5 Tips For Buying Round The World Flights

Round The World Flight

Choosing which plane ticket type could be the most important decision you make when planning your round the world adventure, and probably the most expensive. Luckily, finding bargain round the world flights is relatively simple – you just have to know where to look. I regularly fly around the world and between Australia and London, so here are some of the tricks I’ve learnt in helping to nab yourself a bargain flight.

Be Flexible On The Dates You Want To Fly

Fares are often three times more expensive close to Christmas so if you are cost conscious avoid travelling in December and January. Additionally, as the summer months in the USA and UK are June/July/August flights tend to be more expensive during these times as it’s peak season for people travelling from the Southern Hemisphere. But, if you don’t mind when you leave there are some real bargains to be had. In my experience February and March often have a lot of great deals, and during this time I’ve been know to get return flights from Melbourne to London for as little as $950!

Use Price Comparison Sites To Narrow Down Your Search

Sites such as Skyscanner, Opodo and STA travel search all of the major airline sites for the best deals so this can save you time when searching for the best value flights for the time of year you are thinking of flying. Different airlines have sales on at different times of the year, so this helps in narrowing down your search to only a few sites. Then, once you have a few airlines on your shortlist you can go directly to those their websites to see if they offer anything cheaper. It is often the case that the airlines give the cheapest fare directly, so always be sure to check for this.

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To Stopover, Or Not Stopover?

Depending on your budget and itinerary you might be considering a stopover on your trip, for example if you were flying from New Zealand to the UK, and this could potentially save you a lot of money if you purchase single flights through airlines like Air Asia or Korean Air.

Check The Fine Print

You might think you’ve just found the deal of the century, but just make sure that $600 flight includes a reasonable baggage allowance and not a 36 hour stopover or you may be in for an expensive shock!  The reason some of the more budget airlines can offer good deals is because they overcharge for things such as baggage, or don’t offer in-flight entertainment or meals, so make sure you check all the terms and conditions of the ticket before you purchase.

Sometimes Cheaper Doesn’t Equal Better

Sure, you’ve just saved yourself $500, but is it really worth having no on-board entertainment and a 12 hour stopover in the middle of winter? For some people, yes, but just make sure you’ve thought through the options or else you could be in for a hell of a trip! The best you can hope for is a relatively good deal with one of the top airlines – this will ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable flight and your wallet will be happy too. Check out the latest airline rankings to help you decide what’s going to be the right fit for you.

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Comments

  1. auto ru says:

    Nice topic – respect !

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips. They are very helpful especially to first timers. Thanks again.

  3. Tom says:

    Some really useful tips, thanks for sharing :)

    Korean Air?? They’re notoriously expensive, you can’t really lump them in the same bracket as Air Asia!

    Also, for your fare compare websites, Momondo is by far and away the best imo – it puts everything together in one place without all those annoying pop-ups. Some great deals to be had!

    • WomanSeeksWorld says:

      Hi Tom, thanks – actually Ive been getting cheap flights back to Aus through Korean Air for a couple of years, but maybe they are expensive most of the time? Thanks for the info! : )

  4. Alex Plim says:

    Superb post! Very informative… I like booking flights with stopovers, just so I can tick a new country off…

    • WomanSeeksWorld says:

      Cheers Alex! Gotta love a stop-over, it kind of feels like a free trip!

  5. Davie Kerr says:

    I hope I’m in the right place to ask this, but can anyone tell me if there’s a good RTW package which allows me to combine flights with train travel? I ask because I’m planning to do the following trip between 30 Jun and 30 Nov 13:- fly UK to Bangkok, train to Singapore, fly to Melbourne, train to Sydney, fly to Christchurch, train to Auckland, fly to Hawaii & then Vancouver, train to Halifax, fly to Bermuda & then back to the UK.
    And, yes, I do like travelling by train as long as I’m not on a tight schedule!
    Incidentally, anyone wishing to see lots of Europe at one’s own pace, in comfort, without breaking the bank, should give SERIOUS consideration to either an InterRail Pass (if you live in Europe) or a EuRail Pass (if you don’t): I’ve done both in my time, and I consider them both to be excellent value for money.

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