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1. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 259 posts) 19 Nov '12 12:11

Hi folks,
I'm looking for some advice on flight tickets.

The trip I'm trying to plan is UK to Australia, then New Zealand, then return via some new places - maybe Manila, Korea and Japan.

I'm trying to figure out the best way to buy flight tickets for this, as it doesn't seem to fit with a standard RTW ticket since I'd be doubling back on myself rather than continuing eastward via the Americas. Are there any passes which would suit these hops in Asia before heading back to the UK, or am I best trying to buy an open jaw ticket UK-Australia then back from Asia-UK from my last stop? What airlines offer what stopovers en route to Aus? Or can it be as cheap now to buy separate legs?

I figure the around-Asia sections are simple, using the likes of Tiger, AirAsia, etc. Same for round Aus and to NZ, using such as Virgin Australia.

I've used the old Air Asia long haul route from London to KL a few times but I know that's been dropped now, so what's the next best thing?

Thanks!

Andy

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 20 Nov '12 11:41

Pick up the Daily Mail this Saturday or Sunday as it has a travel section where you can phone up and speak to a number of knowledgeable people in good companies who do RTW tickets who will help you.

Basically a RTW ticket is in one direction there and back so anything else and you book side trips. You can of course do overland sections which can help accommodate these. RTW are naturally open jaw.

I went to Manila quite a long time ago. Not a lot there.

From somewhere like Bangkok or Hong Kong you can pick up a (side) flight to Korea or Japan for not too much money. Or from Kuala Lumpur which is AirAsia's hub as you are no doubt aware.

The only way you can get a less expensive fare (no cheap fares) is to go out of season, and they are cheaper because no one wants to go then.

Budget fares tend to fill up quickly so need to be booked quite some time in advance.