Does anyone know of any RTW ticket deals that are valid for over 12 months?
I am going away for 15 months but think RTW ticket is the better bargain than buying them on the way. I am planning on going to Peru - Chile - NZ - Oz - SE Asia somewhere - India (North) - Nepal and back to the UK. The thing is I hope to do the last 3 in the last 3 months of travelling making this end of the trip the most busy/expensive flight wise.
Let me know if you can help and have any other suggestions on keeping flight costs down.
Check the site above. Most RTW tickets have 12 months to complete. However, you can contact the OneWorld office to assist you with your need. With OneWorld RTW ticket you can travel on American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, just to name a few. If you don't want to travel RTW but jus a group of countries, OneWorld has zone tickets which let you travel a group of countries in a certain zone.
sta has working holiday tickets valid for 18months. you must have a working holiday visa for somewhere. you can pretty much make any ticket (rtw, return..) available for the 18months for a little extra.
I have a RTW ticket valid for 12 months (departing Sydney) and mid-way through my travels i had a serious car accident where i broke my spine. i am mid way through my recovery in the UK but am unable to fly for another 9 months or so, this date being after my ticket expires. i have written to BA to appeal to their compassion and to ask that they hold my ticket open so i can complete my travels when i am fit. They refused giving no reason except that RTW tickets are valid for one year. not an ounce of understanding or compassion from them. i am furious that they would not make this tiny allowance which will make a huge difference to me. i therefore have to find the money to buy a new ticket and sacrifice the second half of my RTW ticket. Anyone got any advice for me, it would be much appreciated.
Cojones - sounds nasty your car accident. I should hope you would claim that off your travel insurance. That should cover for the loss of the money for the RTW ticket etc. However I think if only part used the ticket is part-refundable I am not too sure. I think it is worth checking with the travel agent you booked it through and they may give better advice, that is if you booked RTW ticket through an agent. However they are pretty strict on the rules so best way is to claim insurance I'd say. Don't know if that helps.
KatyD - RTW tickets are valid for over a year - I think maximum of 15 or 18 months I am not sure. I think you can fly back through LA/South America etc. if under a year. However if it is over a year you have to come back via SE Asia. I was told this by TravelNation www.travel-nation.co.uk whom are very good to give advice etc. I am planning on booking a ticket through them. I think you can get a decent RTW for over a year (or under) for less than the £1000 mark. I was asking them half a dozen questions and they are very polite and helpful so it's worth giving them a shot.
Good luck first of all!
Should definitely be covered by travel insurance and depending on where you booked your ticket, I would also think a refund would be possible for the not used part, if a new ticket was then booked through the same company for a later date.