Global Explorer

More choice and flexibility with Global Explorer

With the ability to choose from additional airline partners, a Global Explorer fare gives you the flexibility to explore even more destinations around the globe.

Global Explorer enables you to fly with selected airlines outside the oneworld® alliance, including Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines and its affiliate Horizon Air, Fiji Airways, Meridiana fly and WestJet; plus, Qantas code-share flights operated by Air Tahiti Nui and Jetstar.

How is my Global Explorer fare calculated?

Your Global Explorer fare is based on the total distance travelled throughout your journey, plus the cabin class you choose to fly, and is calculated using the following tier levels:

  • Tier 1: Up to 26,000 miles (economy class only)
  • Tier 2: Up to 29,000 miles (economy class only)
  • Tier 3: Up to 34,000 miles (economy, business or first class)
  • Tier 4: Up to 39,000 miles (economy class only)

Frequent flyers

If you are a member of any oneworld member airline's frequent flyer programme, you can earn  points on eligible Global Explorer flights1 and enjoy rewards and privileges across the alliance network2.

Plan your trip

Giving you the freedom to select your route, plan your stopovers, choose your travel class and even change your itinerary, Global Explorer offers ultimate flexibility.

The information below on continental regions, routing and stopovers, will help you plan your Global Explorer round-the-world trip.

Plan your trip

Global Explorer regions

Your Global Explorer fare is based on the following regions:

  • Europe/Middle East including Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Russia west of the Urals, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen
  • Africa (excluding countries named above)
  • Asia including the Indian subcontinent, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia east of the Urals, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (excluding countries named above)
  • Australia, New Zealand and the South West Pacific
  • North America including the Caribbean, Central America and Panama
  • South America

Routing

  • Travel from continent to continent must occur in a continuous westward or eastward direction, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans once only.3

Flights and stopovers

  • Select up to 16 flight segments on your round-the-world itinerary. Travel between two airports by surface transportation will count as one flight segment.4
  • Each tier includes the following stopover allowances:
    • Tier 1 – Minimum two. Maximum five (including a maximum of two within a region).
    • Tiers 2, 3 and 4 – Minimum two. Maximum four within a region.
    • All tiers – A maximum of two stopovers are permitted in the region of origin.5

Travel class

  • Depending on the tier level you have selected, you may choose to fly in first, business or economy class.6
  • For an additional cost, Premium Economy can be booked on British Airways (World Traveller Plus), Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines (between Asia and North America) and Qantas.7

Duration

  • You may return to your point of origin after a minimum of 10 days.8
  • You have up to 12 months to complete your trip.

Reservations

  • Your reservations and ticketing can be handled by any oneworld member airline
  • Following your first international flight, all subsequent flights can be left open-dated, allowing you to schedule your trip as you go.9

oneworld affiliate airlines

Global explorer also includes flights operated by all of oneworld's affiliate airlines.10

Sample itineraries

Every Global Explorer trip is unique. However, we have prepared some sample itineraries to give you an idea of the possibilities.

Tier 1: 26,000 miles

Los Angeles – Melbourne – Perth – Kuala Lumpur – Paris – London – Los Angeles

Global Explorer - 26000 Miles

Tier 2: 29,000 miles

Sydney – Johannesburg – London – Dusseldorf – Miami – Dallas – Mexico City – Los Angeles – Sydney

Global Explorer - 29000 Miles

Tier 3: 34,000 miles

London – Berlin – Moscow – Doha – Kuala Lumpur – Sydney – Nadi – Honolulu – Los Angeles – Santiago – Buenos Aires – London

Global Explorer - 34000 Miles

Tier 4: 39,000 miles

Sydney – Auckland – Papeete – Los Angeles – New York – Buenos Aires – Lima – Santiago – Buenos Aires – Madrid – Rome – Olbia – London – Sydney

Global Explorer - 39000 Miles

Book your trip

For ease and convenience, you can book your entire Global Explorer trip with a single oneworld member airline, regardless of how many oneworld flights you take.

Itinerary changes

A Global Explorer fare enables you to modify your itinerary to accommodate changes of plan, giving you control and flexibility over your round-the-world trip.

For changes or cancellations prior to the start of your journey, please contact the member airline that issued your e-ticket.

If you need to make changes to your itinerary during your journey, please contact the airline that has issued your ticket, or any of the airlines you are flying with on your itinerary.

Please note that change fees and/or service fees may apply to any itinerary change or cancellation.

