Has anyone ever traveled with an “open-jaw” airplane ticket? How does it work and how does one get it? I’m going to Europe next semester for school and I need to think about getting my airplane tickets soon but I don’t know exactly when my return date is because afterwards I want to travel a little bit before coming home.
Open-jaw means that you fly into one city, and out of another, returning to your origination city. For example, Toronto to Paris, and then flying back from Rome to Toronto.
To book one is as simple to say exactly that - I want to fly from Toronto to Paris on January 14th, and return from Rome to Toronto on March 23rd.
Most of the airline booking sites or travel sites like travelocity or expedia will allow you to book an open-jaw using the "multiple city" option.
You should also shop around. Nowadays, it might be cheaper to get two one-way flights rather than an open-jaw with a single carrier.
I have used open-jaw several times when flying to South America, and found it up to 40% cheaper than separate one-ways.
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 13, 2006 12:47 AM by bentivogli ]