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Air India Boeing 777-300ER VT-ALJ Bihar in special Star Alliance livery being wheeled out of the hangar.
Air India Boeing 777-300ER VT-ALJ Bihar in special Star Alliance livery being wheeled out of the hangar.

Star Alliance announces round-the-world (RTW) fares in premium economy class

With 11 of its member airlines offering a dedicated premium economy class cabin, Star Alliance, the world largest airline grouping is now offering a Round-the-World (RTW) fare in the Premium Economy Class.

The 11 Star Alliance airlines which offer a dedicated premium economy class cabin include Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, EVA Air, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, THAI, and Turkish Airlines.

The new fare keeps the same mileage bands of 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles, as available for first, business and economy class RTW fares.

On flights where premium economy class is not offered, passengers will be accommodated in economy class.

Star Alliance now offers 17 different RTW fare options; three for travel in first class, four for business class, three for premium economy and seven in economy. Children between the age of two and 11 years pay 75% of the applicable adult fare, and infants under two years who do not occupy a seat will be charged 10% of the applicable adult fare.

Rules of RTW fares

  • Travel needs to commence and end in the same country and generally be in one direction, either going East or West.
  • Zig-zag within a continent is permitted.
  • Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean must be crossed only once.
  • A minimum of three stops must be made, each lasting at least 24 hours.
  • A maximum of five to 15 stops can be made. The total number of stops allowed are dependent on the actual fare level.
  • Further information can be found at: www.staralliance.com/en/fares/

As an alternative, customers can also contact any of the 28 Star Alliance member airlines or a travel agent.

RTW fares permit accrual of frequent flier mileage.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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