Bangkok Airways Flights Now Available For Oneworld Global Explorer Fares

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Oneworld Alliance has number of around the world fares in economy, business and first class.

Bangkok Airways Oneworld Explorer

You can now (starting from May 1, 2015) book Bangkok Airways flights as part of the Global Explorer fares.

You can access Oneworld’s press release about this here and Bangkok Airways website here.

Bangkok Airways flight map:

Bangkok Airways Oneworld Explorer Route Map

Bangkok Airways is a regional airline that offers flights within Thailand (owns airport in Koh Samui) and several regional flights to India, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Here’s the Oneworld press release:

Bangkok Airways is the latest airline to start participating in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by oneworld® member airlines and selected partners outside the global alliance, with effect from tomorrow (Friday 1 May 2015).

It is the first time that Bangkok Airways’ flights have been made available through a round-the-world fare.

Global Explorer, one of the most popular round-the-world fares available globally, offers simple, flexible, and great value travel around-the-world.  Prices are based on the cabin class chosen and the total distance travelled.  Travellers have up to one year to complete their journey.

Bangkok Airways serves 11 destinations throughout its Thailand home plus a further 13 destinations in neighbouring countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar and Singapore.

Besides its attractive network, Bangkok Airways adds to the network covered by Global Explorer one additional country – Laos – and nine new airports: Thailand’s Chiang Rai (CEI), Lampang (LPT), Trat (TDX), Sukhothai (THS), Koh Samui (USM), Udon Thani (UTH) and Utapao (UTP), along with Laos’ Luang Prabang (LPQ) and Vientiane-Watay (VTE).

This means Global Explorer now features some 215 destinations across Asia – and almost 1,150 worldwide.

Global Explorer already covers all routes offered by oneworld’s member airlines – airberlin, American Airlines along with its merger partner US Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Russia’s S7 and SriLankan Airlines,  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 Colombia, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru and QantasLink.

Besides all these oneworld member airlines, Global Explorer also covers a number of airlines that are not part of the global alliance – Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines and its Horizon Airlines sister, Fiji Airways, Meridiana fly, WestJet and now also Bangkok Airways.  Flights carrying the Qantas code but operated by Air Tahiti Nui and Jetstar are also included, further expanding the reach covered by  this fare.

oneworld Vice-President Commercial Stephen Usery said: “We are delighted to extend the reach offered by Global Explorer still further with the addition of Bangkok Airways.  Asia’s Boutique Airline matches well the quality of oneworld’s member airlines and it adds an attractive network in one of the regions most popular with round-the-world travelers.”

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 and various specific regions.

For full details of Global Explorer and sample itineraries, see oneworld.com or contact any participating airline or your local travel agent.

About Bangkok Airways

Thailand’s first privately-owned airline and a frequent winner of industry awards, Bangkok Airways describes itself as “Asia’s Boutique Airline”.  It is rated four-stars by Skytrax, the independent industry quality rankings agency.  Its modern fleet of 29 aircraft comprises Airbus A319s and A320s and ATR 72s.  It boarded nearly 5 million passengers in 2014.  Of its 18 code-sharing agreements, eight are with oneworld member airlines.  It provides full-course meals on board, and lounges for every passengers on the ground, offering snacks and drinks.  For more details, see bangkokair.com

Conclusion

In my opinion, the most useful flights for those that are on around-the-world type tickets are Bangkok Airways flights to/from Maldives and between Koh Samui and Hong Kong.

Many of the flights within Thailand and around the region on the routes that the airline operates are highly competitive and usually rather short.

You can get these at very competitive prices if you don’t care about the airline and don’t need a business class seat. I am not sure if it is worth using one of the coupons from around-the-world fare for these flights.

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