Around the world for less
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Traveler’s Almanac, 1999 Annual Travel Guide
Columbus had the right idea. If you’re traveling to Asia or the Pacific, instead of making a U-turn, just keep going. Depending on the route, round-the-world fares often are cheaper than round-trip fares or run just a few hundred dollars more — and you’ll be allowed numerous stopovers along the way.
Here’s the trick: Don’t simply pick up the phone and call the airlines, because they’ll put together an itinerary using just their worldwide airline partners and you’ll often end up paying much more than you need to. A better idea is to contact High Adventure Travel (800-428-8735/www. highadv.com), Council Travel (800-226-8624 or 212-822-2700/www.ciee.org), or Air Brokers
Let’s say you’re planning to fly from New York to Delhi in January. British Airways wants $2,400 for the trip (or $1,498 if you can stay 14 days). An around-the-world ticket (New York to London to Delhi to Bombay to Sydney to Los Angeles to New York) using their worldwide partners Qantas Airways and American Airlines will run about $3,189. But Air Brokers will ticket the above
For round-trip economy airfare from New York to Auckland via Los Angeles on Air New Zealand during January’s high season, you’re looking at $1,778. An around-the-world fare on Air New Zealand routed from Los Angeles to Auckland to Singapore to Bangkok to London and back to Los Angeles is $2,600. Air Brokers can do the same route for $2,199, and you’ll get Sydney and Delhi
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