With the resumption of international flights sadly still a long way off, Qantas is once again clearing out its excess supplies of Business and First Class wine, pyjamas, amenity kits, slippers and almonds. If you’re missing flying, you’ll be able to buy one of the premium “Business and First Class experience at home” care kits from 9am (AEDT) today.
These packages, filled with wine and goodies normally found in the pointy end of Qantas’ international flights, are a bit more pricey than the $25 care packs sold in August. But they come with more inclusions, like a bottle of Taittinger Comtes Champagne if you opt for the $379 First Class package.
There are three types of Qantas Luxury care kits available, starting at $139 for the “Business Class at Home” kit. This includes Qantas business class pyjamas, wine normally served in Qantas Business, amenity kits and skincare products. (Interestingly, Qantas notes that the beauty products come in 120mL bottles but are only filled to 80mL as they are designed to allow for the cabin pressure on aircraft.)
The $279 “First Class Experience at Home Wine Pack” includes Qantas First Class pyjamas, Martin Grant amenity kits, slippers, almonds and red & white wine normally served in First. Alternatively, you can upgrade to the $379 pack which includes a bottle of Taittinger Comtes Champagne (one bottle normally retails for around $330).
The care kits are available for sale from 9am from Qantas Wine or the Qantas Rewards Store, and you can pay using either money or Qantas points. Delivery is included (which is no longer standard for the Qantas Rewards Store) and if you’re a Points Club member, you should be able to get a 5-10% discount. If the last round of care packs are anything to go by, these are likely to sell out quickly!
Limited Qantas 747 bar carts still available
Qantas also famously sold out of used Boeing 747 bar carts in just hours when they were put on sale last month. The souvenirs – which came fully stocked with wine and Qantas goodies – proved immensely popular with frequent flyers.
If you missed out, there’s some good news. Australian Frequent Flyer understands there are still a small number of full-size bar carts available for sale, for delivery in selected Australian capital cities. The full-size carts cost $1,474.70 and, while stock remains, are available on request by calling Qantas Wine.
Qantas “scenic flights to somewhere”
Another Qantas innovation while borders remain closed was this month’s 8-hour scenic Boeing 787 flight over Australia. Seats on the special flight, which took off and landed in Sydney, sold out in just 10 minutes.
With many state borders reopening, Qantas has now expanded on this concept to introduce “scenic flights to somewhere”. The first such flight will take travellers on a weekend adventure from Sydney to Uluru in December, with one night in Uluru and sightseeing included. The package includes flyovers of the red centre and Sydney Harbour, as well as tours and overnight accommodation in Yulara.
But tickets on this Boeing 737 flight cost significantly more than the $787 charged for this month’s scenic flight over Australia. Economy class tickets cost $2,614 for a solo traveller or $4,998 for a couple. Passengers can earn Qantas points and status credits.
Tickets went on sale at 2pm yesterday. The Business class seats sold out within hours, and by midnight only 3 Economy class tickets remained.
If you missed out, don’t worry. Given their popularity, Qantas is likely to run more of these flights. (Or, of course, you could just travel to Uluru independently and probably end up spending a lot less money!)
Singapore Airlines also recently began offering a business & first class experience at home, as well as flights to nowhere that don’t actually depart Singapore’s Changi Airport at all. With the SIA@Home package, a Singapore Airlines cabin crew concierge is on hand to guide you through a Singapore Airlines dining experience, complete with business or first class meals, wine and tableware! Singaporeans can choose to dine either from the comfort of their own home or on board a Singapore Airlines plane parked at the terminal.