How to Book a KrisFlyer Star Alliance Round The World Award

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Fly around the world on Star Alliance airlines using KrisFlyer miles! Photo: Star Alliance.

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 280,000 KrisFlyer miles, the Business Class version 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.

As part of the recent KrisFlyer devaluation, Singapore Airlines has unfortunately increased the cost of these awards from 5 July 2022. But the value is still good.

Prices are now as follows:

  • Economy: 200,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles + taxes (previously 180,000 miles)
  • Business: 280,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles + taxes (previously 240,000 miles)
  • First: 405,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles + taxes (previously 360,000 miles)

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, SWISS and Turkish Airlines, have relatively high carrier/fuel surcharges which will add to the cost. Other Star Alliance airlines, such as Singapore Airlines, United, Avianca and South African Airways, have no or low 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. From 19 July 2022, it will also become possible once again to transfer points from Virgin Australia’s Velocity program to KrisFlyer.

Read more: Best Australian Credit Cards to Earn KrisFlyer Miles in 2022

Award routing rules

With this award, you can fly with Singapore Airlines and/or any other Star Alliance airline/s:

Star Alliance airlines in 2020
Star Alliance member airlines

Each flight in your itinerary would need to have award space available in your desired class of travel. For flights operated by Singapore Airlines, this needs to be “Saver” (not Advantage) availability.

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 that uses Singapore Airlines, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Air Canada…

Sample KrisFlyer RTW Award routing
Sample itinerary: Departing Brisbane with stopovers in Bangkok, Cairo, Istanbul, Munich, London, Montreal and Vancouver.

Here’s another itinerary that would be possible to book using KrisFlyer’s Star Alliance Round The World Award. This itinerary would include flights with Star Alliance members All Nippon Airways (ANA), TAP Air Portugal, Ethiopian Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Example of a KrisFlyer RTW routing
Sample itinerary 2: Departing Sydney with stopovers in Tokyo, New York, Lisbon, Vienna, Addis Ababa, Mumbai and Singapore.

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. It is not possible to book this online. When calling up, make it clear that you want to book a round-the-world ticket using KrisFlyer miles, i.e. not using money.

If you’re in Australia, you can call Singapore Airlines on +61 2 7209 4388. See the Singapore Airlines website for contact details from other countries.

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.

You can also check whether you have a valid routing without backtracking by plugging your routing 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 KrisFlyer conditions are met. After creating an itinerary in the Star Alliance round-the-world booking tool, you may receive a 16-digit reference number – keep this handy in case you need to provide it 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

 

Would you like help using your frequent flyer points?

Frequent Flyer Solutions offers a personalised service that’s designed to take the hard work out of redeeming your frequent flyer points.

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.

Find out more about Award Flight Assist.

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My experience with this, having booked earlier in the year, is that when you call up to book, they will ask you to have your proposed itinerary in the Star Alliance tool. You can save it and give them the code, so they can look at it from their end.

I did that and they said they'd work through it and call me back if there are issues. We had a few back and forths and some complete changes, but it was a relatively painless process. I definitely recommend scouring for availability before you call up, so you know what is there, and have some options up your sleeve if something just can't happen.

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I did that and they said they'd work through it and call me back if there are issues. We had a few back and forths and some complete changes,

Did the planning tool give you a valid itinerary? If yes, why did KF have to change some sectors?

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Did the planning tool give you a valid itinerary? If yes, why did KF have to change some sectors?

It gave a valid itinerary, in terms of layovers and miles and so on, but the connections to get from point A to point B meant we were going through the same airport twice in one instance. Apparently that's not allowed, though I've read other comments on threads where it was allowed, so guess it depends who you have on the other end. So in my case I had to rethink how it was going to work and ended up flying out of a different airport to get a different airport connection.

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the connections to get from point A to point B meant we were going through the same airport twice in one instance.

On the OW RTW, that's allowed, as long as the second time is only a transit. @Jacques Vert, are the rules the same with KF (Dorothy Dixer :) )

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My experience with this, having booked earlier in the year, is that when you call up to book, they will ask you to have your proposed itinerary in the Star Alliance tool. You can save it and give them the code, so they can look at it from their end.

I did that and they said they'd work through it and call me back if there are issues. We had a few back and forths and some complete changes, but it was a relatively painless process. I definitely recommend scouring for availability before you call up, so you know what is there, and have some options up your sleeve if something just can't happen.

With qantas one world, you can book some legs first and add more as the flights become available for 5000 points. Does KrisFlyer allow this too or have to be completed in one go ?

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The SQ RTW award for 240,000 KrisFlyer miles in J is one of the best sweet spots in the KrisFlyer program. It's only marginally more expensive than booking a return trip to Europe in J, and it's actually fewer miles than flying something like SYD-LAX-SYD.

In general, I don't think Y or F is worth it because Y is 75% of the cost of J (so you might as well book J) and there aren't enough Star Alliance airlines or routes where F is available to make that worthwhile.

Just to give people some inspiration, here are a few different KrisFlyer Star Alliance Round The World routings I've seen booked in the past:

1. SYD-xSIN-xIST-MUC-xWAW-LAX-xYVR-MEL
2. MEL-xSIN-NRT-xYYC-YYZ-YUL-FRA/WAW-xIST-DPS-xSIN-MEL
3. MEL-xSFO-LAX/JFK-xZRH-DEL-BKK-xICN-NGO/KIX-xSIN-MEL

Given the superior network of Star Alliance and generally good award availability, there is quite a lot you can do with one of these awards. I would even say that these are better than the QF Oneworld Awards (and at a significantly lower cost). The only real downside is the actual requirement to fly around the world, which prevents some of the crazier Oneworld Award itineraries which are full of backtracking.

Also, just as a matter of interest, KrisFlyer seems to interpret SQ25 (JFK-xFRA-SIN) as crossing the Pacific Ocean if you don't stop over in Frankfurt. Could be a useful loophole for some (or not).

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With qantas one world, you can book some legs first and add more as the flights become available for 5000 points. Does KrisFlyer allow this too or have to be completed in one go ?

With KrisFlyer, you have to book it all in one go. Once the booking is finalised, you have to stick with the initial routing and can only change dates or the airlines used on individual segments. Date and airline changes cost USD50 each, last time I checked.

Basically, this means that you'd need to wait until all flights are available before booking, or otherwise use dummy dates for the later flights and try to change them later.

Alternatively, you can cancel the booking for a USD75 fee and receive a refund of the miles & taxes paid.

Changes and cancellations can only be made before taking the first flight on the booking.

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Hi, thanks for starting this thread it will be great having all the knowledge in one place now.
I was wondering if there is a way to work out what the taxes would be for a rtw j fare. Would it equal all the individual segment taxes added together or is it discounted?
Or if anyone has done one of these trips how much did you pay in taxes?
Thanks in advance

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Or if anyone has done one of these trips how much did you pay in taxes?
Thanks in advance

I booked two J trips earlier this year and it was just under $2000 for both tickets.

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Hi, thanks for starting this thread it will be great having all the knowledge in one place now.
I was wondering if there is a way to work out what the taxes would be for a rtw j fare. Would it equal all the individual segment taxes added together or is it discounted?
Or if anyone has done one of these trips how much did you pay in taxes?
Thanks in advance

As a rough guide, it would be the sum of each individual segment. But there will be slight variations based on the Point Of Sale (i.e. country where the first flight departs).

In general, I think around $1,000-$1,500 per passenger is a fair expectation. The taxes will obviously be higher if you use lots of airlines that have fuel surcharges and/or have a long-haul J/F flight departing from the UK.

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