expired Business Class -Round the World (3 Stop) Airfare from $3699 with Virgin via Flight Centre

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Insane Round the World Airfare Sale! Depart from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne and visit Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles and fly every single flight in Business Class with Virgin Australia/ Virgin Atlantic. UK return also available through Hong Kong for same price.

Travel Dates are departing Late September through to November but still available for other travel periods just at a higher fare.

Only valid until Friday the 19th of May, and must be booked and paid in full by then. 9 months interest free options also available.

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  • -1 vote

    How much is it normally ?

  • -3 votes

    You could learn something from this guy about posting deals:
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/307718

  • +14 votes

    flight centre is a rip off
    they quoted me 9 grand more for a trip i could plan and book myself for much MUCH cheaper

    • +12 votes

      A mate has booked a trip to Canada through them and he constantly scours for cheaper comparables and has flight centre match/move to achieve cheaper overall.

      It is effective, but such a hassle.

      Better than nothing if something goes wrong, having a travel agent to yell at.

      I wouldn't do it personally cos the wife is the best holiday planner I have ever met. Never had a single issue.

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      Yeah I find flight centre is a rip off too

      And then when I go into one of their stores to book on their price guarantee, they want me to pay extra fees if I book with them so I walk out and book it myself through the internet. Never gone back into a flight centre store after that

      • +1 vote

        pretty much the same, they quoted me with all their add ons, weren't competitive with hotel prices, they couldn't get the same airfare cost, i booked it all myself and ended up spending the 9K on spending money

        • +4 votes

          As long as you bring a paper copy of the exact flight you're after (screenshot from IWTF worked fine for me) and insist on the price match guarantee, you'll be fine. If you go in there seeking a 'holiday package', yes, they'll lick their lips and try their best to make commission off you as any other travel agency does.

          This is where the power of AirBnB, IWTF, TripAdvisor etc are much better than 'Jodie' tapping some keys and ripping you off.

        • +2 votes

          @rawm:

          I went in with printed screenshots of my flights (no packages) and they wanted to charge me some $50 fee for them to book it for me on their price guarantee

          Some of the flights were with air asia which made me think they prob don't get much commissions out of it

        • +4 votes

          @mrshorty: It's a game of Poker; you say quite loudly so others hear: "I'm not paying any extra fees to access your price beat guarantee", you get up and then slowly walk towards the door. They'll back down.

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          @rawm:

          hah flight centre must be good at poker then cos I walked out of there without any chips

          With so many online booking sites, you can pretty much book online without the hassle

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          @mrshorty: Damn. Maybe look for another one near you?

          Agreed about online but the physical location of Flight Centre, it's 24/7 call centre if things go wrong and it's physical print out of travel documents are handy…

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          @rawm:
          Sorry but "physical print out of documents" is not a selling point in 2017 for so many reasons.

    • +5 votes

      Used to know someone who worked there, they have really high sales target in order to get their bonus, and their base wage is low without the sales incentives, so be prepared to be bombarded with extras and add on's. They would probably make as much from selling you insurance as the air ticket! It's the old, bring them in store with a cheap ticket and gouge them off from extras

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        It's a common tactic used nowadays. Pressure tactics are a disgrace. If you stick to your guns and say no to everything, you should be okay.

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        The way they train their new staff is to place an ad online - interview them, then tell new recruits that they will be selected from the outcome of them attending their course which has been accredited to a Cert IV, at a cost to the very keen new recruit of $3K - $4K. So the company doesn't pay for training and gets to select people who are already trained. And confirming that the base salary is very low; the hours they put in are long; the sales targets that they expect staff to achieve are very high; their bonuses are out of the extras they book you for. The turnover must be high but I guess if you've forked out for the training and hardly earning much to cover the cost of that and life in general - it keeps staff in place longer. No idea how the company survives given you don't need special skills to be able to book online for everything these days.

    • +1 vote

      Flight centre isn't a rip off, as they do price match for about everything.

      Which usually even better as you can pay with gift card that comes with some 10% discounted price time to time.

      They just don't try find best price for you, which is hardly a rip-off albeit ain't a great service.

      • +3 votes

        The whole point of a travel agent is finding you the best deal and organizing it . If you have to find the best deals yourself and then haggle with them and put up with all the upselling then it's just a massive waste of time .

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      I always used to think the same.

