January 17, 2012

Oneworld RTW Ticket Review

In the latest version of the Around the World Airfare Report, we shopped prices for RTW plane tickets from nine different companies and rated each company based on three criteria:

  • Price: How much does it cost?
  • Service speed: How long does it take to get a bookable price?
  • Frustration factor: How frustrating is the process of building and pricing a multi-stop route?

Price

Here is how the cost of searching these routes on Oneworld Alliance compared to other companies for each of the three routes we searched:

  • Route 1: Highest price out of 9 options
  • Route 2: Unable to price this route
  • Route 3: Unable to price this route

Service speed

Here is how the speed of searches compared to other companies we searched.

  • Route 1: 3rd fastest out of 9
  • Route 2: Unable to price this route
  • Route 3: Unable to price this route

Frustration Factor

As long as your route fits within their rules and regulations, you can get a price online, but we were unable to price 2 of the 3 routes we searched. There are a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to any airline alliance round the world ticket, so we recommend only using the alliances if you have a simpler route, or you are looking to cash in or build miles with a particular airline alliance.

Like other alliances, Oneworld Alliance is easier and cheaper when it comes to changing dates. Date changes are free, and if you book a Oneworld RTW ticket, you have to book your first international flight, date and all, but after that it’s possible to leave the dates open. Be aware; however, that date changes are subject to availability on the flight a customer wants to change to, so by waiting too long, it’s possible to be shut out.

If you have used Oneworld Alliance for your round the world trip, we want to hear from you. Leave a review below in the comments.


15 Responses to Oneworld RTW Ticket Review

  1. says:

    I travelled on a OneWorld Explorer RTW ticket 2011-2012.

    My route was London-Delhi-Bangkok-(Hong Kong-)Beijing-(overland-)Shanghai-(Hong Kong-)Melbourne-(Sydney)-Queenstown-(overland-)Auckland-(Santiago-)Easter Island-(Santiago-)Lima-Buenos Aires-London.

    I researched it using the online tool and booked it through Round the World Experts since they were helpful and seemed to know what they were talking about. STA and the other companies I called were less helpful, some didn’t even get back to me. The headline price was GBP2300. With taxes that became GBP2900 and RTW Experts added a couple of hundred booking fee. I had to date all the flights at the time of booking but all the date changes I made (about 8 I think) were free.

    3 times (India, Thailand, China) I had to provide proof of an onward flight and the itinerary from RTW Experts was accepted without question by the airline checkin staff and immigration officers. As someone else has commented, just printing something “official” looking yourself would probably suffice.

    The flights were actually booked with BA. I got full airmiles with BA, reduced airmiles for the partner airline flights. I still got enough for a one way ticket from the UK to South America in the future. Possibly I’d have done better in this respect if RTW Experts had booked the flights with Qantas or Cathay. I was a RTW newbie and didn’t investigate this aspect. I flew 36447 miles on the ticket and was very pleased with it.

    I priced a few of the legs through skyscanner and reached a higher total figure than for the Oneworld ticket. Given the huge variability in flight costs depending on when you book them a DIY while travelling approach could have worked out cheaper, it could have worked out more expensive. For me the Oneworld Explorer ticket was the perfect balance between price and convenience.

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