I am planning a post-graduation RTW trip with two of my friends for this coming summer. We want to spend about two weeks in South Pacific / Asia, and another two weeks in Europe. Our current plan is to use the Star Alliance RTW "Starlite" fare, under 26,000 miles for ~$4500 after taxes and fees. This special fare restricts you to 5 stopovers, but we are actually getting in 7 by staying under 24 hours in Sydney, and combining Singapore and Phuket into one stop by buying our own one-way flight from Singapore to Phuket (Silk Air, etc.). Right now, our tentative itinerary is:
(NZ 744*), 4-5 days in New Zealand
(NZ 772), 1 night in Sydney
(SQ A388), 1 night in Singapore, separate flight to Phuket, 3 days in Phuket
(TG A333, TG
744), 3-4 days in Beijing/China
(NH 763), 4-5 days in Tokyo/Japan
(NH 788), ~2 weeks going around Europe on our own
In the end, this comes in at 25,968 miles, 32 under the limit. We were planning on getting our own final leg JFK
, estimating ~$200 for that.
*We had debated starting in LAX
and flying NZ
777-300 but it sounds like the 10 across in economy is a bad idea.
1. I've heard contradicting reports on whether or not you can earn United miles for such a RTW fare, can anyone confirm/deny?
2. Is using an alliance RTW fare the best idea, or is there a reason to look at third-party RTW options i.e. AirTreks?
3. Overall thoughts on itinerary/airlines/aircraft/destinations?
Any and all thoughts, suggestions, and comments are appreciated!