How to Book Around the World Airline Tickets


rtw5Traveling around the world could be the ultimate travel experience. However, before you take off, you’re going to need to do a bit of planning. Beginning the task of planning your trip of a lifetime can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about and so many options available. You are talking about traveling around the world, about taking a trip that will undoubtedly change who you are as a person, about having an adventure from which you’ll come back…different. So where do you start?

Generally, you will get the best value if you book your flights about two to four months prior to your desired departure date. It’s important to remember that just because a fare exists doesn’t mean there’s a seat available on the flight you want to go on. Therefore, the number one way to save money is to be flexible. Be flexible with your dates, the cities you visit and the airlines you fly. Another consideration when planning your trip is to choose to fly into major city hubs so you can eliminate unnecessary stops which will take time away from the places you want to see. High, low and shoulder seasons vary by destination and route and there is no fixed or standard price per stop. Some destinations may add more to the price than others because they add more to the length of your route or because they are served by fewer or more expensive airlines or simply because airlines price them higher. Yet another consideration when planning is how long you should stay in any one place. It’s fair to say that the longer you stay in any one place, the more you will gain. You’ll have more time to observe and explore the local customs, unique cultures and various cuisines. You’ll also have more time to discover the many hidden and tucked-away surprises that each location holds.

rtw3Airtreks is a team of specialists in around the world tickets and multi-stop airfares. I have worked with Airtreks for many years and, in my opinion, they are “the” company to go to for around the world air tickets. I have found that the best starting point is the specials page on the Airtreks website. This will give you a really good idea of which routes work and which routes are the cheapest or the most popular. For example, their specials generally include very basic itineraries such as Los Angeles – Shanghai – London – Los Angeles for as low as 1299 USD as well as more complex itineraries such as New York – Hong Kong – Bangkok – Singapore – Saigon / Ho Chi Minh – Sydney – Johannesburg – Frankfurt – Paris – London – Athens – New York for 2899 USD. You’ll notice that Airtreks lists range pricing. This is due to the seasonality of travel.

rtwIf after reviewing the sample itineraries and prices listed on the Airtreks specials page you haven’t found a route that works for you, have a go with their Trip Planner . Airtreks has developed a fantastic Trip Planner to plan and price your own custom, international, multi-city trip. Start and end your trip anywhere in the world. To plan your route, simply enter your departure city in the box provided and click “add to route.” You can add as many cities as you’d like. Once you have entered your desired route into the Trip Planner , click “get prices.” The Airtreks Trip Planner will respond with a price range estimate that includes taxes and possibly some additional city suggestions that may reduce the cost. It will also provide an additional routing option, with its price, that offers maximum value for your money. From here, click on your desired route and provide your additional trip details such as dates, number of travelers and eligibility for any discounts such as student, youth, teacher, etc.

If you have any questions, see Airtreks‘ FAQ page or send a request to the Airfare Guru.

4 thoughts on “How to Book Around the World Airline Tickets

  • I’ve done two RTW trips and learned that the airlines have “RTW desks” devoted to this type of travel. One trip was mostly NWA/KLM, the other American Airlines and other OneWorld partners – Quantas, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, etc. Great time on both – no problems.

  • Some decent points there. We are in Australia and it’s a bit of a different game here. We have some specials people can get and i.e. the swiss airlines round the world which gives some really cool routes if you are ok to do your own internal fares. Lufthansa, Air NZ, Virgin and Finn Air also have basic round the worlds for those of us down in the South Pacific.

    I think the bigger thing to understand with more complex RTW trips though is the airline alliances that make up the more complex fares. i.e. oneworld, Star Alliance, Skyteam. anyway, lots to it. i think my biggest advice is to start with where you want to go and to come up with 2 lists….a ‘must do’ and a ‘would be nice to’ list of destinations. then work with an expert like at AirTreks in North America or RoundAbout Travel in Australia and then get their advice on how to maximise your value.

  • You’re both right in that the airlines do have RTW fares, and they are complex. There’s a slew of problems booking round the world tickets with the airlines though. One problem is they are almost too complex. Fares can, and will, go up whenever the airlines want to raise them. Currently they’re about 20-30% more expensive than consolidators like AirTreks can get them for.

    Not to mention, who really wants to deal with airline agents? They’re about as fun to talk to as a zucchini. That you can get tickets at a reduced cost, have fun with your booking experience and have people like those at AirTreks around to give you help and advice, why on earth would you go to the airlines?

  • Thanks for the infos.
    The trip planner site looks interesting and I’ll give it a further check now. I worked as a travel agent for many years, so I know how special this topic is and how many different varities there are…

    I would always suggest to get many different informations. That would mean internet, airline & travel agencies. You just can’t say in advance what’s best.

    I’m sure that a website gives you a good first information there, but as a round the world trip is not a everydays trip, I would advice to get some infos in person at the end.

    Everyone who is on a rtw trip… enjoy it! Everyone who is planning to do so: Enjoy it, too! 🙂



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