The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-12-22T04:52:15Z ONE DAY TO MARK IN THE CALENDAR TO SCORE CHEAP FLIGHTS 2017-12-22T04:52:15Z one-day-to-mark-in-the-calendar-to-score-cheap-flights Earlybird sales might be over for the year, but there’s one day that savvy travellers need to mark in their calendars if they want to nab cheap flights. According to leading global flight search and travel deals platform Cheapflights.com.au, if this year follows the trend of the past few years, Aussies may get an extra gift in Santa’s bag, with Boxing Day flash sales on Tuesday 26 December 2017. Amy Wei, Head of KAYAK and Cheapflights brands in Asia Pacific, said that while there are no guarantees, it is always good to be prepared. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen incredible Boxing Day sale fares to Europe, America, Asia and around Australia, where Aussies saved up to 70 per cent off normal ticket prices. But you’ve got to act quickly, because these sales typically only last for a few days. To snag yourself a bargain holiday, the secret is to be ready bright and early on Boxing Day,” she said. With limited cheap fares available, soon-to-be travellers need to be ready to grab that discounted flight. To help, the experts at Cheapflights have put together tips to hunting down a bargain like a pro. Be flexible - Time your trip within sale-specified travel dates. While your preferred travel date might have sold out, you could find some hidden bargains by travelling even just a day earlier or day later. And if you’re still looking for inspiration on the ‘where to go’, Cheapflights’ Travel Deals can offer you a range of options, tailored to your budget.    Play to the timezone - Remember, Boxing Day arrives in Australia before Europe and North America, so if you stay up late you could nab the very best Christmas sales from European and American airlines when they’re released. Whether you are splashing the Christmas cash from your Grandma straight away or using money you’ve saved across the year, Boxing Day can provide the chance to get the most MPK (Miles Per Buck). Try the routes less travelled - Play around with routes – you could discover savings and cool new destinations. If you are travelling to Europe, have a look at different gateway cities instead of London and Paris. There are many cheaper flight options for flying within Asia too, like getting to Sri Lanka via Malaysia, or to Japan via Singapore. And when travelling long haul, consider adding a stopover at an airline’s homeport – and voilà, another exciting city to explore. Some airlines will also allow you to add a stopover for free or for a low fee.   Don’t forget premium - Often you can find premium economy or business class tickets at a much lower price during these sales. Definitely worth considering for long haul flights, where good sleep means you can hit the ground running to make the most of your holiday time. Or simply to treat yourself to a luxury flight experience for a fraction of the cost … flatbed seats, need we say more? If you are travelling regularly, get the Cheapflights mobile app so you can find the right flights by using Smart Value anywhere, anytime. You will be able to save all your flight preferences for faster, more personal experience across all your devices. Bookmark cheapflights.com.au - We’re not called Cheapflights for nothing. We make it easy for you to source all the best deals from different airlines and providers, so you can be confident that you are comparing the best Boxing Day deals. -ENDS- ABOUT CHEAPFLIGHTS – www.cheapflights.com.au Cheapflights is an award-winning flight search and travel inspiration site. We’re here to make it easy for you to find flights, bag bargains – and make travel simpler. At Cheapflights, we’re dedicated to offering you the widest range of flight deals helping you to compare prices and features. Our ground-breaking technology enables you to search millions of flight and price options giving you a bird’s eye view; enabling you to pick the options that best meet your particular needs.   Cheapflights is an independent brand within the KAYAK subsidiary of The Priceline Group.   Follow us on Twitter: @Cheapflights Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheapflights Aussies’ Chance to Choose Travel Brand Champions 2017-09-22T03:41:56Z aussies-chance-to-choose-travel-brand-champions Cheapflights, the global flight search and travel deals platform is calling on all Aussies to vote for their favourite travel companies and brands as it launches its inaugural Cheapflights Awards to celebrate industry excellence and innovation. Consisting of 18 categories – encompassing airports and airlines, experiences and travel media talent, and everything in between – the Awards are open to the public for voting until 9 October 2017, with the winners to be announced in Sydney later that month.  Everyone who votes will have the chance to win a holiday to California worth $7,000, courtesy of awards partner Qantas Holidays. Aussies simply need to visit Cheapflights.com.au/awards to have their say and enter the competition.     Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said the team is thrilled to bring the Cheapflights Awards to Australia, the company’s fastest growing market, after successful launches in both South Africa and the UK in the last 12 months.  “Australia’s tourism sector is outpacing much of the rest of the world with both international and domestic numbers continuing to surge, up more than six per cent on average year-on-year . There’s clearly a huge hunger in this industry and we’re proud to be able to recognise and support companies that are doing amazing work.” To shortlist finalists for the Awards, Cheapflights enlisted the aid of a judging panel of ten key travel and lifestyle media, including The New Daily’s lifestyle editor Susannah Guthrie, Lifestyle.com.au editor Sammy Preston and Fairfax Traveller’s Tripologist, columnist Michael Gibecki.  