After talking to you about Round the World insurance , our travel itinerary or the international driving license , I’m going to talk to you about Round the World plane tickets. One of the big projects when preparing for a Round the World. Because yes during a one-year trip, you should need to take the plane several times. Rest assured in the long series of preparations, the choice of the Round the World plane ticket is not the most difficult.
We are going to see the three possibilities for taking a Round the World plane ticket with their advantages and disadvantages and also which solution we have chosen for our Round the World plane tickets.
BUY PLANE TICKETS AS YOU TRAVEL
First possibility for Round the World plane tickets: buy them as you go . That is to say, take your tickets on a case-by-case basis. Clearly the advantage of this technique is flexibility. You can go where you want when you want, according to your desires and your encounters. From then on, flight comparators such as Skyscanner, Kayak or even Google Flight as well as sites for offers and price errors (Voyages Pirates, Secret Flying, etc.) will become your best friends. You can also take advantage of the competitive rates of low cost companies, particularly in Asia (Air Asia, Tiger Airways, etc.).
Airline world map
On the other hand, this option will require you to spend time every day organizing your trip, comparing offers and from a financial point of view, the initial budget will be uncertain . Indeed, taking your Round the World tickets as you go may cost you more. In particular depending on the destinations and the seasons, the price of the combined tickets can then be very expensive .
In summary, buying your Round the World tickets as you go is generally the most expensive method that requires the most travel time. This method is on the other hand very practical if you have a large budget, if you are traveling for more than a year or if you are used to finding cheap flights.
GET YOUR ROUND THE WORLD TICKETS FROM AN ALLIANCE
Skyteam , One World and Star Alliance , these names may mean nothing to you and yet they are the three main airline alliances in the world . These alliances, which bring together many airlines, offer Round the World tickets. It is thus possible to travel with several companies of the same alliance during a Round the World by buying all the tickets at once on the site of the alliance.
Skyteam, One World and Star Alliance, the three major airline alliances in the world.
Buying Round the World plane tickets through an alliance allows you to define your travel itinerary in advance , to be able to change flight dates for free , to travel only with major airlines and to accumulate miles.
On the other hand, the alliance you choose will probably not cover all the cities, so you will have to adapt your itinerary. In addition, the tools made available by the alliances to create travel itineraries are complicated to use . Plan a good coffee before you start. Finally, there is no need to hope for help from the alliance, you will not have a specific contact person when creating your itinerary .
Ticket costs vary depending on the number of continents crossed, the number of miles flown and the number of flights. Use of Round the World tickets is limited to one year.
During our simulations we have, not without difficulty, obtained fares 20% higher than with specialized travel agencies and flights with numerous stopovers .
BUY TICKETS FROM A ROUND THE WORLD TRAVEL AGENCY
Third possibility to buy your Round the World plane tickets: go through a specialized Round the World travel agency. These travel agencies specializing in “Round the World” offer pre-defined packages or tailor-made tickets. Travel Nation and Zip World are the two main Round the World travel agencies, but there are many others ( Travel Connaisseurs , STA Travel, Round The World Flights , etc.).
AROUND THE WORLD TRAVEL AGENCY: TRAVEL NATION
Travel Nation is an English agency that mainly employs French people. Contacts with Travel Nation are made directly by email and telephone (very practical). On the other hand, the payment is made in pounds sterling (pay attention to the fees). Travel Nation provides a single point of contact throughout your World Tour.
Discussion with Zip World about our travel itinerary
Around the world travel agency: Zip World