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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 Aug 8, 09, 8:16 pm
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Changes to xONEx Rule Sheet

There's a new version of the rule sheet, dated 4 August 2009.

A quick scan for highlighted changes gives:

4(c) Travel may originate at any point for which fares are published and must terminate at the same point, except that origin-destination surface segments are permitted as follows
...
(g) between Maldives & Sri Lanka/India

8. STOPOVERS
Permitted
NOTE: 1. 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...

10. Sales Restrictions
...
The resultant fare must not be lower than from the country of sale.
Exception: Not applicable for sales made and/or travel originating in Canada or when BOTH travel originates and sales are made within the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA)/Switzerland.
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Thanks for doing the hard yards pandaperth!
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I think the:
8. STOPOVERS
Permitted
NOTE: 1. 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...
was noted with the online booking tool back in June but was not reflected in the online rules .pdf available at the time.
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BTW I have no idea how this thread has become a 'sticky'
Nothing that I (knowingly) did
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Exclamation This rule has some teeth!

Code:
   FREE STOPOVERS PERMITTED.
          NOTE -
           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 .
I booked a LONE4 for this morning via the AA ATW desk.

I wanted AKL-LAX- ... -NRT-SYD-MEL-AKL with stopovers at MEL and SYD.

I was informed that I could only have two stopovers in my continent of origin (which I knew) but this rule variance meant I could have one stopover "at the start of the trip" and the one stopover "at the end"; I could not have none "at the start" and two "at the end" or vv. (That was how it was put to me).

[edit]
In hindsight, I probably should have pushed this due to the difference between country and continent "of origin".
[/edit]

However, It was no real issue in our case; I simply wanted to book most connections as stopovers so I simply booked AKL-LAX- ... -NRT-xSYD-MEL-AKL (i.e. a transit in SYD).

It is not an issue for intra Oz flights if you start outside of SWP.

To avoid later fees and/or re-ticketing should I need to change routing resulting in a transfer (-x) becoming a stopover (-)

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Hi,

I was wondering whether this rule affects my proposed DONE4.

Route:

cgk-nrt-pek-hkg-jfk.....-lhr-hkg-cgk.


I wanted to have a stopover in nrt and pek. Am I misapplying the rule, or is that now not allowed?
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Originally Posted by fraserm View Post
Hi,

I was wondering whether this rule affects my proposed DONE4.

Route:

cgk-nrt-pek-hkg-jfk.....-lhr-hkg-cgk.


I wanted to have a stopover in nrt and pek. Am I misapplying the rule, or is that now not allowed?
Unless the map of Asia is redrawn significantly so that CGK, PEK, and NRT end up in the same country you should be fine.
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Does the oneworld booking tool allow such a routing?

( http://oneworldrtw.innosked.com/ )
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Originally Posted by Hagbard Viking View Post
Unless the map of Asia is redrawn significantly so that CGK, PEK, and NRT end up in the same country you should be fine.
Actually, the rule states "CONTINENT ...", not "COUNTRY ...".

And then it states both, so it's ok

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Actually, the rule states "CONTINENT ...", not "COUNTRY ...".
Exactly! Two stopovers allowed in CONTINENT of origin, which means that PEK and NRT should be fine, since they are NOT both in COUNTRY of origin, which would violate the second half of the rule...
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Ahh. very good.

My contract law lecturer would be quite disappointed in me..

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Code:
   FREE STOPOVERS PERMITTED.
          NOTE -
           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 .
I booked a LONE4 for this morning via the AA ATW desk.

I wanted AKL-LAX- ... -NRT-SYD-MEL-AKL with stopovers at MEL and SYD.

I was informed that I could only have two stopovers in my continent of origin (which I knew) but this rule variance meant I could have one stopover "at the start of the trip" and the one stopover "at the end"; I could not have none "at the start" and two "at the end" or vv. (That was how it was put to me).[/B] so I simply booked AKL-LAX- ... -NRT-xSYD-MEL-AKL (i.e. a transit in SYD).
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?
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Code:
   FREE STOPOVERS PERMITTED.
          NOTE -
           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 .
In each direction? This just doesn't make sense IMO. The last time I checked (a couple minutes ago) travel was in one direction, so what do they actually mean?

Code:
(b) Travel must be in a continuous forward direction between TC1 - TC2 - TC3
Does the rule really mean maximum of 1 stopover in the country of origin prior to exiting the country of origin and maximum of 1 stopover upon returning to the country of origin. Or does it mean maximum of 1 stopover in country of origin. They could not have made it more unclear IMO and is wide open for interpretation as Serfty has already encountered.

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Does the rule really mean maximum of 1 stopover in the country of origin prior to exiting the country of origin and maximum of 1 stopover upon returning to the country of origin. Or does it mean maximum of 1 stopover in country of origin. The could not have made it more unclear IMO and is wide open for interpretation as Serfty has already encountered.
It seems clear to me that it means the former. If they had meant "maximum of 1 stopover in country of origin" they would simply have omitted the phrase "in each direction".

What is confusing me is that SYD and MEL aren't in the country of origin so I don't see how AA could prohibit his two stopovers at the end.

The rule that AA seems to have applied is
Code:
FREE STOPOVERS PERMITTED.
          NOTE -
           MAXIMUM TWO STOPOVERS PERMITTED IN THE CONTINENT
           OF ORIGIN OF WHICH A MAXIMUM OF ONE STOPOVER IS
           PERMITTED IN EACH DIRECTION IN THE CONTINENT OF
           ORIGIN .
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).
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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.
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