bsbisland
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Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:41 am

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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fbgdavidson
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RE: Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:41 am

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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andz
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RE: Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:32 am

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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bsbisland
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RE: Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:26 am

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

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UAalltheway
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RE: Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:52 am

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.
 
Venezuela747
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RE: Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:23 pm

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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HT
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RE: Why Not One-way Tickets For Int´l Flights?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:11 pm

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 ...
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