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Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?  
User currently offlineBSBIsland From Brazil, joined Jul 2005, 376 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years ago) and read 4547 times:

I don´t know if it had been discussed before, but why don´t airlines sell one-way tickets on international flights? On domestic flights in Brazil and I believe in other countries they usually offer one-way fares, so you can fly airline X and back with airline Y according to more convenient schedules and fares, but that doesn´t happen internationally. What´s the reason?

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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4541 times:

Err, you can buy one way tickets on international flights. They are just fairly pricey compared to discount return tickets because they are booked into higher, more flexible fare classes.


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8449 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4531 times:
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Many countries will not allow you in if you don't have a return ticket. I know you can leave the airport and toss the rest of the ticket but it does indicate at least some commitment to eventually go home!

This is apart from the obvious paranoia these days....checking in with a one way ticket? You MUST be a terrorist!



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User currently offlineBSBIsland From Brazil, joined Jul 2005, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4519 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):

That´s right, I didn´t make myself clear, I meant at reasonable fares... Like, let´s say, Brazil-Europe costs about US$800-US$900 the cheapest return flights... Why not US$400-US$450 one way like happens on domestic flights? I would book them in the same non-flexible fare as the return ticket.

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):

That would be a reason.  Wink

Rgs


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4513 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):
Err, you can buy one way tickets on international flights. They are just fairly pricey compared to discount return tickets because they are booked into higher, more flexible fare classes.

Sorry for getting offtopic... but I agree. that usually also applies to domestic tickets too. I've traveled one-way a couple of times, but since the price was cheaper overall booking it roundtrip- i just booked a roundtrip ticket, saved some money, and 50 minutes before the flight I called the airline and told them I wasn't going to be flying that day and to give up my seat to a standby passenger, which they did.


User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4487 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
Many countries will not allow you in if you don't have a return ticket. I know you can leave the airport and toss the rest of the ticket but it does indicate at least some commitment to eventually go home!

That's true here in the US, they will turn you around unless for some reason you will stay for an indefinate amount fo time and have a permit to do so (workers visa, student visa).....just picture a guy arrives at the airport saying he is going to Disneyworld for a week under a tourist visa but has no return ticket.....yeah right like he is waiting for a last minute deal to pop up.

It stops Illegal Immigration from increasin.....even though people are smart and they buy a cheap round trip and just don't fly the second leg



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4485 times:

A lot of LCC´s, Low Fare carriers and charter operators in Europe publish their fares on international flights as "one-way fares" (and there´s no need to combine them into roundtrips - I´ve do that on flights from Germany to Spain quite frequently). This is NOT limited to countries within the Eureopean Union ! It is easily possible to book one-ways like MUC - DME or CGN - TBS i.e. one-ways into countries that require to obtain a visa upon arrival or upfront.
It is also very easy to book oneways into Turkey (no visa required).

Most Legacy carriers still do have the opinion that anybody willing to travel international as oneway will do so for business reasons and thus they assume it will be okay to charge a premium for that ...
-HT



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