Round The World

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  1. leny

    leny Member

    Dec 31, 2006
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    I have never done it, or even THOUGHT about doing it till this day, because I though it was going to be really expensive - but it turns out it's not!

    I am wanting to go from BNE rtw with a 2-3 month stay in PRG (Prague Czech Republic), and not overnights anywhere else except for maybe London.
    I am wanting to prefferably do this on OW (whcih means mainly QF and BA). Points and SCs are earned as usualy right? Is there a way to get silver status from one rtw trip?
    I am hoping to avoid the 12 hr trip from SIN - LHR..is there any way to avoid it? I really hate it and it's just too much for me.
    I'm also hoping to get as many flights as I can ;)

    Does anyone have any suggestions? This is a long awaited family visit which is why I want to stay in PRG for 2-3 months.
    Any suggested itineraries?

    Thank you so much in advance! :)
     

  2. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    If you buy an Around the world ticket , you will need to go one way via the Pacific ( such as via USA ) which is a lot further than up through Asia and can be longer than the 12 hour LHR-SIN sector

    Depending on the route you might be able to get silver status; if you want status then an AA candy steal would be perfect ; fly MEL-SYD. SYD-JFK on the AA flight numbers and you will be Platinum ( OW Sapphire ) after the 2nd flight which beats QF Gold ( OW Ruby ) and gives you lounge access on the rest of the trip. Alternatively SYD-HNL-ORD-LHR on AA would give platinum on arrival in London

    If your aim is just to go to PRG, I would suggest that a simple r/t Oz-PRG would likely be cheaper; may even be able to get there in World Traveller Plus for a similar cost to an ATW and get there in a lot more comfort. Status credit wise, it earns full SCs, so should be able to get Silver or v close

    Dave
     
  3. leny

    leny Member

    Dec 31, 2006
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    Wow thanks Dave :) Would I get AA platinum just for flying SYD-JFK (is that return?)
    I would really like to do an ATW/RTW and could even take the 12 hour flights then..:D
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Not just SYD-JFK... You would have to take a connecting flight to SYD on an AA flight number to do it (e.g. MEL-SYD-JFK). SYD-JFK is approx 9950 miles so just less than the 10,000 needed to complete the challenge

    It is worth doing a connection to the SYD-JFK flight since you will get the 100% mileage bonus on the flight which completes the challenge, so would earn 500 for MEL-SYD, 9950 SYD-JFK plus 9950 Platinum bonus = 20400 miles earned ( enough for a round trip from anywhere in Australia to anywhere else in Australia/New Zealand ) .

    Once You have platinum status, get your FF number removed and readded to your booking and you will then have access to pre-select exit row seats on remaining AA flights plus also pre-select seats on any BA sectors you have

    Dave
     
  5. leny

    leny Member

    Dec 31, 2006
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    How come I would only need 10 000 miles to qualify for Platinum?
     
  6. leny

    leny Member

    Dec 31, 2006
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    And if I did just do a return flight from BNE (which I will most likely do) - is there a way to avoid the SIN to LHR flight? Could I stopover somewhere in between or would I just have to withstand that one
     
  7. sparoy

    sparoy Member

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    What would be the correct procedure to get your AA FF number removed and readded to your booking?
     
  8. leny

    leny Member

    Dec 31, 2006
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    To ring up the AA call centre or I guess you could do it at the airport.
     
  9. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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  10. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    On a RTW ticket you could break up asia->europe into shorter flights, however this may not be what you want when you realise what it entails. Eg CX HKG-BOM-DXB connecting to BA DXB-LHR (not sure how well they connect). Shorter flights but nasty connections, middle of night transfers and takes twice as long. Further, if you want to break the trip with a stopover in BOM you need a visa (assuming on Australian passport).

    Across the pacific no such options exist on a xONEx. The best you can do is via AKL but this still means 12+ hours in a single flight.
     
  11. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    SYD-HNL-LAX v/v provides shorter flights

    Dave
     
  12. Keith009

    Keith009 Established Member

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    The transpacific could be broken up somewhat by flying AA to HNL, then QF to SYD and then MEL. QF HNL-SYD isn't daily though.
     
  13. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Apologies - I assumed HNL also 12+ hours from Australia.
     
  14. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    JG - SYD-HNL 9hr 45mins per EF. Not sure for a two-three hour saving to LAX I would bother. It might be good if you could do something interesting but most of the destinations dont present more interesting options:

    Code:
    econ biz first Airlines Distance Description 
    3782 8510 9455  3782 HNL-DFW 
    4114 9257 10285  4114 HNL-KIX 
    2555 5749 6388  2555 HNL-LAX 
    4013 9029 10033  4013 HNL-NGO 
    3816 8586 9540  3816 HNL-NRT 
    4241 9542 10603  4241 HNL-ORD 
    2399 5398 5998  2399 HNL-SFO 
    5082 11435 12705  5082 HNL-SYD 
    
    Basically pretty standard destinations
     
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