Ansett adds sparkle
Ansett has re-launched its Diamond Fare for over-60s travelling to Australia. For only $3,700, passengers over the age of 60 can take a return trip to Sydney with special add-on fares to other cities within Australia. The fare, which is available until May 31, is valid for 14 days, rising to $5,200 for a round-trip ticket open for 60 days. For flight reservations and enquiries, call Ansett at 2527 7883.
Special deal for NZ Air New Zealand has a '100 per cent pure' travel package available until June 30. For $6,888, it offers return flights to Auckland with two options: three nights in a Quality Hotel in Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch or Queenstown or three-day Hertz car rental. For those also wishing to explore the South Island, a return air ticket from Auckland to Christchurch costs only $388.
Around the hotels The Mandarin Oriental Manila has a 'Business in Manila' package to celebrate its newly renovated business facilities and IT-ready rooms. Rates include complimentary American breakfast, one-way airport transfer, pressing of one suit or dress, and use of gym. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel direct (63 2) 750 8888 or on-line reservations at www.mandarinoriental.com Meanwhile, the Oriental, Singapore has an executive package, which offers a number of perks, including late checkout up to 6 pm.
The Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong has teamed up with the Crowne Plaza in Bangkok and the Park View, Singapore, for a 'Power Points' promotion. Guests staying at any of the three hotels up to December 31 can accumulate coupons. The points can be redeemed for free accommodation, discounts or room upgrades.
Sofitel is offering a free room for children under the age of 18 during weekends and school holidays in its 100-plus hotels worldwide. Families who book a room at published rates will be given a free room with breakfast for two children. Connecting rooms will be offered when available. The offer is open until December 31. Phone 2868 1171 On yer bike in Britain Britain will celebrate the grand opening of its National Cycle Network on June 21, and the longest section of the route, from Aberdeen to John O'Groats in Scotland, will be open to riders from the middle of next month. The whole network will cover nearly 8,000 kilometres. The Scottish section passes castles, the Culloden battlefield and scenic coastal areas.
Banking in the sky Some international travellers are now able to change currency in the air. A company called SkyTeller has flight attendants carrying out the service. Canadian Airlines is one of several airlines testing the scheme.