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Chronological Summary of Changes to the Oneworld Explorer Rule Sheet

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2019-Mar-15 Minor change
2019-Feb-11 Rule 4(j) Wording, in part, changed from:
QF operated services within USA (eg LAX-JFK vv) not permitted unless booked as a through flight segment between Australia & USA (eg SYD-JFK vv)
To:
QF operated services within USA (eg LAX-JFK vv) not permitted unless booked in conjunction with a QF operated and marketed online connection or stopover flight at LAX
Rule 15 Following paragraph removed
When travel originates in a country for which a specific local currency fares is published and the ticket is sold in another country, the fare will be that published for the country of origin converted to the currency of the country of sale at the bank selling rate.
Other, minor, changes
2019-Jan-08 Minor change (to the list of AA-affiliated airlines)

2018-Jun-06 Rule 16 - VOLUNTARY CHANGES / REROUTING / PENALTIES
Highlighted words removed
16(a)2d. If the rerouting results in an increase to the number of continents or extra flight segments previously charged, the ticket shall be recalculated.
2018-Mar-05 Rule 4(j) Words added:
QF operated services within USA (eg LAX-JFK vv) not permitted unless booked as a through flight segment between Australia & USA (eg SYD-JFK vv)
2017-Oct-30 Rule 5 Reservations and Ticketing: changed wording
From:
Reservations for the first overwater flight and all preceding flights must be made prior to departure.
To:
Reservations for the first international flight and all preceding flights must be made prior to departure.

Air berlin removed (it has ceased operating)
2017-Sep-05 No change (see the linked post)

2017-Aug-01 Rule 4(e) Major change regarding second visits to certain continents
Old Version:
New Version:
(e) Only one intercontinental departure and one intercontinental arrival permitted in each continent except as follows:
Two permitted in North America.
Two permitted in Asia when one is for travel between the Southwest Pacific and Europe/Middle East.
Two permitted in Europe/Middle East.
If travel is to/from Europe in both directions, itinerary may not include Mauritius/South Africa.
AA Premium Economy booking classes added
2017-Feb-01 Rule 4(f) has the following words added:
No more than 4 international transfers from the one country permitted
2016-Dec-01 Rule 0 Removal of these words
3 Continent Fare is only offered for travel originating in Asia, Europe/Middle East and North America
(because southern hemisphere 3- continent itineraries became possible when JJ commenced its GRU-JNB service)
Rule 4(g) addition of these words:
The first crossing between TC areas must be flown, not surfaced
Rule 4(h) Removal of these words:
*not more than 2 of which may be between the UK and ALBANIA, ALGERIA, BULGARIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, GREECE, MIDDLE EAST, MOROCCO, ROMANIA, RUSSIA west of the Urals, TUNISIA, TURKEY, UKRAINE.
2016-Aug-04 Rule 4(h) Removal of these words:
*segments between Europe and Middle East are not permitted if travel includes Africa and the itinerary utilises the backtracking provisions in Para 4(e) 3.1.3.or 3.2.3.
(So no more complicated rules regarding second visits to Europe/Middle East)
2016-Apr-22 Rule 4(e) Major change to the 2nd visit to Europe/Middle East rule
New wording is:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/members/pandaperth-albums-postings-picture13421-new-rule-2nd-visit-europe-middle-east.png[/IMG]
Rule 8Stopovers. Removal of the highlighted words:
2. Maximum two stopovers permitted in the continent of origin of which a maximum of one stopover is permitted in each direction in the country of origin.
Rule 15 Sales Restrictions
Removal of the highlighted words:
When travel originates in a country for which a specific local currency fares is published and the ticket is sold in another country, the fare will be that published for the country of origin converted to the currency of the country of sale at the bank selling rate. The resultant fare must not be lower than from the country of sale.
Exception: Not applicable when BOTH travel originates and sales are made within Europe
.
2016-Apr-01 Minor change to booking classes

2015-Dec-01 Minor change to list of affiliate airlines and to the cancellation fee

2015-Nov-01 US Airways removed from list of airlines (its merger with AA was complete)

