Around The World Award Tickets: One World

This week we continue the Around The World series looking at the One World Alliance and their programs that have around the world ticket.

The programs from One World don't offer true around the world tickets, but they offer an option for multiple stopovers to see a few cities around the world. Which make them like a pseudo Around the world ticket, but they offer decent value as well.

Cathay Pacific:

When booking an around the world ticket using Asia miles it is listed as One World Multi-Carrier Awards.


You are able to use the One World Multi-Carrier Award chart award 2 One World Alliance airlines when Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon aren’t one of the carriers, or 3 or more One World Alliance partners when Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon is one of your carriers.


This should be too hard especially if you are traveling from Asia to the US.


Asia Miles Multi-Carrier award are distanced based for your award cost And for economy tickets, this will top out at 150,000 miles. Business class will top out at 240,000 miles and first class will top out at 345,000 miles.

Your award has a max distance of 50,000 miles. You are able to have 5 stopover with 2 transfers and 2 open jaws.

If you were to book a mixed cabin award, your entire trip will be priced at the highest cabin you flew.

And you are not able to book a Multi-Carrier award in Premium economy.


To search One World Availability, you can search British Airways or even Qantas. Both will be good resources when looking for One World award flights. You will need to call in to book your ticket as this can’t be done online.


The taxes and fees will be dependent on the airlines you fly for your ticket. This means you probably want to stay clear of Trans-Atlantic flights on British Airways.


You can earn Asia miles through transferring Citi Thank You Points, Membership Rewards, Marriott points at 3 to 1 ratio or even their co-branded credit card which is issued by Synchrony bank.


Qantas:

To look for Qantas award chart for their around the world award tickets you need to look at their One World Classic Flight Rewards Table.


You can use this chart when you are flying at least 2 One World Alliance airlines other than Qantas. Also if your ticket doesn’t include any non One World Alliance partner. Jetstar airline can’t be included in this itinerary as well.


Their around the world flight is based on the distance flown and has a max of 35,000 miles flown for the entire trip. At the top end an economy ticket will cost 140,000 miles, premium economy will cost 210,000 mile, business will cost 280,000, and first class will cost 420,000 miles.


As with all of these programs there are stopover conditions and Qantas is no different.


You can have up to 5 stopovers, one only stopover is permitted in any one city and only 2 transfers can be taken at one city in your itinerary. You could also book if you wanted to book an open jaw ticket, you can do that but the distance between those 2 locations will count towards your mileage totals.


If you wanted to book a mixed cabin award, you can do that, but the entire ticket will price at the highest cabin booked.


Your tickets will be valid for 1 year from the original ticketed departure day, except domestic Japan airline itineraries will be valid for 3 months from the date of issue.


You can potentially book this all online, but most will need to be booked online.


To earn Qantas points you can transfer Thank you points at a 1 to 1 ratio or Capital One Miles at a 2 to 1.5 ratio


Thoughts:

I think of all the alliances, the One World around the world offerings are probably the weakest of them all. The number of stopovers are some of the lowest out there and they pass on fuel surcharges as well.


Of the 2 One World carriers that offer these tickets, I think Cathay Pacific is the better of the 2 options. I would still probably pass on using One World for around the world tickets.


One positive of these tickets, since they aren’t true around the world tickets, you aren’t required to cross both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean. But I would think you would want to, so you can maximize your points when booking this trip.


You will want to search British Airways or Qantas for One World availability. For most people, I think British Airways will be easier to use.


So tell me, what do you think of the One World Alliance around the world ticket offerings?


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