AMIN & TRAVEL BEYOND TRAVEL DEAL FAQ – An interview with Wonitta Atkins of Travel Beyond
So what exactly is the AMIN & Travel Beyond Deal?
The AMIN and Travel Beyond Group partnership is really exciting for us and the music industry. We are providing the music industry (individual state/territory membership bodies that fall under AMIN including Music NSW) the opportunity to have a dedicated online travel booking tool. The tool can be utilised to book flights, accommodation and ground requirements with substantial discounts on Virgin Australia flights, accommodation and car hire. We have really focussed on supporting the Australian Music industry and providing value to the each AMIN membership. We are providing a service and tool that has not been available previously that is user friendly and a “one stop shop”.
Sounds great, so how do I access this deal and start booking my flights etc?
First you need to become a member of MusicNSW, which is free. To sign up, click on the Community Members tab on www.musicnsw.com to fill out a short sign up form. From there you will be sent a confirmation email containing your username and password. You then head back to the MusicNSW site to the Community Members tab and login using these details. Once you are logged in you can access the Travel Beyond portal. Once you get to the portal, you will need to ‘Create A New User’. Instructions on how to ‘Create A New User’ are provided once you log in to the membership area of the MusicNSW website. If you are a member of a band/group we provide you with the opportunity to have a dedicated travel booker within the band/group to be able to book on your behalf. It’s really simple and once you are self-registered you are ready to start booking and receive the benefits that AMIN and Travel Beyond Group have been able to negotiate for you. All bookings require a credit card to finalise.
How do I know which AMIN body I sign up with?
You should be signed up with the AMIN body in which you reside or the band/group is registered. To sign up with MusicNSW you must have a residential or business address based in NSW. From another state? Head to http://www.amin.org.au/ to find out which AMIN body you need to sign up with.
What airline carriers can be booked?
Domestically (“Quick Booking” on online portal): Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar airlines are available with real time pricing and availability. Internationally (“Custom Booking” on online portal): All airlines internationally with discounts on selected international airlines.
What type of hotels can be booked?
There are a multitude of accommodation choices available. These range from apartments, economy to luxury options. There are accommodation offerings to cover all budgets and styles required. An example of hotel and apartment companies include Mantra, Quest, Accor, Oaks, Starwood, IHG, Art Series as well as a number of other individually run properties also.
Which ‘selected’ hotels will provide free wifi and onsite parking?
This is hotel by hotel, you must look at the conditions of each hotel when booking them on the portal.
What type of hire car companies can be booked?
The major car companies can be booked via the portal including Europcar, Thrifty, Hertz, Budget and Avis. Compact through to 8 seaters can be booked directly on the portal with a request field if you require a 12 seater or commercial vehicle.
How big is the discount on car hire?
Car discounts change daily but the travel portal allows you to be able to book Travel Beyond Group’s specially negotiated rates and assists by providing reduced excesses. In some instances we can also assist by enabling a reduced age limit (full licence over 21 instead of 25). Please always ensure that you read the conditions prior to accepting.
What does discounted lounge membership entail?
By joining via Travel Beyond Group, we can provide you with access to the AMIN reduced membership for Virgin Lounge Membership. Normally the joining fee and annual fee totals $750 but we are delighted to offer a reduced rate of $240 joining fee and a reduced $375 annual fee saving you $135.
I am an artist based in NSW, and my manager/booking agent books my tours for me. How do I go about the booking process?
Your manager/booking agent can self-register and simply tick a box within the self-registration process that flags them as a travel booker. They then need to list who they are booking on behalf of and we will set them up to be able to book for you.
I am a manager/booking agent/tour promoter based in NSW but I work with acts based in other states in Australia. How does the booking process work for me?
Exactly the same as above. As long as you register with your membership number for Music NSW, we are then able to link you to your acts that have registered via their membership numbers in other states/territories so that you can book on their behalf.
I am an artist based in NSW, but my manager (who books my tours) is based in another state. How does the booking process work across states and territories?
As above. You need to self-register via the Music NSW website. Your manager will have to register with their state/territory membership through their music body and request that they book on behalf of you and we will then link your accounts together so they can book for you.
I am in a self-managed band with lots of members – to access the travel deal, can just one band member apply for a MusicNSW membership and book the flights on behalf of the whole band? Or do we each need to sign up?
Each member will need to sign up as a Music NSW Member and use their membership number to enable them access to register for the travel portal. Once all members are registered, we will then link all members up under the band name and can nominate a travel booker to book on behalf of the whole band.
I am a music industry professional who wants to travel interstate to attend music conferences and networking opportunities. Can I use this travel deal when booking my flights?
You certainly can. Once you have self-registered, you are able to utilise the tool for all of your travel requirements including conferences and networking opportunities.
If a touring group is more than 10, can they still access best rates for hotels and apartments?
For all group bookings you will need to use the tool and make a request via the “Custom Request” button. One of our dedicated travel consultants will make contact with you to provide a group quotation for you. All Travel Beyond Group details are located on the AMIN travel portal.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about AMIN & Travel Beyond travel deal?
For any questions with regards to the deal, please feel free to send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 03 9827 6177. I look forward to hearing from you!