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Does a OneWorld Explorer ticket make sense?

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In the course of planning for possibly our first trip to Africa, I was introduced to the concept of a RTW ticket, namely the Oneworld Explorer, by Gardyloo (thank you Gardyloo!). I admittedly had very little prior knowledge of how these types of tickets worked and didn't think it would serve my interests, until now...

Thinking about my travels between November 2015 and August 2017, we are looking at:

Africa - April 2016
Japan and Australia - April / May 2017

In addition, we would like to spend a few days in Europe or South America in November 2015 and 2016 and / or August 2016. And depending on any leftover miles, we could easily fill them with domestic U.S. trips or segments on our longer trips (e.g. CPT-MQP/SZK/HDS, VFA/BBK/MUB-JNB, CNS-MEL/SYD).

Given that my travels exceed the one-year time limit, I'm soliciting feedback on whether or not any portion of all of this would make economic sense on a LONE ticket (I'm only considering economy class).

And I've been reading about potential benefits of starting the ticket in Japan or South Africa but are unclear about price differences.

My home airports are IAD/DCA/BWI although I frequently use PHL/JFK/LGA/EWR as well. I have Platinum status on AA, and am able to use AA or UA miles to position from Japan, South Africa, or someplace else.

Suggestions and advice welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

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