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1. Posted by bjmosk (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y

Hello all. I'm curious, what do backpackers on a budget typically pay for their flights etc..? I'm planning a year long rtw trip at the end of the year and not sure what I should anticipate paying or what the best way is to look for flights. Basically I want the flexibility to go wherever and do whatever, or as close as possible. I've seen the websites like the Star Alliance, is this really the most cost effective way to get around? Thanks in advance. -Brian

2. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

Hey Brian,

I recently purchased a Star Alliance RTW ticket. I went with the cheapest option of 29000 miles.

With this, I was able to book the following itinerary;

Sydney to LAX
LAX to Phoenix
Phoenix to Vancouver via San Francisco
Vancouver to Toronto
Toronto to London Heathrow
London Heathrow to Oslo
---make own way to Stockholm---
Stockholm to Athens
---make own way to Frankfurt---
Frankfurt to Hong Kong
Hong Kong to Bangkok
Bangkok to Singapore
Singapore to Perth

This option cost me $2900 Aussie Dollars, plus taxes of approximately $600.

Hope this helps a little,


3. Posted by bjmosk (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y

thanks chalkers. from what i've been reading the RTW tickets are definitely less expensive than doing everything one way. but did you feel restricted at all? that's really what i'm concerned about. also how far in advance did you book your flights?

4. Posted by jam (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Hi Brian - just reserved RTW ticket for £1500 all in (note since I bought ticket in the UK it will be more than in the States or elsewhere). Trip is:

London - HK
HK - Bangkok
Bangkok - Sing
Sing - Sydney
Sydney - LA
LA - Toronto
Toronto - London

I'm leaving a month today and seems there was avail on many of the flights, I paid a bit more to go with BA/Cathay Pacific (Oneworld) which by the end of it I should have a free flight to a decent destination - good luck!

5. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 11y


The constrictions on this ticket is that once the flights have been booked, to change any destinations, a $75 fee applies. However, to change dates, there is generally no fee - depending on the airline.

I booked these flights about 2 weeks ago, and am leaving on June 6 2005.


6. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

HI I just booked my RTW with One World today. It's six continent.

My itinery is>
tokto>hong kong>thailand
thailand>mumbai overland to
London>amsterdam overland to
prague>helsinki overland via eastern then southern europe to
cairo>london>new york
new york>maimi
miami>mexico overland to tegucigalpa
tegucigalpa>miami>san jose overland to panama
rio>quito overland santiago

then sleep!

all for $3300 AU


7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Hi Guys

Are these all standard adult fares OR are there student discounts built in?


8. Posted by rbisset (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

for $AU3300 that is an absolute bargain! I really need to get my ass in gear and sort out my ticket

9. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Hi Guys, that is a full adult fare in low season. I have to leave Australia before may 30. $3300 doesn't include taxes, that will be approx $500-$600.

10. Posted by rbisset (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Either way still a bargain!

I got quoted £1899 excluding taxes for the following route!

London-Tokyo-Hong Kong-Bangkok-Sydney-LA(Overland)-NY-Lima-Rio-London

Needless to say I am not taking that offer up