Round the World Flight Advice
Round the World flight packages can often work out far cheaper if you want to go to Europe and would like to make a stopover, especially if you want to stop in a few countriesThere are a number of options available to book flights around the world depending on where you want to go:
Air New Zealand/Virgin Atlantic: 4 Corners
(stop in LA, San Francisco, Tokyo, Shanghai etc on the way back)
They often have the best fare prices for up to 2 stopovers, check with your travel agent.
There are a number of World Airline Alliances available:
Star Alliance Serves 975 destinations in 162 countries. (Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, Egyptair, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines.
Air India, Continental Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members.
Sky TeamServes 841 destinations in 162 Countries (Aeroflot, AeroMéxico, Air France, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. Associate members include: Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways.)
One World Serves 675 destinations in 136 Countries (American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas Airways, and Royal Jordanian) Soon to be joined by Mexicana
Both Star Alliance & One World are the more popular options for round the world flight deals from NZ as few of the Sky Team fly to New Zealand. These alliances are better if you want to fly to multiple destinations around the world.
At present only One World really serves South America so if you want to go to there they would be your only option.