Hi, my boyfriend and I have booked the One World Explorer - a 4 continent and 12 month ticket and we will be flying:
London - Rio De Janiero (British Airways)
Santiago - Easter Island (Lan Chile)
Easter Isalnd - Santiago (Lan Chile)
Santiago - Auckland (Quantus)
Christchurch - Cairns (Quantus)
Darwin - Singapore (Quantus)
Bangkok - Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific)
Hong Kong - Tokyo (Cathay Pacific)
Tokyo - Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific)
Hong Kong - Delhi (Cathay Pacific)
Delhi - London (British Airways)
All for just £1300 + airport tax, so in total £1500 each.
PLUS all the dates can be amended for free of charge - just have to contact the company you are flying with a few days in advance to arrange a new date.
My wife and I did a 4 month RTW starting late January 2005 from Perth, Western Australia via Auckland to Santiago, Rio, Peru, Mexico, USA, Madrid, Rome, London, Bangkok and back to Perth.
There were a number of internal flights in South America (Brazil, Argentina, etc) and the US which cost extra, but the base RWT was about $3,200? AUD (1,500 Quid?). This gave us 3 internal flights in South America, 6 in the US, 3 in Europe and 3 in Asia.
The RTW was with Qantas, Lan Chile (and Lan Peru), American Airlines, Iberia, British Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Unless you are desperate (and I mean REALLY DESPERATE), DO NOT fly with a sub-standard airline.
I flew Aeroflop (the old Ruski Commie airline) from Bangkok to Moscow and onto London in May 1984 and that airline has scarred my pleasure of flying for life.
Flying over the Hindu Kush and that plane was like a DisneyWorld roller coaster ride.
The seats were bolted onto the floor very loosely because they had to be ready for military use by the Red Airforce, the service was socialist to the extreme (would only accept hard capitalist currency for booze), and the food was absolute shite.
Sat beside a Cockney guy flying back from Hong Kong to London, only had Thai Baht on me and gave the dude a great exchange rate to the pound so I could get a jug (and I MEAN a jug) of vodka off the hostess, Olga from the Volga.
I'm talking one of those jugs you put your finger in the hole and raise to your lips a la Appalachian moonshine.
I looked up at the ceiling of the plane and it looked as though smoke was coming out of the air vents.
Seems that the shit Ilyushin aircraft the Russians made simply allowed ice to form inside the skin of the aircraft and it melts into steam with the heat of the interior and the level of the passenger's fear. There was a lotta fear on that flight!!!!
The flight was SO SO bad that we had to stop and refuel at night at a military base in the south of Russia (in the Caucasaus maybe?), and we were told to put our window screens down and KEEP them down on pain of arrest of being spies.
Spent that whole day in a Moscow 5 star airport hotel (1 star in the rest of the world!), wasn't allowed outside with KGB guards armed with AK47s watching every door, and the food on the flight to London was probably Yak frozen in the tundra for over a thousand years.
Saving you life cost far less than saving a few hundred quid/dollars/pesos/or whatever.
Iv just bought my ticket. I found BA one world ticket best suited me. U pay per continent and get 4 flights within it. But wouldnt recommened it if u planning to go a little off the beaten track. Costs more to add in more diverse airlines. My route is pretty standard:
London- bangkok- singapore- perth- melbourne- sydney- auckland- christchurch- LA- San fran- vancouver- Toronto- New york- london.
That cost £1300 ish plus tax.
Mine cost £1800 with Trailfinders, they could have offered me a cheaper ticket but because I had a specific route in mind it cost me a bit extra, but I dont mind cos its something Ive wanted to do for ages and Ive saved and saved and saved for years....
I got a Star Alliance 39000 Mile RTW Ticket for AUD$3999. I could have got it a few hundred dollars cheaper and even asked our Travel Agent to match a price I found somewhere else but she basically ignored my request.
The taxes and surcharges were another $500 so I paid about $4500 for the ticket. I think it was a rip off.
On top of that, I've changed the flights around a fair bit and every time I've done that it has cost between $75USD and $125USD. I wasn't advised before buying the ticket about this condition.
PLEASE everyone, check the conditions and ask a few questions BEFORE you pay!
Another condition of my ticket (something I was only told when I picked up my ticket) was that if I miss a flight, for whatever reason, the rest of the ticket is forfeited. Bah!!!
I'm really annoyed by the whole thing as you can probably tell.
Oh, one more thing... try NOT to get your tickets issued by United. They suck! They put me on stand by for flights when I'm obviously a full-paying customer!
We're off at the end of Nov, we booked with Travel Nation who were fantastic (recommended by someone on this forum) & gave us a great deal.
Our itinery is:
London-Mumbai-Overland-Delhi-Ho Chi Minn-Overland (via Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia)-Singapore-Bali-Singapore-Brisbane-Overland-Sydney-Chistchurch
This was based on air miles rather than destinations. We are allowed a total of around 29000 airmiles on the Escapade ticket travelling with Virgin, Singapore Airlines & Air New Zealand.
The total cost including taxes was £1295 each. An absolute bargain, considering some of the tickets that are on sale - we were quoted the same price before taxes & not even for half of the destinations we're going to.
Make sure you shop around first and find out your 'rights' (ie. that you can make the most mileage of out of your ticket & don't just settle for a list of destinations they tell you). We were amazed at the extra flights we could on at no extra cost.
I also forgot to add that any of our flight dates can be changed at NO extra cost. Which is another important fact.
I just returned from my RTW trip - I paid approx £1600 for a ticket from Trailfinders, which was to 4 continents and 4 flights within each continent (6 in USA)- and your flights into and out of the continent on top of that. It was quite good value - however they say you dont have to pay for changing your dates - when infact you do!! It was $30 AUS in Oz and $50 NZ in New Zealand, which all added to the expense!
Ask if you can get an e-ticket, then no admin fees can be charged!
I have brought a escapde round the world ticket i think it great value even though i brought it from STA travel £1200 for six stops
and alowing me to change dates of of travel to each destination for free
Hi i just bought myself a ticket, including taxes etc....
Im flying off around the world in May 2006, start from:
Adelaide - Singapore
Singapore - Italy (Rome)
Italy (Rome) - Poland (Wroclaw)
Poland (Wroclaw) - London
London - Canada (Toronto)
Canada (Toronto) - Canada (Vancouver)
Canada (Vancouver) - Hawaii
Hawaii - Sydney
Sydney - Adelaide ---- Home!!!
all approximately came to $2800 Australian Dollars, which in my opinion think is quite a good price.................
Btw the ticket also includes the 3 nights staying in singapore :-) :-)