Why are round the world tickets so complicated??
August 24, 2011 8:04 PM Subscribe
How do you plan a round the world ticket for one year of travel? And what the heck counts as a "segment"?
posted by grak88 to travel & transportation (13 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I've done some initial research into One World and Star Alliance RTW tickets and it might be just me, but do they make this stuff super complicated on purpose?
Would appreciate any insight/comments/shared experiences on your RTW experience and/or the following:
1. What exactly counts as a segment? The definition include "land" segments which does not make any sense to me. How can they dock you for land travel or for flights you buy outside the RTW ticket?
2. What has been your experience on the whole "one direction" requirement? How strict is this no-backtracking rule? What about moving north and south?
3. Some people say it may be cheaper to start your ticket in a different country. I'm starting out from Vancouver, B.C. There also seems to be some special loophole that if you buy your ticket from Canada, you get the cheapest price? This sounds strange. Any comments would be appreciated.
4. What tips/advice would you have on booking the ticket portion of a long trip like this? Could it really be cheaper to book all individual tickets? I'm looking to hit about 18 countries in all continents except Australia and Antarctica.
5. Can I depart from Vancouver, but fly back to a different city in Canada?
If you have links to any other sites with info, that would be wicked too. Thanks everyone.