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QANTAS and Jetstar to do less with less

With sky-high fuel bills QANTAS has decided to do some route pruning. QANTAS will exit the Gold Coast-Sydney and Ayers Rock-Melbourne routes and reducing services on Ayers Rock-Sydney from August. From July Jetstar will cut Sydney-Whitsunday Coast, Adelaide-Sunshine Coast, and Brisbane-Hobart. The service reductions will reduce capacity by five percent ‘the equivalent of grounding six aircraft’.

According to the SMH

Qantas plans to “ground” two Boeing 767s, retire one ageing 737 and speed up the retirement of its fuel-guzzling fleet of four 747-300s.

But in a worrying sign, Qantas said its low-cost subisidiary Jetstar would cancel the delivery of one A321 and ground another of its relatively new A320s. This counters moves by other airlines to focus on the retirement of older and less fuel efficient jets. Jetstar said the grounded A320 would be used as a “spare”.

ABC Radio National’s PM: QANTAS reacts to petrol prices by cutting routes

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Free! Travel Information Delivered To Your Door!

The internet is an incredible free source of destination information, but it can’t quite match the thrill of receiving a whole envelope full of free glossy brochures of beautiful people streched out before vistas of azure oceans. Here are two great sources of free travel information delivered to your door; one defintely useful, the perhaps somewhat other less so.

Travel BrochuresLet’s start with the best. Tourism authorities are a fantastic and often-overlooked source of travel information – particularly for decent free maps and basic info with lots of glossy pictures. ANTOR’s* represents 48 official tourism authorities (including the Australian State authorities) and the destination info page provides (along side some basic travel info) the URL, email address and contact details for all of them. If you’re interested in any major destination for Australian travellers it will be listed. Simply email the relevant authority with your address, rough dates of travel and as far as possible the specific regions or cities you’re interested in and wait for the postie everyday for a week or so! No substitute for a good guidebook or your own research but generally there will be at least a couple of genuinely useful items in the material sent.

TravelBrochures.com.au and TravelBrochures.SMH.com.au are another clearing house for free travel information, although arguably of a must less useful nature. These sites allow to order free tour company brochures, some of which are available in digital (tree-saving) format. All the majors are available as well as a few smaller operators – useful if you wish to compare tours from a number of companies or can’t get to a travel agent. Of course some major operators now send out (often unintenionally comical) DVDs as as a bonus! Be warned, however, apart from ending up on a tour (which may or may not be a bad thing in itself…), you are likely to end up on a mailing list of the tour companies from which it may be difficult to extract yourself!

*(Association of National Tourist Office Representatives in Australasia)

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Qantas domestic sale

Qantas domestic sale.

QantasFor Travel: between 11 June and 3 July, and 23 July and 18 September 2008

Onsale until Thursday 22 May.

Sydney to:
Melbourne one way from $99
Brisbane one way from $99
Canberra one way from $99
Adelaide one way from $125
Cairns one way from $175

Canberra
to:
Sydney one way from $99
Melbourne one way from $99
Brisbane one way from $119

Melbourne to:
Adelaide one way from $85
Sydney one way from $99
Canberra one way from $99
Brisbane one way from $125

Brisbane to:

Adelaide one way from $135
Townsville one way from $135


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Lonely Planet: We don’t accept freebies – except when we do

Lonely PlanetThe Age today digs a little deeper into Lonely Planet’s editorial policies following the Thomas Kohnstamm affair and the both the Melbourne daily newspaper and the travel icon emerge from the encounter looking more than a little worse for wear. The Age contrasts the strict editorial policies of Lonely Planet regarding its policies on freebies and desk-updates with comments from authors. Much more damaging, if true, are the admissions Lonely Planet rep Piers Pickard makes, particularly the pattern in which clear rules (no freebies, no “desk updates”) collapse under the weight of reality after closer questioning.

On freebies Pickard says

Lonely Planet lets its authors accept free entry to state-run institutions such as museums or national parks. Prodded further, he says the company also allows freebies when obtained through a tourist office. He says the wording of its policy will be tightened further in future books to close any perceived loophole.

And, about desk updates

“We don’t do desk updates. We’re really proud of the fact that we invest a lot of time and money sending our authors as far as we possibly can around the world,” he says.

