obtain visas from the country’s embassies abroad prior to travel.
The fees will vary depending on length of stay in the country: US$20 for one day, US$40 for 28 days and US$50 for 70 days.
Virgin Australia discounts are now live in Serko. The discounts are offered to UTAS travellers that book using Serko on a wide range of Virgin Australia airfares. A quick price check shows that a Melbourne to Hobart flexible fare booked direct on the Virgin website costs $207.00; the same fare booked in Serko is reduced to $147.00 a saving of 29%.
For more information about booking on Serko, go to the Andrew Jones website (www.ajtravel.com.au) and click on the UTAS Online Travel icon and register to start making bookings.
Please be advised that the International Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) has increased at all Australian airports.
Effective for tickets issued on/after 15 May 2012 for travel on/after 01 July 2012, the International Passenger Movement Charge for International Departues is AUD 55.00.
UTAS preferred travel agents Andrew Jones Travel and Travel Studio are now able to provide UTAS access to online credit card reports to enable card holders and travel arrangers to view credit card charges processed by the travel agents.
Credit card reports can be viewed online or downloaded and exported in an Excel spread sheet for further manipulation or easy cross referencing with electronic credit card statements provided by the bank.
To find out more information about the credit card reports, contact Sarah at Andrew Jones Travel (email@example.com) or Natalie at Travel Studio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please note that reports can only be provided for travel products and services that have been booked and paid for using credit card through either Andrew Jones Travel or Travel Studio.
Just discovered a very cool website that allows you to estimate the cost of a cab fare within Australia: www.taxifare.com.au.
Checked a few common fares that I do and I have to say that it is fairly accurate (+/- 5%) but it does not take into consideration tolls, airport pick up fees and cab charge surcharges.
Provides directions and even plots the route on a Google map.