Fly around the World on Low Cost Airlines
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Sep 12, 2013 8:20 AM Last Post By: alen_82
Oct 7, 2012 1:33 PM
15I have started to put together an online Low Cost Airline route map for RTW options, as there doesn't seem to be a 'one stop' resource for this kind of thing - hopefully some may find it useful, at least as an alternative to using traditional plannnig methods - or to use in conjunction perhaps.
I will be adding to this with time, hopefully to cover all continents where possible and attempting to reach more off-the-beaten track destinations..
Oct 8, 2012 12:07 AM
16I'm loving this thread.
I tried piecing together an ATW ticket for less than $1000 awhile back, it was a challenge. The Trans-Pac route has a dearth of LCC's and it was tough finding economical one ways.
Trans-Atlantic has some one way options but most carriers really punish you for not doing a round-trip: Air Berlin flies to a bunch of places and does one-way tickets.. Flights to Dublin for some reason (thanks Air Lingus?) don't have the usual one-way penalty either.
Another great thing is the American Airlines One World award. Starting at 75000 miles you can fly around the world with up to 15 stops. You can get the miles pretty easy by signing up for a few credit cards.
Oct 9, 2012 1:25 AM
Oct 9, 2012 6:23 AM
18Beg to differ lucapal.
You don't have to set in stone months befoer you go anywhere - just the countries which require a VOA.(how close to departure in reality would one book a legacy RTW trip anyway?)..moreover, pretty much all low cost airlines will allow a change of route/date/time at a charge, (same as legacy) and what's better than legacy airlines is that you can also do name changes..so i feel on balance, low cost are as flexible if not more so.
This is without mentioning the massive price differential...the bottom line price you pay speaks volumes...who is going to pay £2500.00 + for a RTW trip when you can get pretty much the same for half the price?
Oct 9, 2012 9:08 AM
19I wouldn't book a RTW at all...either low cost or not.
This is not travelling...this is being a tourist.Just a cheap tourist rather than a high-roller ;-)
To get these prices you have to book months in advance.If you book them last minute you won't usually get these prices you mention.
Much better to travel slowly,stop when you want,move on when you like and find the most convenient transport as you go...whether that is train,bus,budget or normal flight,or something else......
Oct 27, 2012 6:18 AM
20OP, I was thinking the exact same thing! Although I was planning on using legacy airlines for some destinations (there are some good deals every now and again), I was planning on using Allegiant Airlines or Hawaiian Airlines to Hawaii and the Jetstar to Sydney. But now after reading this thread I can see I can even add on Africa on my RTW trip now as the prices I was getting from RTW sellers were eye watering. I like this way as well as it gives me flexibility. I can arrive and leave when I want to or add a new destination :)
Oct 27, 2012 10:27 AM
Nov 3, 2012 8:46 AM
22The assumption is that someone wants to pre-plan a route mattlowcost. The issue often discussed here is RTW tickets vs. no pre-planned route at all. The argument in favour of RTW (whether legacy or LCCs are used) is always that it will cost less than buying as you go. In fact it is not a fact necessarily but it's always presented as if it were. Your research is as valuable to those who do not want to pre-plan at all as it is to those who want an alternative way to pre-plan using LCCs vs. Legacy carriers.
So I would suggest you alter your approach somewhat to provide valuable information to BOTH groups of travellers, planners and non-planners alike. That is the point I think that lucapal is trying to get across.
I do not believe in pre-planning ( or booking anything) beyond A. So I am not interested in how to put together a pre-planned RTW trip using LCCs. But a list of LCCs all over the world would still be of great use to me when I end up in Bostwana and decide I'd like to go to Amsterdam tomorrow and am looking for the cheapest way to get there.
Nov 3, 2012 8:57 AM
23But a list of LCCs all over the world would still be of great use to me
Well, if it's useful for you, I'll provide this list. I don't find it so useful though.
Nov 3, 2012 11:31 AM
24Yeah, a simple list as such is not much help to anyone really anillos. However, a list by city of LCCs that fly in/out might be.
For example, suppose you are from Australia and end up in Vancouver. You probably wouldn't know what LCCs fly out of there and where to. If you could click on Vancouver and see a list that showed something like:
Vancouver to UK served by Canadian Affair, Air Transat.
Vancouver to USA served by ...........
Vancouver to Mexico served by ...........
Then it would be a lot of help. Better yet would be if you could input 2 cities anywhere in the world and it gave you the LCCs that either go direct between the two or a combination that would get you there.
The fact is that for a site to be of real use requires some serious programming and research.
Nov 4, 2012 1:23 AM
Nov 4, 2012 7:11 AM
26There is skyscanner of course,which pretty much does that already.....
...but only in some of its versions. And it doesn't include routes mixing a low cost with a full service airline...
I think a web listing routes made by low cost airlines or how could you make a route using low cost airlines wouldn't be that useful (IMHO). There are many countries all around the world where that aren't served by low cost airlines. Low cost airlines aren't always cheaper than full service airlines (e.g.: I recall to look for fares between two European cities served non-stop by a well-known European low cost airline and on the dates I was looking for it was cheaper to make the route with a full service airline changing planes in a third airport) so if that web wanted to show the cheapest option available it should include all the airlines available (regardless if they are low cost or not). And even then, sometimes the cheapest option could be including an overland leg (e.g.: if you are in Gaborone and you want to go to Amsterdam, the cheapest option would probably be going overland to Johannesburg and flying out of Johannesburg)...
Dec 21, 2012 1:10 AM
27I think a list would still be good - whether it does price comparison or not is another consideration. I know what anillos_de_saturno is saying is true about LCCs being more expensives than full service, BUT a list is still useful. Airline flight prices fluctuate all the time, whether LCC or full service but with a LCC it can help you to consider destinations you never thought off. When I was planning my RTW trip, I wanted to be able to add a little of everything - Europe, Middle East, Africa, IndoChina, SEA, Oriental Asia, Pacific and the Americas. When I proposed my destinations to RTW ticket sellers with only a fraction of the places I wanted to go to the prices were ridiculously high. I then set out to do it myself and from investigating LCC I can include Hawaii, Dubai and Kenya on my trip. Does it mean I will only fly LCC? No. A LCC could not get me the bargain deal I got with a regular airline to Brazil. i think for spontaneity it can be useful and for people looking to plan a thorough route as well.
Sep 12, 2013 8:20 AM
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