RTW ticket or not? Very lost..

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  1. job

    job Newbie

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    Hi, I am trying to plan a trip to Europe and am very lost as to what tickets to buy. The final destination is Poland.

    Originally it was planned on going SYDNEY -> LONDON then getting one of those discount european airlines to Poland.

    Now, people travelling with me wish to make other stops and it has been suggested a Round The World ticket might be the most cost effective?

    This is what would be ideal:

    Sydney -> Tokyo -> other destination(s) in Europe -> Poland.

    Does anyone have any advice at all, we really need the most cost effective way of doing this. Travel will be very roughly late AUG/early SEP returning late SEP.

    I found this on FlightCentre:
    Flight Centre - Holidays - Fly Round the World

    But it seems the offer ends tomorrow and it has no information at all. For under $2,000 including taxes it seems VERY cheap, but no info on how it works :confused: :( I was planning on dropping by a travel agent to enquire tomorrow, is this a good idea?

    Any help appreciated!
     

  2. Keith009

    Keith009 Established Member

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    #2 Keith009, May 24, 2007
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  3. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    I guess the most important thing for you is cost rather than FF points or being loyal to an alliance.

    I am very sceptical when I see deals like these advertised with little or no detail information. You will find that it probably only includes the very basic itinerary and by the time you add all your destinations the airfare is a lot more than you thought. Give them a call.

    Have you tried looking at Bestflights? They sometimes have some good deals where you buy a point to point return airfare and are allowed certain stopovers along the way. Something like SYD-NRT-HEL-WAW-LHR-HKG-SYD, with upto 4 stopovers plus your final destination could cost around $2500. You may need to purchase some cheap side trips to cover any additional stopovers.
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    "With seven continents"

    I must see about making a booking to Antartica with them

    If they have an option that will work for you at a good price, then go with it. Give them a call in the morning and see whether it would be applicable. an ATW ticket is likely to be more expensive than a straight round/trip ticket and in that case only worth buying if you really want to go round the world. If you want a r/t to Europe, then an ATW is prob not the best

    Dave
     
  5. job

    job Newbie

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    wow, best flights seems like it has some great deals. A lot of info to take in will have to read to see what destinations they offer. I guess it might be hard to have Tokyo as the first stop but I'll have to enquire. Thanks and keep them coming!
     
  6. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Did you look at the Finnair deals with Qantas and Cathay? Try Fare Number 3!

    Please note that WAW is in zone 1 so last restriction does not apply.
     
  7. garyjohn951

    garyjohn951 Active Member

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    A good link flight is to HK via QF or CX and then finnair HKG to HEL, then a quick flight to Poland. Much better option than LONDON or Japan.
     
  8. job

    job Newbie

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    #8 job, May 25, 2007
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    No, I had a quick look at the RTW specials only last night. But what you found seems perfect!

    Could you explain exactly what this means
    Sydney -> Tokyo -> Oslo -> Warsaw -> Tokyo -> Sydney

    Is that trip possible with this (substituting Tokyo on return perhaps) Or does Oslo have to be cut out?

    Thanks again.

    edit: Oops, just read


    That still seems pretty good.

    Syd -> Tok -> Hel -> War then what? On the way back do I fly back to Helsinki and through Asia may I choose another city?
     
  9. garyjohn951

    garyjohn951 Active Member

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    From Warsaw you can fly to LON-SIN-SYD if you want, no need to trace your steps.
     
  10. job

    job Newbie

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    Fantastic, thanks! Also apologies about the airport abbreviations, I do not exactly fly a lot. :oops:
     
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