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Round the World fares

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Round the World fares

As part of my travel itinery for 2012, I am trying to co-ordinate flights around the world to specific destinations, and then use budget airlines once there to explore further.

I want to combine my love of flying the A380 with my love of backpacking and culture travel. However, I find it difficult to understand RTW fares, and whether they will be sufficient for me.

I recently dummy booked 17 flights for £1,767.15 (excluding budget airlines) all on the A380, but then realised there must be a cheaper way, if I took advantage of RTW fares.

LHR-DXB-BKK-HKG (EK)

HKG-ICN-LAX-ICN-HKG (KE)

HKG-SIN-SYD (SQ)

SYD-AKL-SYD (EK)

SYD-SIN-HKG (SQ)

HKG-BKK-DXB-LHR (EK)

For example, when I'm in BKK, I shall make it my base for a couple of weeks, and then fly to the likes of Bagan, and Angkor Wat on AirAsia and do some backpacking around the temples.

I plan to spend at least a week in every destinations (except Hong Kong).

Presumably RTW fares are only available with airlines that codeshare, for example, OneWorld, SkyTeam etc.? Shame you can't mix and match.

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1. Re: Round the World fares

RTW fares do not allow backtracking so will not work with your itinerary.

To get the best price you need to contact a travel agent that specialises in RTW fares.

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2. Re: Round the World fares

to be fair Clackers, for than many flights the price you've come up with actually sounds pretty good.

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3. Re: Round the World fares

That's not a RTW route in that you're not crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

What you got is a good price - none of the "official" RTW fares can be booked that cheaply.

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4. Re: Round the World fares

Clackers - go and have a chat with trailfinders at their Kensington branch - great for considering all RTW options

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5. Re: Round the World fares

Thanks Catherine, but like the post above said, I cannot get RTW fares if I'm not going across the Atlantic.

I just checked HKG-BKK return on EK A380, only £160! And believe it or not, only £560 for first class suites! Definitely going to book it on Monday.

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6. Re: Round the World fares

Clackers, you can some RTW type tickets which don't include TA or TP legs.

EK may appear cheap but in comparison to AirAsia who fly that route with tickets from c.£40 then they are expensive but then you wouldn't get your beloved A380.

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7. Re: Round the World fares

I will certainly check the RTW stuff out then.

I am aware AirAsia fly to and from BKK for cheap fares, but I prefer to use them to other ciites such as RGN and JOG and LGK.

Is there any problem using HKG as a hub.

If my current plans stay the same I would be flying SIN-HKG, then HKG-BKK return, then HKG-ICN return, then back to SIN. That's a lot of times entering Hong Kong, which obviously is part of China's strenuous VISA program, so I wonder if I need any special knowledge?

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8. Re: Round the World fares

Hong Kong is not classed as part of China from a Visa perspective. Uk Citizens just get a entry permit on arrival.

See no harm in using Hong Kong as your hub, just slot of back tracking when direct flights exist.

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9. Re: Round the World fares

On regional fares, such as circle pacific, as well as RTW's, you can backtrack within a region. You can only have a stopover once in a city, all other stops there have to be less than 24 hrs to qualify as a connection. You can only pass through a particular place (stopover or connection) 3 times. Once you leave a region you cannot return to it.

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10. Re: Round the World fares

I'm not sure of the love of the 380 its had a lot of issues, engine failures, cracks in wings. You know bigger is not always better. Rethink you aviation experience I would suggest. The A330, A340, B747, B777, B767 are all fine on long hauls, the latter is my personal favorite because it the smallest. Think about load time and other issues.

Your itinerary is NOT RTW, where do you cross North or South America? Looks like you're flying from LHR to AKL and back in a roundabout way.

I did a true RTW last year and booked it in pieces, different airlines, one way journeys and ff miles. Flew from Washington , DC to Ethiopia to Bangkok to Hong Kong back to US. Used Ethiopian air, Air Asia and United.

To get around SE Asia absolutely Air Asia, cheap and efficient flights. Also Check Jetstar for getting to Australia as well as other destinations in that region. Think about swinging through something intersting on the way too. For example you could get a cheap flight to Dubai then fly to Sri Lanka with Minha Lanka and then onwards to Kuala Lumpur.

A really good website to find what budget airlines serve what cites is www.whichbudget.com

Happy travels, Mary Ann