      What I do now (may be wrong but what the hey).. Get FC to quote. Then I instantly compare prices and get them to beat by $1 and same with Accom. Just nice to have everything all in the one booking with a TA.

      Works well for the same cost as doing it yourself.

    • +2 votes

      I use flight centre like this; I find the cheapest flight(s) myself online and usually they will be on some strange website like eDreams/BYOJet or some other goofy website with a 1.1 rating on Product Review. I then get Flight Centre to match the price as I perceive the risk of losing my money to be lower.

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      +1 I've had the same experience.

      They quoted me a per person cost for a honeymoon package in Thailand.

      It's bizarre that bringing my wife would cost exactly twice as much (considering the accommodation is shared).

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    wowwwww… I am interested Can you PM further details?

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    OzFlights this morning.

  • +3 votes

    3 stops? Meh. L.A.? Meh.

  • +2 votes

    Actually, it appears to currently be 'from $3,119' on the website (http://www.flightcentre.com.au/flights/round-the-world/47343...). Amusingly enough, Premium Economy (obviously not with Virgin) is $3,999. Anyhow, I reckon that's fairly decent if you wanted to visit those countries in one trip. The economy version is currently 'from' $1,115. Might not want to go to LA specifically, but you can always jump on a cheap flight to Las Vegas, New Orleans, etc before returning to LA before going home.

    • +4 votes

      Having just been to LA totally agree. Some decent spots if you get out and about proper, and some nice resteraunts but overall its a hole, explains hollywood and much of pop/mainstream culture though. Talk about reality blowing the heck out of perception. Get on a domestic flight and go basically anywhere else… though, i found San Fran not a whole lot better either but maybe thats just me. +1 for Vegas, Orleans, Texas etc.

      • +4 votes

        LA is massive. It's like saying Sydney is a hole - if you don't get out past the airport.

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          Isn't it a hole? Mostly, except for a few nice spots? ;-)

        • +6 votes

          Yes LA is massive. And, for the most part, it's a massive hole. I reckon Sydney is a mirage of paradise compared to LA and i'm well versed in Sydney's outer burbs having grown up in them. To even compare the 2 cities is bloomin ridiculous IMO. I'd go as far to say LA is a disgrace given California is supposedly such a progressive place.

  • +10 votes

    How good is Virgin Business Class, on a scale from Overbooked United Airlines flight to $30,000 three room Etihad Residence?

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    Which fare class OP? Need to work out how many SC & points gained.

  • +1 vote

    These are really Multi City bookings. But not a bad price for business class. I've recently become a fan of the poor mans business class (chose economy bookings at the end of school holidays that are going in the opposite direction to everyone else). Then get a whole row to yourself (Qatar).

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    I think FC is OK if you know exactly what you want and dont mind going through the hassle of talking to them. Personally, I don't have time and I prefer instant confirmation rather than someone "getting back to me". So unless I am going somewhere that I have absolutely no idea, FC is not my first preference.

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      I also prefer direct online bookings. Although it's worth the phone call to FC for the price match, and when you call and pay your ticket is pretty much booked, it just takes a day or so for your confirmation to come through.

  • +1 vote

    when will the rep reply?

  • +1 vote

    Watch out with flight centre. They'll try to tack on their 'captains package' or some other package at extra cost. Was a bit annoying when the agent added it to my 6 month old's ticket cost. Read through everything and before you pay.

    • +3 votes

      The 'captains package'… is it normal to laugh at this?

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      I found this out recently with a booking through them. I originally asked them to pricematch and they beat the best price I could find by $120. But, when I asked them to not include the Captains Package I was informed it was mandatory for price matches. Wasn't too happy about that but they still saved me $70 so better then nothing.

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        Bulldust, I price matched over email, they beat it by only $1 but the whole mandatory for price matching thing is bollocks. Try a different FC.

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    We are going to have a chat to our local FC guys and see what is the go here. This deal is certainly worth a chat. Does anyone know what Virgin business class is like?

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    How does only 3 stops count as a "round the world" ticket? I'd rather get the real thing

    • +5 votes

      the plane travels around the world?

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        "round the world" is a specific type of ticket when you can travel to many destinations on the one ticket with fairly flexible terms as long as you don't travel backwards, it's within the same airline network, and you visit at least 5 continents I think it is for a fixed price.

  • +2 votes

    Damn it. I've over holidayed recently (2x europe, 1x asia, 1x us/can) and about to have a baby. Kid is killing me already.

