SOURCE: 1st-Air.Net

December 22, 2008 13:05 ET

1st-Air.Net Reports Business Class Savings to Australia via Canada

Strong U.S. Dollar Creates Added Value for Premium Travel to Australia

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 22, 2008) - 1st-Air.Net (www.1st-air.net) reports that as published business class fares between the U.S. to Australia continue to soar, U.S.-based travelers are using a strong U.S. dollar to route via Canada for up to 60% savings. Published premium class fares from the U.S. to Australia can exceed $20,000 in business class and $25,000 in first Class travel depending on the route and availability. However, the One World Alliance offers a special product known as the Circle Pacific fare offering premium class cost reductions to Australia as long as travel is via Asia in one direction. From the U.S., fares start at $9,100 in business class and $12,700 in first class for journeys under 22,000 miles. Savvy business class travelers are finding even better deals by starting a Circle Pacific ticket north of the border. Circle Pacific fares from Canadian gateways such as Toronto or Vancouver start at US$6,573 in business class and $8,600 in first class for a 22,000 mile fare. Travelers in the northeastern United States can easily reach Toronto to begin their trip using Cathay Pacific to Australia and returning with Qantas directly to the U.S. Travelers on the west coast can also fly to Vancouver on the cheap, and then start their long haul ticket from Canada and benefit from a 28% cost reduction. The pricing differential between U.S. and Canadian departures is driven by the U.S. dollar reaching a 2-year high against the Canadian dollar. As the U.S. dollar begins to lose ground against other world currencies this pricing anomaly could soon disappear. Travel using the One World Circle Pacific fare is permitted with any of the alliance partners including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. The Star Alliance also offers a Circle Pacific fare but it is limited to departures from west coast gateways. U.S.-based travelers interested in business class travel to Australia via a Canadian gateway may contact 1st-Air.Net for further information or any One World member directly.

1st-Air (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 used its proprietary routing technology and alliances to create value for premium class travelers.

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