Back in January I wrote a post about our efforts over at BootsnAll to make shopping for and purchasing a round the world ticket easier. I explained the round the world flight research project that we were working on – where we shopped three fictional itineraries among eight different companies who sell round the world plane tickets. Just this past week we published a free, downloadable report presenting our findings.
We first published short RTW ticket reviews over on our sister site Round the World Ticket. We broke down our shopping experiences for each company based on five different criteria: price, search options,customer service, date flexibility, and route flexibility.
But we wanted to take it a step further. We wanted to build a resource for potential RTW travelers that would save them hours upon hours of research. We spent a good portion of November and December shopping these prices, doing research, and trying to break down the main options that travelers have for taking a RTW trip.
When my wife and I took our RTW trip back in 2008-2009, we were completely overwhelmed by the options available and the complexity of the rules associated with certain tickets. It was a frustrating experience, and we honestly just wanted someone else to explain it to us in layman’s terms.
After doing the research, we found out that there really isn’t a best option. Best depends on each traveler and his or her situation. That’s what this around the world airfare report is all about. It’s not meant to tell you what to do. It simply gives you the information you need to know to make the most informed decision possible.
Since trends change, companies go out of business, new companies emerge, and prices are always fluctuating, this isn’t the end of this research. We plan on updating this report three to four times a year to stay on top of the changes in the industry. This first time around, we hoped to highlight the biggest, most popular options out there. But we know that there are more than just these eight options available for long-term travelers. We plan on delving into those as well.
So go ahead and download this report and let us know what you think. What did we do well? What did we do poorly? What would you like to see on the next report? Comment below to share your thoughts and opinions. If you’ve used any of these companies for your own trip, go ahead and leave a review of your RTW experience.