Find out the latest updates from the air and on the ground this week.
New routes and air alliances can mean more travel options, so what’s new in the air and on the ground this week?
Virgin’s advanced Australian fares
Virgin Australia is overhauling its current fares from 7 September, under their new ‘Fares For You’ branding. Rather than the traditional economy, premium economy and business class fares, there will now be nine ticket categories to choose from.
The change is designed to allow customers to have much more control over what their ticket does and doesn’t include. At the same time Virgin will begin charging seat selection for travellers flying on lower priced fares, including Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers.
For a full list of all the changes, including the nine new fare options and how they will affect you read more at Australian Business Traveller. What do you think of this new fare model? Do you like the flexibility or do you prefer the standard, more streamlined options currently available?
Cathay’s new credit card fees
Following on from the Reserve Bank’s new rules on credit card surcharges, Cathay Pacific has revised its credit card booking fees.
As of 1 September, all bookings made with Cathay Pacific through travel agents will no longer attract the flat fee of $30; rather, the fee will be a percentage based one, dependent on the total cost of the ticket.
Fees will be capped at $70, with payments on a Visa or MasterCard attracting a 0.99 per cent charge and a 1.3 per cent fee for American Express and Diners Club.
Read more at Australian Business Traveller.
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