2015-Sep-01
Rule 4(k) ATL added to list of east coast cities
Rule 26 Change to group booking codes
2015-Jun-01 Rule 4(k) TPA added to list of east coast cities

2015-Feb-01 Minor change to the list of affiliated carriers
Rule 16 Voluntary Changes
Removal of “Date/Time/Carrier” changes. Phrase now used is “changes to ticketed points”
2014-Nov-01 Rule 4(j) change to the list of affiliated airlines

2014-Oct-01 Rule 5 Highlighted words added
NOTE: For flights where First or Business Class is not offered or available, passengers may travel in a lower Class, in the applicable booking code for that lower Class.
Where the applicable booking class for the lower class is not available,
Passengers travelling on First Class Fares may book Y class
Passengers travelling on DONE* Business Class Fares may book B class
2014-Aug-01 Minor changes only

2014-Jul-01 IONE3 fares added
Other minor changes
2014-May-01 UL joins Oneworld

2014-Apr-01 JJ and US join Oneworld

2013-Dec-01 Allows DONEn travellers to fly in first class on QR’s Middle East flights

2013-Oct-30 QR joins Oneworld
Complicated new rule for 2nd visit to Europe/Middle East in conjunction with travel to/from/via Africa
2013-Oct-01 LAN Colombia joins Oneworld

2013-Jul-01 Minor changes
Removed the ability to purchase extra intra-continent flight segments
2013-Mar-01
Changes subsequently discovered
Continents transited to be counted
Rule 8. The highlighted words dropped
Maximum two stopovers permitted in the continent of origin of which a maximum of one stopover is permitted in each direction in the country of origin.
2013-Jan-31 MH joins Oneworld

2012-Nov Rule 0 The highlighted words added
TRAVEL BETWEEN SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AND EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST ON A SINGLE FLIGHT NUMBER/OR BY SURFACE IS CONSIDERED TRAVELLING SWP-ASIA-EUROPE/ MIDDLE EAST THROUGH THREE CONTINENTS
2011-May-02 Rule 4(l) Change to the list of Australian trans-continental flights allowed

2011-Apr-01 Rule 4(e)(3) Tanzania removed from the list of African countries where 2nd visit to Europe/Middle East allowed

2011-Feb-02 QF codeshare flight on JQ allowed
Albania and Turkey added to the list of countries to/from which only two flights allowed from/to UK
2010-Nov-01 Highlighted words added
TRAVEL BETWEEN SWP AND EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST ON A SINGLE FLIGHT NUMBER/ OR BY SURFACE IS CONSIDERED TRAVELLING SWP-ASIA-EUROPE THROUGH THREE CONTINENTS.
Premium Economy supplements increased
2009-Nov-30 Rule 4(l) Change to the list of Australian trans-continental flights allowed

2009-Aug-04 Rule 4(c) Origin-Destination surface segment allowed between Maldives and Sri Lanka/India
Rule 8. Highlighted words added
Maximum two stopovers permitted in the continent of origin of which a maximum of one stopover is permitted in each direction in the country of origin
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Old Oct 13, 09, 5:49 pm
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I'm confused here. You (or the AA RTW desk) seem to be suggesting that in this case SYD & MEL are in the same country as AKL. Am I missing something?
Originally Posted by christep View Post
... which is not what I read the rule as saying at all. To me this seems to be "Agent Error" at the AA RTW desk (not realising that Australia and New Zealand are different countries).
You are right - this was towards the end of a 45 minute telephone call (18 minutes on hold) and I wanted to get it over and done with. It was not a big deal to me.

