oneworld's latest Circle Atlantic fare is just the ticket for exploring Europe and the Americas

03 February 2009

Trips around Europe, the Middle East and North and South America are now easier and better value than ever with the launch of the latest new fare from oneworld®, the leading quality airline alliance.

Circle Atlantic tickets, available from today, include up to 16 flight segments between destinations throughout those regions, at prices - including a special 10 per cent discount, available until 12 April 2009, to mark oneworld's 10th birthday - from US$3,150 from the USA, GBP1,214 from the UK, EUR1,620 from Euro-zone countries and US$2,700 from Chile.   For further price details, see below. 

Passengers must start and end their trip in the same country, travelling along the way in one continuous circle in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction between the three regions of:

  • Europe plus the Middle East.
  • North America, including the USA, Canada and Mexico.
  • South America.

Three variations are available - all offering up to 16 flight segments and with "back-tracking" allowed within each region - for travel of up to:

  • 17 000 miles, with four free stopovers included.
  • 21 000 miles, with five free stopovers.
  • 25 000 miles, with six free stopovers.

Prices are based on which mileage option you select, the cabin class you choose - Economy, Premium Economy where available, Business or First Class - and where you start and end your journey.   For typical lead-in prices, see the table below.

Circle Atlantic journeys qualify for frequent flyer miles and points.  Members of any oneworld member airline frequent flyer programme receive all their privileges when they fly with any of the alliance's carriers, including lounge access for Emerald and Sapphire cardholders.

Flights can be on any of the oneworld airlines with flights within and between these regions - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines and Royal Jordanian and their affiliates, including LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru.  Mexicana will participate in the fare when it joins oneworld later this year.

Circle Atlantic covers more than 160 destinations in 40 countries in Europe, 22 destinations in 10 countries in the Middle East, some 170 airports in North America's USA, Canada and Mexico, and almost 55 cities in almost 10 countries in South America.

oneworld is a natural choice for travel in all these regions:

  • It is the only alliance with member airlines based in South America with LAN and its affiliates
    LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru offering the broadest airline network within the continent, with flights throughout the region and connections to and from North America, Europe and the South Pacific. American Airlines is the leading airline serving the continent internationally, and Iberia is the leading airline between Latin America and Europe.
  • In the Middle East, Royal Jordanian serves more destinations than any other airline.
  • In Europe, oneworld features two of the continent's biggest airlines, in British Airways and Iberia, with Finnair flying an extensive network in the Nordic region and Malév in Central and East Europe.
  • In North America, American Airlines is one of the region's biggest airlines.

Circle Atlantic was announced today as the Chief Executives of all its member airlines gathered in Madrid to mark the tenth anniversary of oneworld's launch.

oneworld offers a wider choice of alliance fares than any of its alliance competitors - 12 consumer fares in total.  Circle Atlantic is its fourth Circle fare, offering flights across several continents.

For travel all the way around the world, it offers oneworld Explorer, which uniquely is based on the number of continents you travel through, rather than the miles flown, making planning as simple and as flexible as possible, while for travel around single continents it is the only alliance with passes covering all six major landmasses - Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, North America and South America, plus Japan. 


Sample lead-in prices for Circle Atlantic from the USA, UK, Euro zone countries and Chile - including a special 10 per cent discount, available until 12 April 2009, to mark oneworld's 10th birthday, but excluding taxes, charges etc - are: 

Circle Atlantic        for up to


Euro zone   countries



17 000 Miles


Classe Économique





Business (Classe Affaire)





Première Classe





21 000 Miles


Classe Économique





Business (Classe Affaire)





Première Classe





25 000 Miles


Classe Économique





Business (Classe Affaire)





Première Classe





For further details, including all conditions, see

Circle Atlantic fares are quoted in US dollars, Euros, UK sterling (GBP), Hungarian Florints and Jordanian Dinars only.  Prices will need to be converted into other currencies at the exchange rate current at the time of sale. 

About oneworld

oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru.  Mexicana and its affiliate Click Mexicana will join the alliance in 2009. 

Between them, these airlines:

  • Serve almost 700 airports in nearly 150 countries, with some 8 500 daily departures.
  • Offer some 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
  • Carry 330 million passengers a year.
  • Employ 300 000 people.
  • Operate almost 2 300 aircraft.
  • Generate US$100 billion annual revenues.

oneworld is the only alliance with any member airlines based in Australia, South America or Asia's Middle East.

The alliance enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own.  These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges.  

oneworld was voted the World's Leading Airline Alliance for the sixth year running in the latest (2008) World Travel Awards.   It is the only winner of this award since it was introduced in 2003.


oneworld benefits are only available to passengers on scheduled flights that are both operated and marketed by a oneworld member airline or on a oneworld member airline affiliate. 

At peak periods, access to certain lounges may be restricted due to capacity constraints.  Access is available on the day of departure when the next onward flight is with a oneworld airline.  Access may not apply at a limited number of lounges operated by third parties.  Access is not available to AAdvantage members travelling on solely North American itineraries.

American Airlines AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club members can earn and redeem miles, and earn tier status credit, on all eligible flights except:

- American Airlines AAdvantage members will not earn or redeem miles or earn tier status credit on British Airways transatlantic flights between the USA and UK. AAdvantage miles and top tier status credit may be earned though miles may not be redeemed on all American Airlines code-share services operated by British Airways when the booking is made under the AA code.

- British Airways Executive Club members will not earn or redeem miles or earn tier status credit on American Airlines transatlantic flights. BA miles and tier points may be earned though miles may not be redeemed on all British Airways code-share services operated by American Airlines when the booking is made under the BA code.