In an effort to encourage domestic travel, Australia’s flag carrier Qantas is offering Australians a new series of “Mystery Flights” whereby travellers book one of three journeys and put the final destination in the hands of the airline.
The one-day trips, which go on sale March 4, fly out of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, are limited to just 120 passengers and fly to locations that are roughly two hours away.
Breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Qantas lounge is provided and guests won’t truly know where they’re going until their plane – a Boeing 737 – makes its final descent.
(The flight path, however, will be displayed on the back of each seat, so people can try and guess along the way!)
But clues are reportedly provided in advance so travellers can dress and prepare for their trip accordingly.
For example: a flight from Brisbane promises "the perfect getaway" for those who love country hospitality, gourmet food and wine and the great outdoors.
The all-inclusive packages cost AUD 737 (CAD $725) for economy tickets and AUD 1,570 (CAD $1,544) for business.
"As well as helping bring more of our people back to work, these mystery flights are another way to support tourism operators in regional areas especially, who have been hit particularly hard by several waves of travel restrictions," Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said in a statement.
Australians, currently, are unable to travel abroad due to extended COVID-19 restrictions.
This isn’t the first time Qantas has offered mystery flights either. The practice of selling itineraries to surprise locations across the Qantas network goes as far back as the 1990s.
Qantas has tried other creative strategies to encourage air travel throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, the airline offered a seven-hour sightseeing "flight to nowhere," which reportedly sold out in 10 minutes.
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