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.
“By enabling round the world travel with only
two stopovers, we are increasing the attractiveness of the Star
Alliance Round the World fare product,” said Janice Antonson, Vice President, Commercial and
Communications, Star Alliance. “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.”
RTW fares can an attractive value for
money proposition, especially when compared to individual one-way
tickets on separate airlines for the same journey. The total price
of a RTW ticket is dependent on 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. To put these levels into perspective, the
circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is
approximately 24,901 miles.
Customers can build their own routings within
the maximum mileage of the selected fare level. Travel needs to
begin and end in the same country and be in one direction, either
going east or west, although some zigzagging is permitted within a
single continent. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean
must be crossed once.
In addition to building an itinerary from
scratch, customers can also choose from a range of themed RTW
journeys, which include World Food, World Wonders, Architecture
Hotspots, Nature Trail, Aquatic Wonders, Connecting Cultures,
Natural Wonders, Sports Hotspots, Wine Tasting, Romantic Journey
and Luxury Lifestyle. In this case, the tool automatically loads a
suggested routing, which the customer can adapt to his or her
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. As part of offering greater choice to RTW travellers,
certain RTW special fares are also available, requiring at least
three stopovers and allowing a maximum number of stops that range
from five to twelve.
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).
Up to now, more than half of RTW travellers fly in Business
Class, over a third opt for Economy Class and around 8% for First Class.