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Two one-ways or a return ticket?

Travel Forums General Talk Two one-ways or a return ticket?

1. Posted by JDJ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi all,

Heading off to South America in a couple of weeks to travel Patagonia, Chile, far as the money takes me. However, because I dont know where Im going to end up, I dont know where Im going to be flying out from. So my question is, would it generally be cheaper to get a one-way ticket in and a one-way ticket out again or buy a return into one airport and get a domestic flight back when Im ready (obviously would have to be an open ticket)? Is there any other option that would fit better?

Thanks a lot,

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

from where do you start?
depend on the Airline you can book multible flights.
For ex.
you would fly from Amsterdam to Ecuador and back.

You can book Amsterdam -Bonaire-Bonaire - Guayaquil
Retour flight from Quito to Amsterdam

check your favorit Airline and find out what destinations she is flying.

LAN Chile is flying to Ecuador,Argentina


3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

It will depend on dates, and you'll have to shop around, but for most cases it will be cheaper to buy a return from Europe and internal flights as long-haul singles often cost almost as much as the equivalent return.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I never heard of a single scenario in which 2 one-ways would be cheaper than a return ticket. If you're not sure, just decide in advance about your return airport and let that dictate the rest of your itineray; it works quite well. Alternatively, buy a more expensive return ticket that lets you be flexible about dates, refunds, and changes; it'll always be more cost-efficient than buying separate tickets.

5. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

Always cheaper to book return. But opt for a fare that allows refunds/changes without a penalty ($$).