The shortlisted nominees across the 18 categories are: • FAVOURITE AIRPORT – METRO  o Adelaide Airport o Brisbane Airport o Melbourne Tullamarine Airport  o Sydney Airport o Canberra Airport  • FAVOURITE AIRPORT – REGIONAL  o Ballina Byron Gateway Airport o Cairns Airport o Launceston Airport o Sunshine Coast Airport o Gold Coast Airport  • FAVOURITE AIRPORT – EATING AND SHOPPING  o Adelaide Airport o Brisbane Airport o Melbourne Tullamarine Airport  o Sydney Airport o Perth Airport  • BEST AIRPORT – SECURITY EXPERIENCE  o Adelaide Airport o Brisbane Airport o Cairns Airport o Sydney Airport o Sunshine Coast Airport • FAVOURITE AIRLINE – DOMESTIC  o Qantas Airways o Rex Airlines o Virgin Australia o Jetstar Airways o Tigerair Australia  • FAVOURITE AIRLINE – INTERNATIONAL o Air New Zealand o Qantas Airways o Singapore Airways  o Etihad Airways  o Virgin Australia  • FAVOURITE AIRLINE – CREW  o Qantas Airways o Air New Zealand  o Singapore Airways  o Virgin Australia o Qatar Airways  • FAVOURITE AIRLINE – INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT  o Air New Zealand  o Qantas Airways o Emirates o Singapore Airways  o Virgin Australia • FAVOURITE TRAVEL AGENT o Flight Centre o Helloworld Travel Limited o TravelManagers Australia o STA Travel o TravelOnline  • FAVOURITE ONLINE TRAVEL AGENT o Booking.com o Expedia o STA Travel o Wotif o BYOjet  • FAVOURITE TOUR OPERATOR o Intrepid Travel  o AAT Kings Tours o Contiki Tours o G Adventures o Gate 1 Travel   • FAVOURITE DESTINATION – DOMESTIC HOLIDAY  o Lord Howe Island  o Kangaroo Island o Kimberley o Noosa o Whitsunday Islands • FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE OR ATTRACTION o Great Barrier Reef  o Kakadu National Park o Sea turtle season, Heron Island o Sydney Opera House  o Barossa Valley Vineyards and Wineries  • FAVOURITE DESTINATION – ASIA-PACIFIC HOLIDAY  o Bali/Indonesia o Fiji o Hong Kong o Japan o South Korea • FAVOURITE DESTINATION – LONG-HAUL HOLIDAY  o Edinburgh o Los Angeles o New York o Paris o Rio de Janeiro  • FAVOURITE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER TRAVEL SECTION OR TRAVEL MAGAZINE  o Traveller (Fairfax) o Escape (News Ltd) o The Australian – Travel o International Traveller o get lost o Economy Traveller • FAVOURITE TV OR RADIO TRAVEL PROGRAM  o Postcards o 2UE Talking Travel o Radio Australia Travel and Tourism o A Taste of Travel o Travel Oz • FAVOURITE TRAVEL SOCIAL INFLUENCER/BLOGGER  o Y Travel Blog o World of Wanderlust o Mister Weekender o Girl Tweets World o Holy Smithereens o Melbourne Girl For further information about the Cheapflights Awards, visit Cheapflights.com.au/awards. ENDS Five Destinations to Catch All the Action 2017-09-22T02:28:08Z five-destinations-to-catch-all-the-action With sport in Australia considered a national ‘religion’, locals are chasing down the action, willing to travel far and wide to catch a glimpse of their favourite athletes and bear witness to sporting history.   And there’s no better time than now for locals to plan their next adventure, with early bird flight sales to kick-off this month (September) – meaning travellers can grab a bargain and put more dollars towards stadium hotdogs.  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said that Australians’ travel plans are being inspired by games, matches and tournaments around the world – and this is a trend that continues to grow. “Sport is a part of our DNA so it comes as no surprise that worldwide sporting events are featuring on many locals’ travel bucket lists. We’ve previously seen spikes in searches around the Rugby World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 Championship, and indeed, last year saw a 46 per cent* surge in flight searches to Rio de Janeiro as locals decided to don green and gold and support our sporting heroes.  “But while we crave to hear the roar of the crowd and see the athleticism of our heroes, these big events also offer a great opportunity to immerse yourself in another country’s culture and mix with locals.” For those looking for a competitive getaway, the experts from Cheapflights.com.au have identified five international stand-offs to experience in the year ahead.  1. Red Bull Air Race  The Red Bull Air Race returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 14-15 October this year, where pilots will battle for World Championship points above the notorious racetrack in an aerial obstacle course. With an Aussie taking to the skies, there’s still plenty of time for locals to make the trip across the Pacific to cheer him on. Return flights to Indianapolis start from $1,190.  2. The FA Cup  This annual knockout has been running since 1871-72, making it the oldest association football competition in the world. With the final not held until May, there are hundreds of games to witness over the coming months. And if you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the big match, you will also get to sit in the stands of the famed Wembley Stadium. Return flights to London start from $934.  3. Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Sun, sand, surf and some gnarly competition? If that sounds like the perfect holiday to you, check out the Triple Crown of Surfing at North Shore, Oahu. With over a month of competition (12 November-20 December), there’ll be no shortage of Pipe and Backdoor action – not to mention wipe-outs. Return flights to Hawaii start from $479.    4. Australian Open  There’s no better grand slam than the one in our own backyard – and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get there. Held over the peak of summer (15-28 January), this world-renowned competition attracts some of the biggest tennis names to Aussie shores and is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. Return flights to Melbourne start from $77.  5. US Football Championship It's never too early to start planning for the big game. The 52nd US Football Champions, also known as the big game, is scheduled for Sunday 4 February 2018 and will be played in Minneapolis at the newly finished U.S. Bank Stadium. One of the most-watched sporting broadcasts in the world, set the date and make a plan to be there in person next year. Return flights to Minneapolis start from $1,174.  For more information or to search for your next sport-filled getaway, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  ENDS *Calculated by comparing all searches made from Australia to Rio de Janeiro prior to August 2016 and post, on Cheapflights.com.au and the Cheapflights app. Flight prices (for one return economy seat) collated on Monday 4 September for travel in October from an Australian metro airport to the destination listed, unless specified otherwise. Prices and availability may vary. 15 Ways to Beat the Traveller’s Curse 2017-09-22T02:22:50Z 15-ways-to-beat-the-traveller-s-curse After whizzing through time zones, the human body is known to respond in all manner of ways – from extreme tiredness to fuzzy-headedness and absentmindedness – jet lag is the traveller’s curse that can eat into a holiday and zap that post-holiday glow. There are 24 time zones in the world and the more that crossed during a long-haul flight, the more severe jet lag may be. The body doesn’t know if it should be delaying or advancing, and this confusion can result in days of exhaustion and sub-par performance.  