Star Alliance upgrades round the world product

A whirlwind globetrotting trip, stopping only at two destinations for at least 24 hours, is now possible using selected Star Alliance round the world fares.

Up to now, a minimum of three stopovers was required for all round the world tickets.

This change increases the number of itineraries available under the round the world product for travel on the Star Alliance network.

“By enabling round the world travel with only two stop-overs, 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, Star Alliance.

Star Alliance round the world tickets can booked online.

The Star Alliance Book & Fly tool is available in English, German and Japanese.

Those wishing to share their travel plans can do so via email or the integrated social media functionality.

Once all flights have been booked, electronic tickets can be easily issued via the online tool.

Alternatively customers can contact any Star Alliance member airline or a travel agent to book and purchase an round the world ticket.

Round the world 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 an round the world 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.

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 round the world travellers, certain round the world special fares are also available, requiring at least three stopovers and allowing a maximum number of stops that range from five to 12.

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