Star Alliance is chasing the comfort-centred but budget-minded traveller with the launch of new round-the-world (RTW) premium economy fares.
The overall cost varies depending on your country and city of origin, chosen route and any additional government taxes and fees, but falls into three major pricing bands depending on the distance travelled: up to 29,000 miles; up to 34,000 miles and up to 39,000 miles.
Savvy travellers have long used Star’s first class, business class and economy RTW fares to book multi-city journeys on a single ticket – usually for less than the cost of booking each flight separately – a saving now available to premium economy travellers with 11 Star Alliance airlines.
That list includes Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, EVA Air and Singapore Airlines, along with ANA, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, SAS, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines.
For maximum flexibility, RTW travellers can also include flights with Star Alliance airlines that don’t provide a premium economy service – such as United, Air India, South African Airways and SWISS – instead travelling in economy on those parts of the journey.
Star Alliance frequent flyers will also be able to earn miles for their travels in any Star Alliance frequent flyer program when booked in an eligible fare class, along with status/tier miles that provide a passage towards the Star Alliance Silver and Gold levels.
On reaching the heights of Star Alliance Gold, frequent flyers can enjoy benefits such as priority check-in and boarding before every Star Alliance flight through to lounge access and a boosted baggage allowance even when travelling in economy.
Exploring the new Star Alliance premium economy round-the-world fare
With Star’s cheapest premium economy RTW fares maxing out at 29,000 miles, you’re also free to make up to 15 stops: provided you cross both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans once and generally track either east or west, except for within the same continent.
Here’s a sample premium economy round-the-world itinerary that stays in the least-expensive band and maximises your time spent at the pointy end:
- Sydney to Singapore with Singapore Airlines
- Singapore to Beijing with Singapore Airlines
- Beijing to Frankfurt with Lufthansa
- Frankfurt to Copenhagen with SAS
- Copenhagen to New York (Newark) with SAS
- New York to Chicago with United (economy)
- Chicago to Los Angeles with United (economy)
- Los Angeles to Auckland with Air New Zealand
- Auckland to Sydney with Air New Zealand
That weighs in at just 26,144 miles, so there’s also room to explore more destinations – such as within Asia, Europe or North America – without clicking over to the next mileage band.
Star Alliance RTW bookings can be made through travel agents, directly with a Star Alliance airline or by using the Book and Fly tool on the Star Alliance website, which will soon be updated to support premium economy.
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