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The long-awaited re-opening of the Virgin Australia Premium Entry and Security lanes has finally arrived. You can now fast track through security in both Brisbane and Melbourne airports if you are an eligible customer. In addition, Premium Entry in Brisbane has reopened, along with a Priority Screening lane in Melbourne.

The premium security experience is exclusively for Velocity Frequent Flyer Platinum, Gold and Beyond members, VA Business Class guests, and eligible high tier guests of the airline’s international partners. It will open between 5.00am and 10.00am weekdays, allowing guests to move seamlessly through both airports.

“We are laser focused on creating great travel experiences for our guests and we are pleased to provide fast track security screening for eligible customers in Melbourne and Brisbane airports. We know time is important for our most frequent flyers, and our expanded security facilities in Brisbane and Melbourne are a ticket for loyal guests to quickly move through the screening process, so they can spend more time enjoying our lounge experience prior to their flight.”

Commenting on Premium Entry at Sydney Airport, the spokesperson said “Virgin Australia is continuing to work through options with Sydney Airport Corporation.”

Virgin Australia has also announced that members with a status end date between July 2022 –  June 2023 (inclusive) who do not earn the Status Credits required to retain their status are now eligible for an automatic 12 month status extension and a capped status credit rollover. Previously, they had stipulated that members needed to book an eligible flight to qualify but this has now been removed as part of their ‘Customer Love’ initiative to recognise loyalty.

Have you experienced the iconic Sydney Crown Towers yet?

This fantastic mid-week corporate rate may be a great reason for you to visit. Conveniently located in Barangaroo, you cannot miss this soaring new landmark which dominates the city skyline.

With 327 guest rooms, 20 villas and 2 premium villas, this property provides a much-needed accommodation injection into the Sydney CBD. The top villa sits across 2 levels and will be the tallest habitable space in any hotel in the city and every room has been designed to ensure that the incredible views are the central focus.

Crown is renowned for their touch-screen technology, from 24hr in-room dining and concierge services and media streaming, each guest receives an intuitive and personalised experience. If you enjoy ending your day by relaxing in front of the television, their magic mirrored 55-inch 4k screens won’t disappoint (65-inch 4k in suites).

With 14 restaurants and bars set to open, you’re spoilt for choice at Crown Sydney. Designed to showcase some of the most sought-after chefs in the world, this will be an exciting place to bring your clients or kick-back with colleagues.

Views don’t get much better to run off those fabulous meals than in the Fitness Centre, overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour. This private fitness studio contains exclusive ‘Artis’ equipment from TechnoGym and even has an open-air tennis court.

If relaxation is more your style, Crown Spa Sydney will be the first in Australia to offer 2 specialty treatment beds, ‘Quartz Plassmo’ and ‘Spa Wave’. Drawing inspiration from the subconcious, the space will allow guests to completely immerse themselves in their wellness experience.

Of course, no hotel is complete without a pool. Designed by leading landscape architect, St Legere, this area is a blend of contemporary and modern Balinese island resort living. Picture secluded cabanas, plush day beds and whirlpools, all nestled amongst native and exotic plant collection to compliment the local Barangaroo environment.

Goldman Travel is excited to be able to offer you a special corporate rate for you to try Crown Sydney for yourself:

  • Valid for Sunday – Thursday night stays
  • Expires 30 September 2022 (last check-in Thursday 29 September)
  • This rate is exclusive to our corporate clients and not available publicly
  • Contact your Business Manager to book

Masks no longer mandatory on International flights into Australia

This news follows last week’s announcement that mask requirements on domestic flights have also been dropped, effective from today. The Department of Health still recommends that travellers wear masks for their own personal protection, but it is now each individual’s choice.

Airline passengers have been required to wear masks on flights to Australia since January 2021.

“I encourage everyone travelling overseas to be mindful of the continuing risk of COVID-19 and to take personal precautions to stop the spread and stay safe,” Minister for Health, Mark Butler said

The Minister for Transport Catherine King acknowledged the role of workers across the airline industry in helping to keep Australians safe.

“The Australian Government is grateful to workers across the international airline industry and the travelling public for their commitment to the public health requirements throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.


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