Should you buy an RTW Ticket?

Should you buy an RTW Ticket?

A Round The World ticket is one ticket that you purchase either through an airline alliance or through a specialized RTW trip advisor that allows multiple stops and is priced based on mileage or continents visited. You can buy this style of airline ticket as an alternative to purchasing one way tickets as you travel.

Like anything, there are pros and cons to purchasing a RTW ticket. RTW tickets are great for people that have a set schedule. If you know all the places you are going, roughly how long you’d like to stay in each place, and don’t plan on changing your trip too much, then an RTW ticket could be a good idea for you because it will end up saving you a lot of money and hassle.

RTW tickets can cost a lot of money, but if you travel with budget airlines, travel economy, and pick the popular travel routes you can get cheap airline tickets. The more destinations you visit and the more off the main routes you travel, the more money you will spend.

A large con with RTW tickets is the lack of flexibility. Since you already have your ticket, you don’t have the option of changing your trip along the way. If you want to stay longer at one place, or don’t like a certain place and want to leave quicker, you won’t be able to change your trip accordingly without massive penalties.

On the upside, however, if you are a frequent traveler and collect rewards miles, you will earn a ton with your RTW ticket. Even though you may end up paying more for your ticket, you will end up with a free flight afterwards from all your rewards miles.

So, if you like having a set schedule and everything organized for your peace of mind, an RTW ticket may be right for you; however, if you like having the flexibility to change your trip as you see fit, then you may be better off doing the work of finding tickets yourself.

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