RTW ticket companies- how to tell they are legit/not fraudulent
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 15, 2013 4:53 AM Last Post By: TravellinAndi
Aug 9, 2013 4:45 PM
RTW ticket companies- how to tell they are legit/not fraudulentHi everyone,
I am planning a trip where I will have the following flights:
Montreal-San Diego-Vancouver-South Korea-Bali-Perth Australia-Cairns, Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Auckland-Bangkok-Montreal
I am trying to figure out the cheapest way to do it, and I am running out of time as I am leaving for San Diego pretty soon. I have individually priced it out a few days ago, as well as have contacted some RTW ticket companies for estimates. One company that got back to me about a month ago priced it about $800 cheaper than I did on my own looking up individual tickets through Kayak. I am just worried that it could be a fraud, because my mom is paranoid about fraudulent sites and I have no idea how to check if the site is a legit company or a fake/scam.
Does anyone have any reputable RTW ticket companies they recommend and/or know how to check out a site?
Does anyone know if RTW companies give you a say in departure/arrival times, number of stopovers etc/can you see the itinerary before it's confirmed or is it in their hands?
Thanks so much for your help!
Aug 10, 2013 1:18 AM
1Type in the name of the company you're looking at followed by 'reviews'. This may not give you information but it may - obviously if it only comes up with a couple reviews which are really good, take it with a piece of salt. If ti comes up with hundreds of reviews then it's likely to be legit.
Have you also checked with airlines for that route? Also, it's not actually a round-the-world route so maybe it would be cheaper if you did do RTW?
Aug 11, 2013 6:34 AM
2I would think any company would give you an exact itinerary with details of the flights before you agreed to accept it - Star Alliance and One World certainly do that. But yours is not strictly RTW anyway (you don't keep going in one direction right around).
Does the company you are considering have an actual physical address and/or phone number where you can contact them if necessary - I would want that for any company I was planning to book flights with?
Aug 15, 2013 4:53 AM
3Yeah...number two has hit it... In general, a RTW ticket is either East or west in one direction, and yours is not. Either way, if you feel it's too cheap, then maybe it's not. The dates you fly will be big on making the price go up or down. Yours is a series of one ways, which again, is totally doable. Like the poster said, check out reviews. Personaly, I'd use skyscanner or matrix.itasoftware to find days to do it that are cheaper than others. Companies like virgin oz make flying very very cheap in oz. Good luck....let us know if it doesn't work out
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