If you travel from Europe or North America, the most complicated part of a tour in Asia and Down Under is planning for flexible and cheap travels. The distances are large, and flexible flights are expensive. Shows may be added, dates may change, new cities may be added, this happens on every tour.
If you are going to one city only, like Tokyo, or Sydney, then just book a flexible ticket with options to cancel and change. If you plan to go to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane then just book these local fligts later on, cheap, from Quantas (cost a bit more, but make sure they may be changed).
I will add some comments here about how to make plans for flexible travels to multiple shows, with air travel booking prepared for rescheduling. These comments will be added to some soon to come IORR pages dedicated to Asia and Down Under 2020 tour travel info.
Over the past few decades I have been using "Around The World" airline tickets to follow the Stones tours. I have one of these for every tour going to Asia, also to South America if needed. All major airliners do offer these special tickets, mainly used by backpackers. The airliners don't market these tickets, because they are low priced vs single tickets. You need to dig out the info on their web sites, or call them.
This is the Star Alliance web site info (SAS/LH/United etc):Star Alliance Round The World
- Travel and ticket info
KLM/AF, BA, and the other alliances have their own "around the world" products. Choose the alliance which is closest to your home town, and make sure they have alliance airliners to Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, also India if possible. If they do not fly to Auckland New Zealand, or Melbourne, then no worries, just buy those tickets separately. The main point is having an around the world ticket taking care of your flexibility, and most of the cost of the travel.
If you plan just 3 or so stopovers, you may get such a ticket at $1,500 or so. The max ticket would be 39,000 miles at around $30,000 or so. Add business class with just 50% more cost, remember around the world travel will normally give you 3-4 very long flights of 10-12 hours each, non-stop, like LA-Auckland, Sydney-Tokyo, Singapore-Frankfurt, London-LA and so on.
Basic rules of "around the world" tickets:
- Don't book the ticket until you know what direction the tour is taking
- Start and end in your home city
- You need to cross both the Pacific and the Atlantic, in one predefined direction
- You may stop several times, typically 3-15 stops
- You may change travel dates at any time, during travel, for free
- If there is a rumour of say Auckland NZ, then add that city as a stopover
- Once you start the travel, the stopovers are fixed
- You may rewrite the stopovers at any time, cost $125 or so
- The ticket is valid for one year
- Don't go home until the tour is over
- If you need to go home during the tour, use a separate ticket