Podcast #86: Cheap Round-the-World Fares in 2022

Finnair's updated Airbus A350 Business Class cabin
Finnair’s updated Airbus A350 Business Class cabin. Photo: Finnair.

If you’re planning a trip overseas and want to visit multiple continents in the same trip, it could be worth booking a round-the-world ticket. Not only does this give you pretty good flexibility, but it can even be cheaper than just booking a point-to-point Qantas flight from Australia to Europe or the Americas.

For example, Qantas Business Class fares from Sydney to London currently start from $8,258 return and Qantas flights from Sydney to Los Angeles are over $9,000 return in Business. But you could fly all the way around the world in Business Class on a Finnair ticket, using Qantas for the long-haul sectors to and from Australia and earning Qantas points & status credits the whole way, from just $6,259.

Similarly, a Qantas Premium Economy ticket to London would currently cost you at least $4,205 return – and Sydney to Dallas in Qantas Premium Economy is over $5,200 return. But you could fly around the world on a Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines or Swiss Air ticket in Premium Economy starting from just $3,383 including taxes.

There are also savings to be found when booking Economy Class.

These special airline-specific airfares are offered to Australians by numerous carriers including Finnair, Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS, Air France/KLM, Turkish Airlines and even Qantas.

They can be used to fly around the world, if you want to, but you don’t necessarily have to do this. For example, you could alternatively fly to Europe via South Africa and return via Asia. Or, you could fly via North America both ways. In fact, it could be cheaper right now to fly from Australia to Europe, via Los Angeles in both directions, than it would be to book a simple return ticket from Australia to Los Angeles.

Some of these airline-specific airfare deals were recently highlighted in a popular AFF article called Great Value Round-the-World Tickets with Finnair & Lufthansa. In this article, you’ll find the basics of how these airfares work and roughly how much you could expect to pay. But if you’d like to learn more about these fares, how they’re constructed, what routings are possible and how to book one, be sure to tune in to this fortnight’s episode of the AFF on Air podcast!

In Episode 86 of AFF on Air, released today, travel agent Alan Lam (madrooster on AFF) explains in detail what you need to know about these great value international airfares.


Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 86: “Cheap Round-the-World Fares in 2022”

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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