If you miss the adrenaline rush of travelling somewhere unknown, we totally feel you. There’s nothing quite like stepping off a plane in a new country or city and getting lost in it.
Well, wanderlust-seekers pack your bags because Qantas has dropped a bunch of mystery flights so let the adventure begin.
Just this morning, the airline announced the latest in its series of highly popular concept flights to combat the border blues, with plans to operate three domestic mystery flights for travellers keen to enjoy unique travel experiences in Australia.
The last time Qantas operated mystery flights was way back in the 90s so it’s seriously special that they’re back on rotation. Back then keen travellers would turn up at the airport and be allocated seats on a scheduled flight to any of the airline’s destinations where they spent a day at their leisure before flying home.
Fast forward to 2021 and things have changed a little. Now Qantas will offer three dedicated Boeing 737 mystery flight experiences that will include not just the flight, but an entire day of activities in a mystery destination—so all passengers need to do is book and turn up at the airport. Sounds like an epic trip to us.
The uber exclusive mystery flight experiences will depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to a destination within approximately two hours. As part of creating a unique experience the flights will also include some low-level scenic flybys of key landmarks en route—so make sure your cameras are charged!
Once you’re on the ground, experiences could include anything from a winemaking course in a premier Australian wine region to a gourmet lunch with musical entertainment on the shores of one of Australia’s tropical island wonders. Seriously, we’re dusting off our suitcases as we speak.
Prior to take off, you’ll be given clues about your mystery trip—that way you can figure out whether to pack a snorkel or sneakers in your carry-on baggage.
If you just can't wait (don't worry, we're nosy too) we’ve got a few early hints to get you pumped. We’re told flights from Brisbane would include country hospitality as well as gourmet food and wine. Melbournites should look forward to the great outdoors, (including a little walking), plus drool-worthy regional farmers markets (yes, booze is also going to happen). And finally those departing from Sydney will be heading to the tropics so think salt water on your skin, and long lunching on the beach. Sounds like bliss.
The fares—which include meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a gift bag, plus activities on the ground—will set you back $737 for Economy and $1,579 for Business.
Seats on the Qantas Mystery Flight Experiences go on sale at midday AEST Thursday 4 March for travel in March, April and May. Trust us, these tickets will go quick so set a reminder.
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