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Trip Report - November 2011
In a recent edition, we suggested that it was better to book a round-the-world (RTW) flight with a specialist agent; a reader wrote to us to confirm our view. He booked direct with Qantas and then, when he was travelling, had serious problems trying to make alterations to the ticket because none of the local Qantas staff understood the RTW rules properly. If you book through an agent, you should be able to call them while you are away and they can change any flights you want without you needing to visit a ticket desk (assuming you have an e-ticket). He also pointed out that taxes and other charges add a serious amount to the price of a ticket - nearly 40% on the cost of his Business Class ticket. An RTW ticket may allow a multitude of stops 'without cost' but each time you leave an airport, you are liable for another round of taxes and charges so the stops are certainly not free.
A reader was full of praise for a flight with Lufthansa, operated by the regional airline Eurowings, between Manchester and Bucharest via Dsseldorf. Free drinks and reasonable catering, pleasant cabin crew and a comfortable small jet... The transfer at Dsseldorf was also very easy. It is worth noting that Lufthansa offers quite a few connecting services via Dsseldorf and this is normally a much better option than transferring at Frankfurt, where the sheer size of the airport can be a challenge.
Finally, a reader made a motoring trip around Norway and pointed out that costs, including petrol, are high but that road tolls (including heavy charges for entering cities) and ferry costs can add a significant amount to the cost of a journey and you may not budget for these when you make your original calculations.