WestJet links up to Global Explorer round-the-world fare

04 December 2012

WestJet, Canada's "most preferred airline", is now participating in the Global Explorer round-the-world fare offered by all member airlines of the oneworld® alliance and selected other carriers.

WestJet's network of more than 80 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean is now featured as part of Global Explorer, which is one of the most popular round-the-world fares available globally. 

WestJet's addition to Global Explorer brings on board almost 25 additional airports in Canada to the map served by Global Explorer (for details, see below).  With seven destinations across Canada already covered by Global Explorer, it means the round-the-world fare now features 30 Canadian gateways. 

This takes the worldwide reach of Global Explorer - which offers simple, flexible, and great value round-the-world travel for trips of up to one year long - to some 900 destinations in 150 countries. 

The round-the-world fare also covers all routes offered by oneworld's existing member airlines - airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and Russia's S7 plus some 30 affiliated carriers, including Austria's Niki, OpenSkies, South Africa's Comair, Denmark's SUN-AIR, Iberia Express, Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, and QantasLink.  It also features Malaysia Airlines, which will join oneworld on 1 February 2013.

Global Explorer includes too a number of airlines that have no links with oneworld - Aer Lingus, Air Pacific, Alaska Airlines and its Horizon Airlines sister, Gulf Air and Meridianafly.  Flights carrying the Qantas code but operated by Air Tahiti Nui, Jetstar, South African Airways and Vietnam Airlines are included too, expanding the reach covered by the fare further still. 

WestJet's eight code-share partner airlines include four oneworld members - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.        

Global Explorer is one of two round-the-world fares offered by oneworld.  The alliance's other round-the-world fare is oneworld Explorer.  This includes travel on the alliance's existing member airlines and affiliates only.  Uniquely, prices are based on the number of continents visited, rather than on the distance flown. 

oneworld offers one of the most extensive ranges of alliance fares.   For those who don't want to fly all around the world, these include Circle fares for traveling through several continents without actually circumnavigating the globe and Visit passes for each continent.  

The new Canadian airports WestJet adds to Global Explorer include:

  • Alberta's Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie.
  • British Colombia's Abbotsford, Comox, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria,
  • Manitoba's Winnipeg.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador's Deer Lake and St Johns.
  • New Brunswick's Moncton.
  • Nova Scotia's Sydney.
  • Northwest Territories' Yellowknife.
  • Ontario's London, Thunder Bay, Toronto Hamilton and Windsor.
  • Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown.
  • Quebec, in Quebec.
  • Saskatchewan's Regina and Saskatoon.
  • Yukon's Whitehorse.

Destinations in Canada already covered by Global Explorer include: Calgary, Halifax, Kitchener, Montreal Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto Pearson and Vancouver.

For full details of Global Explorer and sample itineraries, see http://www.oneworld.com/flights/round-the-world-fares/global-explorer/ or contact any participating airline or your local travel agent.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 81 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered low-cost flying in Canada.  Recognised nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 8 600 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of 99 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed deliveries for an additional 36 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft through 2018 and plans to launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

About oneworld

oneworld aims to be the first choice airline alliance for the world's frequent international travellers.   It brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.  Malaysia Airlines is on track to join on 1 February 2013, followed later by SriLankan Airlines and Qatar Airways. 

Between them, oneworld's active member airlines and members elect:

  • Serve some 860 airports in almost 160 countries, with more than 9 300 daily departures.
  • Offer some 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
  • Carry almost a million passengers a day on a combined fleet of more than 2 500 aircraft.
  • Generate nearly US$ 120 billion annual revenues in total.

oneworld 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 also offers one of the most extensive ranges of alliance fares. 

oneworld is current holder of three leading international awards for airline alliances - named the Best Airline Alliance by Global Traveler in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2012 Awards for the third year running, the World's Leading Airline Alliance in the 2011 World Travel Awards, for the ninth consecutive year, and the Best Airline Alliance 2011 in Australian Business Traveller's debut awards.