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Optus has partnered with online accommodation service Airbnb in a deal which it says is designed to enable overseas travellers to stay connected “no matter how far from home they roam.”

With the new partnership, Optus customers new to Airbnb can redeem one $50 voucher for any Airbnb booking over $100.

The voucher is available from today and Optus says its customers will be notified via social media, an email campaign and in-store catalogues.

Customers simply visit the webpage to generate a code which can be taken to the Airbnb website for redemption when booking a property.

Rohan Ganeson, Managing Director, Customer, Optus, said Australian guests new to Airbnb can score a free $30 Prepaid SIM to use on international roaming when they book one of Airbnb’s 1.5 million overseas properties, located in 34,000 cities around the world.

“Simply book a property and a link to the redemption page will be embedded in the booking confirmation email from Airbnb. Prepaid SIM cards can be redeemed online or via a local Yes Optus Store.”

Ganeson said, “Providing travellers with a little extra credit before they take off will give them one less thing to worry about. Travel is so exciting but untangling an overseas mobile plan can be a frustrating experience. We partnered with Airbnb to take down this barrier and help travellers feel like a local as soon as they land.”

Airbnb General Manager Sam McDonagh said, “This news will be a welcome bonus to Aussies heading overseas this Christmas with Airbnb. Next week alone, more than 25,000 locals will use Airbnb to book their accommodation somewhere in the world. This fabulous partnership will let both Optus and Airbnb customers land on their feet as soon as they touchdown anywhere in the world.”

Optus and Airbnb say Optus customers and Airbnb guests will experience the immediate benefits of thepartnership, with “ambitious offers” soon to be released, leading into 2016.

Eligible Optus customers can grab their $50 Airbnb voucher from here, while eligible Airbnb guests can redeem their free $30 Prepaid SIM here.

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