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Q: What airlines can I fly with on a ONE ticket?
A: Any oneworld airline, which are currently Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia,
Lan, and Qantas, or their affiliate airlines:
• American Connection
• American Eagle
• British Mediterranean
• BA CitiExpress
• Comair (not to be confused with the Delta affiliate in the US with the same name)
• GB Airways
• Zambian Airways
• Regional Air
• Lan Express
Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific Airways and Finnair do not have any affiliates.
NOTE: The ticket must have you flying on one of the above airlines; codeshare flights operated by other partner/affiliate
airlines are not permitted on this ticket. So for example the QF flights that are codeshares operated by FJ (Air Pacific)
are not eligible. However it is possible to fly on codeshares within the alliance. For example you can take an AA flight
number that is actually operated by BA. The benefit of doing this is that it may help depending on which frequent flyer
membership you are with, and what bonuses are given with these flights.
NOTE: If a ticket includes travel to/from/via Cuba it may not also include flight segments for travel on American
Airlines/American Eagle/American Connection due to US Government restrictions.
Q: What are the basic rules of the fare?
A: It is a round the world ticket, so you must cross both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, but can only do so
once for each ocean. The fare is calculated based on the number of continents you visit. The continents are counted
even if you only change planes there (eg. stopping in Asia on a flight from Europe to Australia), and the continent count
includes the continent of origin. See below for backtracking rules. You can fly up to 20 segments in total.
Q: Can I backtrack?
A: You can backtrack within countries and continents, but you cannot re-enter a continent after leaving it, except: (a) a
transit without stopover in Asia on a flight between Europe and SWP or vice versa, (b) a transit without stopover in Asia
on a flight between North America and SWP or vice versa, (c) a transit without stopover in North America on a flight
between South America and SWP, Asia or Europe or vice versa, (d) a transit without stopover in Europe on a flight
between Europe and Ghana or Nigeria or vice versa. Any of these transit without stopover benefits can be taken in
either direction (eg. Europe-SWP or SWP-Europe) and either before or after you wish to enter the continent for the
second time to use your stopovers there. You can only leave and re-enter the continent of origin once, except for North
America where you may have an additional transit without stopover.
Q: What are the continents on which the fare is calculated? Which countries are in which continent?
A: Forget all your geography lessons, and take a look at the map accessible by clicking this hyperlink and you should
see the continents. For those who prefer the text, oneworld defines the continents as follows:
North America = United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean area, Central America and Panama
South America = all of South America other than Panama
Europe = all of Europe, including Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and all of the Middle East including Egypt and Sudan
Africa = all of Africa other than Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia
Asia = all of Asia excluding everything in the South West Pacific
South West Pacific = all of the South West Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand
Q: How many of those 20 segments can I use in each continent?
A: Generally you get four (4) segments in each of Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and South West Pacific, and six
(6) segments in North America. None of the intercontinental flights, including those across the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans, count against any continent allowance, although obviously they do count against your 20 segment total
allowance. There are, in addition, other restrictions you need to be aware of.
Q: Are there any other restrictions that I have per region/continent?
Europe - Not more than two Europe/Middle East segments may be used for journeys between the U.K. and the following:
Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Malta, Morocco, Funchal, Portugal, Romania,
Russia, Tunisia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, and the Middle East. You get four segments in Europe, so if you go from Heathrow
to, say, Dubai, you cannot then go from Heathrow to Greece and back.
Americas - Within North America, only one transcontinental flight is allowed between selected cities on the East and
West Coasts. "Transcontinental" is defined as a flight between one of
BWI/BOS/FLL/BDL/MIA/EWR/NYC/ORL/PHL/SJU/YYZ/WAS and one of
LAS/LGB/LAX/OAK/SNA/PDX/SAN/SFO/SEA/SJC/YVR. Also, in North America only one segment is permitted between
the continental US and Hawaii (so if you want to visit Hawaii, you must go to/from Australia), and only one flight to/from
ANC (Anchorage, Alaska) is permitted.
South West Pacific - Within Australia only one flight is permitted between Perth and Brisbane, Cairns or Sydney, or
between Darwin and Melbourne or Sydney. This restriction does not apply for passengers traveling to/from Africa on the
Sydney-Perth direct flights.
Asia - No tickets to Vietnam or Cambodia permitted.
Q: Can I take the QF flight from LAX-JFK (or vice versa) even if I don't have an onward flight with QF?
A: Yes, but the reservations staff may not immediately agree it is possible since QF can only sell tickets on that flight in
connection with another international flight. Sometimes they confuse this and think it means another international flight
on Qantas, which is not the case.
Q: Can I buy more segments?
A: Yes, you can buy up to two more segments per continent, other than the continent of origin, at varying prices
depending on the class in which you are booked. You cannot, however, have more than 20 segments in total.
Q: What about stopovers? What are the rules? And benefits?
A: A stopover is break in your journey of more than 24 hours. You can have as many stopovers as you like (one per
segment if you like), but you cannot have more than two stopovers in the continent of origin. The key thing here is the
24-hour rule, and there are two main benefits. First, at some airports (eg. LHR) not having a stopover can save
significant taxes as you will be classed as a passenger in transit, and second, you can stop for dinner and a night with
friends, even if you are out of stopovers in the country of origin.
Q: Where can I fly on a ONE ticket?
A: You can get an idea of available destinations from the maps on the AA website at this hyperlink; just select oneworld
cities once the relevant area has loaded. There is also a pretty bad map on the oneworld website here.
Q: What tools are available for working out my itinerary and the airline timetables?
A) You can download the oneworld electronic timetable by clicking on this link which opens a .exe file, or from the AA
website by clicking this link.
Q: Can I end my itinerary in a city other than the one where I started?
A: Yes. You can separate your origin and destination under any of the following circumstances: anywhere within the
country of origin, between the US and Canada, anywhere within Africa, anywhere within the Middle East, between Hong
Kong and China, between Bangladesh and Bangkok or Singapore, or between Malaysia and Singapore. So you could
start in CAI and end in DXB, but could not start in JFK and end in MEX.
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