The Little-Known Type Of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around The World On A Budget

TravelandLeisurePublished: January 12, 2018
Published: January 12, 2018

There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe. It regards the RTW ticket!

A-round-the-world ticket is typically offered by an alliance of airlines. Using partnerships like the Oneworld Alliance or SkyTeam, you can travel the world at a discount.

In 2010, Ian Paterson, travel consultant and blogger behind Resfeber Travel, booked just such a trip. He travelled from the U.K. to South America through Australia and Asia, finally returning back to the U.K.

He since has been advising fellow travellers on how to do the same. Paterson’s first piece of advice is to link up with a travel agent who has similar priorities, travel styles and ideas.
“It’s not like booking a normal flight. You can’t go online and book it yourself. Find someone you can work with”.

Round the world flights operate like any other multi-leg travel. If, for any reason, a traveller misses one leg the ticket, it could cancel out the rest of the trip. A-round-the-world ticket starts as low as $2000, but prices increase based on seasonality and route. Travelers prone to missing flights should proceed with caution.

When Paterson embarked on his adventure around the globe he did more than book his flights. He got in touch with his agent, a former backpacker himself, who advised him on the route, length of the stay, and gave him tips for each destination.

It is important to know that agents remain the point of contact between the airline and the passenger. The best thing about RTW tickets is the flexibility they afford. However, travel dates are almost impossible to predict a year in advance, the travel agent is here to lend a helping hand and simply change flights whenever linked passengers send an email.

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