LDIkaros
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RTW Trips - Any Advice

Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:01 pm

Hi everybody,

This coming Sept./Oct. I have to go both to Germany and to Bangkok. I could do 2 separate trips but I thought it might be more fun to combine the 2 trips and do a RTW routing from my home airport of SFO.

I already checked the Star Alliance and One World web sites and played around with different routings but so far the estimated price came out to more than US $4000 even for simple RTW routings starting and ending at SFO and involving at least BKK and MUC or FRA. If I booked the 2 trips separately I get do so for way less than $3000.

Why would a RTW combination be so expensive? I expected it to be cheaper than doing 2 separate r/t. Are there any good T/As out there that I can contact for my RTW trip? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks


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yeogeo
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RE: RTW Trips - Any Advice

Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:06 am

LDIkaros
I have some experiences booking RTW fares (I've booked three) but only with Star, so I'm not sure how much help I can be.

What is the itinerary you are interested in, exactly? I assume you know that a simple SFO-BKK-FRA-SFO itinerary would not qualify for a RTW fare in Star: you need at least three stopovers and no more than 15. In the itinerary above you only have two stopovers, BKK and FRA.

From my admittedly limited experience, It seems to me that RTW fares are worth the expense the more stopovers you make, compared to flying to those places in separate flights.

If you are interested in talking to the Round the World desk at United they are reached at the UA Star Alliance desk:
877-726-7282.

Have you played around with the Star RTW book & Fly? You'll get an estimated fare for your selected itinerary if you follow the process through. You can then download the itinerary onto your computer and try another and then compare routings and fares.
http://www.staralliance.com/en/booking/book-and-fly/#

You can find Star terms and conditions for RTW fares here:
http://www.staralliance.com/en/fares...orld-fare/round-the-world-fare-tc/

yeo



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YXD172
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RE: RTW Trips - Any Advice

Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:22 am

If you're just looking for SFO-BKK-FRA/MUC-SFO (or SFO-FRA/MUC-BKK-SFO) I would suggest searching for a Multi-City fare. A dummy booking with Kayak for late September comes to $2240 on LH for either routing (through FRA on the way to/from BKK) - or more interesting routings involving WAW, CAI, ICN (though none with a transpacific leg)

So it'll be cheaper for sure, but for some reason everything is trans-atlantic -- a travel agent might be your best bet if you want to do a true RTW
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LDIkaros
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RE: RTW Trips - Any Advice

Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:36 pm

Quoting yeogeo (Reply 1):
Have you played around with the Star RTW book & Fly?

I did try different routings, for example, via HKG in Asia or LHR/IST/ etc in Europe. Whatever I tried the final price was always more than $4000. It looks like RTW fares are only a good deal if you want a lot of stopovers; for simple routings with only 3-4 stopovers direct flights might be a better solution.

Quoting YXD172 (Reply 2):
A dummy booking with Kayak for late September comes to $2240 on LH for either routing (through FRA on the way to/from BKK) - or more interesting routings involving WAW, CAI, ICN (though none with a transpacific leg)

Great idea! I'll check out if I can come up with a good multi-city routing instead of RTW.

Thank you for your advice!

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