SOURCE: 1st-Air.Net

March 25, 2010 23:06 ET

1st-Air.Net Reports Euro Zone Joins U.K. as Hotspot for Around the World Ticket Origination

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) - The weak British Pound continues to make the U.K. a hotspot for lower priced business class around the world tickets. However, the Euro's recent slide against the U.S. dollar has made around the world business class fares originated in either the Euro zone or the U.K. up to 23% less expensive compared with other continents. 1st-Air.Net (www.1st-air.net), the premium class travel authority, reports that travelers paying in currencies other than the British pound or the Euro can receive significant savings by starting a business class around the world ticket in Europe as opposed to their home continent. In January 2009, 1st-Air.Net initially reported fare savings from the U.K. when the pound hit a 23 year low against the U.S. dollar. With the exception of Switzerland, the entire European continent receives top honors for offering the most competitive Around the World fares in terms of ticket price, flexibility and ease of ticket purchase.

As of March 24, 2010 the USD/GBP exchange was 1.49095 to 1, marking a six month low for the pound against the dollar. The Euro also reached a six month low against the dollar of 1.3338 to 1, sliding nearly 12% in just four months. Downward momentum of both the Pound and Euro makes around the world business class fares originated in Europe less expensive for Australian, Canadian, and U.S. originated travelers. As airlines continue to increase point to point business class fares and ticket restrictions, around the world tickets allows travelers to pay a fixed price for up to 16 flight segments as long as the itinerary circles the globe.

Currently, the One World Alliance sells its 3 Continent business class around the world fare for US$8,600, for departures from the U.S. Travelers originating in the U.K. pay just GBP4,799, (US$7,245), a 16% discount compared with U.S. pricing.

U.K. and Euro zone originated around the world tickets also offer more lenient fare rules. One World maintains a 7 day advance purchase requirement for North American departures, but has no specific advance purchase requirement for European originations. North American and Australian based travelers can also benefit from adding up to six bonus flight segments for use within their home continent between long haul trips.

Star Alliance offers similar savings from Europe with pricing. The 29,000 mile business class fare (known as STAR1) originated in Australia and sells for AUD10,980. The same STAR1 fare sell for GBP4,964 or AUD8,136, making U.K. origins 24% less expensive.

Travelers interested in originating an around the world ticket from Europe or any other country may visit the around the world section or the membership programs section of the company's website.

1st-Air.net (www.1st-air.net) offers international business and first 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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