In January, we would like to take the family to Dubai for seven to 10 days, Jordan for four to five days and Egypt for two to five days. What is the best airfare — around the world or a direct fare to either Cairo or Amman, with a Dubai stopover and a flight between Cairo and Amman?
- V. Sacco, Terrigal.
An around-the-world fare won't work in this situation because such fares require that you keep travelling in the same direction and only cross an ocean once.
That would mean you couldn't come directly home from the Middle East and would have to take an awfully long route, with more stops.
It will obviously depend on what deals are around at the time you book but I asked an expert at Flight Centre (flightcentre.com.au) to consider your plans and they suggested buying an Emirates Airlines fare to Amman with return flight from Cairo (via Dubai), with an EgyptAir sector fare in between.
The price quoted was about $2300 for the Emirates fare and about $245 for the EgyptAir fare, giving you a total of about $2550.
Children aged from two to 11 generally pay 75 per cent of the adult fare, so that should come down to about $1915 a child in that age bracket.
For a complex itinerary, I would always go to a travel agent such as Flight Centre or travel.com.au, as they have access to fares that are almost impossible to research online yourself. You could also try using Webjet's multi-city search tool (webjet.com/flights) but the best fare I could find on its site was considerably more expensive than Flight Centre's solution.
- Jane E. Fraser
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