Flying around the world using hubs, or gate theory, this is by Andy Lee Graham who has lived abroad for 19 years, and in 107 countries.
My Personal Around the World Airfare Page
--- I am Andy Lee Graham, a perpetual traveler for 19 years and 107 countries. This page teaches you how to create your own around the world airfare ticket as you go and save thousands of dollars.
List of Essential Internet Plane Airfare Sites to use:
http://www.momondo.com Helps know Low Cost Airlines
Flying to Gates or Hubs is Cheap - Flying Gate to Gate is the Goal
IMPORTANT - LCC - Low Cost Carriers - you need to learn what a Low Cost Carrier is so you can buy the cheapest air tickets.
|NORTH AMERICA||EUROPE||ASIA||NORTH AFRICA||SOUTH AMERICA||MIDDLE EAST||AUSTRALIA|
Sao Paulo, Brazil
|1 -WEST AFRICA
Abidjan Cote d'Voire
2 - WEST AFRICA
|SOUTH AMERICA||MIDDLE EAST||AUSTRALIA|
|TRAVEL AGENTS||World Class Travel Agents - NOTE- Shop any travel agent, never talk to anyone but the person I say, I only recommend persons, I DO NOT RECOMMEND AGENCIES.|
|Travel Agent on Khao San Road in Bangkok Jeroen at Nat Tours
Joe at Southeast Travel
|Need Air Consolidator
International Only - Marshall of Cut Rate Travel - 800-388-0575 847-405-0575
HOW MUCH TO PAY? The million dollar question.
I pay 10 cents per mile traveled and never more than 20 cents, the shorter the distance the closer I pay towards the 20 cents, and the longer the flight the closer to 10 cents. However my goal number to pay is 7 cents per mile for airplane fares.
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Calculate Distance Tool
Tool needed on external site - Calculate the distance link: Indo.com/distance/
DIRECTIONS AND EXPLANATIONS
Around The World Airfare
This is my page to help guide you step by step how to travel around the world cheaper or the same price as if you purchased an around the world ticket.
1. The cost is normally higher than if you purchased all the tickets in the cities you are visiting.
2. The tickets are very restrictive to your time.
3. Even though the agent says you can change the dates for free, you will find that the local agents with extort money to do this, so the date or location change are free. (Better to email you agent for changes.)
4. NO FREEDOM to roam the planet, so what happens is people lose large sums of money because they radically change their tickets.
5. The airlines KNOW that they will make maybe 20 percent more because you change the date, the times, or the destinations, so even if the ticket seems cheap remember. If you are traveling around the world you will change your plans. It is normal to want to change, and abnormal to adhere completely to a schedule.
This is a self made around the world flight tickets. It is NOT an around the world ticket. It is a way to get the same price, but construct it as you go and have all the freedom in the world.
How this works is that you must travel by land from gate to gate. When you get to a gate you give yourself 5-10 days to find a plane to your next destination. You should pay no more then 300 dollars for you next jump. A jump is like continent to continent. A hop would be inside a continent. A hop should not cost more then 100 dollars. But normally you would take a bus between Jump Gates.
MY BASE OF TRAVEL
I plan now or start all treks from Bangkok, Thailand because they are the most flexible and cheapest to buy either a one-way, return or open jaw. To follow me, Andy a HoboTraveler.com as I tour the planet click on my Blog
Other bases: Boston USA - Chicago USA - Frankfurt Germany - ?? (Casablanca for Africa)
THIS PAGE IS NOT FOR PEOPLE THAT
GUIDELINES - WHAT IS A GATE?
- The pivotal concept to learn is "Gate Theory." or maybe you can all it "Airline Hub Theory." You want to fly gate to gate, then go by land between gates or take a low cost carrier between gates.
Gates are cities only. They are not countries.
The bigger the gate, the more airline traffic, the more the competition, the cheap the price of plane tickts.
