Your Guide To Round The World Flights

4 September 2014

Have you ever wanted to pack it all in and get away for a while? One of the best ways to do just that is on a Round The World ticket, enjoying multiple stopovers on a long-haul adventure across the globe. It may sound daunting, but enjoying the benefits of Round The World travel is easier than you might think.

Clichéd as it may sound, the world is your proverbial oyster on a Round The World trip. From the cosmopolitan delights of Auckland to the bustling streets of Tokyo, Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro and the Pyramids of Giza, there's no shortage of places to explore when it comes to taking a prolonged sabbatical.

 "Metropolis Seeker" RTW flight from Sydney

What Are Round The World Flights?

Round The World flights are precisely as they sound – flights that allow you to circumnavigate the globe. They do come with certain rules, the most important of which is that you must travel in one direction – east or west – for the duration of your trip.

You also need to embark in and return to the same country, and the maximum number of stops or segments you are allowed is generally 16.

Where Can I Go on a Round The World Ticket?

The choice is yours when it comes to mapping out a Round The World itinerary! As long as you remember to travel in one direction and make stops in airline transit hubs when required, you can readily explore the farthest reaches of the globe for a fraction of the cost of booking each individual flight. Here are some examples of Round The World flights:

3 stops: Sydney – Singapore – London – Los Angeles – Sydney

4 stops: Sydney – Singapore – London – New York – Los Angeles – Sydney

5 stops:  Sydney – Singapore – London – Zurich – New York – Los Angeles – Sydney

6 stops:  Sydney – Tokyo – Singapore – London – Zurich – New York – Los Angeles – Sydney

7 stops:  Sydney – Tokyo – Singapore – Berlin – London – Zurich – New York – Los Angeles – Sydney

 "Culture & Cafes" RTW flight from Sydney

What Are The Benefits?

While it's entirely possible to fly from one side of the globe to the other on multiple tickets, a major benefit of booking a Round The World flight is that you can make several journeys on one convenient ticket.

Most Round The World flights generally boast up to 12 months' validity, allowing you to create detailed itineraries that afford plenty of time to explore your chosen destinations.

Round the World flights are great value for money, save you from carrying a bundle of paperwork and offer hundreds of options across the globe.

Who Offers Round The World Flights?

Individual airlines such as Qantas and Virgin Australia offer Round The World fares in conjunction with their partner airlines. Most Round the World fares require you to include the airlines' central transit hub as part of your route (like stopping in Helsinki if you fly with Finnair).

Round The World fares are also available through global airline alliances such as oneworld, Star Alliance and Sky Team. Prices for these tickets are calculated according to the number of miles flown, as well as the cabin class you fly in.

Booking a Round the World ticket with an airline alliance is a great way to rack up your frequent flyer points thanks to codeshares across partner airlines.

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Flight Centre's Round The World Experts

Now that you're in the know about Round the World flights, our dedicated expert team can help you put your journey together. Our specialised Round the World experts live and breathe multi-stop flights every day and can take care of all the fine details including what visas you will need where.

Ready to fly? Call our Round The World Experts on 1300 550 416

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Mike Tuckerman

From Europe to Asia and many places in between, there's rarely a town or city I've not enjoyed exploring. When I'm not wandering the streets and discovering new destinations, you can usually find me hanging out with the locals at major sporting events.