Exclusive Qantas Flights and Vacation Packages Help U.S. Travelers Say G'Day to Sydney

Jan 12, 2010, 19:00 ET from Qantas Airways

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Qantas Airways, Tourism New South Wales (NSW) and Qantas Vacations today announced a major joint marketing initiative, whereby U.S. travelers can take advantage of exclusive travel deals to the world's most beautiful and vibrant city, Sydney. The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have selected Sydney as being "the world's best city" for eight consecutive years – an accolade supported by the destination's many unique offerings: Sydney's gorgeous harbor, seductive outdoor lifestyle, phenomenal restaurants and shopping, and its world class events.

"This is truly an ideal time to travel to Sydney – the offerings we've prepared in conjunction with Tourism NSW and Qantas Vacations give travelers of every kind access to incredible savings, along with added value for their dollar, whether booking a $999 deal or a luxurious escape," said Mr. Wally Mariani, Qantas Senior Executive Vice President for the Americas.

As part of the joint campaign, round-trip economy fares from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) start at just $798* per person, and fares from New York (JFK) start at $998* per person; tickets must be purchased by January 26, 2010 and are valid for travel dates May 1 through June 8, 2010. Qantas Vacations air and land packages are available from $999, inclusive of economy air from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) and three nights deluxe hotel accommodation in Sydney – and for just $99 more per person, travelers can upgrade to 5-star accommodations. There has also never been a better time to travel to Sydney in style, with Qantas Airways offering up to 60% off Business airfares on select flights between key U.S. and Australian cities.

To round out the vacation experience, Qantas Vacations is offering nine iconic Sydney experiences and adventures for only $9 each. For a significantly reduced price, Sydney-bound explorers can cruise the spectacular Sydney Harbour, learn to surf at the world-famous Bondi Beach, tour the iconic Sydney Opera House or even learn more about marine wildlife at the Sydney Aquarium.

"These fantastic deals are an excellent way to encourage U.S. travelers to take the opportunity to travel to Sydney and enjoy everything our city and state has to offer," Jodi McKay, NSW Minister for Tourism said. Ms. McKay said the campaign was launched as part of this week's G'day USA celebration, an annual event which provides a unique opportunity to promote Sydney and NSW as a great place to visit, do business and live.

Australia's premier airline, Qantas is the only airline offering A380 service from the U.S. on select non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Sydney and to Melbourne. The Qantas A380 features aircraft interiors designed by internationally renowned industrial designer and Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson. Providing over 40 flights per week from the U.S., Qantas offers more than 30 nonstop flights from Los Angeles (to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland), five from San Francisco to Sydney, a daily direct service from JFK and three from Honolulu to Sydney.

To book any of the above Sydney travel deals, visit www.qantasdeal.com, call 1.800.227.4691 or contact your preferred travel agent.

*Fare sale available on Qantas-operated flights. Taxes/fees/September 11 security charges of approximately $120 are additional depending on itinerary chosen. Seats are limited, restrictions apply. Visit www.qantas.com for more details.

SOURCE Qantas Airways