Some gates are between 2 cities only. For example Madrid to Buenos Aries is a cheaper flight because so many people fly from a Spanish speaking country to a Spanish Speaking country, but Madrid and Buenos Aries are terrible places for the most part to travel to other places.
The cost of room and board is part of the ticket cost.
For example: Why fly out of London or New York if the price of the room is so high that you cannot live. Try sleeping at friends..
CouchSurfing.com works good for "Major Gates." but not for small cities, so the cheapest form of sleeping in big cities is opposite of normal travel.
GUIDELINES - COST
Total cost of around the world fare should never be over 2000 Dollars USA.
"Jumps" are continent to continent - Maximum pay is 300 Dollars USA.
"Hops" are inside a continent - Maximum pay is 100
Give 5-10 days to find and leave with ticket.
We do not buy round trip tickets, this is expensive because you must return to the same location, this is paying twice for the same trip.
GUIDELINE - TRAVEL BETWEEN GATES
USA - Inside the USA the best deal is for Greyhound with a 7 day notice.
Flying almost never makes financial sense whe the distance is less than 5 hours in a bus. The sitting in airport time adds up to the same amount of "Seat Time."
A layover city is a place that you can get cheap flights to other places. For example if you wanted to fly from Chicago to South Africa the ticket would be very expensive. But if you flew from Chicago to London. Stayed a few days and bought a ticket there the cost would be a lot less. The cost of the room in England is the big problem.
GUIDELINES - CHOOSING YOUR GATE
You want to travel by land from gate to the next and try to enter and leave through a gate.
Better to talk in person then by email.
Take into consideration there are high and low seasons for plane tickets.
Jumps are continent to continent - Maximum pay is 300 Dollars USA.
Hop are inside a continent - Maximum pay is 100
GUIDELINES - AGENTS
A travel agency is almost worthless, and agent is the agency, I would never recommend you go to a travel agency, I only recommend agents. Note to learn about consolidators and mention this word to the travel agents, and the prices will suddently be cheaper.
Consolidator Tickets are not being sold by Travelocity and Kayak.
Always talk the price shown to you by other travel agents, even if recommended, they are greedy and you must shop around.
Learn about this: Air Consolidator
A travel agent can sell an air consolidator ticket to you.
GUIDELINES - What is good price?
750 U.S. Dollars will get you 12 hour away or exactly on the other side of the planet one-way, basically you can go anywhere on the planet for 750 U.S. Dollars.
I get on www.sidestep.com and test gate to gate prices and then start to buy, find the carrier and then go tracking cheaper prices.
I check on BestFares.com and see what prices they have listed.
LAYOVER CITIES - Gate bouncing
Probably better to go to Miami and go to South America
Probably better to go to England then South Africa
Probably better to go to Tokyo and then to Bangkok
Probably better to fly into Lima then go anywhere in South America.
Probably better to fly to Guatemala City, San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama for Central America.
Probably better to fly to Ghana in West Africa
Probably better to fly to Addas Ababa, Ethiopia or Nairobi, Kenya in East Africa
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A GATE?
The city will have signs in front of the travel agencies with possible cheap tickets.
Where the tickets are really cheap they will use a felt marker because the prices vary from day to day, this is the best.
The advertisements in the paper are cheap and their are lots of airplane tickets advertised.
Statravel.com offices are maybe in the main gate cities.
The in some ways will be the cities included on an around the world ticket. But this is not very accurate and could be very misleading.
Prices are changed on a front advertising board daily or weekly. Not permanent.
LAND TRIPS BETWEEN GATES
The way to think about gates is regions, then you take land trips between gates, board the gate plane and jump to the next gate. Thus you travel around or between gates again. There are many discount airlines surrounding gates.
HOTELS WHEN HOPPING OR LAYOVERS - CHEAP
- First buy the Lonely Planet, Roughguide or Footprints Guidebooks, but the expensive Hotels are inside the cities that are the "Gate Cities."
