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Discount Business Class Travel Strategy: The Circle Pacific Airfare

09/07/2007 | Permalink
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Business and First Class airfares from the US to Australia are among the highest in the world, but there are still a few strategies for scoring discount Business Class travel.

When flying trans-Pacific, the cheapest way to get from destination A to destination B and back may be to fly in a circle, specifically with a “Circle Pacific” Business Class airfare strategy.

These fares require at least one stop in the North Pacific and one in the south (Australia and/or New Zealand) They’re tailor-made for the executive who has to hopscotch around the Pacific Rim or who wants to cap a business trip with a few days of leisure travel.


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And they’re flexible -- only the first flight leg has to be booked before departure, plus, they’re usually far cheaper (20% to 60%) than many point-to-point itineraries.

Here’s how you can use Circle Pacific for Discount Business Class travel to Australia.

Qantas’ round-trip Business Class airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles to Sydney can be as much as $14,473, while a Business Class Circle Pacific fare is $4,979. In order to save the difference -- $9,494 –- you need to make two stops in cities like Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, or Tokyo on the return. That’s not much of a sacrifice for obtaining discount business class travel to Australia.

Alternatively, a round-trip in Business Class from New York to Sydney on Qantas/American (Oneworld) costs $11,458. The Circle Pacific fare is $5,062, a savings of $6,396.

Honolulu qualifies as a stop-over on this itinerary. That’s not much of a sacrifice for obtaining discount business class travel to Australia either!


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