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Old 10-18-2018, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Austin
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If I recall correctly the last time I explored this RTW trip notion, & it was probably 20 years ago or so, the exact itinerary had to be booked in advance so one needed to pick how many days one would stay in various ports of call when booking.
It's no longer like that. This is from One World;

Offering you complete control and flexibility, a oneworld Explorer fare enables you to modify your itinerary to suit any changes of plan.

At oneworld, we understand that your plans can change. That is why your oneworld Explorer fare allows you to make changes to your itinerary before and during your trip.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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If I recall correctly the last time I explored this RTW trip notion, & it was probably 20 years ago or so, the exact itinerary had to be booked in advance so one needed to pick how many days one would stay in various ports of call when booking.

While this is probably good for those who are taking a break from work for a couple of weeks those of us who have already served our time for "The Man" may want to have a more leisurely trip & decide when & where "on the fly", pun intended.
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It's no longer like that. This is from One World;

Offering you complete control and flexibility, a oneworld Explorer fare enables you to modify your itinerary to suit any changes of plan.

At oneworld, we understand that your plans can change. That is why your oneworld Explorer fare allows you to make changes to your itinerary before and during your trip.
Actually both are (somewhat) correct.

RTW tickets must have a complete itinerary before they can be issued, dates included. Not doing so means that they can't be priced, due to differences in local taxes, airline surcharges, etc.

They CAN be changed after issuance but prior to departure, but those changes can well change the price, depending on the specifics of the changes. After departure, they can still be changed, but a change fee (US $125 or its equivalent) is charged, PLUS any changes in taxes etc. brought about by the changes. In numerous such changes, for what it's worth, I've never had money refunded from saved taxes and fees, but maybe that's must my bad luck. (As if.) Most airlines also will add a service charge ($50, $100, sometimes more) for doing the re-booking.

Of course you still have to live with all the rules governing the product - backtracking restrictions, using eligible carriers, etc., and of course if your route changes the total number of continents visited (Onworld) or the total mileage flown (everybody else) then the fare can go up for those reasons too.

Still, they're generally more flexible than "ordinary" tickets that have much higher change fees.
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:29 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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For an extended RTW trip, I have found I can Book as I go (14- 30 day advance between continents and budget carriers within regions)

Short trip (<6 weeks), might as well meet the rules and book ONCE and live with the routing.

You can still book into hubs on your RTW for 4 -10 day layovers and grab regional flights from the hubs (Usually < $70 USD, somtimes < $20 USD)

I ended up adding 'business class' to my Ryan Air discount fares ($70 USD vs $35 for econo, just to avail free changes + reserved seats + early boarding + free checked bags + free lounge access (Good idea due to frequent delays / cancellations) )

I will book multiple flights over same period, and take the destination with the best weather, then postpone the others. (travel credits with freedom to change routing)
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Also don't forget that sometimes it can make sense to book to a country near your destination that has a hub, then bus/train to where you want to go.

We needed to go from Ecuador to Guatemala, but found it was hundreds of dollars less to fly to El Salvador, spend some time seeing the sights there and eat lots of pupusas, then take a short bus ride to Guatemala. We once flew to Albania because it was way cheaper than flying to Greece.
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