On October 6, 2011, the SkyTeam Airline Alliance launched a promotion to showcase its “‘Round the World Fares.” Here’s a blurb:
SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, is offering a Round the World fare promotion to celebrate the launch of its Round the World Planner. Depending on the customer’s starting point, discounts range from 10-30% off the normal ticket price. The promotion is valid for business and economy class tickets, for sale now through 30 November 2011 and for travel through 30 June 2012.
So what is this “‘Round the World Planner?” Heck what is a ‘Round the World Fare?
Well, a RTW as its commonly called allows you to fly around the world in one direction without backtracking. As long as our journey does not exceed 24,000 miles. This particular promotion allows you to stay anywhere from 10 days to six months as long as you book your trip between 1. Oct. and 30 Nov. 2011. In addition, you must start your travel on/or after 15 Oct. 2011 and finish by June 30, 2012. Yes, its a ton of rules, but if you play your cards right you could see a lot of countries on the cheap.
Currently, you have 15 airlines to choose from:
Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, TAROM and Vietnam Airlines.
Now don’t get your hopes up just yet. RTW fares are really difficult to book, so although you can plan your dream itinerary, you still have to have a human book it for you. Let’s take a look at the RTW Planner. They’ve even done a demo for you to make it easier.
So check it out, map an itinerary and let me know how you made out by leaving a comment below.