Globetrotting with just two stopovers is now possible, the alliance says, and with almost infinite options.
A whirlwind globetrotting trip around the world is now possible stopping only at two destinations for at least 24 hours, using Star Alliance’s round the world fares.
Up to now, a minimum of three stopovers was required for all ‘RTW’ tickets. The change to two increases the number of itineraries available with the tickets on the Star Alliance network.
“By enabling round the world travel with only two stopovers, we are increasing the attractiveness of the Star Alliance Round the World fare product,” explains Janice Antonson, the alliance’s vice president for commercial and communications.
“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.”
The Star Alliance Book & Fly tool can be used in English, German and Japanese, allowing customers to plan their journey wherever they are, whatever time of day it is.
“Value for money”
The alliance says that its 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.
The total price of a 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, users can create an individual itinerary covering up to 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles. To put this into perspective, the circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is 24,901 miles.
Travel needs to begin and end in the same country and be in one direction, either going east or west, although the ticket allows “some zigzagging is permitted within a single continent”, Star Alliance says. Both the Atlantic and the Pacific must be crossed once.
Customers can also opt for a themed RTW journey, such as World Food, Architecture Hotspots, Nature Trail, Aquatic Wonders and Romantic Journey among other options. In this case, the tool automatically loads a suggested routing, which the customer can adapt to.
Stopovers of at least 24 hours must be made – now in a minimum of two cities – and the overall itinerary can 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. More than half of RTW travellers fly business class, the alliance says.