Qantas Round The World Flight Ticket

As a qualified, professional travel consultant, I’ve helped lots of travellers find the best value way to fly round the world. Time and time again, there is one airfare ticket that consistently provides the best fares. It’s a Qantas Round The World fare and it works in conjunction with BA, American Airlines, LATAM in South America and Emirates. Knowing that is a good start but arming yourself with a little more knowledge can help you get the lowest airfares for circumnavigation. This ticket is a market leader and the only comparable competition for it is the Great Escapade ticket, which we also have a guide for.

Seasonality plays a big part on how these tickets are priced and would be the first port of call if you are looking to economise. The season you choose to leave on, dictates the base level of your airfare. Your departure date controls the base fare of the ticket, not the date that subsequent flights are on. Also, the base fare does not include taxes, surcharges and fees.

(Base fare pricing by departure date on Qantas RTW tickets 2017/18)

base round the world flights cheap

The secondary considerations are routing and number of stops. Then finally, it’s down to being able to get into the lowest booking class available for the ticket type. The best value seats on each plane are limited, regardless of if they are standard tickets or RTW fares, so bear in mind that busy planes are tricky to get on for low costs. There are around 8 booking classes in each economy cabin from advance saver O, S & M class fares to the highest, last-minute Y class fares intended for last minute business travellers.

There are some really easy ways to deal with all of these factors, to ensure you are saving as much for your travel fund as possible. Let’s take a look at them step by step.

In terms of routing, the best value RTW is London to New York on BA – overland yourself to L.A. – Fly L.A. to Sydney on Qantas – Sydney to Bangkok on Qantas – Bangkok to London on Emirates (or vice versa). This route minimises stops to reduce airport taxes and surcharges. With this ticket you can do a big trip featuring North America, Australia and Asia on a budget but you could add a couple more flights in N. America and Asia for just a little more in taxes (see rules pic below). Adding on New Zealand or South America will increase the costs due to added taxes and needing to upgrade the ticket level.

For a final consideration, give your agent flexibility. If you want to be in Australia for Christmas, tell the agent this is your goal but allow them flexibility, to get you in on the lowest booking class and best fare. I arrived into Australia in early December during my trip and avoided the Christmas rush, saving hundreds of pounds in the lowest booking class for round the world tickets which quickly sell out from mid-December on.

(Additional rules and routing guide)Qantas Round The World Flights Route Guide

Based on this trip and including all fees, this trip is available for £1550 ($2000 USD). That would be made up for around £803 base fare, taxes of £664 and a fee of somewhere around £100 for the travel agent to manage the booking. The base fare goes to the airline, the taxes go to the airports, on fuel and to the governments of the countries you are visiting. The travel agent gets a small fee for managing the booking, watching for time changes, changing your flights when you decide you want to stay somewhere longer (there may be additional fees) and giving you general customer service. This is considerably cheaper than comparable self-service RTW flights done through a search engine like Skyscanner.

Please note that the above example is an streamlined cost effective round the world ticket. The average economy itinerary costs between £1800-2400 GBP ($2300-3200 USD). From time-to-time auto-pricing fares can be even less when best priced in a travel agents GDS system – I don’t mean to be technical but leave a comment below if you have any questions.

We would also ask those planning to fly around the world, to try and be considerate to the environment too. You could do this by requesting to fly on more efficient aircraft or by picking the minimum number of flights possible. For more information, please see our guide of how to minimise your flight environmental impact here.

(Skyscanner compatible flights for length but not quite as high quality airlines as the Qantas RTW)

skyscanner round the world flight best cheapest

If you have any questions, please use the comments box or ‘ask me anything’ link on the bottom of the home page.

You can find our detailed guide to flying Air France over here.

14 thoughts on “Qantas Round The World Flight Ticket

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    1. It can be more manageable to visit one region on its own to begin with. Flights from London to Bangkok are regularly around £400 and you could then travel Asia for as little as £600 per month. Going on a year long RTW trip can sometimes be so tiring that its hard to enjoy the later stages.


  1. I would looove to do a RTW flight some time! There’s a lot that goes into finding really good flight deals and to strategically map it out. But the adventure is all worth it!


  2. Such a great deal on Qantas. I also consider to go early than the usual time most people would be ready for traveling during festive seasons, it saves a ton. The only time I’ve booked an emergency flight, last minute fly was when I wanted to write an exam and it cost my folks their arms. They still remind me today of it, thank goodness I passed. Your blog sounds informative, I’d hang around for sure.


  3. I so rarely see people still doing the round the world flight anymore. i know it was very popular around 10 years ago, and many just took a year off to explore the world. thanks for sharing these tips to get better quality flights.


  4. I live in Virginia (near the Richmond International Airport and/or the Williamsburg International airport), My 36 year old son and I (64), want to plan such a trip. Specifically, how can I pick an experienced travel agent that can help us accomplish this. I am a USAA, AAA member as well as military dependent. Also, I have a 1.5 pound (fully grown) dog that I want to take with me. How can I go about that. I have “service dog” status, if that makes any difference, internationally. I’m not that computer literate so I’ve included my telephone number. Please feel free to pass my email and telehone number to anyone you feel might be helpful.


    1. Hi Angela, I would suggest visiting STA or Airtreks and finding a travel consultant who can work with you on this. Your dog may present some challenges as many countries are strict about the import of animals. There are specialists in this area who can advise better than I can.


  5. I want to know if this is only for the travel , and for the site seeing and stay at the various places . Who plans that and what would that cost. Also want to know how many days tour it would be


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