If you are planning to go on an extended around the world trip, especially with children there are a few very important things to be aware of.

If your children are young enough they will attract a cheaper fare, but watchout if they have a birthday while you are away on your holiday.

 

Our trip is for 9 months and 6 months into the holiday Emily turned 2 years of age. That means that she went from 10% of the full adult fare to 75% once she had had her second birthday.

However Qantas decided that we had to pay for her as a 2 year old for the entire time the ticket would be valid. This cost us $1300 extra.

Qantas would not even discuss the proposition that we should pay the higher charges for flights only after she turned two. In fact Qantas would not discuss anything with us at all and we found their attitude to customer service appalling.

Their spokesperson, Monica, went so far as to suggest that we had a ticket from our travel agent rather than an airline... despite the paper ticket we have being printed with a great big Qantas logo across the top.

As a result I would recommend you choose ANY OTHER AIRLINE!!

Another trap for new players is choosing your destinations. With a long term ticket it's hard to pick exactly where you want to go. For example we would now rather fly home to Australia from San Francisco, but our ticket is set for LA. Any change to departure or destination will cost you a considerable amount of money.

You can change the dates you fly, but not the airports your choose when first purchasing the ticket.

Some of this may have changed since we bought our tickets so it is important that you check with your airline or travel agent, and perhaps raise these issues, especially if your children have a birthday while you are away. 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 November 2010 13:33)