Terms and conditions

  1. Travel class restrictions may apply and miles/points can only be earned on purchased fares. Please check with your frequent flyer programme for further details. Each oneworld alliance member airline reserves the right to change its frequent flyer programme rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers.
  2. Access to some airport lounges may be restricted during peak periods and may not be available at certain third-party operated lounges. Access is available on the day of departure when the next onward flight is with a oneworld airline. Access is not available to AAdvantage members travelling exclusively on North American itineraries, defined as within or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
  3. You may travel around within a continent provided you do not return to the point where your journey originated. 
  4. If you choose to travel by surface transport between two airports, the most direct flown distance between the origin and destination point of the surface sector will be counted towards your total mileage flown.
  5. A maximum of one stopover is permitted in each direction in the country of origin. This is included in each tier level's maximum stopover limits.
  6. Please note that some aircraft may not offer first or business class cabins. You will be booked in the next lower cabin for this sector. Mileage and tier points will be accrued only from eligible fares in the cabin class you have flown.
  7. Premium Economy is available for a surcharge on British Airways (World Traveller Plus), Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines (between Asia and North America) and Qantas on flights operating that service.
  8. There are no minimum stay requirements, with the following exception: itineraries commencing in North America (including the Caribbean, Central America and Panama) and South America,  intercontinental sector must commence no earlier than 10 days after commencement of the first intercontinental sector.
  9. All destinations you wish to travel to must be stated at time of purchase, before departure from country of origin. You must receive your ticket for your first international flight (and any preceding local flights) at least seven days prior to the departure of your first flight segment. All remaining flights may be left open (i.e. without confirmed flight numbers and dates), as long as each flight is reserved prior to departure. Tickets can be booked or issued up to one hour before departure in some countries. Local service fees may apply.
  10. Currently, itineraries that include Jetstar (JQ) segments can only be ticketed by the following oneworld carriers: American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines. Members of oneworld airline frequent flyer programmes can earn mileage rewards on eligible Qantas-coded Jetstar flights. Please contact your frequent flyer programme for more details.

  • Please note that all information, routings, available destinations and fares are subject to change without notice. Fares are limited to availability and capacity, and fees may apply to itinerary changes and cancellations.
  • Global Explorer is available on scheduled flights that are operated and marketed by a oneworld member airline or an affiliate of a oneworld member airline i.e. a oneworld airline flight number must be on the ticket. This includes American Airlines (AA, US), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific (CX, KA), Finnair (AY), Iberia (IB), Japan Airlines (JL), LAN (LA, LP, XL 4C,4M), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Qantas (QF), Qatar Airways (QR), Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ), S7 Airlines (S7), SriLankan Airlines (UL), TAM (JJ), plus flights operated by Aer Lingus (EI), Fiji Airways (FJ), Alaska Airlines (AS) and Maridiana fly (IG). Qantas (QF) code-share services operated by Air Tahiti Nui (TN) and Jetstar (JQ) are also permitted.
  • Tickets must be issued on AA/AS/AY/BA/CX/EI/FJ/IB/IG/JC/JJ/JO/JL/KA/LA/MH/NU/QF/QR/RJ/S7/UL/US/XL/4C/4M stock. When a QF marketed, NU operated flight is part of an itinerary, IB ticket stock cannot be utilized.
  • If a ticket includes travel to/from/via Cuba, it may not also include flight segments for travel on American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air due to U.S. government restrictions.
  • Children and infants: Children pay 75%. Infants pay 10%.
  • The carriage of passengers, baggage and cargo is subject to the conditions of carriage and regulations of the relevant carrier.
  • A Global Explorer fare may be upgraded to a higher-tiered Global Explorer or oneworld Explorer fare, or to a Global Explorer or oneworld Explorer fare in a higher cabin class without penalty. Upgrading by sector to business or first class is not permitted.
  • Only one intercontinental departure and one intercontinental arrival permitted in each continent. Exceptions apply.
  • Travel may not be via the original point of origin. Only one international departure and one international arrival to/from the country of origin is permitted.
  • The same city pairs/sectors cannot be flown more than once in the same direction.
  • Travel between U.S. and Canada is not considered an international arrival/departure for the purposes of this fare.
  • IATA regions include: TC1 The Americas | TC2 Europe, Middle East, Africa | TC3 Asia, South West Pacific.
  • Global Explorer fares are subject to taxes, passenger fees and charges.
  • Further conditions may apply. Please speak to a oneworld member airline if you have any questions.
  • Please refer to the rule sheet for the full technical product details: Global Explorer rule sheet

All information is up-to-date as of 1 August 2014. Subject to change without notice.