Shaun Busuttil’s eBook, Cheap Flight Loophole: Learn How to Save Hundreds of $$$ Flying a World-Class Airline Between Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe, is a helpful read for anyone wanting to travel around the world.
The book is especially useful for people living in New Zealand or Australia who enjoy travelling to Europe, while readers with a desire to travel to Asia will also find the book to be of help. It isn’t as useful for people who do not live in or regularly go to any of the locations listed above, but I still recommend the book to anyone wanting to broaden and deepen their travel skills, particularly with regards to finding cheap airfares.
Being a travel agent, Busuttil has come to know a trick of the trade, a loophole that allows travellers to book flights between Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe at an incredibly discounted price. The book teaches you how to use that loophole. To utilise it, flying to Europe, you must use Australia, New Zealand, or Asia as a beginning or ending point of your trip, but it works for flying in coach, business, or first class.
The book provides an incredible number of examples for how your trip could be routed, through numerous exciting European and Asian cities. In fact, the bulk of the book comprises examples of applying the loophole to possible routes one could take. Busuttil gives great detail about each example, showing even the most unseasoned traveller how to make the example work, from giving baggage allowance ideas to suggesting ways to spend necessary stopovers. He anticipates challenges that flyers could potentially face, such as how to get around the fact only one budget airline flies out of New Zealand, and provides an array of options for such challenges.
Cheap Flight Loophole also describes good, useful travel skills, applicable for anyone, even those of us not living in the places mentioned in the book. For example, if you have to make a stopover in a city you had not originally wanted to go through, you could consider taking time (even extending your stopover) to explore that city or using it as a jumping-off point to explore the region, rather than just sitting in the airport or in a hotel waiting for your connecting flight. By doing this, you can come to understand that transit cities do not necessarily have to be a bad thing.
The author continually says that the loophole he is describing is not illegal and is a not shady way to do air travel. He states this so many times, particularly in the beginning chapters, that it leaves the reader wondering if this loophole is, in fact, somehow against the rules. For example, he spends most of chapter one explaining why it is okay for him to reveal this secret to the reader — you cannot help but wonder why the author goes to such great lengths to try to convince you of this.
However, it is a valid trick, so if you’re looking at buying flights from Australia, New Zealand or Asia to Europe, this book could certainly save you a lot of money on airfare.