Were there any exceptions? Mr Pickard pauses. He says there are cases where writers cannot travel to dangerous areas, such as parts of war-torn Afghanistan. “But I want to make it really, really clear, we go so much further than our competitors,” he says.

Asked about [allegations of desk updates regarding the South Australian outback], Mr Pickard admits that the time and cost taken to travel to particular areas is sometimes too high — particularly in the face of tight publication deadlines. He says the chunks of outback untouched by Lonely Planet will be updated in a subsequent edition, by which time the relevant portions of its guidebook will be six years out of date.

“We can’t cover the whole of the Australian outback. That’s like imagining our authors sleep in every single hotel,” he says.

The Washington Post recently compared Lonely Planet’s freebies policy with five other major guidebook publishers and it demonstrates just what a high bar LP sets for itself compared to the competition. It’s sad seeing Lonely Planet hoist with its own petard – its paying a high price for idealistic but impractical editorial policies which are inevitably flouted in Lonely Planetpractice. What’s becoming crystal clear is the public relations price of maintaining these impossible to uphold policies, so expect idealism to give way to pragmatism (even at the guidebook born on the hippy trail). However, if the experiences of Lonely Planet contributor “interviewed” for The Age article, Zora O’Neil, are to believed then the Lonely Planet still probably has a thing or two to teach The Age about editorial standards. O’Neil in her blog ‘Roving Gastronome’ labels the article ‘tacky, lazy journalism’

I had a sinking feeling after my phone interview with Peter Munro. It was a good twenty minutes of him fishing for me to say Lonely Planet was hypocritical…

I spent a lot of time in my phone interview saying, in fact, that I thought LP generally has great intentions, and maybe it had written its freebie policy without a loophole in mind. And executives have been very responsive to my comments on the freebies issue, which is more than I can say for any other employer I’ve ever had.

But because I was uncooperative and my rational response doesn’t make a great story, Munro just resorted to quoting my statements on this blog–without even attributing them, so Age readers can’t come here and read my full comments. Worse, it’s in a larger context that makes it sound like I have taken freebies while on the job with LP, which is completely untrue.

The latest chapter in this unfortunate affair which is doing nothing for the reputation of Lonely Planet, guide books, travel writers or telling travellers anything they couldn’t already guess. But like a traffic accident, you can’t bring yourself to avert your gaze.

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Qantas Aussie Getaway Sale

Qantas KoalaQantas domestic sale on now until midnight (AEST) Monday 5 May 2008. Price includes a minimum 1,000 Frequent Flyer points.

These great deals are available for travel between:

  • 20 May and 26 June,
  • 23 July and 17 September, and
  • 15 October and 10 December 2008.
Sydney to One-way from
Canberra $85
Brisbane $95
Gold Coast $95
Melbourne $99
Adelaide $120
Hobart $125
Cairns $169
Alice Springs $198
Ayers Rock (Uluru) $198
Perth $209
Canberra to One-way from
Sydney $85
Melbourne $95
Adelaide $105
Brisbane $115
Melbourne to One-way from
Adelaide $75
Canberra $95
Sydney $99
Hobart $99
Brisbane $119
Alice Springs $179
Ayers Rock (Uluru) $185
Perth $198
Brisbane to One-way from
Sydney $95
Canberra $115
Melbourne $119
Cairns $129
Adelaide $135
Alice Springs $209
Perth $299
Cairns to One-way from
Brisbane $129
Sydney $169
Alice Springs $229
Gold Coast to One-way from
Sydney $95

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Another Jetstar Sale – Companion fare for $4

Jetstar have launched a take a friend sale!

In our exciting 4th Birthday Sale you can book 2 JetSaver Light^ fares, with carry on baggage only, and total price will be one JetSaver Light fare plus just $4!

On flights to Japan and Honolulu, the total price for 2 is just one JetSaver fare, which includes checked baggage, plus just $4.

Or if you and your friend want to travel to another destination with checked baggage allowance, book a JetSaver fare for just $10 more per person for domestic or $20 more per person for international flights. It’s your choice!

The fares shown below are the price per passenger. These fares will be booked as 2 equal fares, and must be booked in pairs. When you search, sale fares will be identified by our special birthday sale fare banner!

On sale now until midnight (23.59 AEST) Monday 5 May 2008, unless sold out prior. For travel on selected days and flights only. Limited availability on Fridays and Sundays.

