Star Alliance enhances round the world fare option

Staff in uniform from some Star Alliance member airlines (Supplied)
Staff in uniform from some Star Alliance member airlines (Supplied)

Frankfurt – A globetrotting trip, stopping only at two destinations for at least 24 hours, is now possible using selected Star Alliance Round the World (RTW) fares.

Up to now, a minimum of three stopovers was required for all RTW tickets. The new change increases the number of itineraries available under the RTW product for travel on the Star Alliance network, it announced on Wednesday.
 
“By enabling round the world travel with only two stopovers, we are increasing the attractiveness of the Star Alliance Round the World fare product. Customers will now find it easier to build their bespoke routing choosing from the vast offer provided by our 28-member airlines, operating more than 18 400 daily flights, connecting 1 300 destinations in 191 countries,” said Janice Antonson, vice president, commercial and communications at Star Alliance.

RTW fares are generally an attractive value for money proposition, especially when compared to individual one-way tickets on separate airlines for the same journey, according to Star Alliance.

The total price of an RTW ticket is dependent on the class of travel, the precise itinerary, mileage and routing selected, as well as currency exchange rate fluctuations.
 
In terms of distance, customers can create an individual itinerary covering up to 26 000, 29 000, 34 000 or 39 000 miles (the circumference of the earth measured at the equator is about 24 901 miles).

Stopovers of at least 24 hours must be made in a minimum of two cities and the overall itinerary may include up to 15 stops.
 
The Star Alliance RTW fares are available for travel in first, business, premium economy or economy class and are valid for 12 months.
 
Customers travelling on Star Alliance RTW fares may accrue miles in any of the member carrier frequent flyer programmes (FFP). The collected miles may count towards earning Star Alliance Gold or Silver status and can be redeemed, for example, for free flights, upgrades, or hotel stays (subject to the terms and conditions of the individual FFP).

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