LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Alliance(TM), the world's leading
airline alliance, today launched a new fare product that makes traveling the
Pacific more attractive than ever before. The Star Alliance Circle Pacific
Fare provides an easy and cost-effective way to explore the vast Pacific
region for up to six months on a mileage based ticket involving a combination
of Star Alliance member airlines.
Destinations throughout the region served by Star Alliance airlines and
available for travel on the Circle Pacific Pass include fascinating and exotic
locales ranging from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to the Cook
Islands, Fiji, Western Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. The Star Alliance Circle
Pacific Fare is available for travel in first, business and economy class for
trips with a maximum mileage of either 22,000 or 26,000 miles.
Fares are determined by the mileage category, class of travel and
origin/destination of the itinerary, plus applicable taxes and fees. As an
example, a 22,000-mile Circle Pacific Fare for travel in economy class from/to
the West Coast of the United States is currently available for US $2,688, plus
taxes and fees. A similar trip from/to the West Coast of Canada is available
for CAN $3,269.
In addition, members of a Star Alliance airline frequent flyer program --
such as United Airlines' Mileage Plus program or Air Canada's Aeroplan -- will
be able to accrue miles or points with the new airpass, which is valid for
travel on Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA All Nippon Airways, Singapore
Airlines, Thai Airways International, United Airlines and VARIG Brazilian
"We have designed this new product for people who want to explore the
world but not necessarily on a sweeping round the world expedition," explained
Rainer Dittrich, Director, Revenue Management, Star Alliance. "The Star
Alliance Circle Pacific Fare nicely complements our other fare offerings such
as the Star Alliance Round-the-World fare and the regional airpasses we have
developed for Europe as well as for North America and the Caribbean," he said.
Travel on a Star Alliance Circle Pacific Fare can be booked through any
Star Alliance member airline reservation office or local travel agency.
Travel must include one North Pacific and one South Pacific crossing, and
Australia/New Zealand and Canada/USA must be included the itinerary. A
minimum of three stopovers is required, and as a general rule each city may
only be visited once. Travel has to commence and terminate in the same
Pacific Rim country. For travel to/from/via the USA or Canada, only the
following cities may be included in the itinerary: Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Vancouver. Additional conditions
may apply. Please visit www.star-alliance.com or consult a Star Alliance
member airline reservation office or travel agent for further details.
Star Alliance was established in May 1997 as the first truly global
airline alliance to provide customers the benefits of global reach and a
smooth travel experience. The member airlines are Air Canada, Air New
Zealand, All Nippon Airways -- ANA, Austrian Airlines, bmi british midland,
Lauda Air, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana, SAS Scandinavian Airlines,
Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Tyrolean Airways, United
Airlines and VARIG Brazilian Airlines.
Asiana Airlines of South Korea, LOT Polish Airlines and Spain's Spanair
are scheduled to join Star Alliance in 2003. The future member carriers will
further enhance the Star Alliance network, which currently serves 729 airports
in 124 countries with almost 11,000 daily flights. Additional information is
available at www.star-alliance.com .
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