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Star Alliance puts the world on sale

As part of its 15th Anniversary celebrations, the Star Alliance network is offering a 15% discount on all Round the World (RTW) Economy Class fares. This special promotion is valid for all RTW tickets in Economy Class sold from May 15 to May 29, 2012. The discount is applicable on the base fare only and not on fees, taxes and surcharges which vary by routing. The Star Alliance network offers four Economy Class RTW fare levels which allow customers to travel distances of up to either 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles. The circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is approximately 24,901 miles and the fare levels offered allow the customer to select the mileage requirement which best suits their personal travel needs. Actual fares vary by market and in general offer better value for money than purchasing individual one-way tickets on separate airlines to cover the same itinerary. Children between the age of two and 11 pay 75% of the applicable adult fare, while infants under two who do not occupy a seat can be taken along for ten per cent of the applicable adult fare. Customers can build their own routings within the mileage limits of the different fare levels. Travel needs to commence and end in the same country, be one directional either going East or West and include a trans-Atlantic and a trans-Pacific crossing. 24 hour stops must be made in at least three cities and the itinerary may include between two and 12 additional stops (total number of stops are dependent on the actual fare type). Further information can be found at http://www.staralliance.com/en/fares/round-the-world-fare .

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