An interesting article in Market Watch discussed the unusual price savings realized when buying two one way tickets instead of round trip airfare. I use several websites to shop for airfare when I travel, but my favorite is Google Flights. I love the fact that Google Flights will automatically include one way ticket prices on their platform. I was looking for a flight for my wife for a summer trip to California and this is exactly what happened. The best deal on Google Flights ended up being two separate one way tickets and the difference was more than $50 in saving versus a round trip ticket. The reason for this savings likely stems from the frequent sales on one way fares, and in other cases airline pricing models that exploit the fact that most people only search for round trip fares.
There are other advantages to buying one way tickets. For example, if you needed to change your itinerary, you would likely pay less in fees by modifying a single ticket compared to the same change involving a round trip airfare. Secondly, it might make for a more creative itinerary. Since you don't have to necessarily fly back from the same airport you arrive at, you might fly into Los Angeles and end your trip in San Francisco (returning home from there). You could also explore the possibility of visiting multiple cities. For example, I could fly from Florida to Chicago and then to on to New York and then return home from there. According to the Market Watch article, including one way tickets in your airfare search will save you on average about $33 on domestic fares and $92 on international.
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