All posts filed under: Round-the-World

American Airlines Discontinues OneWorld Explorer Awards

My initial instinct was that the American Airlines distance based OneWorld Explorer Awards were too good to be true and it turns out that this will be the case for many. As of April 7, 2014 American Airlines has discontinued OneWorld Explorer Awards with zero advanced notification to customers. When attempting to access the former awards chart, customers are greeted with this friendly message from AA: The former awards chart below was one of the best values available for rewards travel. I posted just one day prior to the discontinuation about How to Travel the World for $250 using this fare. The distance based fare allowed you to fly any One World Alliance airline up to 16 segments around the world in a single direction. With the US Airways merger, I expect that this is simply the first of many changes that will be coming down from American Airlines. Luckily we booked our trip prior to April 7, 2014 and our itinerary will still be honored but I’m sure there are many others out there …

OneWorld Explorer Awards: Traveling the World for Under $250 USD

When I first started researching options for round-the-world travel and came across the OneWorld alliance Explorer Award chart, I thought it was too good to be true. Up until the minute that I saw our status turn to ‘ticketed’ online, I still didn’t have 100% faith that everything would work out. In the end, it did! We traded in 120,000 miles and just under $250 each for approximatly 25,000 miles through OneWorld partner airlines. We are now just a few short weeks away from hoping on a plane for a three month round-the-world journey. There are many great resources online (some of our favorites are listed below) giving the details of these complicated fares. Despite our endless research, there were still 5¬†things that we didn’t have advance knowledge of that in hindsight would have been very helpful. 1. You may start and end your trip in different cities, BUT this is considered an open jaw. An open jaw is any leg of your flight where you are arriving and departing from different cities (i.e. you …