International Routes Travel period JetSaver
fares in $AUD
JetSaver Light
fares in $AUD
23 Jul – 17 Sep 08 15 Oct – 10 Dec 08
Brisbane Christchurch $126.50 $106.50
Brisbane Osaka $246.50
Cairns Nagoya $216.50
Cairns Osaka $216.50
Gold Coast Christchurch $126.50 $106.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Bangkok $246.50 $226.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Christchurch $126.50 $106.50
Sydney Christchurch $126.50 $106.50
Sydney Ho Chi Minh City $246.50 $226.50
Sydney Honolulu $281.50
Sydney Kuala Lumpur $221.50 $201.50
Sydney Osaka $246.50
Australian Domestic Routes Travel period JetSaver
fares in $AUD
JetSaver Light
fares in $AUD
23 Jul – 17 Sep 08 15 Oct – 10 Dec 08
Adelaide Cairns $96.50 $86.50
Adelaide Darwin $91.50 $81.50
Adelaide Gold Coast $61.50 $51.50
Adelaide Sunshine Coast $66.50 $56.50
Brisbane Adelaide $61.50 $51.50
Brisbane Cairns $71.50 $61.50
Brisbane Darwin $91.50 $81.50
Brisbane Hamilton Island $56.50 $46.50
Brisbane Launceston $76.50 $66.50
Brisbane Mackay $46.50 $36.50
Brisbane Newcastle $36.50 $26.50
Brisbane Rockhampton $41.50 $31.50
Brisbane Townsville $64.00 $54.00
Brisbane Whitsunday Coast $51.50 $41.50
Cairns Darwin $91.50 $81.50
Gold Coast Newcastle $41.50 $31.50
Melbourne (Avalon) Adelaide $36.50 $26.50
Melbourne (Avalon) Brisbane $61.50 $51.50
Melbourne (Avalon) Perth $101.50 $91.50
Melbourne (Avalon) Sydney $46.50 $36.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Ballina Byron Bay $61.50 $51.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Cairns $91.50 $81.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Darwin
(only available on flights JQ677/JQ678 )
$71.50 $61.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Gold Coast $56.50 $46.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Hamilton Island $91.50 $81.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Hobart $46.50 $36.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Launceston $36.50 $26.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Newcastle $36.50 $26.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Sunshine Coast $61.50 $51.50
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Townsville $106.50 $96.50
Sydney Adelaide $66.50 $56.50
Sydney Ballina Byron Bay $46.50 $36.50
Sydney Brisbane
(not available on flight JQ18 )
$46.50 $36.50
Sydney Cairns $76.50 $66.50
Sydney Fraser Coast $46.50 $36.50
Sydney Gold Coast $46.50 $36.50
Sydney Hamilton Island $86.50 $76.50
Sydney Launceston $51.50 $41.50
Sydney Hobart $56.50 $46.50
Sydney Sunshine Coast $51.50 $41.50
Sydney Townsville $71.50 $61.50
Sydney Whitsunday Coast $61.50 $51.50

Jetstar Take a Friend for $4

Why-o-why am I always out when airlines launch their best sales? If your actually manage to get onto the site AND complete the booking process let us know.

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2 Hour Jetstar 4th Birthday Sale – 24,000 domestic seats for $4

Jetstar have sent a email to JetMail subscribers about a 4th birthday sale on ‘a range of domestic routes from VIC, NSW, QLD, SA and TAS on selected off-peak flights between 03 February and 28 March 2009’.

Sale fares are JetSaver Light fares meaning carry on baggage only – JetSaver fares with a check-in baggage allowance are $10 more.

The starts at 8:00pm (AEST) tonight 29 April 2008, and ends at 10:00pm, unless sold out prior.

UPDATE

Sale fares are on early and late flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and late flights on Saturdays.

Australian Domestic Routes Travel period JetSaver Light
fares in $AUD
03 Feb – 28 Mar 09
Brisbane Cairns $4
Brisbane Newcastle $4
Brisbane Rockhampton $4
Melbourne (Avalon) Adelaide $4
Melbourne (Avalon) Sydney $4
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Hobart $4
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Launceston $4
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Newcastle $4
Sydney Gold Coast $4

JetStar Sale

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