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Old Oct 13, 09, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Wasabi Tofu View Post
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Before new rule introduced, one can practically make a domestic side trip before/after REAL RTW trip.
Oneworld does not want such routing, just IMHO.
Agreed; really only pertinent when originating in large area countries like USA, Canada and Australia.
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Old Nov 30, 09, 3:38 pm
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CBR now included in Australia transcon retrictions

New version of rules dated 30 November 2009

Only change I've spotted is:

4. FLIGHT APPLICATION/ROUTINGS
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(l)Within Australia - only one nonstop/single plane service flight is permitted between the following points:
BNE/CBR/CNS/SYD/MEL - PER
CBR/MEL/SYD - DRW
MEL/SYD - BME
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Originally Posted by Wasabi Tofu View Post
New rule prohibts a routing such as
BWI-xDFW-LAX-JFK-LHR-HKG-JFK
Before new rule introduced, one can practically make a domestic side trip before/after REAL RTW trip.
Oneworld does not want such routing, just IMHO.
You are very probably correct, Wasabi Tofu. In the past, it's been suggested in this very forum that itineraries could be arranged like this in order to use up some of the segments that would otherwise go unused, even several months before/after the true RTW trip. I guess part of the price we pay for an open forum is that OneWorld can react to the members' creativity where they think that we are pushing the limits too much.

That said, I believe it's very healthy that the market forces operate like this. It would not be in anyone's interest for the product to become so unprofitable that it were to be withdrawn.
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There have been reports that some booking agents are applying it to the "continent of origin" rather than the "country of origin".

I was told that my planned AKL-xLAX-...-NRT-SYD-MEL-AKL was invalid, but AKL-xLAX-...-NRT-xSYD-MEL-AKL was Ok.

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New version of the Rule Sheet - dated 1-Nov-2010

Only two changes

as reported by Bukhara in another thread:
Originally Posted by Bukhara View Post
Whilst Oneworld4u may not have been paying much attention to this forum, rest assured that other areas of Oneworld have not been so negligent!


The wording in the Flight Application has now been changed to prevent crafty folk from including surface sectors and escaping the extra continent charge for travel between Europe/M.East - SW Pacific.

TRAVEL BETWEEN SWP AND EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST ON A
SINGLE FLIGHT NUMBER/ OR BY SURFACE IS CONSIDERED TRAVELLING
SWP-ASIA-EUROPE THROUGH THREE CONTINENTS.
Also, the Surcharges for premium economy have changed
- presumably they have gone up, but I don't have a record of what they used to be to confirm that
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Also, the Surcharges for premium economy have changed
- presumably they have gone up, but I don't have a record of what they used to be to confirm that
New:
Code:
12. SURCHARGES
Economy Class Passengers may travel in QF Premium Economy cabin, JL Premium
Economy, or BA World Traveller Plus cabin for an additional charge, per flight segment of:
AUD1400 GBP850 JPY113,000 USD1350
Sectors between SWP and Africa     
Sectors between SWP and Europe
Sectors between SWP and North America
Sectors between SWP and South America

AUD900 GBP550 JPY73,000 USD850
Sectors between SWP and Asia          
Sectors between Asia and North America
Sectors between Europe and Africa
Sectors between Europe and Asia
Sectors between Europe and North America
Sectors between Europe and South America
Sectors within continents


Book in‘
BA - T Class
JL - W Class
QF - R Class
Identify as a -Q- in the fare calculation, immediately following applicable sector.
Child/infant discounts apply.
For tickets not issued in AUD/GBP/JPY/USD apply the USD amount at the ROE.
Old:
Economy Class Passengers may travel in QF Premium Economy cabin,
JL Premium Economy, or BA World Traveller Plus cabin for an additional charge,
per flight segment of:
Sectors between SWP and Africa
Sectors between SWP and Europe
Sectors between SWP and North America
Sectors between SWP and South America
AUD1250 GBP600 JPY112,000
Sectors between SWP and Asia
Sectors between Asia and North America
Sectors between Europe and Africa
Sectors between Europe and Asia
Sectors between Europe and North America
Sectors between Europe and South America
Sectors within continents
AUD825 GBP400 JPY70,000
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02/02/2011 - New Version of the Rules issued

now allows QF codeshare flights on JQ

Albania and Turkey added to the list of countries to/fom which only two flights are allowed from/to the U.K

No other changes that I can see
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01-Apr-2011 - New Version of the Rules Issued

