Subject: RTW Airfares

I have used Council Travel, DER, STA , Diplomat &Picasso for good quotes on RTW travel. Air Brokers (800 883 3273) seem to be the most creative with RTW itineraries. Council is often more flexible with student itineraries because of the way they can piece together a trip.

The caveats are familiar: when getting quotes, be sure to submit the same itinerary if you want to compare prices from one company to the next; be willing to give up those frequent flyer miles for a more creative itinerary &lower rate; get the change &cancellation penalties in writing before purchasing the ticket; ask if the consolidator vendors a credit card, or if one of the airlines on the itinerary is actually accepting the credit card; ask if the consolidator uses an escrow account.

Gail in Eugene