With the majority (82 per cent) of Aussies opting for destinations more than seven hours, according to data from Cheapflights.com.au, to experts at Cheapflights have these top tips for fighting jet lag pre, during and post-flight. Before: 1. West is best - According to experts, by travelling in this direction, you’re extending your day, rather than shortening it (and losing time). It’s easier to stay up later than get to sleep when your body is not ready to rest, so think about your route to maximise your experience. 2. Choose your flight times - Taking flights during quieter times such as midweek, early morning or late at night (and avoiding school holidays) could help. Depending on the route and class of airline, you’ll have more air and space to stretch out. 3. Are you a good sleeper? - Can you sleep on a plane or do you find it impossible to nod off – distracted by fellow passengers, in-flight entertainment and the constant drone of an aircraft cabin? It’s the disruption of your natural rhythm that leads to jet lag, so if you are a sleeper then take a night flight so you can maintain your normal routine. If not, fly during the day. 4. Get the best seat you can afford - Clearly, business or first class with lie-flat beds, capsules or pods will give you a better chance of rest than the smaller seats in economy. Could you upgrade one way, or perhaps buy a seat with extra legroom or get a bulkhead seat?  5. Have a stopover - On a long-haul flight, a stopover will be necessary. This is a good chance to stretch your legs, get some rest and acclimatise. Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong are popular and provide great jumping-off points for mini adventures too! 6. Reset your clocks - A few days before you fly, and try to reschedule your bedtime by an hour or two.  7. Hydrate - Drink lots of water before you fly to avoid dehydration and lay off the alcohol the night before. Experts also recommend about a litre per hour you spend in the air on top of drinks with meals. 8. Check out the meal options - Choose carbs for a night flight if you’re planning on sleeping, or proteins to keep you awake and alert.  During:  9. Reset yourself - As soon as you are on board, set your clock or smart phone to the time zone you are flying to. Start thinking as you would if you were already on holiday. It’ll help get you into the local mindset. 10. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - If you’re going to sleep, eyeshades, earplugs, a pillow and warm blanket will all help. Maintain as much of your bedtime routine as you can, even changing your clothes. Tell your seat mate and the cabin crew that you’re going to try to catch 40 winks so you’re not disturbed. After: 11. Sleep - Have a power nap when you land. Try to keep it to 20 minutes so you don’t ruin your night time sleep. 12. Stay hydrated - Drink water and avoid alcohol – again!  13. Eat well - Refuel sensibly with lean proteins, a little fat and dark green leafy veg. 14. Try to stay on schedule - If you’ve flown long haul for just a few days, stick with your home routines. If you’re on a longer trip, live as the locals do. 15. Caffeine? Melatonin? Exercise? - A cup of coffee always helps to give a boost of energy! So does exercise, although don’t do it too close to bedtime. Many travellers swear by melatonin too, a sleep hormone that your body releases in the evening, letting you know that it’s time to rest. For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  ENDS Trudeau, an anniversary & the Invictus games – Canada is winning Aussies’ affections 2017-09-22T02:17:49Z trudeau-an-anniversary-amp-the-invictus-games-canada-is-winning-aussies-affections The number of Aussies searching for flights to Canada has almost doubled (up 95 per cent*) since Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister in November 2015, according to data from Cheapflights.com.au. And there is even more reason to visit in 2017, with the country celebrating its 150th anniversary while also hosting the Invictus Games from 23-30 September. Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said that while there are some great deals to be had to Canada, travellers need to be savvy with their arrangements ahead of the Invictus Games. “The latest data confirms findings from our Cheapflights Compass which was released in April and highlighted Vancouver as a favourite long-haul destination for Aussie travellers. The data also shows however, that Toronto is rising up the ranks, potentially driven by interest in the Invictus Games. “Vancouver is the cheapest entry point however, with an average return airfare of $1,200, although Toronto isn’t far behind at $1,300. Flying in to these airports can save you hundreds when compared to the most expensive hub – Ottawa ($1,500 on average).” As the spotlight turns to Toronto, the experts at Cheapflights.com.au have eight tips for those looking to explore the city (beyond the Invictus Games): 1. Arrive earlier to catch the Toronto International Film Festival – Highly regarded around the world for showing some of the most thought-provoking films and documentaries, this year, the film festival will be held in the weeks leading up to the 2017 Invictus Games (7-17 September). 2. Live life on the Edge – If you’re an adrenalin junkie or just looking for an awesome selfie opportunity, the EdgeWalk is for you. It’s the highest hands-free walk around the circumference of the iconic CN Tower. At 356m tall, it’s not one for the faint-hearted. 3. Take an art hit at the Art Gallery of Ontario – Open from 10am to 4pm daily, this impressive venue houses over 30,000 artworks spanning human history, from the first century to now. Key exhibitions also feature regularly, including Guillermo del Toro’s At Home With Monsters exhibition which is touring from 30 September. 4. Feed your braincells at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – A cultural institution since its construction in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum has five floors of extraordinary galleries and exhibitions to explore. While you’re in town, make sure you catch the Dawn of Life Preview. 5. Take a Hike through Crothers Woods – Autumn, with its pleasant temperatures and colourful leaves, is the perfect time to explore Toronto’s myriad of hiking trails. One of the most enchanting is Crothers Woods, a Carolinian forest. 