Changes are no longer being highlighted it seems

The only change I can spot is that Tanzania has been removed from the list of African countries from/to which a second European entry is allowed
(rule 4(e)(3))
Not unexpected really - not after BA's Commair started flying JNB-DAR
But still
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I noticed that all of Russia is part of Europe.
*Europe-Middle East (Including Algeria, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Morocco Russia both east and west of the Urals, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan )
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Originally Posted by headinclouds View Post
I noticed that all of Russia is part of Europe.
*Europe-Middle East (Including Algeria, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Morocco Russia both east and west of the Urals, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan )
IIRC that rule was there before April
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IIRC that rule was there before April
Correct, this was done when S7 joined.
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Originally Posted by Wasabi Tofu View Post
New rule prohibts a routing such as
BWI-xDFW-LAX-JFK-LHR-HKG-JFK
Before new rule introduced, one can practically make a domestic side trip before/after REAL RTW trip.
Oneworld does not want such routing, just IMHO.
Generally wouldn't want to originate in US anyway, so those six segments can still be useful.
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Yet another new version of the rules - dated 2-May-2011
One change is highlighted - to the trans-cons in Australia, which now reads
Within Australia - only one nonstop/single plane service flight is permitted between the
following points:
BNE/CBR/CNS/SYD/MEL - PER
CBR/MEL/SYD - DRW
BNE/MEL/SYD - BME
BNE/MEL/SYD - KTA
(their bolding/colour)

ALSO - am I correct that some fares have gone up?
- I just looked on KVS and an ex-Australia DONE4 is AUD11,999; I'm pretty sure that it was AUD11,699 back in February
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Yet another new version of the rules - dated 2-May-2011
One change is highlighted - to the trans-cons in Australia, which now reads

(their bolding/colour)

ALSO - am I correct that some fares have gone up?
- I just looked on KVS and an ex-Australia DONE4 is AUD11,999; I'm pretty sure that it was AUD11,699 back in February
Yep, see these posts from early March:

Originally Posted by moa999 View Post
Or are the fares being removed from the website - a big backward step in my book.

Anyone got a Premium E/F membership to check a few fares
Copied these from my previous version as representative of major countries and some of the common starting locations.

Code:
                 DONE4    DONE5      AONE4      AONE5

South Africa     48,000   55,200     72,900     83,800 
Australia        11,699   12,999     17,399     18,899 
Hong Kong        84,890   91,750    127,450    138,260 
United States    10,799   12,299     14,899     17,099 
United Kingdom    5,719    6,551     10,347     11,689 
Israel (EUR)      7,200    8,500     10,000     11,700 
Denmark          45,805   52,975     83,425     92,720 
Japan           780,400  895,200  1,126,100  1,304,900
All in local currency
Originally Posted by serfty View Post
Qantas have the following illustrative nett fares (inclusive of ) published on their website: (http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airl...er/au/en#jump3)
Code:
Continents    4       5       6  

Economy    $4,365 $4,967   $5,916
Busines   $12,303 $13,565 $15,480
First     $18,003 $19,464 $21,580
The actual base fares currently (from E/F) are:
Code:
Ex Australia (AUD)

Continents    4       5       6  

Economy    $3,899  $4,499  $5,199
Business  $11,699 $12,999 $14,599
First     $17,399 $18,899 $20,699
For Comparison, from TLOTLWC:
Code:
Ex New Zealand (NZD)

Continents    4       5       6  

Economy    $3,899  $4,499  $5,199
Business  $12,499 $13,999 $15,399
First     $17,099 $19,699 $21,799
Converting NZD to ~AUD gives:
Code:
Ex New Zealand (~AUD)

Continents    4       5       6  

Economy    $2,970  $3,430  $3,970
Business   $9,550 $10,670 $11,740
First     $13,100 $15,100 $16,700
Approx. base Savings by starting and finishing in NZ:
Code:
Approx AUD saving:

Continents    4       5       6  

Economy      $930  $1,070  $1,230
Business   $2,150  $2,330  $2,860
First      $4,300  $3,800  $4,000
Currently a return booking from East Coast Oz to NZ for positioning can be purchased from around AUD300 return.

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