As part of its 15th Anniversary celebrations, the Star Alliance network is offering a 15 per cent discount on all Round the World (RTW) Economy Class fares.
This special promotion is valid for all RTW tickets in Economy Class sold from May 15th to May 29th, 2012. The discount is applicable on the base fare only and not on fees, taxes and surcharges which vary by routing.
15 years after its founding, the Star Alliance network has grown to 25 member airlines offering more than 20,500 daily flights to 1,293 airports in 190 countries, thereby providing globetrotters an unparalleled choice of flight connections and destinations. RTW fares in their current form have to a large extent been made possible by airline alliances, as no single airline is in a position to offer a fare which allows truly global travel.
The Star Alliance network offers four Economy Class RTW fare levels which allow customers to travel distances of up to either 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles. The circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is approximately 24,901 miles and the fare levels offered allow the customer to select the mileage requirement which best suits their personal travel needs. Actual fares vary by market and in general offer better value for money than purchasing individual one-way tickets on separate airlines to cover the same itinerary. 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 ten per cent of the applicable adult fare.
Customers can build their own routings within the mileage limits of the different fare levels. Travel needs to commence and end in the same country, be one directional either going East or West and include a trans-Atlantic and a trans-Pacific crossing. 24 hour stops must be made in at least three cities and the itinerary may include between two and 12 additional stops (total number of stops are dependent on the actual fare type). Further information can be found at: www.staralliance.com/en/fares/round-the-world-fare/. This page also leads to the Star Alliance Book and Fly tool (www.staralliance.com/en/booking/book-and-fly/#), which allows online booking and ticketing for the RTW fare. As an alternative, customers can also contact any of the 25 Star Alliance member airlines or a travel agency.
In addition to the Economy Class fares, Star Alliance network also offers RTW tickets for travel in First or Business class, which are not part of the special promotion. In total, the Star Alliance network offers 15 different fare products, including three Circle Fares and 11 Regional Airpasses.
Note: the press release does not reflect the full terms and conditions for RTW tickets; these can be found at www.staralliance.com
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Avianca-TACA, Copa Airlines, EVA Air and Shenzhen Airlines have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 20,500 daily flights to 1,293 airports in 190 countries.