RTW flight tickets price
Replies: 37 - Last Post: Mar 13, 2013 9:08 AM Last Post By: Paulina73
Feb 25, 2013 4:26 AM
RTW flight tickets priceI am planning a RTW trip.
Route is planned to go like this:
Helsinki-(Hong Kong)-Bali-(Darwin)-Cairns-Melbourne // by bus on the ground // Sydney-Auckland-(Santiago de Chile)-Lima // by bus on the ground // La Paz-(Lima-Madrid)-Helsinki
I got an offer: 3400EUR pp.
How you fellow travelers see this. Is it too expensive?? Is it on line what you have paid??
(because I think it is quite expensive..)
Feb 25, 2013 12:23 PM
1If I understand this correctly, the flights are:
if the places in brackets are just short stopovers.
Some of those routes can be flown quite cheaply (eg. Bali to Cairns, Sydney to Auckland). Others are relatively expensive for the distance (typically any flight to/from S America).
An hour or so on the internet checking individual prices for the flights you want to do on a site such as skyscanner would tell you whether the price you've been quoted is good value or not.
Feb 25, 2013 6:55 PM
Feb 26, 2013 4:49 AM
Feb 27, 2013 8:29 AM
4Why do you want a RTW ticket? What is the difference between a tour you plan yourself and a tour a travel agent puts together for you? What is the difference between a tour and an adventure?
Try answering those questions shadowlord (particularly the last one) and see if they give you food for thought.
Feb 27, 2013 10:21 PM
5I have read from many sources that rtw-ticket becomes cheaper than buying those tickets one by one. Of course then there is more freedom and more adventure.
That is why I need few more examples, if you think this is over priced? There must be fellow travelers, who have done trip with rtw-ticket =)
I like adventure, but I have limited time; three months. That is why I think it is good to have some framework about the trip. It still can be an adventure, I believe. I think adventure is something that you do not know what is coming, but I believe it does not kill adventure, if I book flights beforehand.
Plan with rtw-ticket makes also some things easier. Easier is not always better, but in this it gives more time to the travelling adventure, when you have frames.
And travel agent have not put any tour for me. I have decided all places by myself. But yes they are going to help me with buying tickets.
Does this answer satisfy you, travelistyle46?
Feb 27, 2013 10:31 PM
Yes, we are telling you that it sounds very expensive. We are also telling you that if you put a little bit of effort (10-60 minutes depending on your experience searching for tickets and your intelligence), you can get an idea of how much it would cost to buy the tickets yourself, using the websites I mentioned in post #2.
Even if you prefer to buy all tickets in advance, you can still book it yourself and likely save a good chunk of money. Booking yourself doesn't mean booking as you go.
Feb 28, 2013 12:38 AM
Feb 28, 2013 1:58 AM
Feb 28, 2013 8:06 AM
9Yes your answer satisfies me shadowlord. It seems you have given it some thought. You would be surprised how few do.
If having a framework works for you that's fine by me. I don't need one but we are all different. I don't put cost above maximum flexibility. That is the main trade of between pre-booking and winging everything. In regards to whether a given RTW ticket price is a good price or not, as noted above the only way to know is for YOU to put together flight prices if you book each flight separately. No one can tell you if a given price is a good deal or not. The fact is that prices change daily. Trying to chase the lowest price is like chasing a stock on the stock market to buy on the lowest day. If anyone could figure that out they would be the world's richest person.
What I suggest is you decide what the maximum time and money you will have is. Then decide what part of the money you are willing to spend on transportation. Then look at what you can do with that amount of money. In other words, what will fit in your budget. If you can find a RTW price or collection of individual prices that will get you where you are interested in going and fits that budget then book it.
Simply put, rather than looking for the cheapest, just look for what you can afford. If you can afford it, buy it and forget about chasing the cheapest. You'll never find it anyway.
Feb 28, 2013 9:17 AM
Just looking at the itinerary, I'd say that with some work and flexibility you should be able to bring it down to around 2000€.
But honestly, if you can't be bothered to search for yourself, what does it matter? Just buy the package then.
Here are some examples and resources of what you're asking for. Most people who fly cheaply around the world are Swedes, for some reason. For the resources in Swedish, you can use Chrome or something to translate to English if you don't read Swedish. They are also a few years old, and of course prices and routes have changed since then, but the ideas are the same.
Stockholm – London – Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne – Auckland – Rarotonga – Los Angeles – London – Stockholm
Total price: 1027€, including taxes (but not luggage fees, when applicable)
Stockholm - Dubai - Chennai - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore - Melbourne - Sydney - Honolulu - Vancouver - Las Vegas - Boston - Dublin - Stockholm
Total price: 1451€, including taxes
How to construct a RTW ticket. This guy says he saved 2440€ by booking everything himself. His route:
Stockholm - Dubai // Sharjah - Katmandu // Bangkok - Yangoon // Kolkata - Kuala Lumpur - Chiang Mai // Vientiane - Kuala Lumpur - Denpasar - Jayapura // Port Moresby - Cairns // Brisbane - Honiara - Port Vila - Auckland - Rarotonga - Los Angeles - Lima - Panama City - New York - Reyjkavik - Stockholm
Total price: 2417€ - 2659€, including taxes
Feb 28, 2013 10:38 AM
11The problem is Finland, whenever you look flights in and out from Finland they tend to be really expensive. As mentioned above, try flying out of Stockholm or maybe Frankfurt,London or some other destination where you can fly cheaply to (thanks to Ryanair). Also might be a good idea to look for multi-city tickets instead of RTW-tickets, although organized by travel agents they might save you some money.
Last year I was travelling from Auckland to Helsinki through South and North America (14 flights in four months) and the tickets were booked through a US travel agent Airtreks. We saved heaps of money compared to individual tickets.
Feb 28, 2013 11:56 AM
If you have details, it would be very very helpful. What were these flights, which were just transits and which were actual stops, and most importantly, how much did you pay (including all taxes and fees).
Feb 28, 2013 12:05 PM
13You THINK you saved heaps of money mattima. You don't KNOW if you did or not. There is never any way to know that. For example, I can tell you that you paid more for the N. America to Europe leg of your journey (if you flew that way) than I would have. I could have saved you 'heaps' of money on that leg.
Feb 28, 2013 10:23 PM
14I did some search for flights. Not exact dates, but hopefully very near.
Helsinki-Densapar (1 stop): ~1500€
Auckland-Santiago de Chile: ~1700€
So, according to these results, I would THink that the offer I get was reasonable. What are your thoughts about my search result?
And I need to say also that I am not looking for cheapest flights or cheapest RTW-ticket. I just want to understand that I am on right price-zone. That I do not be fooled by anyone. Hope you get what I mean.
And I guess rtw-ticket works for me, because I already have time-frame and places I would like to visit. I am aware it is maybe not that flexible, but that is my choice.
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