SOURCE: 1st-Air.Net

March 05, 2010 02:59 ET

1st-Air.net Reports Around the World Business/First Class Discount Fares From the U.K.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) - The British pound's recent slide against the U.S. dollar has once again made the United Kingdom a hotspot for purchasing lower priced around the world tickets. 1st-Air.net (www.1st-air.net), the premium class travel authority, reports that travelers paying in currencies other than British pounds can save as much as 23% by starting an around the world ticket in the U.K. In January 2009, 1st-Air.net previously reported around the world fare savings from the U.K. when the pound hit a 23-year low against the U.S. dollar. The pound's recent weakness once again creates buying opportunities for Australian, Canadian or U.S. based travelers seeking business class travel for less.

As of March 3, 2010 the USD/GBP exchange was 1.50613 to 1, with the pound sliding nearly 8% against the U.S. dollar since January 1st, 2010. The pound's downward momentum makes around the world fares originated in the U.K. up to 23% less expensive for Australian, Canadian, or U.S. originated travelers.

The One World Alliance sells its 3 Continent business class around the world fare for US$8,600 plus taxes for departures from the U.S. The same itinerary originating in the U.K. sells for GBP4,799. Based on current exchange rates, this equates to US$7,223. U.S. travelers considering around the world travel will receive greater value by purchasing a one way ticket to the United Kingdom and then starting their around the world itinerary from London using the lower U.K. fare level.

In addition to lower costs, U.S. based travelers purchasing a U.K. originated around the world ticket benefit from more lenient fare rules. The One World Alliance maintains a 7 day advance purchase requirement for North American departures, but has no specific advance purchase requirement for European originations. U.S. based travelers can also benefit from up to six bonus flight segments within North America between international trips and a bonus ticket back to the U.K. for future use.

The Star Alliance 29,000 mile business class fare (known as STAR1) originated in the U.K. sells for GBP 4,964 or US$7,440. The same around the world ticket originated in the U.S. starts at $9,564, making the U.K. 23% less expensive compared to the U.S. fare level. Australian, Canadian, and U.S. based travelers will also find savings by originating their around the world tickets in the Euro zone, where the STAR1 fare starts at EUR 5,675/USD 7,695, a 19% savings compared to the U.S. fare level.

Travelers interested in originating an around the world ticket from the United Kingdom or any other country may visit the around the world section or the membership programs section of the 1st-Air.net website. 1st-Air.net (www.1st-air.net) offers premium class international travel at savings of 20% or more in markets without competitive fares. Since 1998, the company has serviced high net worth individuals and self managed travelers worldwide.

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