open ended flights

#1 Jul 8th, 2006, 14:14
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Time to lock down my tickets and I'd like to get an open-ended ticket. While I can find round trip flights for $1,000usd from NY to Delhi, there's no information on open-ended tickets so I can leave as I like or like within reason

Anybody know any tricks in getting a good open-ended deal?
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I was interested in an open ended ticket too, but I realized that they are quite expensive.
I have now booked a one way flight. Two of those are somewhat like an open ended return ticket, and I pay probably half the amount..
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That's not a bad idea Dani, is there a problem getting a decent priced return flight in terms of advance notice?

In the meantime I've found a nonstop rountrip ticket from Continental for $891 and the best one way I've found so far is $725, they don't make it easy to be flexible do they?

EDIT I went directly to Continental and the round trip ticket was only $828, the penalty for changing the return flight is only $200 which makes it an open end ticked for $1028, not a bad deal and they have daily nonstop flights.

PS: Continental wants $1014 for a one-way, tell me how that makes sense
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Originally Posted by MeCasa That's not a bad idea Dani, is there a problem getting a decent priced return flight in terms of advance notice?
well I guess that depends on how far in advance you know when you want to fly back and how flexible your schedule will be..

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Originally Posted by MeCasa PS: Continental wants $1014 for a one-way, tell me how that makes sense
I found out that when you ask the airline directly for a one way ticket, they offer you a horribly overpriced fare. But if you try one of those budget online broker you'll often pay only a bit more than half the price of a return ticket.
(Alitalia or Swiss, not sure anymore which one it was, offered me a one way fare which was about 3 times the amount of a return ticket !!!)

The problem with openended tickets is, if you want it to be valid for longer than half a year, the price sky rockets. So if I take special offer tickets with non rebookable reservations, it is quite a bit cheaper even if I have to pay the 'one way penalty'.
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One way tickets. Some airlines seem to do them, others don't. Well, they do, but try their damndest to put you off.

My one-way BA ticket to Chennai would have cost three times the amount if it wasn't really a return. Might use the other half, might not. Might pay to change the date to another random date six months ahead; going to have to visit UK again sometime, I suppose...

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