Dis­counts and deals abound for ma­ture hol­i­day-mak­ers, re­veals Kaye Fal­lick

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel -

SOME of the great­est sav­ings or added value for older trav­ellers ap­ply to air travel. No Aus­tralian do­mes­tic air­lines of­fer in­duce­ments for se­niors but on the in­ter­na­tional sec­tors a hand­ful do.

In par­tic­u­lar, Emi­rates Air­lines has en­joyed growth in this de­mo­graphic by of­fer­ing not just a re­duced price for se­niors trav­el­ling busi­ness or first class but a chauf­feured pick-up from home and a chauf­feured de­liv­ery to their ho­tel on ar­rival.

Rather than choos­ing the cheap­est on­line fare, it is al­ways wise to con­tact air­lines and ask about se­niors dis­counts and value ad­di­tions be­fore book­ing. Thai Air­ways In­ter­na­tional, for ex­am­ple, has spe­cial of­fers and priv­i­leges for pas­sen­gers aged 55-plus fly­ing re­turn busi­ness class (Royal Silk). In some cases, book­ings must be made via travel agen­cies and pass­ports sighted for con­fir­ma­tion of the pas­sen­ger’s date of birth.

For pas­sen­gers 60 and older, Dubai­head­quar­tered Emi­rates of­fers about 10 per cent off re­tail fares in busi­ness and first class on its flights to Europe and New Zealand, plus chauf­feur trans­fers in se­lected cities in Europe and New Zealand. More: 1300 303 777; www.emi­

Pas­sen­gers age 60 and older at the date of de­par­ture are pro­vided with a dis­count in Eti­had’s busi­ness class (Pearl) and door-to-door com­pli­men­tary chauf­feur pick-up and drop-off in first class (Di­a­mond) in Syd­ney, Abu Dhabi, Lon­don, Dublin, Mu­nich and Frank­furt. More: 1800 998 995; www.eti­hadair­

In re­cent years, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies have also recog­nised the value of the older trav­el­ling mar­ket, and many se­nior-spe­cific poli­cies have been cre­ated. An in­ter­net search us­ing the term ‘‘ se­niors travel in­sur­ance’’ will de­liver many of the main play­ers, but also visit the Coun­cil on the Age­ing web­site ( for a com­pre­hen­sive pol­icy, which in­cludes trav­ellers over 81, un­der­writ­ten by Al­lianz Aus­tralia.

Also, many older adults are keen to con­tinue their ad­ven­tures but lack a trav­el­ling com­pan­ion. A rel­a­tively new ser­vice, Air Travel Com­pan­ion (www.air­trav­el­com­pan­, pro­vides an ex­pe­ri­enced and med­i­cally com­pe­tent travel com­pan­ion who will care for the trav­eller from de­par­ture un­til they are safely en­sconced at their des­ti­na­tion.


The Aus­tralian De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs web­site car­ries handy tips for ma­ture trav­ellers. More: www.smar­trav­

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