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Why Are One Way Tickets More Expensive Than RT  
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6344 times:

Why do one-way tickets cost more than round trip? What's the logic?


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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6500 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

The marketing logic is that the one-way passenger has to take the trip, and is willing to pay more. The round trip passenger is more likely to be a leisure passenger and doesn't have to travel.

User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6284 times:

Hi,

thr OW PAx has more flexibility since a one way is an unrestricted fare therefore it cost more than a inflexible RT. If you take the full fare RT (for example the one year flexible economy fare) it is exactly double the OW.

Brgds
Amir


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6230 times:

Most OW PAX are on business trips, so they need flexibility, don't pay their flights themselves and AFAIK their companies can get some of the money back. So biz people don't look at the price, they look at the date and at the restrictions.


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User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

The real reason is that a discounted OW trip would mean that pax could forego Sat. Night Stays and Min/Max stays, while paying less for 2 OWs than 1 R/T.

User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6186 times:

The real reason is the arcane, Byzantine fare structures of the Big Sick Six (props to Joe Brancatelli at http://www.joesentme.com for that phrase). They continue to attempt to perpetuate the myth that flexibility costs more. Proof that this is not the case is UAL with their newly revamped business fares out of DEN and ORD. They dropped their prices by 40% and, lo and behold, their revenue increased by $25M! What would happen if they did that across the board and simplified it even more? Probably more of the same increases in pax loads and revenue!

Let's face some facts:

1). An airline seat costs only so much per seat mile whether it is Monday, Sunday or any other day of the week.

2). The airline seat does not care who is sitting in it and whether they are flying round trip, one way, staying Saturday night in some hotel, etc.

3). Two different pax, paying the same price as a "round trip" pax, each flying one way on the same route, equals the same amount of revenue.

Its time for the Big Sick Six to wake up and realize that they've gouged business travelers, and all last minute travelers for that matter, to the point that they won't be gouged any longer. Failing to realize this and revamp their fare structures will be fatal to them.

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineYago From Iceland, joined May 2002, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6179 times:

Personnally I would think the question is more why people still buy one way tickets.

You buy a return ticket, don't use the return and save money.

Are businessmen braindead?


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6161 times:

You buy a return ticket, don't use the return and save money.

Are businessmen braindead?


Or could it be that said businesspersons are aware that the moment the airline notices such a pattern, their corporate contract could be terminated on grounds of noncompliance and the airline could then rake them across the coals (in court) for that......


User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6122 times:

Yago,

That practice is called "back-to-back" ticketing and is illegal under the Contract of Carriage on the back of the ticket. If caught, and the airlines do watch for this practice, the person traveling can be denied boarding, have their remaining, unused ticket portions cancelled, or be required to pay the difference between the ticket value and the full fare price (a costly venture, indeed).

The simple solution here is to follow UAL's lead, and that of HP, and drop the ridiculous fare structures in favor of a two or three-tiered structure - Greater than 14 days advance, 7-day advance, Less than 7-day advance purchase. That would also speed up the reservation process and reduce those costs dramatically. UAL has already shown that lowering fares makes fiscal sense, and the proliferation of LCC's also proves out this point - how long before the Big Sick Six wake up from their 1990's-boom-induced haze and realize that they cannot charge people through the nose any longer?

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineMrLineGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6035 times:

Not all one-ways are more expensive than a roundtrip. On AirTran all fares are one-way and no Saturday night stay is required! So two one-way tickets equals a round trip, and it all depends on how far in advance you book!

Regards,
Kevin
AirTran CSA/RAMP
MDW



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User currently offlineNdege From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6031 times:

With TZ there is no advance purchase requirement, no minimum stay. Fares are purely availability-driven up until departure, and no domestic one-way fare can be higher than $299 before tax.

Sure more money could be made with policies more inline with the bigger carriers, but this seems to work and seems to increase last minute purchases for them because the price is literally half that of other carriers in some cases.

BL


User currently offlineYago From Iceland, joined May 2002, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5985 times:

Well everybody I know who have only used the return ticket just one way to save money have never had any problem with the same airline afterwards...

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