Pre-Trip Part I: Plane Tickets

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February 19th 2011
Published: February 19th 2011
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RTW Plane Ticket

To give people that might be interested in doing a trip similar to this an idea of my planning process and big ticket purchases, here is part I. Besides picking a few destinations I want to see, one of the more time consuming steps was buying my plane tickets. After doing some research I decided that a Round-The-World ticket was the best option. I looked at the two major airline alliance that sell this type of ticket

1. Star Alliance
2. OneWorld Alliance

These tickets have certain criteria (i.e., must travel in one direction between zones, can only cross oceans once, etc.) so thats what took the most time. One of the best benefits of these tickets is the fact you can change the dates of the flights anytime without being charged, but you cannot change the flight paths or order. I ended up buying from Star Alliance and used my Continental's frequent flyer program to gain my miles for the entire trip. I also signed up for the Continental credit card to earn double the miles in addition to 40,000 bonus miles for signing up. I will get 25,000 miles for the trip, 25,000 for using the credit card and 40,000 bonus miles, which should easily earn me a free trip anywhere in the world when I'm done.

After taxes and airport fees, the ticket came to $6,000. Before buying I looked up how much the trip would cost if I bought each ticket on their own and stopped halfway through when the total was already over 10k. Here my flight itinerary and tentative dates:

Newark --> Beijing, China
Hong Kong --> Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok --> Delhi, India
Delhi --> Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt --> Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio --> Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lima, Peru --> United States

If anyone has any questions, just let me know


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