When you make up your mind or are about to do that, you might be faced with an important question – When should I book? Am I booking too early? What’s the best time to book my round the world ticket?
Generally, the inventory or the status of availability of airline seats is available approximately 11 months (which is 330 days from date of purchase) prior to the intended date of travel. This time period of 11 months for seeing the availability of seats on an online reservation system is determined by the airlines and is fixed and strict. There is no change to this time period.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that all airline tickets are valid only for one year from the date of purchase and not from the date of your departure.
In case your travel dates are beyond this period, then the only option available to the traveler is to wait for the time period (or time limit) of 11 months to elapse. This situation can also occur when some part of your journey falls within this range whereas the remainder of your journey is outside the window of 11 months. You would have to wait for this 11 month window to get over. In such a case, when the intended dates of travel are farther or you are uncertain about the future dates, then one has the option of buying the remaining part of the ticket while you are on the road. You can easily connect with our RTW expert and book the remainder of the journey when the time period elapses. This means that one can buy their tickets in parts and break their journey into different leg(s).
Once you have decided the season and the destinations that you intend to travel, there are several other factors which can help one cut down the cost of the ticket. One of them is to go for cities/airports as stopovers which are cheaper options in terms of the stay. Connecting to a hub city, which can either be the capital of the country or a big city, is also a cheaper option.
Flexibility in terms of dates of travel and the preference of airlines is also one of the factors that can reduce the cost. Tweaking the travel plans here and there might just prove to be useful. This is because getting the preferred date and the airline is a complex issue and there might be situations where the traveler might not get a cheap airfare for a preferred airline on a particular date and vice-a-versa. Therefore, flexibility pays.
One other factor that can cut down the cost of the RTW ticket is to go for cheaper travel options in terms of connecting destinations. If you are the free spirit kind of traveler and love to hop to destinations, then going for travelling by land is way better than high flying most of the time. Apart from the new landscapes that you will get to see, the people and their lifestyles, the countryside and what not, you can also get your RTW ticket to be cheap. You can always talk to the travel expert of what options are there for travelling on the road (by bus, train, cab et al) between various destinations.