FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2903 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3832 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:
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7719 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3731 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.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Dirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3709 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?
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.
Aviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 43 Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3500 times:
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)
Qantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3155 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!
Mohan From India, joined Nov 2003, 78 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3068 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
Futterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 47 Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3042 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