6. Enjoy an Island getaway – Catch the ferry from Queen’s Quay Terminal to the Toronto Islands for a taste of adventure – from sailing, swimming and rowing, to the Centreville Amusement Park. As an added bonus, you’ll get a different perspective of the unique Toronto skyline. 7. Fill up at the Food Truck Frenzy – Food Truck Frenzy is a celebration of Toronto’s vibrant and diverse street food. Held at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), make it a priority to try beavertails, bacon milkshakes and over-sized burgers! 8. Let Toronto entertain you – With world-class museums, galleries, and performing art centres, the Toronto Entertainment District is always a hive of activity and home to all major theatre productions, musicals and concerts – perfect for a culture vulture. For more inspiration, check out these top 20 things to do in Canada, or to search for your next getaway, visit Cheapflights.com.au. *Calculated by comparing all searches made from Australia to Canada between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, to searches made from August 1, 2016, to July 31, 2017, on Cheapflights.com.au and the Cheapflights app. ENDS Time to treat yo’ self to travel! 2017-09-22T02:11:23Z time-to-treat-yo-self-to-travel Travellers planning to book a getaway over the festive period should do so now to get the lowest price to their favourite destinations – one’s Santa couldn’t even beat – according to global flight and travel search platform, Cheapflights.com.au.  Whether it’s discovering your own private beach in Nadi, Fiji or hitting the bustling streets of Tokyo, Japan – Cheapflights has uncovered when to book a Christmas holiday to avoid disappointment and ensure there’s spare change for a cocktail or two by the pool!  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Now’s the time to start planning your Christmas holiday to ensure you don’t end up paying too much or missing out altogether – as the latest search data supports the results of our recent Compass Report, which indicated that the best international flight savings can be found three to six months in advance. And with Christmas a peak period for travel, it’s even more important to book early. Our advice – if you see a great deal, grab it!” Whether searching for beach, city or adventure, there are plenty of savings to be made. Here are the most popular destinations:  Rank Destination Price 2 Denpasar Bali $199 1 Auckland $260 14 Christchurch $283 4 Singapore $294 5 Bangkok $342 17 Ho Chi Minh City $358 12 Phuket $370 18 Wellington $380 9 Manila $386 14 Queenstown $424 18 Noumea $452 7 Hong Kong $454 20 Colombo $490 6 Tokyo $502 3 Nadi $505 14 New Delhi $555 9 Honolulu $635 9 Los Angeles $662 12 Male $696 8 London $869 20 New York $967 For more information or to search for your next getaway, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  ENDS Aussies To Spend $3.6 Billion To Burst Winter Blues Bubble 2017-09-22T02:05:17Z aussies-to-spend-3-6-billion-to-burst-winter-blues-bubble Almost four in five Australians (77 per cent) are, or know someone, stuck in winter-induced rut with the majority of locals (73 per cent) willing to spend up to $5,000 on a #Wintervention to escape grey skies, according to new consumer research from Cheapflights.com.au. The survey of 1,500 locals uncovered the major tell-tale signs that Aussies have a serious case of the winter blues, including difficulty getting out of bed in the morning (65 per cent), a reliance on comfort food (56 per cent), socialising less (55 per cent) and binge watching favourite TV shows and movies (55 per cent).  But while in this state of hibernation, Aussies are still daydreaming about their next getaway, with a quarter (25 per cent) of searches on Cheapflights.com.au conducted over the colder months. The research also found that even just this browsing can shift people’s moods, as most Aussies feel happy (85 per cent) or excited (83 per cent) when they start planning their trip, with these numbers increasing (87 per cent are happy and 86 per cent excited) once a holiday is booked.  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “The shorter days, our freezing extremities and the hack-and-splutter of colds everywhere mean we become ghosts of our summertime selves, marching blindly through our day-to-day routines. But the sun is always shining somewhere and with new routes opening up across the country there’s even more opportunity to nab last-minute deals. Now is the time to investigate and stage that #Wintervention and thaw out those winter blues.” According to the new survey, the desire to ‘chase the sun’ is one of the top four motivators for Aussies to book a flight (26 per cent), behind cheap flights and accommodation (56 per cent), good package deals (43 per cent), and joining a friend or family holiday (27 per cent).  On the flip side, the study found that the number one barrier to Aussies booking a trip is the perception that it is ‘too expensive’, but Mr Graham said that across domestic, Asia Pacific and long haul destinations, prices are increasingly competitive.  “There’s no need to break the bank, even when travelling to northern hemisphere favourites, with average minimum return airfares from $1,115 to Los Angeles, $1,363 to Paris, $1,414 to New York or $1,428 to London. And with locals willing to spend $3,551 on average to conquer their rut, these far flung hot destinations are well within reach.”  Other key research findings included: • While 70 per cent of Aussies admit to being stuck in a winter runt, we’re not alone. Respondents also see this with their loved ones (37 per cent), friends (30 per cent) and family (29 per cent) • Men (49 per cent) and women (51 per cent) are suffering equally and likely to experience the tell-tale signs of the winter blues  • Gen Y and X are at the highest risk with Aussies aged 25-34 years of age (22 per cent) and 35-44 years of age (19 per cent) most likely to dip into a winter rut • The majority of people prefer not to travel alone (81 per cent) with a partner being the most likely travel companion (48 per cent), followed by family (24 per cent) and friends (nine per cent) “These trends show that a large proportion of our population, across all demographics, are feeling the effects of the frosty season. Searching for or even staging a #Wintervention by booking a holiday for ourselves or our loved ones might be just the ticket to shift our mindsets and break away from the monotony of an indoor couch existence,” said Mr Graham. To search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au. ENDS  *NOTES TO EDITORS: This research was commissioned by Cheapflights to explore Australians’ winter habits and moods. 