Round the world tickets & multi-stop flights guide

There are a number of round the world tickets (also referred to as RTW) and multi stop flights available and it can be a confusing job trying to find the most appropriate round the world ticket. Below is a guide of the tickets available.

Before you do anything you need to decide where in the world you want to go, you may well be limited by price and a key to maximising you budget is finding a cheap round the world ticket or multi-stop flight.

For many round the world tickets you have to play by certain rules, such as travelling in one direction, limitation on miles and number of stops that can be had. Another difficulty can be combining different continents if you don’t want to do the normal Asia and Australasia.

Its well worth remembering that round the world flights tickets don’t include taxes which can often be as much as £200-£300.

How to book multi stop flights online

Its not always that easy to book RTW flights online, but here are some options:

If you know any other good places add your comments on best place to buy RTW tickets, previously we bought round the world tickets from The Traveller which unfortunately don’t seem to be offering around the world flights anymore.

Multi Stop flights in detail

The Escapade

Airlines: Singapore Airlines / Virgin Atlantic / Air New Zealand

Rules & Details: 29,000 miles which include one Atlantic crossing, one Pacific crossing and unlimited stopovers, stay at any one destination once, although you can use destinations as transiting points. Additional mileage from £130 for 1,500 miles up to a maximum of 4,500 miles.

Destinations: Covers North America & the Caribbean, South & West Africa, all over Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Cost: from £860 plus taxes


Phone: 0870 190 4466

The Star Alliance

Lots of flights, lots of destinations.

Airlines: Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand,  ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, bmi, EgyptAir, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spainair, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, United Airlines and US Airways.

Rules: 26.000 miles, 29.000 miles, 34.000 miles or 39.000 miles. There are different products depending on what you want to do.

Destinations: Pretty comprehensive, Europe, Asia, North America & the Caribbean, South Pacific and New Zealand but not through Australia and only in Rio for South America.

Cost: from £1480 plus taxes


The World Discovery ticket

Great for classic backpacking routes.

Airlines: British Airways and Qantas

Rules: 6 free worldwide stops with no more than 2 stops are permitted in Australia and 2 in New Zealand.

Countries: including Asia,  New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, USA and South Africa

Cost: from £850 plus taxes

Now bookable online with BA!

The OneWorld Global Explorer

Complex but great coverage, especially for South America.

Airlines: American Airlines, British Airways,  Cathay Pacific, FinnAir, Iberia, JAL, LAN, MALEV,  Qantas and Royal Jordanian

Countries: South Pacific islands, Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

Rules: Flights must be via both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans (travelling around the world in an eastbound or westbound direction). You may only cross each ocean once. Flights from one continent to another must be in a continuous eastward or westward direction.
Tier 1 – Minimum of 3, maximum of 5 stopovers, with no more than 2 within any region.
Tier 2 – Minimum of 3, maximum of 10 stopovers, with no more than 3 within any region.
Tier 3 & 4 – Minimum of 3, maximum of 15 stopovers, with no more than 4 within any region

Cost: from £1,349 plus taxes Now bookable online with BA!


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