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1: What is a Round The World (RTW) flight?
A round the world flight is a code-share between different airlines which, quite simply, takes you around the world. Mainly based on mileage or sections, there are various options, such as The Great Escapade, Star Alliance and One World Explorer.
2: How much will an around the world ticket cost?
How long is a piece of string? It completely depends where you’re going and the time of year – huge savings can be had by travelling in the low season.
3: Do your own RTW trip research first
Have a rough idea at least of where you want to go and which dates. Your agent isn’t a mind reader. Some RTW flight agents have websites where you can plan rough routes, so have a play first and get some ideas.
4: Shop about for around the world trip packages
Don’t feel like you have to be loyal to any particular company – ring them all up. It’s YOUR trip, and you want the best deal for YOU!
5: Don’t be pressured
An around the world travel agency can hold flights for up to a week or so for you. Taxes might change slightly but the RTW fares generally won’t. If they’re pressuring you, go elsewhere.
6: You’re generally better using a specialist RTW agent
Generic high street travel agents most often won’t do you the same deals as RTW specialists. We used www.roundtheworldflights.com They beat everyone on price and did the exact route we wanted, when others had said it wasn’t possible. No fuss, great advice. Simply fab and would use them as an around the world travel agency again, every time.
7: Be flexible with your around the world itinerary
Be a bit flexible with routes if cost is a factor, but equally don’t sacrifice the places that are important to you. There is ALWAYS a route that will get you where you want to go, but you might have to adapt your plans.
8: Check the price of flight changes
If you think you’ll possibly be changing dates while on your trip, please check how much it is to change your flights WITH THE AIRLINE before you book. The (bad) agent might tell you flight changes are free, but they may not be free with the airline itself. Beware!
See our RTW booking experience post for further details of the flight change cost issue.
9: Ask yourself if cost savings for your RTW travel plans are worth it
It’s all well and good getting a cheap deal, but does that mean you’ll be landing at 11pm in a city you’ve never been to? If the flight is on time, factor in getting off the plane, collecting bags, and getting to your accommodation, and that’s if you’ve pre-booked. Is it worth paying a touch more to land at a better time?
10: After booking your RTW trip…
When you’ve booked your flights GET TRAVEL INSURANCE. You’re paying a lot for these flights and for your trip. Get covered should anything bad happen.
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