Australia’s flag carrier will be running special day-long excursions from Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.
Following the success of its sightseeing “flights to nowhere” and “flights to somewhere” last year, Qantas has come up with another creative offering for travel-starved Australians seeking a quick domestic break while international borders remain closed. Limited “mystery flights” are being operated on three weekends over the next few months, promising a day trip with a difference.
Passengers will be flown on Boeing 737s from Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney to a destination approximately two hours away, where they will enjoy an entire day’s worth of activities before boarding the flight home. Qantas has given specific clues about each destination so travelers know what to pack and bring along for their mystery excursions. Weather permitting, the journeys will also incorporate low-level scenic flybys of key landmarks en route.
Departing from Brisbane on Saturday, March 27, the earliest trip is recommended for those who love the great outdoors and have a fondness for gourmet food and wine. Qantas’s next mystery flight adventure will take off from Sydney on Sunday, April 18, and all indications are pointing to a seaside destination in Queensland, given the mention of tropical climes and long lunches on the beach. Meanwhile, the third and final mystery flight will operate from Melbourne on Saturday, May 1, whisking passengers to a place where they can explore a farmers’ market, tuck into local food and wine, and take a walk in nature.
The fares, which include meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as activities on the ground, are priced at A$737 for a seat in economy (with earnings of 2,400 Qantas Points and 40 Status Credits). Business-class passengers can expect to pay A$1,579 for the experience and receive 5,000 Qantas Points plus 80 Status Credits.
More information here.