To get to easter Island going from a Westerly direction across the pacific to South America ie Australia or New Zealand-South America, the rules on the oneworld continent based ticket says you can't do the stop at Easter Island on that ticket, but can on a mileage based ticket. That's because the airline which has the flights from Auckland-Papeete and Papeete-Easter Island are not ones that are allowed to be used on the continent based ticket but can on a mileage based. I went to Easter Island on the 4 continent ticket, but I was travelling from Europe-South America and got this flight from Rio De Janiero-Easter Island with a few hour stop in Santiago. Then to leave Easter Island I had to back track to spend time in Santiago. Then make my way up to Central America then North America before heading all the way back down to Australia. I could have done it with less backtracking had Hawaii not been on my must go to list. The mileage based ticket is great when you need loads of backtracking like I did and it gets your frequent flyer miles up. I fitted about 48,000miles on my RTW ticket just in flights, yet the largest mileage based ticket was 39,000miles. I did over 100,000km with all the buses and trains I caught between overland sections, but having looked back on it, if I wanted to have gone for more miles, I could have arranged my trip in a different way to really get a lot more miles with deliberate big backtracks.
That ticket which cde3897 has, looks like it could be fit on to a mileage based ticket due to the lack of excluding North America, as even with the large amount of overland travel in South America it only adds up to 32,222miles but without that it only equates to 22,913miles worth of flights. I do know that on my RTW ticket which was the continent based ticket that the overland sections classed as one of my flights, so undoubtedly those 9,309 miles between Rio De Janiero and Santiago will have been added to your mileage despite the fact you wont have flown them. Including the Easter Island-Papeete section of the ticket added 4,980 miles.
The Melbourne-Sydney flight on johnnycash RTW ticket, will have got you in to the next mileage bracket as it equates to 34,072 miles including the overland mileage as without that flight it would equates to 33,194 miles. You could get a cheap Melbourne-Sydney flight on Jetstar or Virgin Blue and it would most likely be cheaper than the extra you'd pay for having to go on the 39,000 mile ticket instead of the 34,000 mile ticket. I guess if you already booked your ticket then this little bit of info will be no good to you, but maybe someone else might be able to gain from it.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2007, at 4:18 PM by aharrold45 ]