Fare Products Streamlined
MONTREAL, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Star Alliance is launching an
enhanced Asia Airpass for travel across the Asian continent, which in
addition to the 15 countries and territories already offered, now
includes Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Its scope has
further been extended to include all Star Alliance destinations in
Japan and additional flights to India. Airpasses can be purchased in
conjunction with any international return ticket for travel into the
area on a Star Alliance member airline.
The announcement comes as Air Canada is making it easier than ever to
fly to Asia. Air Canada has announced it is increasing service to
Asia this summer with up to 11 non-stop flights per day from Toronto,
Vancouver and Calgary to its Asian gateways: Hong Kong, Shanghai,
Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul. Highlights of Air Canada's Asia schedule
include an increase of Calgary-Tokyo non-stop flights to daily service
(May 1), the launch of new non-stop flights between Toronto and Seoul
(June 1), and an increase in flights from Toronto and Vancouver to
Beijing to up to 10 and 11 per week, respectively (June 1).
"The new Asia Airpass, with its extended routing possibilities, reflects
the growing desire for travellers to explore the full Asian continent
on an Airpass journey, a need which was not fully met in the past,"
said Horst Findeisen, Vice President Commercial and Business
Development at Star Alliance.
The Asia Airpass is valid for a minimum of three flights and a maximum
of 10, with a choice of over 235 destinations. Further countries that
may be visited on an Asia Airpass trip are Cambodia, China including
Hong Kong SAR , Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The enhancement of the Asian Airpass form part of a wider streamlining
of the Star Alliance fare products. The revised portfolio offers the
following seven fare products:
North America Airpass
Circle Pacific Fare
Round the World Fare
"These fares allow customers to maximise their travel opportunities on
Star Alliance member airlines and demonstrate the value of a strong
collective regional network", commented Findeisen.
Similar products are available from our member airlines' which can be
booked by Star Alliance customers looking for regional travel. For
example. ANA offers a Japan Airpass, TAM Airlines offers a Brazil
Airpass, Thai has a Thailand Airpass and United offers a Micronesia
A Star Alliance airpass allows customers to travel across a geographic
region making use of flights offered by the various Star Alliance
member airlines. The fares are calculated on a per coupon basis and
offer better value for money than buying individual airline tickets.
The Circle Pacific Fare is designed to facilitate travel between
destinations across the Pacific Rim using various Star Alliance member
carriers. Customers select the destinations offered to create a
personalised circular itinerary. The fare is calculated by the total
distance travelled and cabin class, whereby passengers have the choice
of purchasing First, Business or Economy Class. Travel needs to begin
and end in the same country.
Round the World Fare
In addition, Star Alliance will continue to offer its popular Round the
World Fare, which enables customers to make use of the entire Star
Alliance network to travel around the globe. Compared to single
point-to-point tickets the fare is attractively priced, with levels set
according to distance and class of travel. Customers can choose between
three mileage levels 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles. The fare is
available for travel in First, Business or Economy Class. Tickets are
valid for one year and permit anywhere between three and 15 stopovers.
Additionally, a Round the World special fare is on offer, which is only
available for travel in Economy Class, has a maximum mileage of 26,000,
needs to be purchased seven days prior to departure and permits three
to five stopovers.
Star Alliance Book & Fly
"Star Alliance Book & Fly" is an online booking tool available at www.staralliance.com/en/booking/book-and-fly/ which allows customers to plan their Round the World and Circle Pacific
Fare journeys from the comfort of their own home, 24 hours a day, 365
days per year. Bookings can be made anywhere in the world and tickets
are automatically issued electronically. The booking engine is
currently available in English, German and Japanese.
More detailed information on fare products is available from www.staralliance.com/en/fares/
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly
global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and
seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the
market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air
Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by
both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are:
Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand,
ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, TACA Airlines, Brussels
Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian
Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines,
Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS,
TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US
Airways. EVA Air has been announced as future member. Overall, the Star
Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329
airports in 194 countries.
SOURCE: STAR ALLIANCE
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