MINI - MULTIPLE STOP PLANE TICKETS
- Accumulated cost of a one stop layover is cheaper. (But you have time restrictions)
This is a strange thing about plane tickets. It is very easy to stay or construct a mini around the world ticket where you have few days in each city where the plane would normally stop. So if the travel agent says that the plane stops in a city, ask the agent…
“Is it possible to spend a few days there?”
A good one will admit that this is possible, a bad agent will deny the possibility. I am probably going to fly with Delta from Amsterdam to Chicago (Stay 5 days in Boston) and this is allowed. There is someway they buy a ticket or arrange the seats between the stops, and all they have to do is choose a different day. These mini multiple stop plane tickets are great. You have to commit a little, but nothing like a very restrictive around the world ticket.
AIR CONSOLIDATORS Learn about this: Air Consolidator
The little advertisements in the back of large city or gate newspapers are normally consolidators, be careful here, however this is a great place to find cheap tickets. They are not Travel Agents, they are discounters, or wholesalers.
INTERNATIONAL ONLY USA to World - Marshall of Cut Rate Travel - 800-388-0575 847-405-0575
WORLD JUMP GATES: 4 MAJOR GATES in my opinion so far.
FIRST AND BEST - Bangkok Thailand
SECOND - Frankfurt Germany
THIRD - New York or Boston USA to Europe
FOURTH - Miami Florida to Central and South America
I pay 10 cents per mile and never more than 20 cents per mile, however 7 cents is what I want.
What I know:
- 750 USA Dollars will pay for me to go one-way anywhere on the planet if I am a smart buyer.
- Distance around the planet is 24,901 Miles or 40,075 Kilometers
- The farthest I fly is maybe at max 12,000 miles or 20,000 Kilometers to the farthest distance from any present point on the planet.
.0625 Cents per mile to travel this distance.
.0375 Cents per kilometer traveled.
ONE Degree Longitude at Equator
111.32 km (69.17 mi)
24901.20 Miles around the earth 12,450 6 Cents per mile
ONWARD TICKET PROBLEM
I was just in Amsterdam as of September 2004 and they kept or refused to sell me anything but a two way, round trip, or return ticket. Bottom line is was hard to buy a one-way ticket. This is a huge problem and ridiculous in many ways.
PLUS the one-way ticket is very expensive. In Bangkok Thailand this is not the case and you can buy a one-way ticket for one-half the price. What you want is one-way tickets.
How to get a one-way ticket is the problem with this jumping gates method of around the world tickets.
NOTE: To get them off the idea that you have to have a FORWARD ticket to enter a country one way is to get a visa although it is not really needed. I personally have never been required to have an onward ticket to buy a ticket. I did however get a bus ticket out of Costa Rica one time before I left and when I came back I had an onward ticket. This rule is almost never enforced and probably mostly for the poor countries going to the rich countries as the people do not leave an go home.
CHEAP AIRPLANE ROUTES
Nairobi – London
Nairobi – Cairo
Cairo - Nairobi
Nairobi – Johannesburg
Hong Kong – New York
Bangkok to Nepal - Bangladesh Air around 150 U.S. one way.
Bangkok to Bangalore India - Jetstarasia.com
Singapore to Bangalore India
Beijing China -
Tokyo Japan -
New York USA - London England
Boston USA - London England
Seattle Washington – Bangkok Thailand
Los Angeles - Bangkok Thailand
Miami Florida - Caracas Venezuela
Miami Florida - Lima Peru
Miami Florida - Quito Ecuador
Miami Florida - San Jose Costa Rica
Miami Florida - Mexico City Mexico
Miami Florida - Cancun Mexico
Delhi India – Bangkok Thailand
Calcutta India – Bangkok Thailand
Delhi – Amman
Delhi to Nairobi
----------- Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Saudi Arabian Airline, Emirates
Bangkok Thailand - Delhi India
Bangkok Thailand - Calcutta India
Bangkok Thailand – Hong Kong
Bangkok Thailand - Manila Philippines
Bangkok Thailand - Kathmandu Nepal
Bali – Brisbane
Cairo - Nairobi
Tel Aviv – Rome
Amman Jordan - Delhi India
Lima Peru - Miami Florida USA
Quito Ecuador - Miami Florida USA
Caracas Venezuela - Miami Florida USA
NEWSLETTERS OF CHEAP FLIGHTS
Bangkok, Thailand - Get to Europe for around 330 U.S. Dollars with one-way ticket.
