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Do RTW flights expire after 1 Year?

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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y


I have my RTW flight booked and am due to leave in 78 days (not like i am counting), and was thinking over the weekend that there is a good chance that i will be travelling for longer than a year, but realised that our tickets only last for one year.

I emailed my 'rep' at Travel national and she confirmed that the ticket is only valid for year and advised that when she was travelling she had to purchase a new ticket to return home! This seems a little crazy to me, considering how much you have paid for the ticket and just wanted to know if there was another way around it?

Has anybody travelled for over one year and returned on the same ticket?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



2. Posted by kiwiklou (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

Hey JD

Gonna have to side with ur *rep* at Travel National, You can get a 18month ticket but that depends on which carriers your flying with, which 'conviently' don't go to most of the places on a RTW itinerary anyway, so you'd have to get surface sectors back to a core gateway (e.g. London, NYC) to move on to a new continent, which ends up costing a shite load.

Otherwise once the 12month ticket validity is up, that ticket is void. It is the way of the travel industry unfortunately... no way around it at all... the airline will just cancel it. :(

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4. Posted by SwissGilly (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

hi, i'm wondering what happens if you inadvertently "miss" your return flight back home....? can they come out and find you and throw you in jail.. i ill be flying to Chile at the end of my travel and thinking of staying one week and if i find a job stay 8 months (this is on top of the 12months)...if i have a visa and everything organised, can i still get "in trouble"?


5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

If you miss your return flight home it would just be tough luck to you. You would forfeit the flight and if their were extra flights afterwards you would also forfeit the remaining flights unless the airline was notified you would not be turning up for the flight but do plan on turning up for the future flights. They could only chuck you in a detention centre, jail etc if you did something illegal which would mean overstaying your tourist visa, working on a tourist visa etc. If you are down to leave after a week but then didn't turn up for that flight, as long as your visa was not only issued for one week then you would be fine. The time you may have problems is if you got a tourist visa issued for a week or two and then stayed for 8 months.

I spoke to someone who had been a fool and done something similar to what you are talking about but in Equador. In the end he wanted to leave the country but wasn't allowed until he paid some big fines. After those fines were paid he was allowed to get the flight back home. He had overstayed many months illegally so I would imagine the same sort of deal would apply in Chile.

IATA laws state that no international airfare is allowed to be extended any longer than 12 months after the first date of travel, so unless some alliance in a Africa or Asia is getting away with breaching strictly enforsed laws I'm almost 100% certain that no fare exists like kiwiklou is mentioning. If airlines break the laws that IATA set, they get very big fines (many hundreds of thousand of dollars and sometimes in to the millions of dollars) and depending on how serious a breach of the law, IATA even has the power to force an airline to stop operating.