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Qantas has just released a gift packages that can be sent directly to the doors of people doing it tough in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis. In something we predicted airlines would start to do in our Covid White Paper, the carrier is turning some of its excess stock of pyjamas, amenity kits and snacks in to gift packs to help the airline manage any excess stock, and raise a small amount of additional revenue.

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While some airline memorabilia fetches some hefty sums on eBay, the modest price tag of AU$25 is certainly a bargain to behold. The pack includes the iconic Business Class pyjamas, Business Class amenity kits featuring ASPAR skin products, as well as Tim Tams and snacks that would normally be offered to passengers travelling in premium cabins.

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It’s no surprise that currently the packages are out of stock, but when they return an individual can send up to 10 packs – either anonymously as a surprise ‘random act of kindness’ to a friend, family member, anyone that might be doing it tough or as a “treat yourself” gift – anywhere in Australia via Qantas.com for $25 per pack or 4,350 Qantas Points, including delivery.

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Although not intended for resale, these kits will probably still attract a premium on eBay, as currently they are only available for delivery in Australia. Qantas Executive Manager of Product and Service, Phil Capps, said the airline orders bulk stock in advance and with minimal flights, has items sitting in storage that could be better used to cheer people up.

“We already provide goods to some of our charity partners including Oz Harvest and Neil Perry’s Hope Delivery initiative but these packs offer Australians the opportunity to reach out to those they’re separated from due to border restrictions and lockdowns.

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“Qantas PJs are always popular, and with people spending a lot more time at home and wishing they were travelling somewhere, we think receiving a surprise pair in the mail will be very well received. And probably very well-worn by the end of all this.”

Each care pack (available from the Qantas Reward Store) includes: 1 Qantas Business Class sleeper suit L/XL (suitable for most shapes and sizes); 1 Qantas Curates Business Class amenity kit featuring ASPAR Travel Essentials (Sweet Orange & Shea Hand Cream, Ultra Hydrating Face Moisturiser & Sweet Orange Lip Balm); 12 individually wrapped Tim Tams; 200gram pack of smoked almonds (served in Qantas First Class) and a packet of 10 T2 Lemongrass and Ginger tea bags.

Posted by:Jonny Clark

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