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R T W  FARES

SENSATIONAL ROUND THE WORLD AIRFARES

For some strange reason, most people don't seem to be aware of these incredible fares.  Others who do know about them figure that they're only worthwhile on a trip that might span six months to a year.  But if you use your noodle, these fares can be applied on many trips lasting two weeks or less.

For our 25th anniversary, I took my lovely bride around the world.  We're Delta Air Lines fanatics and at the time used Delta and it's partner carriers Swissair and Singapore Airlines for our global trip.  We spent just over two weeks on this trip but it was an incredible adventure.  Our itinerary included the following segments:

Detroit - Atlanta (Delta)
Atlanta - Zurich (Swissair)
Zurich - Singapore (Singapore)
Singapore - Bali (Singapore)
Bali - Singapore (Singapore)
Singapore - Hong Kong (Singapore)s
Hong Kong - San Francisco (Singapore)
San Francisco - Atlanta (Delta)
Atlanta - Detroit (Delta)

Here's the best part.  We flew first class the entire way--more than 20,000 miles--and the tickets only cost $5,200 each at the time in 1996.  Had we just booked a single first class trip just to Europe and back, it would have cost  far more.

Here's a current example (at press time, anyway) of the savings that RTW fares can bring.  The business class fare R/T between Detroit and London Gatwick on Northwest is just under $7,000.  Yet you can go around the world on Northwest and KLM business class for $5,300!  Even on a two week vacation just think of the ground you could cover.  If you've got the time, why not?

An even better application of using RTW fares as opposed to a straight business class fare would be on a trip from the U.S. to Australia.  Instead of just heading west to Australia, find an airline alliance that will allow you to fly east through Europe along the way.  Again, keeping that Northwest/KLM round the world business class fare of $5,300 in mind as an example, you'd save a bundle over the straight Qantas business class fare of just under $8,000 from L.A. to Sydney!

Another example of savings is this.  At press time, the round trip fare on British Airways just from Detroit to London Heathrow is roughly $6,800.  You can go around the world using their three continent plan on British for $6,200!  Just think of the bang you get for your buck.  The round trip mileage between Detroit and London is roughly 7,400.  Yet for $600 less you can fly in the same luxurious cabin and cover more than 20,000 miles!

Similar RTW savings are offered for coach travel.

Generally, these guidelines apply to round the world travel although changes can occur at any time.  On many fares, you have six months to complete your journey.  You must keep traveling in the same direction although some airlines allow you one back-track in Europe and another in Asia.  You can change your itinerary along the way although a nominal charge will be required for each change. Also, airlines generally price RTW fares by the number of continents you cover starting with three and going up from there.

Here are some web sites you may find helpful in exploring an around the world trip, and believe me, there's nothing like it!

DELTA AIR LINES
Around The World Using Miles

ONE WORLD ALLIANCE
Around The World Information

SKY TEAM ALLIANCE
Around The World Information

STAR ALLIANCE
Around The World Information

1STAIRNET offers good deals on round the world business class fares.  You can sign up for a free section of, for a premium, get even better deals on RTW travel.

North American travelers might likewise find this site helpful: AIR TREKS. They have information including fares on their home page.
 

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