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Round The World Flight - What Route?  
User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

Hello

Simple question this time. I am about to do a round a world flight with Start Alliance between 5 Dec and 25 Dec. I don't know what stopovers to choose.

1- Depart and Arrive in Frankfurt
2- Has to be in any Start Alliance Airline
3- Maximum 5 stopovers
4- Has to have a Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific route
5- Direction must be from West to East

Thanks for any opinion/help!

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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2948 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4402 times:

Wow, so many possibilities! That's a dilemma I'd like to have. Here's a suggestion that would take in some of my personal favorite destinations, and keep it to nonstops, which are generally more pleasant--especially given your limited period of time:

FRA-BKK (LH/TG)
BKK-NRT (TG/NH)
NRT-HNL (NH/UA)
HNL-SFO (UA)
SFO-JFK (UA)
JFK-FRA (LH/SQ)

Are there any places you'd particularly like to visit, or any that you've seen already and/or would rather avoid? That would help narrow things down a bit...



Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4301 times:

Are you planning stopovers or are you just flying all the way through.

If you are doing the latter I would suggest stopping in places where the stopovers and transfers would be of minimum hassel. SFO, HKG, SIN are all connecting points that come to mind that have nice modern facilities that are all interconnected.



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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

Thanks for both replies. I will do this mainly because of being aviation fanatic, so the more exotic airlines/flights the best (I will try to avoid European/US Airlines). Stopvovers are also of some interest.
I would love to go to India/Australia/NZ/Japan/Hawaii. The last flight has to be in LAX and then back to Europe. Not sure if this is possible. Also is it possible to start the flight in London with only Star Alliance Airlines?

Anyone of you did this before?
Thanks again.


User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2948 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4247 times:

Yes, it should be possible to start and end in LHR with Star. How about this:

LHR-FRA-DEL (LH)
DEL-BKK-SYD (TG)
SYD-AKL (NZ)
AKL-NRT (NZ)
NRT-HNL (NH)
HNL-YVR-LHR (AC)

Returning via SFO on UA would be a better connection, but flying AC would avoid U.S. airlines, as you mentioned. Note that it will be hard to get from Europe to India on Star without taking a European airline, probably LH.



Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineBGR1962 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4206 times:

Last November I did an around the world on SkyTeam. Went from BGR-BOS-JFK-INC-HGK-INC-BKK-CDG-BOS Ended having to drive back to BGR from BOS because of fog at home.

Had great flights on KE and AF, did some flights on Thai that weren't too bad either, BKK-HKT-BKK.



[Edited 2003-11-25 22:44:03]

User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4156 times:

Does Oneworld have Round the World Fares? And where can I find them for Skyteam? The cheapest solution with Star Alliance is aprox 2000 USD with stopovers. What about the others?

User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4070 times:

Hey Dirkou,

How much flights can you make for that fare and is it including taxes?

But yes, Oneworld has the round the world fares too. I`m planning a round the world trip myself next year - also for the thrill of flying - and found out that Oneworld provides most flights for the best price. I would not choose Skyteam, If I`m well informed they are the most expensive one and TMHO most limited as it comes to the variety of airlines.

The rules are:
Europe, Middle East: max 4 stopovers;
Africa: max 4 stopovers;
Asia: max 4 stopovers;
South-America: max 4 stopovers;
North- and Central America, the Caribbean: max 6 stopovers
Australia, NZ, Pacific: max 4 stopovers

You have to make an Atlantic and a Pacific crossing. You can only travel in one direction.

Prices below are all Euro`s.
You can buy a Oneworld 3 explorer (3 means you can travel 3 continents including the one you start with) for 2000 economy / 4500 business. You can make max 15 flights.

Oneworld 4 is 2400 economy / 5000 business. max 20 flights.
Oneworld 5 is 2900 economy / 5600 business. max ?? flights.
Oneworld 6 is 3400 economy / 6400 business. max ?? flights.
(this are the fares for kick-off in the Netherlands. I checked this by a travel agent)

Can you believe it!! Planning is already fun!!

More information is here:

http://www.oneworld.com

http://www.qantas.com.au Here you find more fares.

After your trip, I would like to have you recommendations for sure?



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlineV2fix From New Zealand, joined Mar 2003, 368 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

Or try http://www.thegreatescapade.com and fly with:

Singapore Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
Air New Zealand

Three uniquely individual airlines.
I managed to do : LHR-HKG-SIN-AKL-RAR-LAX-LHR with them.

[Edited 2003-11-26 19:26:04]


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User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3861 times:

Hi V2fix,

Hope you don`t mind I ask. How much did you pay for it?



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlineMotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

My advice,

Fly east to west and utilise the better Star Alliance airlines as much as possible like SQ, NZ, and TG.

In terms of your five stopovers and your need to fly west to east, I recommend the following:

FRA - Johannesburg (with LH)
Johannesburg becoming stop number 1 and you can use this as a base to visit the wildlife parks and other tourist treasures.

Johannesburg - SIN (with SQ)
And Singapore becomes stop 2. Use this as a base to visit immediate surrounds in Malaysia as well as all Singapore has to offer.

SIN - AKL (with SQ or NZ)
Auckland's a great stopover (stop 3) and New Zealand, being so concise, you'll easily and quickly be able to visit other parts like Queenstown, the wine regions etc

AKL - LAX (with NZ not UA)
Stop 4 (if you want to), the city of The Angels or

LAX - JFK (with UA)
Stop 4 (if you chose not LAX as stop 4) and if you haven't been here before, you gotta do it.

LAX - Rio de Janeiro (with Varig) or if you chose New York
JFK - Rio de Janeiro (with Varig)
Stop 5, the Sugarloaf, Copacabana, Capairinas, Mardi Gras

Rio de Janeiro - FRA (with LH)
Home, sleep!

Five continents visited, you've done well.





come visit the south pacific
User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

It's such an open question and where you fly to really depends on what you're after, or hoping to get out of your trip I guess. The two networks (Oneworld and Star) pretty much offer you seamless connections with the exception of Australia being a black spot for Star with the collapse of Ansett.
There is ONE glaring exception to what I have just said in terms of your choice of destination: it must..MUST include Sydney. I don't care what anyone here says, but it is really the most stunning and beautiful city in the whole world. That harbour with the opera house and bridge at sunset..will blow you away. Have fun!



Long Haul is the only way to go
User currently offlineMohan From India, joined Nov 2003, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Okay on the basis of what you want West to east on Star i would reccomend

FRA-LAX on LH
then from LAX go down for some sun to Tahiti on air NZ
Then to AKL on Air NZ go to the beautiful town of Queenstown then on to Sydney.Its summer here this time so the whole region will be nice.then from SYD to BKk can go to Phuket , Koh Samui Chiang Mai and then BKK to DEL if you wanna see India go to Agra & see the Taj
and then take Austrian to Vienna and then to FRA

or you can tottaly skip India or Vienna or Both


User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 45
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

i havent checked with any star alliance members, but i know Qantas has their round the world trip, covering 4, 5, or 6 continents, flying all of the oneworld members. decently priced, for what it includes. there's also a general global explorer package. http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn/au/specials/rtwFares


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