All tour members have the freedom to decide if they want to include Howard Tours roundtrip, group airfares between the U.S. and Down Under, or if you will secure your own airline tickets. Therefore, all tour prices are offered “land only.” We have quoted the group airfare for each tour seperately. Before you decide which option is best for you, please read and review the following carefully.
All group airfares include all flights necessary for the tour starting in Los Angeles, which includes trans-Pacific airfares from the specified cities AND all necessary flights between the cities detailed in the itinerary. If you are considering securing your own airfare Down Under, please note you will need to purchase airfare between the tour destinations.
The following information specifies, by tour, which airfares within Australia and/or New Zealand are included in our group air reservations. Therefore, if you are securing your own airline trans-Pacific tickets, you would need to purchase these flights in addition to your Trans-Pacific ticket. Please contact our office to determine the group airline and flight numbers BEFORE purchasing these tickets.
Airfare taxes, government charges and fuel surcharges: Please note that for each tour, we have quoted the two components of airfares individually – the base fare, which is guaranteed, and the associated and required government security/tourism/airport/international transportation taxes and fees and the fuel surcharges dictated by the airlines. Howard Tours does not and cannot control any changes to these the taxes and fees; therefore, we have quoted them separately. The taxes and fees quoted are accurate at the time that this tours were announced. The amount each traveler will pay is the amount that is required to be charged by the airline at the time your air ticket is purchased. Howard Tours will provide you an itemization of this expense in the invoice you will receive approximately 90 days prior to departure.
Howard Tours will provide group transfers between the airport and hotel for tour members who purchase tickets on our air itineraries. We cannot guarantee these transfers for members who purchase their own airfare, depending upon their arrival/departure time. Airport transfers in Melbourne are NOT included in our tour prices with the exception of the arrival transfer for the Taste and Sights of Australia tour.