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AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTH PACIFIC

Qantas Walkabout Air Pass

sydney opera house australia night moonFor one base price, the Walkabout Air Pass from Qantas covers both your flight to Australia and domestic flights within the country. A wide variety of U.S. departure cities are available via Qantas Link, Jetstar, Alliance Airlines or Air North codeshare. You may include up to three intra-Australian flights in your itinerary, with pricing based on how far afield you travel. There is no minimum stay, but a maximum stay of 330 to 350 days from the date of reservation applies. This is one of the few air passes that can be booked online; alternatively, you may call Qantas directly to make your reservation, but it's an additional $30.

Star Alliance South Pacific Airpass

Star Alliance's South Pacific Airpass is a flexible fare option that's ideal for travelers looking to explore New Zealand, travel the Australian coast, or hop-skip around South Pacific islands such as Tahiti, Fiji and Western Samoa. You may purchase three to 10 flight coupons. Except for your first flight, reservations may be changed at any time. Travel is valid for up to three months. The pass must be purchased in conjunction with a Star Alliance ticket from outside the region covered by the pass. Valid on Air New Zealand operated aircraft only. To purchase, call your travel agent or a Star Alliance member airline.

Editor's Note: If you're interested in a wider region, try the Star Alliance Circle Pacific Fare, which includes North America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Visit Australia and New Zealand

Oneworld's Visit Australia and New Zealand pass covers more than 60 destinations, and is a particularly good choice if you want to concentrate your travels in Australia; thanks to Qantas, a Oneworld member airline, this pass serves more Australian cities than the competing pass from Star Alliance. However, this pass does not include South Pacific island destinations. Segment prices are based on geographic zone, and you must purchase a minimum of two. There is no maximum stay beyond the validity of your international ticket (which must be booked on a Oneworld carrier). To purchase, contact a travel agent or a Oneworld alliance member.

Editor's Note: Oneworld also offers a Circle Pacific fare, covering Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America.

EUROPE

Star Alliance Europe Airpass

neuschwanstein castle germanyThe Europe Airpass from the Star Alliance covers 40 countries and offers three to 10 coupons for travel within Europe and North Africa. Your first flight segment must be confirmed ahead of time, but later segments can be confirmed after your trip begins. Travel is good for up to three months, and the pass must be purchased in conjunction with an intercontinental ticket to Europe on a Star Alliance airline or a Star Alliance Round the World Fare. To book, contact a travel agent or a Star Alliance member airline.

Go Europe

Serving 44 countries, the SkyTeam alliance offers a Go Europe Pass with no minimum or maximum stay. You do not have to reserve any flight segments ahead of time except for your first one, which allows you a great deal of freedom as you travel. You must purchase at least three coupons, which are priced based on geographical zone, up to a maximum of 16. The pass must be used in conjunction with a roundtrip intercontinental flight on any of the SkyTeam airlines or with a SkyTeam Round the World ticket. Flights are operated by Aeroflot, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and TAROM in 44 countries. To purchase, contact your travel agent or call a SkyTeam member airline.

Editor's Note: SkyTeam also offers Go Russia passes.

Visit Europe

Oneworld's Visit Europe air pass offers flights to 220 cities in more than 50 countries across Europe and North Africa. You must purchase a minimum of two flight coupons, but there's no maximum for the number of flights you can take -- and the pass is good for as long as your international ticket is valid. You must confirm the first sector of your trip in advance. The pass is available in conjunction with an international flight to Europe on a Oneworld member airline or affiliate. To book, call your travel agent or a Oneworld member airline.

NORTH AMERICA

arizona slot canyon Go USA and Canada

As its name suggests, this SkyTeam pass is good for travel within the U.S. and Canada. (Unlike the two passes below, it does not include Mexican or Caribbean destinations.) You may purchase three to 16 coupons; prices vary based on your country of origin, the number of coupons you purchase and the time of year you travel. The maximum stay is subject to the flight date of your intercontinental ticket. Simply book a seat on a Delta Air Lines flight at least 14 days before your transatlantic, transpacific or intercontinental departure; book remaining flights at your discretion. The pass is available in conjunction with a SkyTeam Round the World Pass or an international flight to North America on a SkyTeam member airline (or associate airline). To purchase, contact any SkyTeam airline or your travel agent.

Editor's Note: SkyTeam also offers a Go Mexico Pass.

Star Alliance North America Airpass

The Star Alliance North America Airpass covers more than 300 destinations in 18 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and a number of Caribbean islands. With a few exceptions, it is not available to residents of any country covered by the pass. You may purchase three to 10 flight coupons and travel for up to three months. The pass is available in conjunction with a Star Alliance Round the World Fare, Circle Fare or intercontinental ticket to the U.S., Canada or Mexico on a Star Alliance member airline. Your first flight must be reserved in advance; for later flights, you may change your reservations up to two hours before departure. To purchase, contact any Star Alliance member airline or your travel agent.

Visit North America

Oneworld's Visit North America pass covers more than 250 destinations in countries across North America, including the Caribbean and Central America. There is no minimum stay, though you must book at least two flights; you may take up to 10 flights over a maximum period of 60 days. Pricing is based on geographical zone. All sectors of your itinerary must be confirmed at the time of booking, though changes may be made later for an additional fee. The pass is available in conjunction with a roundtrip international ticket to North America on a Oneworld member airline. To purchase, contact any Oneworld airline or your travel agent.

SOUTH AMERICA

machu picchu inca trail peru south americaSouth American Pass

This pass offers flights to a number of South American cities served by Aerolineas Argentinas. You may purchase up to 12 coupons, with a minimum of three. The pass is good for a maximum stay of 90 days (there is no minimum stay). No coupons may be added after ticketing. To purchase, use the destination submission form on the airline's website.

South America Airpass

LAN, an airline based in Chile, offers a South America Airpass that serves more than 49 destinations across the continent. As long as you purchase a minimum of three coupons, you may travel to as many places as you'd like. Your pass must be purchased at least 14 days before you travel, in conjunction with an international ticket to and from South America on LAN, another Oneworld carrier or one of the following airlines: South African Airways, Air China and United Airlines. Travel is good for a maximum stay of 12 months. You may purchase at the LAN website, or you may call LAN or a travel agent.

Visit South America

Oneworld's Visit South America pass serves 65 cities in 10 countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Peru. You must book at least three flights, and travel is valid up to 12 months. You must specify which destinations you plan to visit at time of purchase, but you do not need to reserve your flights (except the first one) until the day before you wish to fly. A great pass to visit Easter Island, the Galapagos or the Amazon. To book, contact a travel agent or a Oneworld member airline.

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--written by Sarah Schlichter; updated by Christina Liva and Brittany Chrusciel

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