by Matt Alderton | October 17, 2014
Global airline alliance oneworld, whose members include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, and others, has announced a series of "significant upgrades" to oneworld events, its group travel service for meetings and conventions.

Upgrades include removal of booking fees for flight reservations made via oneworld events' website and availability of oneworld events flight discounts via designated travel agencies.

"Since we launched oneworld events less than 18 months ago, the program has quickly been embraced by the conventions and events industry. It is very clear that event organizers and delegates love the attractive flight discounts the program offers on a collection of some of the world's leading airlines, to say nothing of the program's ease of use and the many other benefits oneworld events provides," oneworld Director of Sales José María Alvarado said in a statement. "Now oneworld events has become even better -- with discounted or lower promotional flights offered with no booking fees via our own oneworld events website and, from today, those discounted fares will also be available via designated travel agencies."

The program enhancements are in addition to a recent membership expansion: In the past two years, oneworld has added 15 airlines as full members or affiliates. Recent additions include US Airways, which joined through its merger with American Airlines, TAM Airlines, Qatar Airways, and SriLankan Airlines.

"In addition, the recent record-breaking growth of our alliance has expanded the range of destinations covered by oneworld events to almost 1,000 in more than 150 countries, including -- uniquely among global airline alliances -- four of the five top country markets for international meetings as homes to member airlines, in the USA, Germany, Spain, and UK," Alvarado continued.

oneworld events was launched at IMEX in Frankfurt in May 2013. Since then, it has signed up more than 100 large-scale events attended by more than 200,000 delegates in more than 55 different locations.