How to Fly for Peanuts
Yes, jet fuel prices are rising. And yes, airline ticket prices are following suit.
Like you, we love to travel and we love to save money. So, in lieu of our regularly scheduled e-letters, this week we’re going to show you how, through these price-hike times, you can still fly for peanuts. (Excuse the pun.)
Over the next four days, we’ll reveal our best secrets on how to fly for cheap… sometimes even for free… without sacrificing quality and comfort.
Starting today, with…
FLYING FOR PEANUTS SECRET #1: Make your flight cheaper by taking a Round-The-World, or RTW, ticket. I’ve told you about RTW fares before, and I still think it’s one of the best ways to get a great travel deal.
RTW tickets seem to defy logic. How could it be that adding destinations to your itinerary makes it cheaper?
Amazing as it is, you can get unbelievable deals on flights to Australia, South Africa, South East Asia, Europe, and more on a Round-The-World ticket.
HOW IT WORKS: RTW booking agencies, like Airtreks.com, work with almost every airline in the world to combine the cheapest flight segments they find into attractive, inexpensive itineraries. And they buy so many tickets, they can negotiate low-low fares.
Say you want to go to Australia…
With an RTW ticket, you could fly to the Cook Islands, Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia from $1,499 plus tax.
The cheapest round-trip ticket I found from Los Angeles to Sydney on Expedia.com is $1,639. So not only is the RTW ticket cheaper, you also get to fly to New Zealand and the Cook Islands for free.
RTW tickets open up so many doors to travel that is otherwise out-of-this-world expensive. For example, if you want to go from New
York to Bangkok, Thailand, you could pay around $1,780 for a round-trip ticket (from Expedia.com).
But, if you take an RTW ticket, you could do New York – Singapore – Bangkok – Rome – London – New York starting at $1,749 plus tax.
Again, it’s like getting an extra continent into your itinerary for free.
If continent-hopping isn’t your thing, sometimes you can leave stops off of your itinerary, altogether. Check with your booking agent to find out for sure.
** Tip: Waiting until the last minute to book RTW tickets won’t get you the best deal. Since the ticket agency has to figure out the cheapest tickets for your route, you’d do best to book as far ahead as you can.
** Tip: Pay attention to the high-season and low-season in your travel destination. Some RTW tickets charge a supplement for high-season.
RTW fares aren’t hard to book. But I do suggest you do your research before you dish out your credit card number.
I could have saved $2,000 on my last RTW ticket if I’d have known then what I know now. So I wrote a book about it…to help you avoid the same mistakes.
It’s called Travel Around the World: How to Design, Book, and Enjoy the Ultimate Adventure… and Even Make it Pay for Itself and right now I’m working out the details to include it in a trio of resources to help you “fly for peanuts” even when the airlines raise their prices.
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]