Helloworld Settlement City’s Kylie Foster named the 2014 Star Alliance Expert
Honeymoons are always memorable affairs, but Port Macquarie travel agent Kylie Foster will celebrate her nuptials next year with a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience after winning two Round the World tickets courtesy of Star Alliance.
A Senior Travel Consultant with Helloworld Settlement City, Kylie won the tickets and $500 spending money after successfully completing an online training program developed specifically to update agents on Star Alliance’s recently expanded range of Economy and Business Class Round the World fare levels.
In mid-May the world’s largest airline alliance introduced four new RTW fare levels, providing globetrotters with the ability to enjoy lower prices by taking fewer stopovers or reducing their total mileage.
By updating her knowledge of Star Alliance products Kylie automatically went in the draw to be named the 2014 Star Alliance Expert and she won the grand prize when her answer to the training course’s final question – ‘How would you promote Star Alliance to your customers’ – was unanimously judged as the best by five Star Alliance member airlines.
The timing of her win could not have been better, with Kylie and fiancé Matt due to marry in Port Macquarie next April.
“I’m one of those people who likes to keep up to date with product training and I was keen to learn more about Star Alliance’s new Round the World fares, so I completed the course’s five modules fairly quickly and forgot about the prize” Foster says.
“My initial reaction when I found out I had won was to jump round the office yelling oh my god! When I rang Matt there was just stunned silence. I think he’s still in shock.
“We’re thinking of using the tickets to take a six-week honeymoon that will include Africa, a bit of Europe, New York and then maybe the Cook Islands on the way home.”
Star Alliance Country Steering Committee Chair Craig McCarthy describes the online training program as a major success for the world’s leading airline alliance and Australian travel agents.
“We had a record-breaking number of participants complete the course, which shows a genuine desire among consultants to constantly enhance their knowledge of Star Alliance’s innovative products and services,” says McCarthy.
“Kylie is an outstanding recipient of the Star Alliance Expert award, and on behalf of all Star Alliance member carriers I wish her and Matt a wonderful future together. We look forward to seeing the honeymoon photos!”
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