im traveling to SE asia for 6-8 months in January. I want to do primarially overland travel while in the area and was all set to by a one way ticket (currently 550 USD from San Francisco to BKK) but I am concerned about how much it will cost to buy another ticket back to the US. Has anyone done this before?
I dont think I can buy a roundtrip ticket because my return dates are so open (my return will be determined when i run out of $) Also, my plans are pretty flexable right now so i would have a hard time choosing a city to depart ahead of time.
if two one way tickets are going to be nearly the price of a RTW ticket, should I get that which will allow me to alter my destinations as needed?
Thanks for the advise!
If your first ticket is 550, I doubt that you're second ticket will be enough that you'd be better off buying a RTW (round the world) ticket. Did you just mean a round trip ticket?
If you dates are flexible, then you can always shop around when you are getting ready to leave, figure out the cheapest place to leave from, and then travel overland to there to get out.
Otherwise, you could look at the prices of a round trip ticket. They usually have some flexiblity with the return date. You might want to ask about the prices of "open ended" tickets, which are basically return tickets with no return date.
Check with some of the Asian Carriers who are operating to San Francsisco, Los Angeles or Seattle how much a one year return ticket would be? If you get a good fare, take it with return date open.
I know that Airlines as China Air (Taipei) or Korean Air are quite cheap with their one year tickets. Some of them even offer only 1 year Tickets.
Cheap return tickets here in Asia are about 700 US$, one way tickets are quite similar.
I think Lufthansa do cheap flights to SEA try them .
Ive seen one way flights from the UK for £200.
Bangkok is an absolute bargain basement for international flights! I'd say your best bet would be to buy your single ticket and then make your way back to Bangkok when you want to head home, and then spend some time shopping around for the best deal.