Agents in Bangkok on Kao San Road: Mr. Joe and Mr. Boy 105aroundworld.shtml
AGENTS: Do not go to other agents in office.
1. Jeroen Baristra of Nat Tours and Travels - Located directly behind the D&D Hotel on Khao San Road on the alley, he is not on Khao San Road
Goa India - Charters from England round-trip are cheap.
India and Nepal Area - NOT a gate or not the best gates.
Chennai or Madras
ASIA - LAND TRIPS
Train - Moscow to Beijing China by the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Train or Bus - From anywhere in India to anywhere in India or to Nepal is cost effective and easy by land.
Travel Agent on Khao San Road in Bangkok
Jeroen at Nat Tours
Nat Tour and Travel Co
Ratchadamnoen Plaza Trade Centre
1/1 Room A 16 Ratchadamnoen Road, Banglamphu
Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Tel. 629-0539, 629-4122 Fax. 629-0539
Mobile (01) 407-8740
Seoul South Korea
Frankfurt, Germany TO Asia
NOTE: I believe Germany or Frankfurt Germany is the best gate in Europe as there you can fly to Asia or India cheaper, or you can buy a one-way ticket for half the price and not have to buy a round or return trip.
GOOD SEARCH ENGINE
Before you click on it, LOOK for the English or word that says how to search in English, I was searching in German for about 15 minutes before I found the link. So they do have a English search page.
http://www.mcflight.de WARNING They have handling fee and some problems about how to get a ticket without paying for the delivery or paper ticket. This all adds up to over 30-40 Euros extra.
Try : www.thuemer-tours.de
( he´s one of the best)
or email to :infoAT
shangrila24.de (or search for Shangrila Hamburg)
mcflight.de (Mc Flight at Aschaffenburg)
Amsterdam, Holland - ROUND TRIP problem.
- Tickets for students are at www.kilroytravels.com or maybe www.kilroytravels.nl Singel 413
- or there is a student travel at 226 Overtoom. www.issta.com They specialize in the cheap tickets to Israel for student and has charters to Israel.
Brussels, Belgium - Ghent has office, but other do also of: Joker.be
London, England - Cheap Flights inside Europe - TUBE or Subway
- You want to be at the Earls Court tube stop to start your ticket search with StaTravels.com or down the road is Trailfinders.
Stansted Airport is NOT on the tube network
Go Victoria Station Tube stop to Stansted by Train 10 LB or 15 U.S.
Train from Victoria Tube to Stansted Airport (Stansted is a lousy system and is used by Ryanair and Easyjet and adds about 50 Dollars to the cost of the ticket. Fly from Heathrow if possible)
Heathrow is on the Tube or Metro
The Gatwick Express train service connects the airport to London-Victoria station.
Istanbul, Turkey - Charters and Gates to Europe.
Eurolines bus system can jump easily and efficiently without so many worries about weight of bag. Eurolines.com Europe
The train is relatively expensive in Europe and not a very cheap way to travel.
But the cost from Brussels to Amsterdam is 35 Euros as of October 2004.
- You get off the plane in Brussels and go to -1 floor or the bottom there is a train to Brussels.
