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RTW Flight Ticket Problem

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1. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

apparently a rtw flight ticket is only valid for 12 months

i travel in march! and i have a working visa for australia were i wont land until june!

next year apparently i have to return to my country by march! meaning that i have to leave australia 5 months too early.

has anyone had this problem? is there away around this?

could i not phone up airline and reschedule flights without them knowing the deal? or perhaps i pay a little bit extra?

i suppose this is to stop people from buying RTW flight tickets and hogging onto tickets for years when they want you to use it all up within 12 months...

ALSO

what happens if you miss a connecting flight on a RTW ticket? will they just put you on the next available flight? or am i focked!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 11, 2007, at 4:48 AM by oslaue ]

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

I think your a little screwed mate. Theyre pretty ruthless about enforcing the RTW trip rules. I dont think its a problem if you miss a connecting flight, but you will have to pay for another one.

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

You could do travel around Europe in the 5 months and then head to Australia, but I think other than that you wont be able to get a RTW ticket for your journey but have to buy individual tickets.

Another thing which may be cheaper depending on your countries of choice, you could buy a RTW fare when in Australia trying to cover the minimum miles whilst still reaching the last country you want to arrive in. So you might have Australia-North America-Europe which might well work out cheaper then buying the one way tickets to where ever you wanted to go. Then when you reached your home country, you'd just forfiet the stops after that which would say you are arriving back in Australia.

You can't phone up and change the dates when the year is almost up, because they have the whole itinerary of your ticket regardless of which airline you use on the RTW ticket showing on the computer, so they will spot it. So say you booked your ticket with British Airways and your flight from Australia is with Qantas, then Qantas will have all the details of your whole flight itinerary from the first flight.

With the connecting flight I guess it would depend on if the connecting flight was part of your RTW ticket. Like for eaxmple if you had a Rio De Janiero - Easter Island flight which means you stop in Santiago to change to another flight (having to re checkin and everything), well then seeing it is on the RTW ticket and it was their fault for not transporting you at the right time then you should be fine, just like if you are on an overbooked flight they place you on the first available flight. If you booked a seperate flight which was a connecting flight, like flying in to Sydney from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and then you had a flight a couple of hours later from Sydney-Perth on Jetstar, then I think that might be a different matter, as you should have allowed many hours incase of a delay.

Have a great trip and goodluck sorting it out.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 11, 2007, at 6:13 AM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

thanks guys for both your replys...i was hoping there was a way around beating the system in both cases...doesnt look like its the case.

the reason i asked about the missing connection flight is...im in south africa for a month and i have booked some internal flights...and there is a 3 hour gap for me....in other words...i am meant to fly out of jo'burg at midday but i am flying into jo'burg from cape town (a flight not part of my RTW that i booked myself)...but my plane only arrives into cape town at 9am...what im trying to say is....it gives me 3 hours...but if there was delays they dont see it as its not part of there trip...so in cases like that i may get an earlier flight to avoid the risk! i rather be 1 day early than miss my flight completly.

yeah going around europe is good and all that but i was hoping i could work in australia for a solid 12 months and 4-5 months pure travelling...now it will only be 12 months...but ill try and sort something...

thanks again.

5. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 9y

Oh my God! Im glad I saw this-my travel agent never mentioned this to me-perhaps because way back months ago when i booked my flights i was only planning on been away 10 months but since then I have started considering staying away longer. At the moment my ongoing flights from Australia are booked for July as the travel agent couldnt book them for when i wanted as was too far in advance-im going to double check now that everything will be ok!
Thanks
Hels

6. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

hels let me know how you get on! and goodluck! i hope it works out for ya! but i reckon that you are in the same position as i am.

for me it kinda eats into my funds as i was hoping to work for those 12 months now i have lost 5 months of pay...not a huge problem, more annoying than anything else.

had i known this i would have better planned my trip...just means i cant spend as long as i would like in some countrys...