Aviation

The best kept airline secret in the business

Hannah Edensor

Want to know the best kept secret in the airline business? Come closer, we’ll tell you.

SWISS global fares might sound like just another airfare, but little do you know, it’s actually one of the most efficient and affordable ways to travel the world. Literally.

If you’re keen to get creative and build the perfect itinerary for your clients with maximum choice, these SWISS global fares are the ideal platform to get your clients traversing across the globe.

“We have been working hard to integrate the Lufthansa Group product offering from all three carriers and combining our tickets into one seamless transaction,” general manager, Australia, Anil Rodricks said.

“A passenger can now fly out with Lufthansa via Singapore but can come back with Swiss via Hong Kong, or go out on Austrian and come back on Swiss, or any combination thereof. We recognised that if we could do this in a comprehensive and seamless way, the market would embrace it and sell the product all together.

“The revenue that we are gaining from combined tickets is growing rapidly. It is only by bringing the products together that the true strength of the group makes sense to customers, who want to leverage the huge capacity that we have in Asia and Europe.

Here’s an example of just how easy (and value for $$) these global fares really are:

Sydney —> Sydney

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Qantas: Sydney to New York

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Surface sector: New York to Havana, Cuba

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Swiss: Havana, Cuba to Zurich

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Swiss: Zurich to Barcelona

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Surface sector: Barcelona to Amsterdam

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Swiss: Amsterdam to Zurich

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Swiss: Zurich to Sao Paulo

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TAM LINHAS AEREAS: Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires

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Surface sector: Buenos Aires to Santiago

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Qantas: Santiago to Sydney

 

Gross fare $1540 + taxes $902.38 = total gross fare for this itinerary including taxes AUD 2442.38

 

And here’s another easy and cost effective fare:

Melbourne —> Melbourne

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United Airlines: Melbourne to Los Angeles

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Surface sector: Los Angeles to Miami

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Swiss: Miami to Zurich

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Swiss: Zurich to Florence

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Surface sector: Florence to Prague

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Swiss: Prague to Zurich

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Swiss: Zurich to Bangkok

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Surface sector: Bangkok to Phuket

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Jetstar: Phuket to Melbourne

 

Gross fare $1065 + taxes $1555.52 = total gross fare for this itinerary including taxes = AUD 2620.52

 

These taxes are calculated at July 28 2015, and offer an amazing value for money when you look at the cost of a point to point return fare from Australia to Europe.

You can check out the total fare sheet here.

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