Skyteam launches 'Round the World Planner'

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  1. msny

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    SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has launched a new, self-service Round the World Planner for its customers. The user-friendly online application has been designed to allow customers to create their own SkyTeam Round the World itineraries, using the extensive networks of all 14 SkyTeam member airlines.. Link to article

    Round the World Planner
     
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    Interesting phenomenon, this.

    Oneworld rolled out its online RTW booking tool around a year ago (if memory serves) followed shortly after by Star. Now Skyteam. They all appear to use the same engine and contractor, but the features and capabilities are vastly different.

    With Oneworld you can only use it to book Oneworld Explorer RTWs (continent-based) and not other OW products like the Global Explorer or various Circle fares. Star makes its full range of products available for online booking and purchase (and in my limited experience of booking RTWs using that tool it's way, way smoother and more user-friendly than Oneworld's.)

    On first look, it seems that Skyteam doesn't even offer an online purchase option, only route planning. The site says, "After building your itinerary please contact any of our member airlines or a travel agent to book your itinerary." Well good luck with that.
     
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    Gotta love the route planning features of these!
     
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    When I tried to use it, it said I had to download Microsoft Silverlight but when I tried that it said it couldn't find the program. Any suggestions?
     
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    Microsoft has a bad habit of moving things around on their site and not establishing forwarding links. That could be the problem, or it could be a bad link from the skyteam site. Either way, you could try going to directly to http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

    Also, it looks like that only runs on Windows; I wonder if the skyteam tool can be used by mac, linux or other users?
     
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    Thanks Gargoyle! It works fine now. It must have been a bad link.
    Appreciate the help.
     
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    Does anyone have any ballpark ideas about the costs of the four mileage packages they talk about from 26000 to 39000 round trip? It said pricing was based on the trip mileage but I don't have a feel of what to expect.
     
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    As with all alliance RTW products, the prices are (dramatically) different depending on where you purchase the ticket and start/end the RTW.

    For example the US prices are: (29K/34K/39K miles)

    Economy $4569 / $5187 / $6011
    Business $8800 / $10013 / $11558
    First $13984 / $15789 / $18185

    ...while from other countries, e.g. South Africa, the same tickets are anywhere from 20% to 40% cheaper. In fact it's often cheaper all in to start and end somewhere else.

    These are all before taxes and fuel fines, which can add anywhere from 7% to 12-15% to the total.
     
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    Wow, even with APD, I could save on a trip ex-UK!
     
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    I managed to get it to work with Safari, Chrome and Firefox on my Mac, but none of them could deal with the mindless implementation that will not even all one to design ones own trip very well. this is nearly useless IMO.
     
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    Thanks for the info

     
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    Funy you should ask...I just got a RTW fare comparison tool up and running:

    Comparing Round-the-World (RTW) fares and options

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    The filter to only show one alliance isn't working yet but you can limit it by fare type and that should get you some decent comparisons.
     
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