Aviation

Star Alliance puts the ‘premium’ in Round-the-World travel

Hannah Edensor

Star Alliance has taken its Round-the-World (RTW) fares to even greater heights, incorporating travel in Premium Economy Class.

In line with the overall RTW product, the Premium Economy Class fare is offered in three mileage bands: 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles.

Putting these mileage levels into perspective, the circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is approximately 24,900 miles.

The new fare can now be booked for travel in the Premium Economy cabins on the following airlines:

  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • ANA
  • EVA Air
  • Lufthansa
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • SAS
  • Singapore Airlines
  • THAI and
  • Turkish Airlines

To provide customers with full flexibility, itineraries may include any other Star Alliance member airlines as well. On flights where Premium Economy Class is not offered, travellers will be accommodated in Economy Class.

“With eleven of our member carriers now offering a dedicated Premium Economy cabin, we are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to make use of this extra comfort on their Round-the-World travels,” Star Alliance’s vp for  commercial and business development Horst Findeisen said.

With the new fares, customers can choose from 17 different Star Alliance RTW fare options – three for travel in First Class, four for travel in Business Class, three for travel in Premium Economy and seven for travel in Economy Class.

Children between the age of two and 11 pay 75% of the applicable adult fare, while infants under two who do not occupy a seat can be taken along for 10% of the applicable adult fare.

Customers can easily build their own routings within the mileage limits of the different fare levels, but there are still a few rules you need to know about the RTW fares:

  • Travel needs to commence and end in the same country and in general be in one direction, either going East or West, although some zigzagging is permitted within a continent.
  • Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean must be crossed once.
  • Stops lasting a minimum of 24 hours must be made in at least three cities, with the overall itinerary including a maximum of five to 15 stops (total number of stops are dependent on the actual fare level).

Further information can be found at: www.staralliance.com/en/fares/. This page also leads to the Star Alliance Book and Fly tool, which allows online booking and ticketing for the RTW fare.


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