BA doubles baggage allowance for students, Emirates sale and more

Indulge with a stay in the Ocean View Suite at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa.
Indulge with a stay in the Ocean View Suite at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa. PHOTO: SHANGRI-LA HAMBANTOTA RESORT & SPA


British Airways is giving students heading to the United Kingdom double the normal checked baggage allowance this September. They can check in up to 46kg of luggage, in addition to one carry-on luggage of up to 23kg.

The value student fares include return travel to London and one other destination in the United Kingdom, Europe, or via Heathrow Express trains to 11 destinations served by the Great Western Railway such as Bath, Cardiff, Exeter and Oxford.

Student value fares are also available for students travelling to destinations in the United States, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia, but these students will not enjoy a free stopover at a UK or European destination, or the complimentary train services.

The fares are available for booking now for travel starting in September.

For bookings and more information, contact your travel agent. The offer is not available online.


From now till June 30, Emirates is offering travellers an all-inclusive promotional fare from Singapore to Melbourne starting from $819 .

The flight is served by Emirates' daily A380 service, and the deal is applicable for travel to Melbourne from now till Dec 14.

For flight information and bookings, call 6622-1770 or go to

HOTEL DEALS is offering up to 40 per cent off accommodation in its Global Hotel Sale from now till Aug 26.

The discounts - which include 30 per cent off at the five-star Grand Hotel Saigon (rooms start at $111 ar night), and 40 per cent off at the four-star Ramayana Resort and Spa in Bali (rooms start at $63 a night) - apply for stays till Sept 26.

The booking website is giving an additional $30 off bookings with a minimum $250 spend via a mobile device. These bookings must be made by June 26, for travel by Sept 26, with the coupon code MOBVIOUS30.

For more information, go to


Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened a new hotel on Sri Lanka's southern coast.

The 300-room beachfront Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa sits on a 59ha former coconut plantation about 240km and a four-hour drive from Colombo, or 35km from Hambantota's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.

Guest rooms range from 48 to 240 sq m in size.

The resort's amenities include Chi, The Spa, where Ayurvedic treatments use 100 per cent organic herbs and natural products in 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms; three salt-water swimming pools and nature trails.

When Shangri-La's Golf and Country Club opens this month, the resort will be the first in Sri Lanka to have its own golf course. The 5,584m-long, par-70 course features three zones with infinity ocean views and wide fairways.

In celebration of its opening, the resort is offering a variety of packages such as the Safari Sri Lanka with a minimum four-night stay. Starting from US$247 (S$334) a night and available now till Dec 22, it includes half-day safaris to Sri Lanka's famous Yala National Park to see the elephants and leopards, a boat safari, daily breakfast and fresh fruit.

For more information, go to

Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 12, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge'. Print Edition | Subscribe