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United Airlines to fly Auckland to San Francisco in 2016

Boeing 787 services to launch on new Pacific route from July 2016.

United Airlines has just confirmed the introduction of non-stop flights between Auckland and San Francisco International Airport, effective from 03 July 2016.

Initially operating three times weekly using 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, the service will expand to a daily 787-9 operation from 30 October 2016.

The move sees United resume direct service to New Zealand, with UA vice chairman and chief revenue officer, Jim Compton, saying…

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Aussie departure cards to be axed in 2016

Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief Jason Westbury confirmed that Australian Departure Cards would be made redundant in 2016!

“It’s going, isn’t that exciting?” Westbury told members of the Helloworld summit in Wellington

Westbury said he’d been on an eight year crusade to have the uneccessary cards abolished, arguing the government collects the data it requires when passports are scanned at immigration and flight information is recorded at the gate.


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Top 10 tips for Travel Etiquette

All travellers know what it’s like to experience the scrum once your gate has opened, or what it’s like to board a plane – only to realise you’re seated next to a dreaded armrest hog. Here's a handy guide to handling those less-than-desirable travel dilemmas!

1. Board when called forward

They call forward seats in groups first for a reason – it avoids a scramble to get through the gate.

2. Be prepared

Everyone boarding the flight knows that they will need to access…

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New Year, New Look & New Website

Welcome to our new website!

It's a new year, we have a new look for our newsletter and now we have a new website!


Over the past few months we have been working hard to deliver our new website; a website that shines the focus on the needs and the wants of travellers; a website that contains lots of great information on holiday ideas, destinations and a wealth of interesting information, tips and tricks and general travel advice for every traveller under our Travel Tools section.  We…

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How to choose the perfect family holiday destination

Choosing the perfect family holiday destination is an exciting task and may seem simple enough, however when bringing together different age groups like toddlers and teens, parents and grandparents – it’s critical to get it right.


Here are our top tips to help you decide on the perfect family holiday destination this coming holiday season.

1. Climate

Seems like a no-brainer right? Doesn’t everyone like a tropical getaway you ask?

Not necessarily so.

No-one wants to go…

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Vera Visits Amazing Acre and tastes the best Hummus in Israel


Like many fellow travellers, Vera Schwartzbord has been to Israel quite a few times and each time, she tries to take in a new place.

This time it was Acre (Akko); an often overlooked, yet very worthwhile sightseeing destination in Israel.


Although we had already been to Acre 35 years ago – we knew it was going to be a very different experience with our grandchildren along for the ride.

Our 3…

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The rise and fall of the $AUD:  How currency fluctuations affect travel

Travel by its very nature is an international business and as such, cannot help but be affected by international currency fluctuations. And as most international travel products are priced in USD – the strength or weakness of the Australian dollar at any particular time will determine how much bang you will get for your buck.


When you book travel, whether it is domestic or international, some of the time you will need to pay in full upfront, but there are occasions where the…

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Sam takes on Hong Kong & China

Sam Skinner, FBI Travel’s Corporate Travel Team Leader, takes us to Hong Kong and mainland China. Here he takes in The Great Wall, The Emerald Valley, The Terracotta Warriors and more, and let’s us in on which question is every local child’s favourite to ask when meeting any tourist.


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Melbourne Airport has delivered a new Wait Zone.

The new expanded wait zone, where private vehicles can park FREE for 20 minutes now open on the corner of Mercer and Melrose drives.
Private vehicles have access to more than 80 car parks, which includes bays for people with a disability, at the new site.

The Wait Zone provides a safe and accessible area for visitors to park until their passenger is ready for collection at one of two public pick-up areas – Terminal 4 or the main forecourt,…

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Changes to Canada’s entry requirements

The Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers when they fly to Canada.

Under eTA, citizens from countries other than the United States (U.S.) who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an online authorization before flying to Canada.

From August 1, 2015, eligible travellers can apply online for an eTA.


On March 15, 2016, this entry requirement will become mandatory…

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Why People Who Spend Money On Experiences Instead Of Things Are Much Happier

July 1, 2015, by Lecia Bushak

Once you graduate and start your working life, it’s much harder to plan spontaneous trips and adventures and instead blow your paycheck on a nicer apartment, a new car, or retail therapy. While all of these things can be useful in making your life more comfortable, you should really be asking yourself if they will make you happier in the long run. And the answer is often no.

Research has actually shown that people who spend money on experiences like…

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Taking your Credit Card on Holiday

Credit cards are part of our everyday lives. It’s hard to imagine how we ever lived without them, but as much as these bits of plastic can make our lives easier, they can also cause a lot of grief, particularly when we’re travelling. Here Reuben Zelwer outlines how to make sure your credit card has as good a holiday as you do!

To ensure your holiday is memorable for the right reasons, review the following tips before you take off:

• Check the expiry date on your cards to make…

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