1,500 Australians from a nationally representative sample completed the omnibus survey between Tuesday 6 June to Friday 9 June 2017. Additional insights are based on information gathered from search data via Cheapflights.com.au or the app.  Holidaying Without the Side of Overindulgence 2017-07-27T01:55:25Z holidaying-without-the-side-of-overindulgence One potential side effect of travelling overseas is coming home with excess baggage – and not the shopping variety. Falling victim to weight gain can be hard to avoid when traversing through carb-havens like Italy, digging into hearty pub food in London, or exploring the patisserie-lined avenues of Paris. But research from Cheapflights shows there has been a 58 per cent increase in searches year-on-year to alternative ‘healthy’ destinations where locals can get active and eat well.  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said that Australians are increasingly concerned with their health and this has translated to where locals are planning to holiday too.  “Year-on-year searches via Cheapflights.com.au have increased 115 per cent to Japan, a destination known for sushi and ski slopes, and there has also been a 52 per cent increase to the Swiss Alps, where travellers will find opportunities to stay active regardless of what time of year they go,” said Graham. To help curb any potential creep of holiday kilos, Cheapflights.com.au has collated a destination guide to places with a focus on health and fitness: 1. Los Angeles, USA – For travellers keen to experience the latest in food and exercise, look no further than trend-setting LA. Boutique workout classes are all the rage in Hollywood, where visitors can sweat it out with celebrity regimes the likes of ‘Megaformer’ (next-gen reformer Pilates). LA is also a hiker’s paradise, offering numerous trails such as the famous Runyon Canyon Loop, and the city’s innovative food scene is thriving too, with constantly evolving organic juice bars, plant-based restaurants and superfood-inspired menus.  2. Phuket, Thailand – From yoga retreats to sleep wellness programs and detox treatments, Phuket offers endless opportunities to unwind. The abundance of fresh fruit and locally grown produce also makes it the perfect place to rid your body of toxins. Those really keen to up the intensity might enjoy trying the nation’s famous martial arts training Muay Thai. 3. Queenstown, New Zealand – The city’s varied terrain makes it the adventure sports capital of the Southern Hemisphere. There’s nothing like a day of sub-alpine hiking, white-water rafting or river surfing to keep in shape. For a more structured approach, visitors can book a stay in a health sanctuary such as the Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, located just outside of Queenstown. Here guests can dedicate themselves to wellbeing, with scheduled interval training sessions, yoga and hikes against the stunning scenery of Glenorchy’s fjords.  4. Jungfrau region, Switzerland – In a place dubbed the top of Europe, it’s hard to remain idle. With fresh Alpine air filling the lungs, the outdoors beckons in the Jungfrau region, located in the Swiss Alps. Across all seasons, it’s a dream destination for thrill seekers – the skiing in winter is unparalleled, and in summer there’s no better place for hiking and biking. Surrounded by 360-degree mountain views it’ll be easy to forget how hard you’re actually working! 5. Tokyo, Japan – The Japanese are renowned around the world for their longevity, which is partly a result of their healthy diets, rich in lean fish and largely vegetarian. Fueling up on Japanese cuisine such as sashimi, broths and hiyayakko will tantalise your taste buds while keeping your weight in check. The city is also a hub for high-tech fitness such as the trend of futuristic rock climbing called bouldering. For more information or to search for your next active getaway, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  ENDS From Dreaded Delay to Savvy Sojourn 2017-07-11T04:29:51Z from-dreaded-delay-to-savvy-sojourn With a flight time of 20+ hours to favourite northern hemisphere destinations, Australians are accustomed to a Singapore or Hong Kong stopover. But with new visa-free transit hubs, fresh flight routes and competitive deals all on offer, plane doors are opening up to less-trodden, unexpected cities, allowing locals see more for less. Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Cheapflights data shows that the majority (82 per cent) of Aussies opt for destinations more than seven hours away, making a stopover inevitable.  “Rather than resenting the wait, a well-planned stop means you can extend your holiday with a mini break and visit a popular destination for just a fraction of the usual cost. Think Honolulu, which has seen a 93 per cent increase in searches year-on-year, or Sydney’s number one destination in Asia Pacific, China.”  To help inspire your next trip, Cheapflights.com.au has identified five emerging stopover cities that will get locals in the holiday vibe before arriving at their final destination:  1. Shanghai, China – Instead of the traditional stop in Singapore, embark on a Chinese adventure. China Eastern Airlines connects Sydney and Melbourne with five major cities in western Europe via its Shanghai base. And the 144-hour visa free transit for Australian passport holders is a great incentive to explore the city – from the iconic riverfront boardwalk ‘The Bund’ to Old Shanghai.  2. Doha, Qatar – Consider swapping Dubai for a stay in Doha. If you fly with Qatar Airlines from now until 30 September, you can also score one free night at a local four or five-star hotel. The online transit visa application allows between five and 96 hours in the country – just enough time to experience a desert safari, boat cruise along Corniche Bay, or visit the Museum of Islamic Arts. 3. Delhi, India – Air India flights now transit through New Delhi, to connect Melbourne and Sydney with London and nine other European cities. Delve into the colour and chaos of this vibrant city, guaranteed to make the start of your holiday unforgettable. The Taj Mahal is a day trip in itself, and with more time up your sleeve you could also see the pink city of Jaipur (capital of Rajasthan). 