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OneWorld RTW Ticket To Be Booked Online Soon!  
User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

OneWorld announced that soon they will offer the possibility to book Round The World (RTW) tickets online without the need for a sales agent. This will mean a cost saving for the traveller of $300 or more (agent fee) and more flexibility.

What do you think? Will this help OW to become the best alliance for RTW travellers?

I am a frequent RTW client and I love this move.

Article: http://www.oneworld.com/ow/news/details?objectID=14126


Wherever you go, there you are!
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User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 842 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3724 times:

Love the idea. I have just spent nearly an hour on the phone with Air New Zealand to get a price for my parents trip to New Zeland next year where they wanted to stopover and create a RTW. It took ages!!!!


The best way forwards is upwards!
User currently offlineProfpete From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

I tried to book a round-the-world ticket on United/Star Alliance recently and was told (by the United ticket agent) that it was not being offered currently. is this true?

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3643 times:



Quoting Profpete (Reply 2):

I tried to book a round-the-world ticket on United/Star Alliance recently and was told (by the United ticket agent) that it was not being offered currently. is this true?

Probably incorrect. Though it is Star Alliance  Wink

Quoting Henkybaby (Thread starter):
What do you think? Will this help OW to become the best alliance for RTW travellers?

I think it's wonderful! The other alliances are sure to follow suit.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

I have found the Air New Zealand site magic for booking a RTW. You get a planner and then choose the stops and it will let you know if the route is possible. Not sure what route your parents wanted but is must have been quite difficult. my route>
LHR-LAX-RAR-CHC-AKL-HKG-LHR


User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3588 times:



Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 4):
I have found the Air New Zealand site magic for booking a RTW

There is currently no airline that allows you to book a RTW ticket online. It is possible to plan a route, but not to book and reserve one.

I think you mean a multi city itinerary, but that is something very different and even though you can plan these round the world, they are much, much more expensive.



Wherever you go, there you are!
User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25115 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3532 times:



Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 4):
I have found the Air New Zealand site magic for booking a RTW. You get a planner and then choose the stops and it will let you know if the route is possible. Not sure what route your parents wanted but is must have been quite difficult. my route>
LHR-LAX-RAR-CHC-AKL-HKG-LHR

That sounds like travel was entirely on NZ. I doubt the NZ site permits booking an interline RTW involving other Star Alliance carriers. I think that's what the original poster is referring to re the planned Oneworld enhancements.


User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2894 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

Now THAT is progress, and kudos to OW for achieving it. Quite the milestone.

Shamu



So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(
User currently offlineCuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 682 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3465 times:



Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 7):
Now THAT is progress, and kudos to OW for achieving it. Quite the milestone.

Amazing! Everytime I have enquired about a RTW ticket, the process was a pain: specific number to call, not so helpful agents, and requests that take for ever, usually one needs to wait 24 hour to get an answer... If I can look online, it will spare me the pain of dealing with a human being who does not really care, it looks amazing !!


User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3382 times:



Quoting Profpete (Reply 2):
I tried to book a round-the-world ticket on United/Star Alliance recently and was told (by the United ticket agent) that it was not being offered currently. is this true?

Just more proof that airline callcenters should be avoided at all cost...

*A offers several RTW fares.



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2894 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3354 times:



Quoting Leskova (Reply 9):
*A offers several RTW fares.

As do all alliances, but only OW will be able to offer it seamlessly online.

It's quite an achievement.



So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(
User currently offlineAirlineAddict From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3343 times:
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Quoting Profpete (Reply 2):
I tried to book a round-the-world ticket on United/Star Alliance recently and was told (by the United ticket agent) that it was not being offered currently. is this true?

Should have called the Singapore Airlines call center. With United you need to ask for a CSR that specializes in round-the-world reservations.


User currently offlineGsosbee From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 825 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3335 times:



Quoting Profpete (Reply 2):
I tried to book a round-the-world ticket on United/Star Alliance recently and was told (by the United ticket agent) that it was not being offered currently. is this true?

True. You can plan the flights and get an "estimated" price, but the *A carrier of your choice contacts you for the booking.


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8218 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

I'm actually surprised that OW is able to do this as seat availability is one of the challenges in setting up a RTW ticket. Hopefully they will also allow for award RTW trips to be set up.

I used RTW all the time when I used to go to Australia on business as I found it far easier on this old body to only fly east to west. It also gave me a grand opportunity to visit cities around the world that I normally would never go to. "Back in the Day" you could get outstanding business class tickets for a OW RTW in CAI.


User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

The only downside is that as of 1 June 2008, oneworld Explorer RTW tickets are limited to 16 flights rather than 20 previously - oneworld claims that the shift to electronic ticketing ot these fares necessitates it. This is a big downside if you purchase a six continent round-the-world fare and want to travel within each continent!

