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ONE WORLD CIRCLE PACIFIC FARES

On July 1st, 2008 the One World Alliance instituted the greatest single price increase for Circle Pacific travel since the advent of this program from North America. Overnight, pricing increase by as much as 41% for U.S. departures. As an example, the 22,000 mile fare prior to July 1, 2008 was $5,500. The pricing was changed to $9,300 in 2008 and remains $9,300 in 2011. For frequent international travelers to Australia/New Zealand there are still opportunities to utilize the Circle Pacific fare and obtain the pre July 1st, 2008 pricing by originating the trip in a third country. Fares for departures from several Asian countries have not been raised and are not expected to rise as dramatically for the near future.

One possible strategy would be to purchase a one way ticket between San Francisco and Hong Kong at the Passport Premiere fare of $2,600 + taxes. From Hong Kong, you would then start a Circle Pacific ticket originated in Hong Kong taking you to Australia, back to the U.S, and with a flight coupon back to Hong Kong for your next trip. As of 2011, this prices less than $6,000 + taxes. The combined fare for both the one way to Hong Kong and the Hong Kong originated Circle Pacific is less than the U.S. originated fare. The additional benefit is upon returning to North America you would have a flight sector already paid for your next trip to Hong Kong, and are set up to continue to purchase Circle Pacific trips at the lower priced Hong Kong fare. With just three trips a year, thousands in savings can be yielded with this strategy.

One World : Circle Pacific Fares

The Circle Pacific fare program is a great way to visit both Asia and Australia, while reducing Business and First Class fares by as much as 50% off published tariffs. This program is offered using One World carriers, which feature luxurious premium class products in the sky. The rules and qualification procedures are similar to those associated with Around the World fares but are limited to travel between North America, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. For example, a traveler only needing to visit Sydney and Hong Kong will find greater advantages with the Circle Pacific fare, as it is both less expensive and more direct. The Circle Pacific Fare allows for a return via the Pacific Ocean rather than having to return via Europe. Pricing: There are three different levels of Circle Pacific fares for First Class, Business, and Economy travel which vary based on the total flown mileage: 

UNITED STATES ORIGINATION

CLASS 22,000 MILES 26,000MILES 29,000 MILES
First $12,700 $15,200 $16,000
Business $9,300 $11,200 $12,300
Economy $4,500 $5,400 $5,900

 

Fares shown are converted to USD and exclude taxes, surcharges, ticketing fees and may be subject to FOREX fluctuations.

BANGKOK ORIGINATION

CLASS 22,000 MILES 26,000MILES 29,000 MILES
First $7,695 $9,209 $9,854
Business $5,439 $6,520 $6,977
Economy $3,059 $3,646 $3,902

Fares shown are converted to USD and exclude taxes, surcharges,ticketing fees and may be subject to FOREX fluctuations.

HONG KONG ORIGINATION

CLASS 22,000 MILES 26,000MILES 29,000 MILES
First $7,145 $8,717 $9,288
Business $5,180 $6,270 $6,580
Economy $2,863 $3,493 $3,723

Fares shown are converted to USD and exclude taxes, surcharges, ticketing fees and may be subject to Forex fluctuations.

NEW ZEALAND ORIGINATION

CLASS 22,000 MILES 26,000MILES 29,000 MILES
First $10,323 $12,231 $13,446
Business $7,633 $9,109 $9,976
Economy $3,035 $3,643 $3,990

Fares shown are converted to USD and exclude taxes, surcharges, ticketing fees and may be subject to Forex fluctuations.

Participating Carriers

Qualifying Countries

Travel may originate and travel through any of the following countries:

Sample Itinerary

18 OCT , 01:30am, Friday

Airline: Cathay Pacific Airwayss Flight#873 Class: Business

From: San Francisco, Intl 18 OCT 01:30am, Friday

To: Hong Kong CN 18 OCT 01:30am, Friday

21 OCT , 04:05pm, Monday

Airline: Cathay Pacific Airwayss Flight#711 Class: Business

From: Hong Kong CN 21 OCT 04:05pm, Monday

To: Singapore, SG 21 OCT 07:40pm, Monday

23 OCT , 08:55pm, Wednesday

Airline: British Airwayss Flight#15 Class: Business

From: Singapore SG 23 OCT 08:55pm, Wednesday

To: Sydney, New South Wales 24 OCT 06:15am, Thursday

18 NOV , 12:35pm, Monday

Airline: Qantas Airways Flight#107 Class: Business

From: Sydney, New South Wales 18 NOV 12:35pm, Monday

To: Los Angeles, CA US 18 NOV 07:00am, Monday

18 OCT , 11:40, Monday

Airline: Qantas Airwayss Flight#3151 Class: Business

From: Los Angeles, CA US 18 NOV 11:40am, Monday

To: San Francisco, CA US 18 NOV 12:45pm, Monday

Terms and Conditions

Advance Purchase-Reservations and purchase are required at least 7 days before departure on the first international sector. When reservations are made 22 or more days before departure tickets must be issued at least 21 days prior to departure.

Routing - Travel must be via the North/Central Pacific in one direction and the South Pacific in the other direction. The fare charged will be based on the total number of miles flown. Itineraries that are less than 22,000 miles will be charged the 22,000 mile fare.

 

Travel via the Caribbean or Central America is not permitted.

Travel is permitted on any Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Lan Chile or FinnAir operated flight except Cathay Flights between Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Travel is not permitted to countries west of Thailand.

Stopovers- The maximum number of permitted stopovers is based on the mileage flown and computed as follows:

  • A maximum of one stopover is permitted in the country of origin.
  • A maximum of two free stopovers per region (North America, Asia, South Pacific).
  • Where the passenger disembarks at one point and re embarks at a subsequent point enroute the stopover counts as a single stopover.
  • Additional stopovers may be purchased at $75 each. A maximum of two additional stopovers may be purchased per region visited except in the country of origin.

Sectors - A maximum of 16 sectors/ 2 stopovers required and 4 stopovers permitted regardless of the flown mileage. On flights where first or business class service is not offered but the passenger has purchased a business or first class Circle Pacific Fare the passenger will travel in business or economy without compensation.

On flights where first or business class service is not offered but the passenger has purchased a business or first class Circle Pacific Fare the passenger will travel in business or economy without compensation.

Discounts - Children between the ages of 2-11 years pay 75% of the adult fare when accompanied by an adult paying the applicable adult Around the World fare.

Validity - Return from the last international stopover must commence no earlier than 5 days after departure of the first international sector. The maximum trip length is 6 months.

Rebooking, Cancellations and Refunds

Once ticketed, changes to the first international sector prior to departure are not permitted. Changes to the routing prior to departure except to the first international sector are permitted at a charge of $125.00 per transaction.

After departure, an unlimited number of date or times changes are permitted at no cost. Changes to the routing are permitted for a $75.00 surcharge.

For cancellation of a completely unused Circle Pacific ticket, a 10% cancellation penalty will apply. Refunds of partially used Circle Pacific tickets will be calculated by computing the published fare for the flight sectors flown and subtracting this value from the fare paid. In the event that the published fare of the flight sectors flown is more than the original fare paid, the ticket will be deemed to have no refund value.

A 1stAir imposed handling fee may apply for each change to the dates or routing requested for an Around the World/Circle Pacific ticket once purchase.