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Round the World Business Class Fares
In 18 months i plan to take my wife and kids (8 and 10) on a round the world trip in business class.
i have a few miles accrued but tend to spend as I earn them so I’ll be paying (mainly) cash.
The plan is for the trip to roughly be Sydney – Europe – NY – Miami – LA (-maybe Sth America) – Sydney. The long legs must be business but I can compromise on the shorter legs.
Where am i likely to get the best value? And do any of the airlines offer significant discounts for kids?
What points and miles do you have to work with? It’ll be easier to make recommendations if you can share that information.
Where in Europe are you aiming for? for SYD to Europe, I’d recommend Etihad, Emirates or Qatar though Singapore Airlines is a good option as well.
With the TATL leg, you have a variety of options and I recommend American (77W), Virgin Atlantic (787), both from London, or Austrian out of Vienna, or Air France out of Paris.
The US domestic legs arent anything special so book whatever schedule works best. JFK-MIA and MIA-LAX is sometimes served by AA’s 772/77W so I would try to get on that.
LAX-SYD is served by several airlines – I think the best one’s are probably AA and VA
I think what I’m really after is some recommendations about the best round the world fares? Am I correct to assume that buying a specific Round the World fare would be the cheapest option or would I be better off bundling together a bunch of one way fares.Would i be better off buying some airmiles or just paying cash?
I suggest you check out the different alliances around the world tools. I’ve been planning a trip fir myself and think oneworld and star alliance to be the best to work with. The lowest fare with Business is around 9000 $ depending on how many stops and how many flights. The tools are really great and it only takes a few minites to get used to them. Here are the links for both pages: Use a laptop or pc to use them properly:
Star Alliance: [URL]http://www.staralliance.com/en/round-the-world[/URL]
If you have any questiones with them feel free to ask.
PS: I’d prefer Star Alliance. Also make sire you have reward accounts for all family members as they’ll earn a ton of miles. (I’m pretty sure you’ll make it to Star alliance gold and its Oneworld equivalent with only that around the world trip. Attention with Star alliance m&m Miles will go after three years if you don’t reach frequent flyer (5 years then if you loose your status after two years). Your kids can be signed up for friends flyinng or something of LH where they’ll keep their miles and more miles until the are 18.
Lso If you consider flying to Zurich I can also give Ou some tips and tricks 😉
Also flying east to west is best to evade jetlag.
I totally forgot to mention that Singapore Airlines won’t let you fly Business with the around the world ticket on their A380 and B77W without you paying about 700-1000$ extra.