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Old Mar 14, 19, 12:35 pm
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Am thinking of booking RTW flying BC. I have been looking at doing this booking on the Star Alliance web site I would appreciate comments as to whether this is the best place to do it. Thanks
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Old Mar 14, 19, 2:25 pm
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If you are looking for a paid ticket: yes.If you are inexperienced it might be better to use a specialized travel agent.
You will also find a lot of information in this forum.
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Old Mar 14, 19, 4:11 pm
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If you are looking for a paid ticket: yes.If you are inexperienced it might be better to use a specialized travel agent.
You will also find a lot of information in this forum.
Yes, it will be paid travel, I could do award travel but would like to get the miles from this.
For what I want to do right now it is quoting CAD $12,000.00 in BC. I am going to look at this from SEA, perhaps the USD amount will be less.
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Am thinking of booking RTW flying BC. I have been looking at doing this booking on the Star Alliance web site I would appreciate comments as to whether this is the best place to do it. Thanks
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Will be doing award travel, sorry I forgot to mention this in the OP
That makes a massive difference
What ffp's do you have ff miles with? What rules do they have for awards?

Many ffp's now do not allow stopovers on awards, so will be point to point

Consider these Award booking services - a list and some reviews

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OP changed post 3 from award to paid as I was replying

https://www.staralliance.com/en/round-the-world
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Old Mar 14, 19, 4:42 pm
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If it was award travel it would be through UA I imagine. I have 1,3M miles

Thanks Mwenenzi, for the link above, that is the link I am looking at for paid travel.
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Unsure if Star still have RTW mileage based tickets
Typical? https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/round-the-world-fares

https://www.airtravelgenius.com/roun...-tickets/#star
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5. Star Alliance Round The World Tickets
Star Alliance offers 3 mileage based Round-The-World tickets – with a maximum of 29,000 miles (RWSTAR1), 34,000 miles (RWSTAR2) and 39,000 miles (RWSTAR3). These are available in economy, premium economy, business class and first class.
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Cost will vary by route, due to real government/regulatory/airport fees

With 1.3M UA ff miles I would be looking to spend some. They will not increase in value.
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Old Mar 14, 19, 9:05 pm
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Yes, I know and at my age, I can't take them with me. Maybe a BC flight to heaven :-)
I prefer to use the miles for European BC trips from Vancouver.
Anyway thanks for your advice with the trip I have sort of planned would fall under the RWSTAR1, I might look at PE also.
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Look at different starting points. Last time I checked Japan and Korea were the best points. The base price depends on the starting points, taxes and fees depend on the routing. You could use miles to position there. You have one year after the first flight to finish the ticket.
Generally I find the award RTW are a relatively bad value (not sure about the UA program) and also very difficult to find space for. Paid tickets allow a lot of flexibility (free date changes, routing changes for a reasonable fee) and space is easy to find.
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If you are going to fly to Asia again within the next year, I would recommend using your miles to fly from SEA to NRT/HND, then purchasing your STAR RTW starting in Japan.
Use the RTW to travel Asia/Africa/Europe or wherever you intend to travel, then back home to SEA; and use the last leg SEA-Japan to start your next trip if within the year.
This will be much cheaper than starting in the USA.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 10:16 am
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Unless there has been a change, the Star Alliance website RTW tickets always come out on Lufthansa ticket stock. If you are looking for United mileage you may earn a fair bit more if the ticket is issued by UA. The ticket stock is on the carrier with the first long haul overseas segment. If you call United they can also issue the ticket themselves provided they have the first long haul segment. It would definitely be best to use the Star Alliance online tool to plan what you want, check the mileage and fare, and then provide this to your travel agency or airline (especially if you are trying to maximize mileage earning). Otherwise LH has always given me great service and I would pick them to issue the ticket over anyone except United.
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