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Changing Dates on a One World Explorer Ticket

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1. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Hello.

My boyfriend and i have a One World Explorer ticket (4 continents) and we leave on the 2nd September 2005:

Our flights are

London - Sao Paulo (transfer straight away to Rio De Janeiro)
Santiago - Easter Island
Easter Island - Auckland, New Zealand
Christchurch, NZ - Syndey(transfer straight away to Cairns) Australia
Darwim - Singapore
Bangkok - Hong Kong
Hong Kong - Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Hong kong
Hong Kong - Delhi
Delhi - London

However, when we purchased our tickets in January 2005 from STA Travel we were told that to change the dates to our flights would be free - we just call up the company we are flying with a few days before we want to go and then they will put us on the next available flight.

We recently went into our local STA Branch to amend our flights as best we can, because at the moment STA have bunched them all up together into 2 months (and we intend on being away for 12 months, the full length of the One World Explorer ticket). But were informed that the companies we fly with are now charging for the dates changes, much to our annoyance.

We are happy with the 2nd Sept flight London - Rio. But can anyone tell us how we can amend the rest.. we got very confused online when trying to amend them and many sites would not let us.

We have had trouble trying to amend our Lan Chile flight Santiago - Easter Island and also Quantas flights.

Should we just telephone each company to amend the dates?

Please please help - we only have 3 just under 4 weeks left!

2. Posted by ShaunUK (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

If you only have 3 or 4 weeks left before you leave I don't think you will be able to make any changes to your ticket until you have left the UK. After you have left you can change the dates but I don't ever think it's free. You have to pay an admin fee, this should be minimal.

You might not be able to change your Santiago - Easter Island flight due to availability. I'm on a flight from Santiago - Auckland and I know that one is virtually impossible to change because the seats are so rare.

3. Posted by ShaunUK (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

If you only have 3 or 4 weeks left before you leave I don't think you will be able to make any changes to your ticket until you have left the UK. After you have left you can change the dates but I don't ever think it's free. You have to pay an admin fee, this should be minimal.

You might not be able to change your Santiago - Easter Island flight due to availability. I'm on a flight from Santiago - Auckland and I know that one is virtually impossible to change because the seats are so rare.

4. Posted by Hay (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Thanks! Well i went into STA Travel today and it turns out all the worry was for nothing, and the chap we saw had made a mistake.

If you have a One World Explorer ticket, date changes are free. We amend as far as we can before we leave - and then just phone airlines if dates need to be changed whilst we are away!

But thanks for the info about Santiago and Easter Island - I never thought about that, but it makes sense. We are sticking to the dates we have set for them, as like you said those seats are pretty hard to come by!!

Thanks for the help!