Star Alliance Round the World for €931 (Premium Economy at €1,625) from Switzerland

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Departing from Zurich, Geneva or Basel, you currently have the amazing opportunity to buy a round-the-world ticket with Star Alliance carriers Air New Zealand, Swiss, Lufthansa and United Airlines for amazingly cheap €931. While you have to include a stay Auckland in your itinerary, you can basically choose wherever else you want to stay. Possible are stopovers in Asia (Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai…), Pacific Islands like Cook, Fiji or Hawaii as well as US cities Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Here are a few combinations that can be done with this fare:

Star Alliance Round the World 931

Flights in premium economy start at €1,630 – including Cook Islands:

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All this trickery is based on an Air New Zealand fare from Switzerland to Auckland that allows multiple stopovers. Basically the rules are:

  • One free stopover from Switzerland to Auckland (e.g. Singapore or Shanghai)
  • One free stopover from Auckland to Switzerland (e.g. Hawaii)
  • Each additional stopover at €120 (e.g. Los Angeles)

Because you are not obligated to route your trips via Asia, you are free to plan your return with an American layover. This results in an eastbound round-the-world ticket.

Fare rules give no restrictions like an expiration date or a certain travel period. There is reasonable availability between autumn 2019 and spring 2020. Finding these fares will take some time, but the result is undeniably great! We recommend looking for dates on Google Flights, using its multi stop tool (instructions). Use your dates to buy tickets through or expedia.


There are countless possibilites to route your flights following the pattern above. Take some time and let your imagination run wild!


Since so many airlines are part of this deal and travel distances vary as well, it is hard to give reliable information regarding mileage. The base ticket by Air New Zealand is issued in booking class T. This is most interesting for United MileagePlus, as this trip will almost certainly grant you MileagePlus Silver.

The premium economy tickets mentioned aboved are Air New Zealand booking class A and Lufthansa booking class N. These bad boys should be credited like this:

  • 38,140 on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 32,310 on Miles & More
  • 28,710 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 26,120 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 26,120 on SAS EuroBonus
  • 25,990 on United MileagePlus
  • 25,200 on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 24,620 on Asiana Club
  • 24,130 on EgyptAir Plus
  • 24,130 on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 24,130 on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 24,130 on Air India Flying Returns
  • 23,960 on TAP Miles & Go
  • 23,960 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 23,960 on ANA Mileage Club
  • 23,960 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 23,870 on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 23,030 on South African Voyager
  • 22,750 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 18,640 on LATAM Pass
  • 18,560 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 12,370 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 12,370 on Etihad Guest
  • 340 on Asia Miles
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  1. Nice trip! However, are there any cheap combinations without a connection in the US? Problem is I don’t qualify for the VISA waiver program. My outbound stop over would be PVG and inbound making a stop in Fiji or Cook Islands. That would be great. Thanks.


    • Hi,

      From Fiji or Cook Islands there are no other eastbound connection than to the US sadly. Only if you leave out those Pacific Islands there are options via Canada or even Argentina.

      You could book flights from New Zealand to Fiji or Cook Islands separately, but it’s at least 300€ roundtrip for those. So obtaining a US visa would still be the cheaper option.


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