You can buy the ticket all the way to Amsterdam. You first go to NORTH Brussels and change trains... Be careful as there are 3 Brussels exits. You will go to Amsterdam and there are only 2 exits, the first seems to be the Airport. You will want to get off at the Amsterdam Central Station. You need to always book hostels or hotels in Europe or arrive in Amsterdam at 10 AM in the morning as that is the time the people leave. Later in the day and you will be sleeping on the train. This is not the cheapest way to get a reservation, the cheapest is to deal direct with the Hotel, but more difficult and risky. But this works...CHEAP HOTELS
CHEAP FLIGHTS IN EUROPE - EASYJET.COM AIRPLANE JUMPS INSIDE OF EUROPE
It is easy to make reservations online and jump between major European cities with both of these airlines. You can jump between and get a reservations in a under 25 Dollar and even 2 dollars Hostel with this booking service on my webpage that is part of Hostelworld.com but in partners with Hobo.
Airfare: Around Europe:
Easyjet.com 20 Kilos and as much weight as you want in Carryon
Ryanair.com - WARNING - You must be under 15 kilos of baggage and you must be careful, they will keep adding on cost until you are paying the same as normal ticket.
DISCOUNTERS INSIDE EUROPE
WizzAir.com - Having flights from Poland, Romania, Italy, UK, Germany, Hungary, Spain
Pegasus - good fares from Turkey and Northern Cyprus to Western Europe
Spain to South America - Language to Language
Europe: Not a Gate: Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France
Boston - Gate to Europe 1800flyeurope.com (I paid 183 with Virgin one-way to England)
New York - Gate to Europe 1800flyeurope.com
Miami - Gate to South America
Chicago - Gate to Miami
I can use Marshall a consolidators to get cheap fares. 800-388-0575 or
- To go from O'hare to the Greyhound.com bus station you by way of a blue line train that comes to the airport. You can buy a ticket for 1.75 Dollars at a machine. You will need a dollar or coins to pick up a pass. Go to the CLINTON stop that is about 40 minutes from the Airport. Get off and as you ride up the escalator you will see a sign that says. the Greyhound station is at 630 West Harrison. When you get to the top of the escalator there will be no sign saying where Harrison is located. Go straight forward for 2 blocks and you will see S. Harrison. Contrary to wisdom you turn right on this street. Go 2 - 3 blocks and the Greyhound station is on your right. Greyhound.com
Los Angeles - Gate to Asia Thaifly.com (Chat and ask price)
Seattle Washington Thaifly.com TO Southeast Asia (Thailand) (Chat and ask price)
Cancun - Gate to Europe
NORTH AMERICA - LAND TRIPS
Bus - USA anywhere in the USA is possible with an ADVANCE ticket on Greyhound bus systems. The Amtrak train is nice and comfortable, but can be up to 5 hours late, so do not take the train if you have time constraints.
NORTH AMERICAN DISCOUNT FLIGHTS
In here somewhere - LCC - Low Cost Carriers -
NOTE: There may be air passes through the Caribbean, you often need to buy before you enter.
Quito, Ecuador - Miami easy.
Lima, Peru - Miami easy. (From Lima to Miami is advertised about 300 U.S.)
Caracas, Venezuela - Miami easy - (Caracas to Miami is about 175 U.S. one-way.)
South America - Not a Gate
Brazil - Natales has charters to Sweden Cheap.
SOUTH AMERICA - LAND TRIPS BETWEEN GATES
Bus - Anywhere up and down between Quito Ecuador to Santiago, Chile by bus.
TEL AVIV ISRAEL
This area is the difficult for me to access: Oren has helped out by sending this information:
From TEL AVIV to AMMAN to BKK = $450 +tax
TEL The last minute deals are superb. One or two days before, there are charter flight leaving TEL AVIV to many places in Europe (even LONDON) for $99 + tax (or about $140). Today's deal was $99 for LONDON, VENICE or ROME. There was also ISTANBUL and PRAGUE
Casablanca is Gate coming from Paris - There is a Francophone or people that speak French connection.
