oneworld, the global airline alliance, claims to have become the first to launch a new internet booking tool to allow purchasing of multi-airline round-the-world air tickets.
The oneworld Explorer fare tool is available on the Oneworld website, making the airline alliance the first alliance to offer public fares for sale on the internet. All oneworld member airlines will also provide links to the booking tool on their separate websites.
Choosing from ten member airlines and 20 affiliates, customers and travel agents will be able to plan and book a round-the-world itinerary and pay for tickets online. Availability of flights and seats on dates selected will automatically be checked when customers click on destinations on an interactive map. The system then validates the chosen itinerary, making sure that it meets all the fare’s rules and conditions, before immediately issuing a price for the selected journey. Oneworld Explorer calculates its price based on the number of continents visited rather than the mileage flown. Itineraries can be up to 16 sectors, and when finalised, customers just have to pay online and print out the details whilst the e-tickets are sent to their email.
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