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RTW tickets; how much did u pay/routes?
I'm thinking of taking a RTW trip (economy & maybe some business class segments) at the end of the year & just want to know peoples experiences...... i.e the routes/stop and the price they paid for it all.
Looking forward to your replies; thanks in advance. cheers!
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Member since 16 Apr 2013
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Booking one next year myself. I'd also be keen in hearing some tips and experiences. Thanks
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Hi benjo and bodez,
Depending on which alliance you're looking to travel with, you may find these articles helpful:
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Also, have a look into buying a one-way ticket to an overseas port, then buying and commencing your RTW from there. You can set up the RTW online before you depart Australia. There are some articles on the net about how to save money doing this. Just for example, RTW used to be much cheaper ex JNB, especially in business class - if you can pick up a cheap flight to get there you'd be ahead overall, assuming it's still as cheap as it once was for the RTW. When you back home you'd still have an e.g. SYD-JNB sector in business to enjoy within 12 months of having departed JNB. Even ex NZ may be cheaper I think. Remember to factor in currency exchange, and be aware that from many places the RTW will actually cost a lot more. One last thing- agents like First Class Travel in Sydney often have discounted RTW ex Australia. Happy hunting.
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Hi Benjoy & Bodez,
I have just booked a RTW in business class for leaving next year, it is in completely in Business and is a mix of airlines, like Swiss, Qantas & Air Canada and comes in at about $7.5K, the price really depends on where you fly and the airlines you can actually get. It use to be really easy to get airlines like Qantas but I found that as you generally need to use certain airlines in and out of Europe they tend to more go on the lines of Star Alliance. When I was doing my booking (you really need a good travel agent if you want a good price and to get the routing you want) we had to be flexible with the airlines and where we travelled to and from.
I have also in the past done an RTW in economy which was with Air Canada, Qantas and Lufthansa and that was around $2.5K pp. I do know that there is also a mixed RTW ticked that does Economy in and out of Australia and with Lufthansa you do the Business Class from Asia to Europe and then on to the USA. Most of the non-alliance RTW bookings let you go either way and you need to stop in Asia before heading to a European/UK destination and then back through the USA.
There are several websites out there that explain most of the rules that apply to these sorts of tickets (as this is my first response not sure if I can post them on here), however, having booked these frequently in the past and a lot of travel knowledge from work, I'm happy to try and explain it all further.. My only advice if going with these types is to find a good travel agent as they are the only way you can book them as you need to get certain travel classes to make them as cheap as possible.
Thanks for the info about your exeriences, just curious... That $2500 economy rtw sounds fairly cheap? maybe not haha im not sure. its a decent price considering a sydney to london or L.A can set u back a good 2k+
Can i ask, how many stops did u take with the rtw economy class ticket?
I'll most likely look into a travel agent once ive work where i would like to stop but as you said i need to be flexible with the routes and airlines so thats understandable.
The $2.5K was a few years ago, it was SYD - YVR (own way to ORD) ORD - LHR (via FRA) (own way to PRG) PRG - HKG (via FRA) HKG - SYD.
You should have a look at flightplanet.com.au (hope i'm allowed to provide links to other places). I haven't used them as a travel agent, however, they explain how many stops you get and destinations you can choose. They should list what is out there and the date ranges as well as the mix of business/economy if you are after that.
As I said i didn't use this travel agent so don't know their reputation, even though I knew most of the rules about these tickets, it was helpful to have it all written out so I could understand before going to a local agent to book them. I should let you know it took about 5 hours to do my recent booking, because we had to find certain classes to get the ticket down and QF werent readily available (but I had heard that QF were doing that as most of the airlines you can use are star alliance).
I just had a quick look at flightplanet and they now seem to offer more than just lufthansa or swiss.
The easiest way I found to plan was to look at a 1 destination in Asia I wish to go to.. Then a European/UK mid point.. Then the USA (if it's not the west coast you will need to make your own way across) and then back to Australia.
Hope this helps..
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