4. Honolulu, Hawaii – New York is clearly a top destination for Aussies with a 51 per cent spike in year-on-year searches via Cheapflights. But rather than the usual layover in Los Angeles, choose to start your holiday early by sipping cocktails on one of Hawaii’s famous beaches or embark on a hiking adventure to soak-up breathtaking views. It’s the perfect distance to break up your trip and enjoy some much-needed R&R before hitting the busy hub of NYC. 5. Seoul, South Korea – Another destination that may not spring to mind is Seoul in South Korea. The free city tours, aka ‘Transit Tours’ provided by the airport, are a great way to see the city and you can take one that fits into your schedule (from one to six hours). For a longer stay, enjoy the city’s many attractions including a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace or traditional Bukchon Hanok Village, followed by a delicious Korean barbeque dining experience!  For more information or to search for your next getaway, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  ENDS Winter Inspiration: The Ultimate Shades of Grey Guidebook 2017-07-06T01:58:11Z winter-inspiration-the-ultimate-shades-of-grey-guidebook Despite being categorised as a nation that chases the sun, insights from the experts at Cheapflights.com.au show there are an amazing range of destinations that are actually at their best when the temperature dips and grey clouds roll in.  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “A growing number of Aussies prefer winter over summer. And luckily for them, there are plenty of spectacular destinations both near and far to visit so they can enjoy the coldest season of the year more than once!”      To inspire locals looking for their next getaway, Cheapflights.com.au has these five must-visit locations that are best seen in shades of grey: • Prague, Czech Republic – As one of the world’s most picturesque cities, Prague makes for a spell-bindingly beautiful destination during the colder months. The grey days are a photographer’s dream, creating striking winter light and enhancing the Gothic charm and timeliness beauty of Old Town. They are ideal conditions for appreciating the sharp angles of the city’s architecture and interiors. Flights to Prague from $1,019 • Skaftafell, Iceland – Tourists flock to Iceland in the hopes of witnessing the Northern Lights, but don’t forget to check out Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, in an ice cave tour. These natural wonders can only be experienced during the winter months, and visitors can expect an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime views. Flights to Reykjavik from $1,209 • Harbin, China – This unique northeastern city is known for its Russian-influenced architecture and historic buildings, but it’s most famous for the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Bigger than the ones in Norway and Quebec, it‘s the world’s largest event of its kind. Despite not being natural formations like in Iceland, the gigantic, illuminated and intricately carved ice sculptures on display from the end of December through to February is a real-life winter wonderland worth braving the cold for. Flights to Harbin from $492 • Nagano, Japan – Another unforgettable winter highlight in Asia is seeing the Japanese Macaque or ‘snow monkeys’ soaking in ‘onsen’ hot springs at the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park. Recognisable by their distinct red faces and brown-grey fur, this species is native to northern Japan. And with the Nagano Prefecture just a day trip from Tokyo or short drive from local ski resorts, it’s definitely worth taking the time to visit! Flights to Tokyo from $319 • Queenstown, New Zealand – And for those looking for a last-minute winter escape closer to home, Queenstown is an incredibly photogenic resort town with snow-capped mountains that transforms into a skier’s paradise from June to October. With its annual Winter Festival, the largest in the South Hemisphere, on between the 22nd and 25th this month, the event is set to attract around 45,000 people! Flights to Queenstown from $332 For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  ENDS New York Neighbourhoods 2017-06-26T01:27:32Z new-york-neighbourhoods-1 New York, the city that never sleeps, is consistently an Aussie long-haul favourite and now is the ideal time to visit. Not only is it summer where the days are longer and the nights are balmy, there are plenty of interesting communities to visit beyond the bustling tourist crowds and seas of ‘I❤NY’ t-shirts.  Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “New York remains one of the most popular international destinations for Aussies – even the ‘Trump effect’ won’t deter us from visiting this famous east coast city. In fact, the latest Cheapflights data shows a 51 per cent spike in year-on-year searches.” To help take in all that this iconic city has to offer, Cheapflights.com.au has collated five destinations that need to be on every Aussie’s NYC must-visit list:  1. Music: Greenwich Village – ‘The Village’ as New Yorkers call it, is a Bohemian neighbourhood of creative artists famed for its cutting-edge cabaret and music scene. The must visits here include ‘Smalls’, a jazz cellar that took its name from a 1920s Harlem nightclub, and ‘Arthur’s Tavern’, dating back to the 1930s, you can catch live blues and jazz here most nights.  2. History: Brooklyn – Just a few subway stops from Manhattan you will find Brooklyn, New York’s trendiest borough. Walk or bike across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge or stroll through The Promenade, a walkway with fantastic views of the bridge, New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty. 3. Culture: Harlem – Hop on the A train and experience the United States’ most famous African-American hub. The Apollo Theatre, which helped introduce legendary artists such as James Brown and the Jackson Five, is a quintessential part of the local history. And no trip would be complete without sampling authentic ‘soul-food’, including Southern fried chicken, waffles and mac and cheese. 4. Sport: Madison Square Garden – New Yorkers take their sport very seriously and MSG is home to their beloved basketball and hockey teams, the Knicks and New York Rangers. Book your tickets early, as matches sell out fast and often go for a premium if it’s big game. Get to a game and you may even be spotted by the famous ‘kiss cam’!  5. Shopping: Lower East Side – Shopaholics from all over the world flock to Fifth Avenue to get their dose of retail therapy. But look beyond the major retailers and to the Lower East Side, where you will find one of Manhattan’s most fashionable neighbourhoods. Browse through the charming indie boutiques from up-and-coming designers and score some one-off vintage pieces you can treasure long after you return home.  