We have booked our RTW for next year.
We have booked through STA Travel and we have been told that although the outgoing flight cannot be changed (without a fee), we are entitled to change any of our other flights whilst travelling.
All we have to do is to ring up the flight company, give our flight details and request a revised flight date (if they are available).
What are other travellers experiences on this?
Is it as straight forward as it sounds?
I also have a round the world ticket with STA, you can also go into one of their travel agencies around the world and change dates, haven't actually changed dates yet but have changed the time of flights with no dramas.
Luckily they have agencies pretty much everywhere!
It can actually be that straightforward. Generally date changes are not a big problem like you were told. Route changes can usually also be made but for that it gets a bit more complicated and you have to go into an STA office to sort that out. Not all airlines are as flexible on date changes but the times I have had to do it (Qantas), it was no problem at all.
Hello, I can add to what others said. Did a RTW with STA starting from Aus. Had to change dates while I was on my UK leg. I dropped into an office, and they fixed it up no drama's. They seem to be one of the few travel agents (other than maybe American Express??) who have offices in quite a lot of countries. It always helps to be able to go somewhere and talk to somebody if you are really stuck.
I had a deal of 3 free date changes as part of my ticket with them (that was back in 01 though).
I have heard other people running into issues when trying to change at a late stage as usually RTW tickets are the lowest fare class, which obviously sell out first.