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    Do you have any deals for Africa and mid east?

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    FYI "Interest Free" option costs $99. http://www.flightcentre.com.au/interest-free. So for the $3119 offer - if you include fees - that would effectively be like paying 3% interest, for the $1,115 offer that would be closer to 9%. Actually, a little more as you have to pay it off in 9 months apparently. And if you don't pay it out in time, then you need to pay an undisclosed amount of interest on the balance owing. Hah. Maybe worth it if you are buying a few tickets, and are definitely going to pay it off in time, but otherwise……

  • +4 votes

    Beware if you want to make any small changes to your itinerary after booking. There are huge fees for this that go directly to flight centre and then add on whatever the normal airline fees to change on top of that. Got caught last time. Never again.

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    There is a post over on AFF showing the $3100 price is pretty close to the mark if you are flexible with dates. YMMV

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    Anyone found anywhere online to see if these prices exist?

  • +3 votes

    The prices are real - we just went to the FC and you can book for roughly $3700 for the trip - the kicker is to avoid the school holidays for travel out of Australia but a trip that straddles is fine. The guy at FC was really great and sat with us to discuss how much time we wanted to stay in each place and went through the various flights looking for the cheapest hookups for the dates we were looking at. The secret is to be very flexible in what dates you can travel on - then the FC guy has the best to work with.

  • +3 votes

    Went into Flight Centre, came out $7700 lighter. Octber holiday MEL>HKG>LHR>LAX>MEL all business for 2.

    Was considering premium economy for upcoming trip, stuff that at this price :)

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    Escape travel have price matched/ beat from $3,095

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    OP pease adjust. Just called and travel has to before end of September.

    • +1 vote

      We sat with the FC today we didn't need to travel before the end of September, he booked around the school holidays and it was fine.

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    Pathetic Flight Center claim that know nothing about it

  • -2 votes

    This must be a joke. How can 3 stops be round the world trip. More like layover

    • +1 vote

      What would constitute around the world for you? lol a stop in all cities around the world?

  • +4 votes

    The deal is real, just purchased from FC Brisbane over email (I'm in Melb), however not easy.
    1) Your dates must be flexible
    2) If anyone telling you the trip must return by 21Sep is a lie, they have no idea
    3) Forget about talking to local FC, they have no damn idea, was at FC Glenwaverley Melb and the guys there telling us BS, telling us no tickets available, have to find a Z class, must return by Sep, must travel MEl-HK-LD-LA, which is untrue and they are so impatient, we were there like 20 minutes only anyway, not like 3 hours, the guy was punching keyboard so loud that you can even hear at DJ, looking at us sideways, and telling us he's been working there for years and years and telling us what we are saying is not correct.
    4) If you don't want to waste time, speak with a Flight Centre around the world ticket expert, apparently they know all the tricks and deals. Not sure this is allowed, Jared Evans helped me out and he is amazing, you can call him on (07) 3199 6680
    5) Our booking departs Sep and return in Oct and from Mel-La-LD-HK-Mel
    6) Price various depend on date, we had quote form $33xx to $37xx
    7) Forget about other travel agent, we went to another local one and they don't have access to the deal, looks like only ET and FC only.

    Karen at Escape travel in Glenwaverly Vic was also very helpful but dates they found is not so good for us.

    Good luck everyone.

    I'm not associated with FC or ET, just my tips after wasting nearly 2 hours going through a few local TAs.

    • -1 vote

      Thanks for the info.

      Im very tempted and have just sent email off. Can you confirm what planes they are? Ie all A330s or a mixture?

      I guess nowadays all the long haul flights will be new. I just would want to make sure got the flatbed.

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        They all mixture,3 types: A330, 777, 787.

        I think they all flatbeds.

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        Mixed,
        Mel-LA: 777-300
        LA-LD: 787-9
        LD-HK: 787-9
        HK-Mel:A330-200

        Not sure flatbed or not, can you tell? Would be nice to know too :)

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          All flat beds. The 787-9s are with virgin Atlantic upper class while the 777-300 and a330-200 and VA's new "the business" product.

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          Yep, all flat bed, however do note that the A330-200 doesn't have an onboard business bar like the 777 and the 787 has!

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      The FC guy in Collingwood was really good. I think it depends on the person you get.

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      The FC guy in Collingwood was really good. I think it depends on the person you get.

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