New $50 NSW travel vouchers: How to get them, where to use them

Posted: 21 October 2021 1:01 pm
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More incentives to spend time travelling in New South Wales are on their way.

New South Wales is reopening and fully vaccinated residents are enjoying their well-deserved freedoms. Soon eligible New South Wales residents will have an extra $50 to spend on accommodation across the state.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perottet announced the "Stay and Rediscover" vouchers today as part of a $500 million tourism recovery package.

The vouchers will be used to support accommodation providers recovering from the COVID-19 impact by encouraging the people of New South Wales to get out and travel within the state as opposed to going interstate or overseas.

Update:

On 21 October Mr Perottet announced even more vouchers (this time valued at $250) as a "thank you" to households that homeschooled their children during the lockdown.

"It has been tough, it has been a challenge with close to three months of homeschooling, but you have been the primary educators to ensure none of our children get left behind," he said.

Like Stay and Rediscover vouchers, we're waiting on more information, but the vouchers will be split into 5 x $50 vouchers and will be able to be spent on recreation and accommodation (not on dining unfortunatley). They don't need to be spent on the children which means hardworking parents can reward themselves for their efforts.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible to apply for a $50 Stay and Rediscover voucher you must be over the age of 18 and a New South Wales resident.

Where can I use it?

The travel vouchers can only be used on accommodation with participating providers. This will likely include hotels, motels, hostels, caravan parks and camping grounds. There's no word yet if you'll be able to spend them on stays listed on sites like Stayz, HomeAway or Airbnb.

Like Dine and Discover vouchers you'll need to spend the full amount for your travel voucher in one transaction. You won't be given any change.

When will the travel vouchers be available?

The travel vouchers will be available to the bulk of New South Wales residents in March 2022. The government chose that month to support tourism as businesses will head into the less busy shoulder season.

If you're looking to travel now and not wait until March you can book select getaways with Redballoon with your Discover vouchers.

Mr Perrottet said a "pilot" scheme would begin this year which will be available to invited participants from the City of Sydney local government area.

Where can I get my Stay and Rediscover vouchers?

When Dine and Discover vouchers were first released you could apply for them through the Service NSW website and app. We expect the Stay and Rediscover vouchers will be available through the same channels.

What's the best way to spend my travel vouchers?

According to Sydney hotel pricing data from KAYAK, May is the cheapest month to stay in Sydney with prices averaging 22% lower than the rest of the year. The average price per night at a 3-star hotel in Sydney is $173.

With Dine and Discover vouchers being extended until June 2022 (and 1 more available from 1 December), if you play your cards right you could have a May staycation in Sydney with up to $200 off per adult across your accommodation, dining out and on experiences.

If you're a parent who homeschooled your children during lockdown you might even have an extra $250 up your sleeves which brings your potential savings to a huge $450.

Still holding on to your Dine and Discover vouchers? See all the restaurants and attractions where you can spend them.

Note: Originally published 20 October. We updated this article on 21 October to add information about $250 vouchers that will be available to households who homeschooled their children during the NSW lockdown.

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