Australian low-cost airline and Qantas Group subsidiary Jetstar is to participate in some of the most popular fares offered by the oneworld alliance, extending the alliance’s coverage of Australasia.
From February 1, flights operated by the Australia-based Jetstar (JQ) and sold under its codeshare arrangement with oneworld member Qantas (QF) will be available through the oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare and oneworld Circle Pacific, Circle Asia and South West Pacific and Circle Trip Explorer multi-continent packages. Qantas code-shares on virtually every Jetstar flight, so this arrangement covers almost the full schedule of Jetstar’s Australia and New Zealand operations.
Jetstar already participates in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld partners with a number of other airlines that are not members of the alliance, and also in the alliance’s Visit Australia and New Zealand pass. However, oneworld says the new, January 27 development is the first time that any carrier which is not part of oneworld is being added to the alliance’s oneworld-branded mainstream fare packages.
Oneworld says its oneworld Explorer package is the world’s most popular round-the-world fare. Its price is based on the number of continents visited, rather than the mileage flown, making travel planning as simple and flexible as possible. It was also the first alliance fare available for sale via the internet, with an easy-to-use online planning tool.
Through founding member Qantas, oneworld was already the only alliance offering a full network within Australia. Now these alliance fares feature the networks of two of the country’s leading carriers.
Jetstar’s involvement will add five destinations, all in Australia, and 56 routes in Australasia – including a New Zealand domestic schedule – to these fares, taking the network covered by oneworld Explorer to nearly 800 destinations in some 150 countries worldwide. Likewise, the oneworld Circle Pacific network increases to around 450 destinations in some 30 countries in South West Pacific, Asia and North and South America. The oneworld Circle Asia and South Pacific network grwos to some 150 destinations in nearly 20 countries.
For lead-in prices for these and all other oneworld fares, or for an exact quote for a bespoke oneworld Explorer trip, visit www.oneworld.com.
All four of these fares cover flights on any oneworld member – which include 12 of the world’s biggest carriers and their 20 affiliates – and Jetstar’s network is also now available.
For passengers travelling on these fares, Jetstar will provide baggage allowances comparable to other participating airlines, baggage through-check between all international flights, through check-in of passengers between Qantas (QF) and Jetstar (JQ) international flights and, on select services, complimentary in-flight offerings such as meals and comfort packs.
Members of any oneworld airline frequent flyer program can earn mileage rewards on eligible flights using these fares and receive all the privileges to which their membership status entitles them.
Mileage rewards can be earned on sectors using Jetstar but, while the link-up means flights on Jetstar can be combinable with sectors on all 12 oneworld member airlines and their 20 affiliates through these alliance fares, initially itineraries with Jetstar segments can only ticketed by oneworld carriers that have interline agreements with the airline. Currently American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas and Royal Jordanian have interline agreements with Jetstar.
Members of oneworld airline frequent flyer programmes can earn mileage rewards on eligible Qantas-coded Jetstar flights using these fares once their frequent-flyer-program host airline has implemented interline links with Jetstar. Again, the list currently includes American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas and Royal Jordanian.
However, oneworld says it is developing plans to extend the arrangement to itineraries being ticketed by other oneworld member airlines.
“Oneworld’s fares are alliance market leaders, and we offer a wider range than any of our competitors, giving consumers the best selection of multi-airline packages from which to choose, travelling all the way with best-in-class airlines from each region at great value prices and with great flexibility, while generating valuable additional revenue for participating airlines,” says Filip Lemmens, oneworld’s vice-president commercial. “The addition of Jetstar to these oneworld fares will make them more attractive still, extending their reach to even more of Asia and Pacific’s exciting destinations.”
“This unique new fare arrangement with the oneworld airline alliance will offer a whole new range of far-reaching itineraries to customers from all around the globe,” says Bruce Buchanan, Jetstar Group’s chief executive officer.
“Jetstar is now the largest low cost carrier based on revenue in Asia and this new offering will give customers enhanced opportunities to travel with us and at the same time provide us with further leadership in the value-based market,” adds Buchanan. “Whilst Jetstar.com will remain our primary distribution channel, through strategic interline and alliance fare agreements such as this, we are tapping into new customer markets.”
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