What is the best way to get good airfare for round-the-world trips? Most online sites of airlies give a fare that is more than the total of the individual one-way trips! And individual one-way fares seem more than a two way fare. I am thinking of a NYC-UK-Kaula Lumpur-China-NYC itinerary.
All the airline alliances offer quite good prices for RTW tickets. Just bought mine in very reasonable price.
In the UK we have STA travel, I know they have branches in the US, they are specialists in round the world tickets. Other than STA I don't know anyone else in the US, maybe you should do a google search to find round the world specialists?
I'm looking into round the world flights as well. Only just started looking into it so i can't compare with anyone else but Qantas have a 'Global Explorer Fare' which allows you to travel up to 39,000 miles around the world, choosing up to 15 stopovers from 600 destinations. Some good example itineraries and so far seem to be a decent price. If I can find some more to compare with I'll post it here so you can check them out.
Cheers and goodluck,
Eel - as you starting in NYC, also look into the prices of a single (or return which you throw away NYC-London fare) plus a RTW bought in the UK (and chuck away the end leg from NYC to London). There's lots of deals between NY/NE seaboard of US to the UK, and apparently UK rtw tickets tend to be very competitively priced compared some other countries.
Not being someone that flies, i can't give specifics, but i'm sure i remember seeing on here in the past that it worked out quite a bit cheaper to buy in London than the US. Anybody else remember that....?
I have been looking at a round the world ticken on the Star Alliance network of planes. Planes inclueded in the star alliance are ones like Singapore, Air Canada, Air NewZealand, Luthunsia, United, US Air amongst a few others. On the website you can download a round the world travel calculator, which will give you the flight path and a fare at the end of it. I have found it to be a good tool. It is here if you want to download it and check it out:
Have not looked into it to much but found this:
a ticketbureau that is located in San Francisco specialices in around the world tickets.