The Star Alliance network is making member airlines' flights more affordable with the introduction of additional fare levels for economy class under its Round the World programme.
While there are three RTW fare levels for travel in first class and four for business class, there now will be seven levels for economy class.
In a statement, the alliance of more than 25 member airlines including Thai Airways Inter-national said economy fares would now be determined through a combination of total number of stops and total mileage used.
The best price option is the one that allows customers to travel for a maximum of 26,000 miles and make anywhere between three and five stops. Up to now, the higher mileage levels in economy class – 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles – allowed a maximum of 15 stops.
With the introduction of the new fare levels, customers can now select fewer stops in return for a lower price. For example, a traveller using a 29,000-mileage RTW ticket can now opt to make only seven stops and hence save 10 per cent on average, the alliance said.
“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 and in general be in one direction, either going east or west, although some limited zigzagging is permitted within a single continent,” it announced.
The introduction followed fierce competition against low-cost airlines that has hurt premium airlines’ balance sheets.
The alliance offers more than 18,000 daily flights to 1,269 airports in 193 countries.
Further information can be found at www.staralliance.com/en/fares/ round-the-world-fare.