Star Alliance RTW Ticket Review

In the latest version of the Around the World Airfare Report, we shopped prices for RTW plane tickets from nine different companies and rated each company based on three criteria:

  • Price: How much does it cost?
  • Service speed: How long does it take to get a bookable price?
  • Frustration factor: How frustrating is the process of building and pricing a multi-stop route?


Here is how the cost of searching these routes on Star Alliance compared to other companies for each of the three routes we searched:

  • Route 1: 8th lowest price out of 9 options
  • Route 2: Highest price out of 7 options
  • Route 3: Unable to price this route

Service speed

Here is how the speed of searches compared to other companies we searched.

  • Route 1: 2nd fastest out of 9
  • Route 2: 3rd fastest out of 7
  • Route 3: Unable to price this route

Frustration Factor

When searching online for a simple round the world route, it was quick, easy, and painless. If the route is not complicated, the entire process can be done online, and their Book and Fly tool is simple to navigate. As long as your route fits within their rules and regulations, you can get a price online.

If a customer tries to search a more complicated route; however, finding a price becomes more difficult, as evidenced in the third route as they were unable to give us a price. For route 1, it’s important to note that they could not price the route how we wanted, as the rules require tickets to begin and end in the same country.

Like other alliances, Star Alliance is easier and cheaper when it comes to changing dates. Date changes are free, and if you book a Star Alliance RTW ticket, you have to book your first international flight, date and all, but after that it’s possible to leave the dates open. Be aware; however, that date changes are subject to availability on the flight a customer wants to change to, so by waiting too long, it’s possible to be shut out.

If you have used Star Alliance for your round the world trip, we want to hear from you. Leave a review below in the comments.