Did you know that you can fly around the world using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles? Singapore Airlines offers a special “Star Alliance Round The World Award” that allows you to circle the globe with up to 7 stopovers. At just 240,000 KrisFlyer miles, the Business Class variant of this award is especially good value!
How much does a KrisFlyer Star Alliance Round The World Award cost?
You can redeem your KrisFlyer miles to fly around the world in Economy, Business or First class.
Prices are as follows:
- Economy: 180,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles + taxes
- Business: 240,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles + taxes
- First: 360,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles + taxes
In general, you can expect to pay around $1,000-$1,500 per passenger in taxes. However, the final amount will depend entirely on your routing and the airlines used. Some Star Alliance airlines, such as Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Swiss Air, have relatively high carrier/fuel surcharges which will add to the cost. Some other Star Alliance airlines, such as Singapore Airlines, United, Avianca and South African Airways, have no fuel surcharges. You can also save on taxes by avoiding long-haul flights departing from the UK.
If you don’t yet have enough KrisFlyer miles, you can transfer points across from most Australian credit card rewards programs. You can also transfer your Virgin Australia Velocity points to KrisFlyer.
Award routing rules
With this award, you can fly with Singapore Airlines or any other Star Alliance airline/s:
Each flight used does need to have award space available in the desired class of travel.
There are a few routing rules to be aware of:
- Maximum 16 total flight segments
- Maximum 7 stopovers
- Maximum 2 stopovers in any single country
- Surface sectors are permitted, but count as stopovers
- Maximum 35,000 miles total distance travelled
- If your itinerary includes more than one class of travel, the entire booking will be priced according to the higher cabin
- You must start and end the journey in the same country
- Travel must be in a continuous eastbound or westbound direction. You must cross both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans once each.
Almost any itinerary is possible, provided it meets the above criteria and flights are available. As an example, here’s one possible routing…
Sample itinerary: Departing Melbourne with stopovers in Singapore, Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Copenhagen, London, Chicago & Vancouver
How to Book a Star Alliance Round The World Award with KrisFlyer miles
To book a Star Alliance Round The World Award using KrisFlyer miles, you would need to call Singapore Airlines on 02 8228 1188 (from within Australia). Before calling, it’s definitely a good idea to do some research and check for award seat availability on the flights you wish to book.
It is possible to check whether you have a valid routing without backtracking, before calling KrisFlyer. To check this, plug your itinerary into the Star Alliance round-the-world online booking tool. (This tool is used to book regular Star Alliance round-the-world airfares, which are a different product.) If your itinerary gets a green light and appears to be valid, your booking does not have backtracking and should therefore be a valid routing if all other conditions are met. After creating an itinerary in the Star Alliance round-the-world booking tool, you should receive a 16-digit reference number which you may need to provide when calling Singapore Airlines to book.
Note that the availability of paid flights is very different to award availability, and you cannot use the Star Alliance website to make your award booking. In the context of the KrisFlyer round-the-world award, this tool is purely for checking that your itinerary has no backtracking!
If you’re planning a KrisFlyer Round The World Award, be sure to check out our dedicated Q&A thread on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: KrisFlyer Star Alliance Round-the-World Award Planning
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Award Flight Assist can help you to book a Star Alliance Round The World Award using your KrisFlyer miles! Just let the team know where you would like to go, and they can prepare a great itinerary for you.