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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Travel

Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, the majority of your anxiety likely comes from picking up your life, packing it in a suitcase, and moving it across the world.

We’re here to help! In this “How to Get from Eh to Oz” blog, we’re going to discuss tips, tricks, and things to remember about travelling to Australia.

OzTREKK travel tips

Getting ready to travel!

Tip #1: Flight Rewards

Time to investigate flight rewards programs and Air Miles options (especially if you’ll be making the Canada-Australia trip a few times… you might as well snag a deal or some free stuff along the way).

The following flight rewards programs will allow you to collect points you can redeem for discounts on future flights or in exchange for other great perks like cash back, flight upgrades, skipping the line…. We’re pretty sure most of you will be familiar with these babies!

You’ll also want to look into airlines that cross the Pacific and are based in Australia, as each airline will have their own rewards program (or one that’s linked to a group of airlines). And when you’re in Australia, take advantage of their budget airlines Jetstar and Scoot.

If you’re willing to do some searching, you’re bound to find the perfect rewards program for you and your lifestyle!

Tip #2: Pick a Route, Pick a Seat, Pack a Suitcase

Air Canada offers a direct flights to Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne from both Vancouver and Toronto, and you no longer have to fly via the U.S. (a big bonus, when you have a year’s worth of luggage and avoid US immigration!). Try to pre-select your seat for the long-haul flight portion and opt for a window or aisle seat. If you are travelling alone to Oz and don’t pre-select a seat, you will often get allocated a middle seat, which is not ideal for a 14- to 15-hour plane trek. Ick.

Pack a set of summer clothes to wear when you disembark, and change in the airport in Oz when you arrive, so that once your luggage comes out and you clear customs, you’re already dressed in shorts and flip-flops, ready to enjoy some lovely Aussie weather. Keep in mind, our seasons are reversed!

For your carry-on luggage, designate a specific compartment of your bag where all important documents will be placed, such as your boarding passes, passport and wallet, Confirmation of Enrolment/Letter of Offer so they are handy and easy to access and won’t get lost in the shuffle of your luggage.

Tip #3: Download Netflix Series/Movies

This is a great opportunity to catch up on all those series your friends are talking about. Download the episodes in advance on Wi-Fi and delete them as you watch them; this will help make room for all those amazing pics you’re going to take.

Tip #4: Stay hydrated

May seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be suprised at how many people “forget” to drink enough water when flying/travelling. If a flight attendant goes by with water, you should probably fill up.

Tip #5: Travel Register

It’s important to think about safety when travelling and while you might be lost in the thrill of it, it’s crucial to take the right precautions. A great idea is your national travel register.

Even if you don’t register and you need emergency consular assistance while in Australia/travelling, the Government of Canada will still help you. You do not need to register for Registration of Canadians Abroad to receive consular services. The Canadian Consular Services Charter outlines the assistance the Government of Canada can provide in an emergency situation.

The Government of Canada strongly recommends that all Canadian citizens travelling or living abroad sign up for Registration of Canadians Abroad. It allows the government to contact you to provide important information in advance of an emergency abroad and to send you information on how to stay safe and secure as you travel.

The decision to travel is your responsibility, so remember to

  • find the location and contact information for the Canadian embassy or consulate closest to your travel destination. Always keep this information close at hand while travelling in case you need emergency assistance. P.S. They’re on Facebook, too.
  • alert your university and your family in Canada of your address in Australia as soon as possible.

Tip #6: Enjoy yourself!

This is going to be an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Don’t stress about the little details because when you’re sitting on the pier looking at the Sydney Opera House, the cankles will have been well worth it!

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What are you predeparture questions? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. We’ll get you ready to study in Australia!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Great news! Air Canada has upgraded its upcoming nonstop service between Vancouver and Melbourne from seasonal to year-round.

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Air Canada has scheduled year-round flights for Melbourne

Seasonal flights to Melbourne from its Vancouver hub are scheduled four times a week during the peak summer holiday period between Dec. 1, 2017 and Feb. 4, 2018.

Air Canada will begin year-round flights on the route three times a week from June 1, 2018, with a morning departure from Melbourne and an overnight service out of Vancouver. The Star Alliance member airline already provides non-stop flights to Sydney and Brisbane.

While Qantas has operated seasonal flights between Sydney and Vancouver since January 2015, Air Canada is the only airline offering year-round nonstop flights from Australia to Canada.

Air Canada’s schedule for year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights

  • AC38 Melbourne to Vancouver (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure at 09:40 – Arrival at 07:35.
  • AC37 Vancouver to Melbourne (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure 22:45 – Arrival 07:55+2

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Friday, January 6th, 2017

Air Canada offers flight discounts to OzTREKK students

Happy Friday!