For more information or to search for your next getaway, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  Bleisure is the New Black 2017-06-15T01:01:50Z bleisure-is-the-new-black Bleisure, the practice of mixing business and leisure travel, is a popular global trend now taking off with savvy Aussie professionals. The prospect of a holiday just after you’ve attended a gruelling series of meetings, seeing a place you might not have had the opportunity to before, and gaining cultural insights to share in the workplace is a win-win.   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Work trips are being extended to take advantage of paid return airfares to explore cities like New York, London and Hong Kong for longer. Done right, you’ll save precious travelling time as you’ll already be there once your holiday begins.” To help professionals who fly for work, the experts at Cheapflights.com.au have shared their guide to mixing business with pleasure.   1.       Plan ahead – See if your company has a policy regarding combining work with play. If you’re worried about blurring the lines, talk to your manager. Getting their approval may instill more confidence in your trip planning and avoid any last-minute requests to return to the office. 2.       Timing is everything – Tack on a weekend getaway with ease when booking your meetings on Mondays and Fridays. It gives you a reason to be at the destination and you’ll nab extra days without asking for time off. 3.       Pack Wisely – Avoid overpacking by wearing the same outfits twice if a casual dress code is appropriate, so you can swap between work and play. If you’ll be on the road for a while, bring clothes that are easy to wash and dry quickly to get multiple wears. 4.       Accommodation – Ask if the hotel offers discounts such as a group meeting rates or the third night free, giving you yet another reason to extend your stay. Also consider booking serviced apartments, which provide housekeeping and the comforts of home like access to a washer, dryer and kitchen.  5.       Alternatives if extra time is not possible – Spend a few hours before or after work commitments going to a concert or show, visiting a museum or taking a walking tour of the city. Skip fancy hotel meals and sample traditional cuisines at night markets or local hotspots. For more information or to search for your next bleisure trip, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  Beyond Bali: Five Rising Gems to Experience in Southeast Asia 2017-05-31T00:54:09Z beyond-bali-five-rising-gems-to-experience-in-southeast-asia Bali is the ultimate paradise spot with its beautiful beaches, luxurious villas and awesome nightlife, but as a melting pot of diverse cultures, where the historic mashes up with the modern, Southeast Asia has a lot to offer beyond this popular destination.   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Attracting more than 15 per cent of searches to Asia Pacific each year, Bali is like a second home for many Aussies. Data from the latest Cheapflights Compass report shows however, that there are plenty of other affordable destinations worth a visit. For example, return airfares to Kuala Lumpur, the Philippines and Vietnam are all are within $100 of those to Denpasar.”   To help locals looking for their next getaway, the experts at Cheapflights.com.au have found these top five Southeast Asian alternatives to Bali. 1.       Lombok – Many have started to refer to Lombok as ‘the new Bali’, and deservedly so. The West Nusa Tenggara island shares many similarities, such as breathtaking beaches, wide-ranging accommodation (including the very cool Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp or La Cocoteraie Eco Lodge), pulsating nightlife and great surf spots like Kuta. But this up-and-coming neighbour is comparably less populated than Bali – great for those looking to escape the tourist circuit. Flights to Lombok from $341   2.       Kuala Lumpur – With its year-round tropical climate, buzzing food scene and rich history, Kuala Lumpur is where Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures come together. Get a bird’s eye view of the modern metropolis from the 41st storey SkyBridge at Petronas Twin Towers, discover the streets of Little India or indulge your tastebuds at one of many hawker stalls at Jalan Alor. Be sure to visit the famed Royal Selangor to get your own hand crafted pewter souvenir.Flights to Kila from $262   3.       Phuket – Beyond the idyllic beaches, don’t miss the unique sites of the 30 metre Buddha sitting atop the Nakkerd Hills or the Wat Chalong temple with its glittering pagodas. You can also hop aboard a boat for a day trip to the famous Phi Phi Island or get off the beaten track and explore Phuket’s emerging dining scene. No matter what time of year you visit you’ll be blessed with warm weather, but travelling off peak (May-October) will mean you have extra spending money! Flights to Phuket from $266   4.       Hanoi – Once occupied by both the French and Chinese, the influences of the past are still very visible in the capital city of Vietnam. Start with a strong Vietnamese coffee to prepare for a full day of sightseeing. Navigate through Dong Xuan Market where you’ll find souvenirs, traditional handicrafts and clothing, then don’t forget to stop by the Temple of Literature which was dedicated to Confucius. A trip to Hanoi also wouldn’t be complete without visiting Halong Bay – a World Heritage site, it is a mesmerising experience of Mother Nature at her best. Flights to Hanoi from $309   5.       Cebu – Tucked away in the Philippines, Cebu has something to offer every type of traveller – from diving to new depths and exploring the wonders below Bantayan and Malapascua islands, to a day trip by to Bohol to explore mahogany forests, rice terraces, ancient churches and a walk across the bamboo Hanging Bridge. End your day feasting on the vast array of cuisines on offer – the hot ‘n’ spicy calamares at STK TA BAY! Sa Paolito's Seafood House is a must! Flights to Cebu from $381   For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS The Six Types of Flight Search Seekers 2017-05-26T02:38:07Z the-six-types-of-flight-search-seekers In the same way there are different kinds of travellers, there are different kinds of flight searchers too. From organisational whizzes to the ultimate planning procrastinators, Aussies have their own habits and tactics when it comes to planning their next trip.    Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Our recent Cheapflights Compass report showed that Aussies collectively rack up almost eight years of flight searches each month, so it’s clear we’re a nation chasing our wanderlust.”   The experts at Cheapflights.com.au have identified the six most common booking personalities and what their strategies say about their travel-style.   1.       The thrifty searcher – These searchers know that in the midst of all the viral cat videos and ‘fake news’ articles, there are great deals to be found on the web. They’d happily search for hours to find the cheapest possible flights, and not be put off by a pesky stopover or inconvenient departure time. With more than 10 million hits on the Cheapflights website and app in a year, it’s fair to say there are plenty of bargain hunters in Australia!   2.       The impatient traveller – The expression ‘it’s not the destination, but the journey’ couldn’t be less true for these travellers. When it comes to flying, they are all about convenience and have no time for alternative routes or out-of-the-way airports. Annual leave days are precious after all, and rather than sitting in an airport, they prefer to fly direct to be on the beach, cocktail in hand ASAP. These searchers don’t want to fly in December, the most popular month to depart, when long queues and delays are almost a guarantee.   3.       The logical booker – These calm and collected types know that sometimes you get what you pay for. Before making a purchase, they scour the web for reviews, peruse the T&Cs and spend hours researching and comparing airlines and destinations. They know it can pay dividends to shell out a bit more and that often the quickest option isn’t the most cost effective. They’ll always be able to tell you the best bargain, like swapping French Polynesia for New Caledonia to secure a tropical getaway, and major savings – more than $1,500 to be precise.   4.       The impulsive purchaser – These busy folks will book a holiday at some point but they don’t put too much thought into the where and when. They know roughly what type of trip they’re looking for, and will jump when they see a deal. They know however, not to rely on airlines offering cheaper seats to fill planes last minute. Indeed, Cheapflights Compass data shows booking within one week of departure could cost travellers more, from a 22 per cent premium for Trans-Tasman flights and 17 per cent more for Asia Pacific, to 15 per cent for long haul trips.   5.       The fussy planner – We all know a travel complainer – one that is picky about their preferred airline, departure time and where they sit. Basically, they’re the people who make planning a group trip infuriating. However, being particular could save you big bucks. With Friday the most expensive day to depart, even flying out on Saturday morning could save you eight per cent for Trans-Tasman trips, and you’ll still get to your destination in time to enjoy the weekend.   6.       The deal fiend – For these types of bookers, hunting isn’t really their forte. Their searching style could be described as more of a casual browsing anywhere, anytime they feel the urge. They’ll invest in finding the ideal trip but like to keep the search easy and nab the first deal they see – any saving is a good saving! And the majority of Aussies opt to search for flights on the go too, with more than 50 per cent browsing on their smartphones.   To search for your next holiday deals, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS The Royal Treatment: How to Holiday like the Monarchs 2017-05-19T01:25:52Z the-royal-treatment-how-to-holiday-like-the-monarchs Always wanted to be treated like a princess or live like a prince on a holiday? Then why not consider travelling in the regal footsteps of Lizzie, Wills, Harry and Charles this Queen’s Birthday long weekend.   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Aussies love a long weekend getaway and from our Cheapflights Compass report, we also know June is one of the peak travel periods (a 17 per cent spike) as locals try to escape the winter chill.”   To inspire Aussies’ adventures on 12 June, Cheapflights.com.au has compiled the favourite holiday destinations of the most well-travelled family. ·       Aberdeenshire, Scotland – The Queen loves to spend her summers at Balmoral Castle, which has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since 1852. Nestled in the lush Cairngorms National Park, the esate is surrounded by a spectactular forest, roaring rivers and snow-capped mountains. The area has 300 castles to explore and is a haven for culinary connisseurs too, being home to several award-winning whiskey distilleries and world-famous Angus cattle. Flights to Glasgow from $1,274     ·       Verbier, Switzerland – This alpine village is a favourite destination for Prince Harry, and earlier this year, the cheeky royal swept his girlfriend, Meghan Markhle, to the winter wonderland for a romantic getaway. It offers some of the best skiing in the world and when it comes to accomodation, you can choose between five star hotels or a sumptuous chalet. And don’t forget to dress to impress as not only is Verbier a holiday hotspot for the prince, it’s also favourite for celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, Bono and the Beckhams. Flights to Zurich from $1,032   ·       Seychelles, Africa – If your idea of the perfect holiday is relaxing on pristine beaches with crystal clear water, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate’s honeymoon destination should be on your wish list. The Seychelles, an archipelago of more than 150 islands off East Africa, is a tropical paradise, offering a range of super secluded five star-accomodation. While the couple reportedly paid almost $7,000 per night for their retreat, there are affordable options too. Flights to Victoria from $1,526   ·       Llandeilo, Wales – Prince Charles and Camilla often spend time in Wales, renowned for its rugged coastline, beautiful scenery and Celtic culture. The couple like to stay at the Llwynywermod estate, which can occasionally be rented when the royals are not visiting – so if you’re lucky, you really can live like royalty. This Welsh village’s busy market is also worth exploring when you’re not enjoying the serenity of the beautiful countryside. Flights to Cardiff from $1,346   For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS