Most of the time, you may find that your travel plans are somewhat limited by how much time you can take time off work. More often than not, a 2 weeks vacation is a luxury! However, if you have loads of miles or cash, and loads of leave to clear, this post might interest you.
Star Alliance offers a round the world fare that offers outstanding value for money. You can have access to 98% of the world’s countries and the full resource of all 28 member airlines in the network. The Star Alliance website offers a Book and Fly tool that helps you plan and book multi-destination fares online. Alternatively, you may contact a member airline to perform the bookings for you, where you can use your miles instead of cash, but more on this later.
Here are some things to note. While the Round the World fares are offered on all Star Alliance operating and code-shared flight numbers, member airlines have the right to exclude selected flights from the Round the World fare. Your journey must also start and end in the same country, but not necessarily in the same city. During your journey, your travel must follow one global direction only (East or West), and the Atlantic or Pacific must be crossed only once. The minimum number of stopovers is 3 and the maximum is 15, with a stopover being defined as a stay of more than 24 hours. Finally, for First and Business class, travel on your last international sector must begin no earlier than 10 days after your first international sector. Having entered all your sectors in the Book and Fly tool, the total amount will be computed, and this should total to about US$15-20k.
If you have a preference for travelling with Singapore Airlines, do note that surcharges are applicable on selected First and Business class sectors, and they can be hefty (up to US$2700 between Singapore and Los Angeles/New York in First)! Given that the First and Business products on Singapore Airlines are a notch above the rest, it is no wonder that they have elected to apply these surcharges. Hence, it might be worthwhile to explore the alternative option below.
Now I mentioned above that you may contact a member airline to perform the bookings for you. Singapore Airlines offers this service, and all you need is 180000 miles for Economy, 240000 miles for Business, and 360000 miles for First. You may either contact KrisFlyer membership services, fill up the form online, or speak to them at the service centre in Ion Orchard.
Of course, it is virtually impossible to book a round the world trip with all sectors operated by Singapore Airlines. Even if you decide to travel from Singapore to Tokyo, then onward to Los Angeles, you will still require a bridging sector to New York, before you can elect to fly on Singapore Airlines back home via Frankfurt. This is just one of the many itineraries that you can opt for if you do not have the luxury of time. However, if you aren’t in a rush for time, why not try other Star Alliance carriers? Then, you won’t be constrained by the routes that are served by Singapore Airlines, and you can fully maximise the miles you have redeemed for the trip.
Singapore Airlines will be announcing new cabin products at the end of 2017, which will be fitted on 14 of the 19 A380s currently in service. A leaked seat map a few months ago showed only 6 Suites arranged in a 1-1 configuration on the upper deck. Plus, it has been rumoured that the inaugural flight to feature these new products will be from Singapore to Sydney. If you are not in a hurry to splurge your miles, you might want to wait for the official announcement and plan your route accordingly.