Wish You Were Here

12 Oct 2016

With the holiday season drawing near (yes, it really is) we thought we’d alert you to a new way to jazz up your traditional Out of Office email response this year.

In a clever marketing ploy, Qantas have revealed their free ‘Qantas Out of Office’ service that ‘’transforms the generic auto email reply into a real-time photographic travel journal”.

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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

How does it work?  Put simply, you visit www.qantasoutofoffice.com, connect your Hotmail or Gmail address with Instagram, and the service will update your auto reply message with pics you’ve tagged #qantasoutofoffice

Step one is to fill in your travel dates and destination city, followed by a message that tells people where you’re at (with a cute option to change the ‘hello’ to the language of your destination), then the part where you connect your email account.  If your email provider is not either Hotmail or Gmail you can copy & paste the message to your regular account but we have to admit it’s not quite the same.  People will have to click a link to be taken to a webpage collection of your instagrammed holiday photos, rather than having them pop straight up.

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Disneyland Resort, Los Angeles

Obviously Qantas is hoping that your pics will help them to advertise the destinations on their flight network, and with their vast list of possibilities it’s more than likely to happen for them.  Qantas Group Executive Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said the airline hoped the new out of office travelogue would inspire more colleagues, friends and family to travel the world.  “We know that tips from friends and colleagues are the highest driver for people when choosing their next holiday destination, so we saw an opportunity to encourage travel through the millions of out of office emails being sent every day”, she said.

For your own part, the photo-based response to your co-workers and clients will hopefully prove that you are actually out of the office, and not just hiding under the desk.

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Barcelona, Spain

So where are you headed this summer?  If you need help deciding, check out some of our great deals below and contact your QFlyer consultant for more details.

Qantas Discount Economy Class Hawaii Sale Fare from $1062 inc taxes
Qantas Discount Economy North America Sale Fare from $1295 inc taxes
Qantas & Emirates Discount Economy Europe Earlybird Fare from $1318 inc taxes