USA TO EUROPE GATES
EUROPE TO USA GATE
DISCOUNT AIRLINE SITES
USA to Asia
Thaifly.com (Chat and ask price)
USA OR ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES
GLOSSARY OR AIRFARE TERMS - DEFINITIONS - DEFINED
Getting bumped or having your plane trip delayed is profitable and advantageous. To get bumped and snag a free ticket or room for the night normally you have to go volunteer. Go to the check-in desk and volunteer or stay very close to the desk and wait for them to offer. Not an easy thing to do, and you have to be a sweet talker and work the desk people.
A company that sells tickets that are not sold by travel agents.
A private tour company that hires a place for a trip from one location to another location and sells all the tickets.
CONSOLIDATORS OR BUCKET SHOPS
Air Consolidator What is an air consolidator?
are continent to continent - Maximum pay is 300 Dollars USA.
Gates from Continent to Continent where it is very difficult to travel by land or water. For instance going from Calcutta, India to Bangkok, Thailand.
are inside a continent - Maximum pay is 100
A city that you did not necessarily plan to visit, but the travel agent will allow you to stay for free. Sometime you "Gate bounce" in this way. For instance you can may wish to take Ryan Air from Spain to Brussels. Then buy a ticket to India or Southeast Asia because the total cost of a ticket as a sum is cheaper and it is NOT possible to buy the cheap ticket from Spain, you must travel to Brussels and "Layover."
LCC - Low Cost Carrier
A NO FRILLS AIRLINES IS AN AIRLINE THAT CAN GIVE THE CHEAPEST POSSIBLE FARES BECAUSE OF THE 10 GOLDEN RULES:
1) NO FREE IN-FLIGHT SERVICE
2) NO FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM
3) MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF SEATS MEANING USUALLY 28INCH SEAT PITCH
4) MINIMUM ALLOWED AMOUNT OF CABIN CREW
5) FAST TURN AROUND
6) FLYING TO AIRPORTS WITH LOW LANDING FEES
7) NO BOOKING OFFICES ONLY AGENTS AND ONLINE BOOKINGS
8) NO PAYOUTS IF FLIGHT IS CANCELLED NO PAYOUTS FOR DELAYS NO PAYOUTS FOR MISCONNECTIONS.
9) LOW LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
10)STREAMLINED FLEET MEANING COST SAVINGS ON MAINTENANCE AND PILOTS USUALLY SINGLE AISLE A320 OR B737
Contributed by Nat a Travel Agent in "Nat Tours" just off of Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand
THE LIST by Wikipedia.org LCC - Low Cost Carriers
Gate bouncing - What you do when you are trying to construct or Hop from one expensive location to a cheaper gate.
OPEN JAW - A ticket where the final destination is not the same as where you started.
A student fare can be excellent, and they often offer good deals on one-way or open jaw ticket, but BEWARE of internet pages with search engines. They are baiting you as a student and are not normally a good fare. I have found that for 600 Dollars I can fly about anywhere in the world.
SUNDAY PAPER - MAYBE SATURDAY
To find air consolidators or the cheapest airfares you need to look for advertisements in the Sunday or in some countries the Saturday newspapers. Sometimes there are free newspapers in the area or student newspapers that advertise the cheap flights. What you want to see or hear is the words Air Consolidator
SUB-GATES: A gate to maybe a specific location. Example it is normally cheaper to fly from language to language, Spanish to Spanish - Spain to South America or English to English - London to Australia. But is NOT a UNIVERSAL Gate.
UNIVERSAL GATE: A gate that will get you about anywhere in the world cheaply, or better than most.
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How to monitor American Airlines in the event there is work strike? Around the world airfare solutions.
Flying around the world using hubs, or gate theory, this is by Andy Lee Graham who has lived abroad for 19 years, and in 107 countries.
The roundtrip plane ticket is a marketing conspiracy that makes airlines, employers and governments happy. They do not want freedom of travel.
Video explaining how to use Kayak.com to find the closest airport to your travel destination, when none is in that city?
List Of Low Cost Airline Carriers - Around The World Airfare