Round the World (RTW) tickets from Flight Centre will take you, quite literally, around the world. Looking to make multiple stops on various continents and perhaps have a little more flexibility during your global travels? A Round the World ticket could be a more cost effective and hassle-free way to travel. Buckle-up and pad your frequent flyer account by booking your around the world ticket with Flight Centre Canada.
Round the World tickets are basically airline alliance air passes, priced either by the amount of miles travelled, by the number of segments (flights) flown or the number of stops made in certain geographic regions, depending on the alliance and fare used.
There are currently three major airline alliances offering these types of fares, Star Alliance, Oneworld and SkyTeam. All flights on a Round the World ticket must be booked with airlines in the same alliance (no mixing alliance airlines) and qualify for frequent flyer points with any airline member of that alliance.
Round the World tickets generally have a 1-year validity, meaning you must return within a year from the date you leave. Most RTW tickets require the traveller to return to the continent they started from (not necessarily the same city), and must continue in a forward motion (no backtracking) around the world.
Although sales on Round the World tickets do sometimes happen, they are rare and not the norm. As a basic rule, the more stops, continents visited or miles flown, the more expensive the ticket. Generally, the lead-in rate for the most basic RTW ticket departing from Canada is around $2400-$2500CAD in Economy Class (RTW tickets are also available in Business Class or First Class).
Once purchased, changes to dates and times are usually allowed (sometimes for free) and can be made with the airline directly anywhere in the world. Re-routing (changing destinations or stopping points) your ticketed itinerary incurs a change fee and must be done with the airline directly if abroad.
This is the fun part! Planning your Round the World journey shouldn’t be an overwhelming task, and if begins to feel that way, visit a travel agent for help. Even once you’ve decided on the stops you want to make and the length of time you’d like to spend at each, booking this type of fare cannot be done online, and you’ll need to visit a travel agent eventually anyway.
To start, figure out how much time you have to work with, taking into consideration that most RTW tickets are valid for a full year. There are various RTW tickets out there, all priced differently based on how much you travel and in which class of service. If flying from Canada, keep your trip moving in one direction, either via the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean, with no backtracking (within a continent is sometimes okay but no backtracking between continents).
Some RTW fares are based on travelled miles, which your agent will calculate for you to determine the cost of your itinerary. From there, you can add or remove stops to fit your budget.