User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3086 times:



Quoting Nickofatlanta (Reply 14):
This is a big downside if you purchase a six continent round-the-world fare and want to travel within each continent!

This is easily remedied. You purchase your RTW ticket for the 'big flights' and if you really need to travel within a continent you purchase one of their continent travel passes. Cheap solution if you dont want to pay for business or first class travel on short flights. And yes, these you can now order online too!



Wherever you go, there you are!
User currently offlineLandingshortly From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3079 times:



Quoting Profpete (Reply 2):

i did book a UA rtw for august 08. this definitely works. booked it thru UA FRA office.



Singapore Airlines - you're a great way to fly.
User currently offlineTolmachevo From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3058 times:



Quoting Nickofatlanta (Reply 14):
The only downside is that as of 1 June 2008, oneworld Explorer RTW tickets are limited to 16 flights rather than 20 previously - oneworld claims that the shift to electronic ticketing ot these fares necessitates it. This is a big downside if you purchase a six continent round-the-world fare and want to travel within each continent!

I had to rush to get mine sorted before June 1... But cant wait for July 24 when I go....

LHR - NRT - HKG - BKK - SIN - SYD - CNS - ASP - ADL - SYD - CHC - AKL - SCL - EZE - GUA - DFW - YVR - IAD - YYZ - LHR

with: BA CX QF LA AA

plus two flights to and from Munich....

I am doing it for a year so I get to see something also...I would have liked to go Star Alliance but no flight from NZ to South America and it was about 1200EUR more expensive made me go OneWorld- oh well I guess you get what you pay for..  Yeah sure


User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Agents here in Australia do not charge fees to book a RTW fare.

One World and Star alliance fares are commissionable at 5% of the fare only.

I can guarantee you that the airlines will not be passing a 5% discount onto passengers  Smile


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Star Alliance have also made progress toward passengers being able to book their own RTW tickets, but they are not all the way there yet. It's possible to set up an itinerary at www.staralliance.com and automatically check compliance with all the fare rules online. Then the itinerary can be passed to an airline reservations agent for ticketing. I'm sure automation of the ticketing step is just a matter of time.

User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2687 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2852 times:



Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 5):
There is currently no airline that allows you to book a RTW ticket online. It is possible to plan a route, but not to book and reserve one.

Air NZ allow you to book, online, a trip in both directions to/from NZ with stops in North America (LAX, SFO), the Pacific Islands (Hawaii, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tahiti) and East Asia (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai). Some of these flights are on Virgin.

Isn't that a RTW?


User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2687 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

I should also mention that NZ allows you to actually stopover, rather than just transfer, att hese points, all using their new online engine. Not toalyy flexible (say if you want to travel domestically in a country), but a start.

Now if only longhaul airlines would get realistic about oneway fares like shorthaul has!


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2837 times:



Quoting Aerokiwi (Reply 20):
Air NZ allow you to book, online, a trip in both directions to/from NZ with stops in North America (LAX, SFO), the Pacific Islands (Hawaii, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tahiti) and East Asia (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai). Some of these flights are on Virgin.

Isn't that a RTW?

It's a RTW if it crosses both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans once each. What you describe seems to be a Circle Pacific fare.


User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2687 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2824 times:



Quoting Zvezda (Reply 22):
It's a RTW if it crosses both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans once each. What you describe seems to be a Circle Pacific fare.

In that case, it is RTW. For example, LHR-LAX on VS or NZ, LAX-RAR on NZ, RAR-AKL on NZ, AKL-NRT on NZ, NRT-LHR on VS.


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2733 times:



Quoting Aerokiwi (Reply 23):
In that case, it is RTW. For example, LHR-LAX on VS or NZ, LAX-RAR on NZ, RAR-AKL on NZ, AKL-NRT on NZ, NRT-LHR on VS.

I see now. LHR was implicit from the VS flights. I was paying too much attention to the cities you listed. Yes, that's RTW.


25 HanginOut : When I did my RTW trip earlier this year, I dealt with Austrian Airlines and they were fantastic. Not only did they answer all of my questions, but th
26 Albird87 : This is great! I also like on the the OW website that you can also have this great RTW planner program that shows you all the OW aircraft on certain r
27 Henkybaby : I think the NZ fare is more a multi-city itinerary. It is not called a RTW fare. There are a fixed number of RTW fares and that's not one of them. It
28 Post contains links Philzh : Nice itinerary... brings back memories. Remember to stay a while in RAR - about the best place I've ever been in (Aitutaki is magic). BTW, as Zvezda
29 Aerokiwi : I see, but it's a start at least. What's remarkable is that it has taken this long for any of the alliances to offer an online booking engine for RTW
30 Wouwout : I doubt it. Airlines will keep the total price similar or charge you a service fee.
31 Henkybaby : I spoke to my BA booking agent at MRU today and she adviced me to wait for the online tool to avoid the agent fees. These costs are directly related
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