Cheap Flight and the Round the World Ticket

Are you thinking of traveling for a long period of time? If so, try considering round the world (RTW) tickets. Here is a cool post of some useful tips in booking cheap flight and Round the World tickets. Have fun traveling! *oink**oink*

Buying a ticket – cheap flights and round the world options

Most travellers set off on a round the world trip (RTW) with just that ticket. What round the world really means is Australia/Europe (depending on where you start) and back with stop-offs and if you break this mould, you pay for it. (If you aren’t interested in making such a trip, skip to this section for advice on the many other options available.)

Here are the most popular types of tickets you can get (there are others) based around the major airline alliances – see respective websites to plan where you can stop:

  1. The first is Star Alliance ( Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, BMI, Ethiopian, LOT, Lufthansa, Mexicana, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP, Thai Airways International, Tyrolean Airways, United Airlines, US and VARIG) whose members have really increased over the years, is based on miles and handy if you are heading for SE Asia as Thai Air is a members so you can get some good little hops (although budget flights in SEA aren’t a problem any more). Other recent members South African and Ethiopian really open Africa to round the worlders.
  2. The other is One World (Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, JAL, Iberia, LAN Chile and Qantas), Global explorer and oneworld explorer (better) based on continents with varying conditions. This is often the ticket to get for a trip including South America, since LAN Chile has an excellent South American network and can get you to Easter Island as a stop off.
  3. A third option is the SkyTeam Alliance RTW (Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, KLM, Delta and Korean Air).
  4. And finally The Great Escapade (Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic). The Great Escapade is mileage based (29,000 miles, one Atlantic crossing, one Pacific crossing allowed) with unlimited stopovers (except in New Zealand). South America is not included and South Africa is the only African stop. But if that’s not a problem for you and you want a basic ticketing flying from/to London/Manchester, then this option has been recommended.

Note: Please confirm all of this with a travel agent. Things change quickly in this industry.

All of the above RTW options are valued for one year and date changes are free or with a small charge. Changing destinations en route (if possible) will incur a larger charge – believe if you do this with One World it can actually extend your ticket from that point (but policy seems to vary office to office). All of these tickets are excellent value for money if you utilise them properly. Cheap or not, such tickets are not the only way to go. Many setting off on a RTW trip are increasingly shunning RTW tickets so as to have more flexibility and not be limited to a year trip. It is hotly debated as to whether buying tickets as you go, or buying one RTW ticket is best.

What are the Pros and Cons of Round the World and Do It Your Own?

Round The World (RTW) ticket

Pros:

  • Date changes are normally free or pretty cheap.
  • Many feel secure in planning a grand route and knowing a schedule in advance.
  • They normally work out cheaper and from London are bargains especially if on a simple Oz and back route in the low season.

Cons:

  • In most cases you are limited to 12 months to complete your travels.
  • You are going to have to plan your route and lock yourself into it before you go. Route changes on the road will cost you.
  • Best to have Australia as a focus of your trip.
  • You will need to take some one-way local flights anyway and often back track for your next leg.

Limited to major hubs, you will have to take internal flights to get to the likes of Nepal, Vietnam (without back-tracking) and notably across the Darien Gap (South to Central America).


Do It Your Own Ticket

Pros: 

  • Not being limited to 12 months.
  • No need to plan in advance without the information you’ll discover while on the road.
  • Gain a huge sense of freedom – the major growth in regional budget airlines opens so many doors.

Better if doing more interesting routes with lots of over-landing (recommended).

Cons:

  • The main disadvantage is not having an onward ticket – which can pick you up a little steam by not being able to prove onward travel. In practice, it’s more an annoyance than a hindrance.
  • The cost of this type of DIY ticket will be more than RTW deals you can find.
  • Requires more time and greater flexibility.
  • It’s fairly hard to price your ticket sitting at home as current ticket prices can only really be gauged accurately when you are in the region travelling.
  • You can sometimes have a nasty surprise on the price of a flight if you hit a peak season or a route not being discounted.

I hope this helps in your adventurous travels. Got more ideas? Please comment below and let me hear your  oinktastic ideas:

Till then,

Spider Pig

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