All of us at OzTREKK always want to ensure our students are prepared to study in Australia, which means we are constantly working behind the scenes to make your journey to Australia as easy as possible. This involves creating partnerships with organizations that can help you get to Australia. With this in mind, we are excited to announce that OzTREKK has partnered with Air Canada to provide our students with a special discount!

Air Canada offers flight discounts to OzTREKK students

Fly to Oz, get a discount!

Air Canada is pleased to provide OzTREKK students and their family members with specially negotiated fares for their travel to Australia, as well as with separate codes for your return travel. Using the promotional codes designed specifically for OzTREKK students will give you a 15% savings on your flight!

To take advantage of this offer, just add the appropriate code for your flight window in the promotional box on www.aircanada.com and the fares will be automatically calculated for you at a 15% discount.

All flight paths are via Vancouver to either Sydney or Brisbane. If you are flying from other cities, please let us know and we can see about getting a different code for you from Air Canada.

Be sure to contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer for flight windows and codes!

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Do you have questions about the Air Canada discounts? Contact us at info@oztrekk.com!

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Air Canada to offer direct flights to Brisbane

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is celebrating a milestone achievement with the announcement of Air Canada’s new three-times-a-week direct service between Vancouver and Brisbane from June 2016.

The new service to be operated by Air Canada’s ultra-modern Boeing 787-8 will be the only direct service between the two cities, heralding a new beginning for Queensland and Canada.

The service will cut travel time between the two cities by five hours.

Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and Managing Director, said the new service will be great for Queensland travellers with Canada’s famously rugged and beautiful landscape now a direct flight away.

“Attracting international airlines to new destinations is hugely competitive and we’re thrilled to welcome Air Canada, one of North America’s leading airlines, which has committed its flagship aircraft to Queensland.

“We’ve been in negotiations for the past two years working in partnership with Air Canada, Vancouver Airport, Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Australia and the announcement of this new direct service between Brisbane and Vancouver is an achievement worth celebrating.

“Canadian travellers are at an all-time high to Queensland and, with the strong corporate links between our state and Canada due to the resource sector; I’d like to thank all of our partners who have helped make this happen and we look forward to working with Air Canada to make this service a success,” she said.

Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Air Canada continues to strategically expand its international network with the addition of our second Australian destination – Brisbane, complementing our year-round, daily flights from Sydney.

“The new Brisbane route increases our presence in the Asia-Pacific market at a time when trade and travel in the region and between North America is growing, with a further boost expected from the Trans-Pacific Partnership now under negotiation.

“The operating economics of the Dreamliner together with the support from the Queensland Government and Brisbane Airport have enabled us to launch the only year-round flights between Brisbane and Canada,” he said.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, said additional aviation capacity between Canada and Australia would be warmly welcomed by the tourism industry.

“Inbound tourism from Canada is currently growing at around 6 per cent and with the introduction of direct flights between Vancouver and Brisbane we certainly hope to see further increases on the 140,000 or so Canadian travellers who visited Australia during 2014.

“Queensland has always been popular amongst our North American visitors and, with Canadian arrivals to the state up 12 per cent in 2014, we’re confident that there will be good uptake of the new service, which offers all-important direct connectivity,” he said.

Mr O’Sullivan said Tourism Australia was looking forward to building demand for the new flights by working closely with Air Canada, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane International Airport on a range of targeted marketing activities.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said the service would operate three times a week from June 2016, and is expected to attract an extra 12,000 international visitors to Queensland each year.

“The Air Canada service represents the first direct flight between Queensland and Canada, and is expected to inject up to $24 million in visitor expenditure for Queensland’s economy per year,” Minister Jones said.

“The service is supported under the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF), and will help entice more North American travellers to visit Queensland.

“The new direct route better connects the state with the growing North American visitor market, which recorded a 9 per cent growth in visitation in the year ending December 2014.

“Growing aviation services to Queensland helps support the state’s tourism economy and creates jobs,” she said.

The service provides Canadians direct access to Queensland’s famous tourism attractions including the beaches of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, access to the Great Barrier Reef and rainforests of Tropical North Queensland, as well as direct access to every state and 42 destinations across Australia.

Air Canada’s service takes Brisbane Airport’s international network to 29 destinations spanning the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific and North America.

Being the largest domestic airline in Canada, the service provides unparalleled connectivity to Air Canada’s domestic network of 64 Canadian cities, along with 52 destinations in the United States and 78 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Story provided by Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce Queensland