With many domestic and overseas deals currently on offer, now is the perfect time to arrange your 2013 holiday. Hotels and airlines are currently offering sweeteners to encourage holiday-makers to book their next trip now in the aftermath of the always popular festive period.
Flight Centre's Executive General Marketing Manager Colin Bowman said travellers are being tempted with deals that are packed with terrific bonuses.
"We're not only seeing great prices during what is traditionally a quieter booking period, we're also seeing hotels and tour companies incorporate extra features into their offers. Examples include bonus nights' accommodation, free wedding ceremonies, airport transfers, extra inclusions, discounts and benefits at resorts and, in some cases, free flights. If you worked through the Christmas break and need to get away or if you are simply planning your next holiday, it all adds up to great value," said Colin.
Travellers who sign up in February 2013 for a 15-day Magnificent Europe River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest onboard the MS Amaverde departing on December 7 2013 will receive, unless sold out, free economy class flights to Europe from various Australian capitals including Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Prices start from $6545* per person twin share.
On the other hand, book before March 31 to stay at the four-star Preskil Beach Resort in Mauritius and stay six nights for the price of five. This package, which also includes return economy Air Mauritius flights and other bonuses including discounted spa treatments, half-price internet usage and cooking classes, is available for travel between May 15 and September 30, 2013. Prices start from $1837* per person twin share from Perth, from $2269* from Sydney or from $2301* from Melbourne.
For a Fijian getaway, travellers are being offered a five-night package that includes a 50 per cent room rate discount plus a host of additional extras at the four-star Sonaisali Island Resort. The package includes accommodation in an Ocean View Bure, tropical buffet breakfast, a welcome cocktail per person and a special invitation to the GM Cocktail Party on Monday evenings with one-hour free drinks. Bookings must be made before March 17 for stays between April 1 and October 31. Prices start from $471* per person twin share, excluding airfares.
According to our research, the number of Australians opting to holiday on our own turf increased by around 15 per cent last year as compared to the previous year. We analysed our domestic booking trends for the period from July to December and found that travel to Tropical North Queensland and the Queensland Islands had grown more than 20 per cent on the same period in 2011 and the Top End was up by 25 per cent.
Colin Bowman believes it's the variety of holiday experiences available in Australia that has led to this increased focus on exploring our own backyard.
"Wine lovers have plenty of cellar doors and vineyards to explore across Australia, from the Hunter Valley to Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River, which are home to some of the world's finest wines. For those who love adventure, try mapping out the walking trails of Queensland's Daintree Rainforest or Tasmania's Freycinet National Parks," said Colin.
To maintain this momentum, local operators are offering fantastic all-inclusive 2013 domestic packages.
Available until February 20, holiday makers can enjoy a city break in Sydney on select dates in May and June that include return flights to Sydney with Virgin Australia and three nights for the price of two at the 4-star BreakFree on George in a one bedroom apartment. Prices twin share start from $435* per person from Brisbane or Melbourne, from $459* per person from Adelaide or Hobart, and from $635* per person from Perth.
On the other hand, book an Uluru experience by February 20 for travel between July and November and enjoy return flights to Ayers Rock with Virgin Australia with three nights' at Voyages Outback Pioneer in a standard room and receive complimentary return transfers to Ayers Rock Airport. Prices twin share start from $779* per person from Sydney, from $885* per person from Melbourne, from $945* per person from Adelaide, from $919* per person from Hobart and from $1149* per person from Perth.
A great Gold Coast package includes return flights to Coolangatta with Virgin Australia and four nights for the price of three at the 4½-star Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise in a standard room. This package must be booked before February 20 and is available for travel from May 1 to June 19 and June 25 to September 21. Prices twin share start from $375* per person from Sydney, from $405* per person from Melbourne, from $509* per person from Adelaide, from $559* per person from Hobart, from $679* per person from Cairns and from $719* per person from Perth.
For more information on these and other great international or domestic deals, drop into your local Flight Centre store.
*Conditions apply to all offers; speak to your consultant for eligibility. Prices are subject to change and availability at the time of booking.