BENEFITS

Premiere members receive the following suite of services and market access:

Fare Monitor

Best used for trips planned 30 days or more from the travel date

Fare Monitor can save you thousands in costs for international trips planned and purchased several months in advance. Many travelers believe that purchasing early guarantees them access to the lowest fare levels but this is not true. Premium cabin fares are volatile and pricing can move wildly just like the commodity and equity markets The current trend is for carriers to offer higher than expected pricing for future dated travel(more than 60 days from the booking date). The underlying principle is to establish a market and a minimum ask price allowing travelers to bid pricing up. As the departure date approaches, carriers can slash fares by over 50% in order to distribute distressed inventory not sold at the higher price levels. Remember, if you purchase a non-refundable fare too early most carriers DO NOT refund you the difference if a lower fare is introduced at a later date.

Fare Monitor allows Premiere Members to take advantage of downward fare movements as they happen. First, Passport Premiere defines the members travel requirements and pricing on the date of the request. The current pricing and demand is analyzed against lowest levels offered over the previous 12 months for the requested route. If lower fares are anticipated at a future date, the itinerary is placed on Fare Monitor which analyzes pricing and e-mails the member a daily progress report.
When there is a fare change, members are advised if the new pricing is a BUY or if they should continue to HOLD for additional savings. The member is only required to make a financial commitment once they are ready to lock in their fare and complete the purchase. Only Passport Premiere puts its members in position to capture fare sales or lower contracted fares as they are introduced. Once again, more than an international travel club.

Some of the more notable fare movements detected and captured by Fare Monitor include:

  • December 15, 2011- Business class fares between the U.S. and Europe were lowered from the mid 4K range on December 14th, 2011 to just $1,113 plus taxes on December 15th, 2011 for January, 2012 travel.
  • February, 2012- Business class fares between the U.S. and Australia were slashed by nearly 50% overnight, falling from $8028 to just $4,200 per person plus taxes. Members who used Fare Monitor captured this incredible move. Travelers that purchased in January were likely already locked into non-refundable fares are were not able to participate in these lower fare levels.
  • March 1st and March 29th, 2012- Business class fares with most carriers from the U.S. to Europe were slashed by 50% for a two day period.
  • April 4th, 2012- Business class fares between the U.S. and China with One World, Star Alliance, and Skyteam reached a multi year low of $1,490 round trip + taxes
  • On May 16th, 2012, business class fares between the U.S. and Europe plummeted to a 12 month low of just $771 plus taxes with British Airways for late May/early  June travel.
  • In August, 2012 Emirates launches a widespread fare sale slashing business class fares by 50% on several routes.
  • On August 28th 2012 business class fares between the U.S. and Europe for Fall 2012 travel were slashed by 50% for one day.
  • On September 4th, 2012 Qatar Airways launched a two day fare sale slashing fares by over 50% to worldwide destinations. Fares between Washington and New Delhi fell to just $2,580 + taxes. Fares between New York and South Africa plummeted to just $4,220 + taxes.

Though fares are programmed to move higher as the departure date approaches, fares only remain elevated when the carrier is not able to establish a market at the higher fare levels. Like the equity markets, what goes up can come down and overstated fares are frequently a more attractive value at a later date.

 Contract Fares

Best used for trips planned 30 days or less from the travel date

Carriers program premium cabin fares to perpetually increase as the travel date approaches. In reality, an unsold seat is actually declining in value as it approaches expiration. In airline terms, expiration is defined as a flights scheduled departure date.

As a Premiere member, you have access to over 6 million premium class fare combinations. These fares are best used when immediate confirmation is required and time does not permit using Fare Monitor awaiting a short term downward fare movement. While a short term fare sale is possible, members traveling on short notice can expect travel purchased at the last minute to be rolled back to what it would have been had it been purchased with 30 days or even 50 days advance of notice.

Offshore Ticketing And Buying Power For Even Greater Savings

Premiere members benefit from access to offshore pricing options for around the world fares, circle pacific fares and multi segment itineraries for maximum savings. For example, if you make more than one trip a year to Asia and Europe you may wish to consider purchasing an Around the World ticket originating in Europe, Israel or South Africa where Around the World fares are up to 40% less expensive than originating in the U.S. Passport Premiere offers offshore Around the World ticketing options from Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East which will give you more travel for less. Purchasing offshore also gives you the added bonus of adding up to 6 flight segments for travel within the U.S in First Class for future use.

Multi continent travelers will benefit from access to localized fares when travel is purchased outside the country of origin. For example, travel purchased inside Australia and Asia can be up to 80% less when purchased inside the country of origin. Passport Premiere connects members to localized pricing for maximum savings.

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, Passport Premiere is more than a club for international travel. It provides access and insight to receiving maximum value without the normal rules or restrictions associated with deeply discounts business or first class tickets. Membership can be used for both business as well as exotic destinations worldwide. Members in North America will receive the great savings when purchasing discounted business or first class tickets and fares with Qantas to Australia, discount business class fares with Cathay Pacific to Asia, discount business class fares to south America destinations such as Argentina or Brazil with Delta, LAN or TAM as well as with exotic travel to Africa

Special One Way Fares between the U.S. and Europe!

Do you live in Europe and need access to competitive one way business class fares with leading Star Alliance carriers? Passport Premiere offers extremely competitive discount business class fares to Italy, France, Germany, and Russia to name a few. Competitive one way fares are also available between North America and Asia Pacific including Air New Zealand Business Class, Cathay Pacific Business Class, Qantas of Australia Business Class and Qantas of Australia First Class. An international travel club repeats information which is already available to the general public. Passport Premiere members receive insight as to how to make contract fares work for their specific application

Mileage Ticket Conversions

Carriers have once again become more stringent in their control of award availability. The current trend is for carriers to first attempt to distribute inventory on a cash basis while restricting award availability.  Seats that are not distributed at elevated fare levels or during a short term downward fare move may eventually be converted to award inventory shortly before a flights departure. Passport Premiere assists members in identifying refundable fare types to secure a desired itinerary, but can continue monitoring award availability with several carriers. If award availability opens shortly before a scheduled departure, members can substitute their cash ticket with a mileage ticket and be refunded for their initial ticket purchase.

Member Intelligence Reports

Members receive regular intelligence reports on market conditions and which regions are BUY RATED compared with those destinations that are HOLD rated. A HOLD rating suggests that speculation rather than legitimate demand are elevating fare levels and lower fares should be expected at a future date. Carriers do speculate when setting fare levels on traffic that may not materialize. When demand falls short of expectations or when price levels exceed market resistance, a fare correction is likely to occur defined as a downward fare move. These moves generally last less than 48 hours and members are alerted before other market participants providing priority access to the lowest fare levels.Consistent communication is paramount in educating our members not only of WHAT to buy, but WHEN to buy.

Special ‘Members-Only’ Discounts

Special non market business class deals and first class offers for international travel are made available to our Premiere members. These offers are for leading products including Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Qantas of Australia Business Class Discounts, Qatar Airways and Swiss to name a few.