geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3799 times:
I just heard something yesterday that blows my mind if it turns out it's true;
My grandson is in the U.K. for a year on some kind of student thing.........got a ridiculously low student fare going over, from CVG to London, a non-stop flight as far as I know.
He will be leaving the U.K. in September to come home; here's the "crazy part"..........he has told his Mom that he has found out that when he comes home, he can fly EAST, going all the way around the world, with stops in a whole bunch of places, then all the way back to CVG for the same, or possible even slightly less than the fare going direct on the way to the U.K. in the first place.
His main reason for wanting to do this is simply to "see" more of the world, rather than as an "economy" measure.
I don't know a thing about international air fares, but I'm sure many on A.net do; I would like to hear what anyone possessing knowledge of this has to say on the matter, any suggestions as to carriers, etc. ( Thanks in advance )
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3502 times:
I recommend the RTW routing on oneworld. He should sign up for an AA Advantage account and accrue miles for the trip. The NZ RTW involves London, Hong Kong, Auckland and Los Angeles but he'll have to buy separate tickets to ultimately get to CVG. The oneWorld pass will get him all the way to CVG depending on how he routes out of London headed east. He can "route" or "map" his routing on the oneworld website and needs to consider where his stopover/overnight cities will be. A continous journey with no stop or break in flying will be brutal.
You or he could consider SkyTeam as well (for consideration of DL in CVG) but I've found the routings on SkyTeam can be cumbersome and difficult with routings through China or via Chinese airlines who may or may not have good schedules and availability.
There is a "Round-the-World" Desk at DL that can assist you and the International Reservations Dept at AA can provide valuable information and assistance to you as well to get him headed in the right direction. In addition, the UK has a vast and knowledgable group of travel agencies that would be delighted to help him route and price the trip instead of trying to sort all this out on a website. Specific travel dates are a must to get an accurate routing and price.
Good Luck with this exciting opportunity to fly around the world......even if sleeping on overnight flights and suffering from jetlag!