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Flights; book in advance, or as you go?

Travel Forums Round the World Travel Flights; book in advance, or as you go?

1. Posted by Soopheh (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi all, I'm currently saving for a RTW trip- it won't be until at least the middle of next year, so I have a while to plan. :)
Regarding flights, from reading around the forum it seems that most of you have booked it all, like as a RTW trip? I was planning on just booking my initial flight in advance, and then try and find cheap flights/other transport as I move around. I figured it would be most sensible, seeing as I don't know the exact route that I want to travel in yet (I know which countries I want to visit, just not in what order!) However now I am considering costs, which would be cheaper?? Is it possible to book a RTW ticket without giving exact dates, or even exact months?? Because if that works out cheaper then that would be perfect. :D
I hope my post makes sense, haha. Thanks in advance for any help. :)


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4941 posts) 6y

Most (all?) RTW tickets allow for free date changes, so as long as you know the total travel time will be less than a year, and don't mind too much that the order in which you visit countries is set, you can just make up some dates for the ticket, and change them as you go. (Although there could be an issue with availability of seats when you're trying to change a date in the near future, so it's not completely ideal.)

3. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

It all makes total sense what you're saying.
Fares are totally dependent on where and when you're going - and what's on offer.
For example, just as one pointer - it's possible to get from the UK to Australia for less than £450.
However, finding the bargains involves a lot of searching and also mega-patience too.

4. Posted by Kaz P (Budding Member 83 posts) 6y

Hi Guys,

I have gone for the book as you go option. My partner and I are travelling from

UK - SEA - OZ - NZ - SA - NA - UK

The RTW tickets seemed expensive if you want to do both south and north America.

Currently we have booked

UK to KL

KL - Krabi

KL - Brisbane

Really cheap so far but now I think I am gonna struggle to find a cheapy flight from NZ to South America

Fingers crossed there's some bargains out there



11 weeks to go can't wait

5. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Great homework and very well worked out. Doubt you'll find any alternative routes cheaper.
As for your plans from NZ to South America, your best bet is from Auckland to the USA - then onward. Of all the NZ international airports, Auckland has the most international flights in and out.
Check-out it's website for departures and arrivals. It'll show you what airlines use it and their times....

6. Posted by Kaz P (Budding Member 83 posts) 6y

Thanks FlyingBob,

I will check that out!

I love this site it's great getting so much info off everyone!



7. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Great, isn't it?
I'm a newcomer to TP myself. It was recommended to me by a friend who has been here for years and is now a moderator.
The really nice things about TP are.. So many different people with hundreds of experiences to share (both good and bad - all very useful to take on board) and it's all free.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-May-2010, at 06:49 by flyingbob ]

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