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Flexible Flying?

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1. Posted by swansong (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Hi everyone,

I am planning on studying abroad this summer (in Prague), and was hoping to maybe travel a little afterwards. I do not know for sure right now where or for how long I am planning to travel, and I am afraid that things will change when I get to Europe.

I have very little experience dealing with flying (this is my first time going farther than Michigan, and I live in NJ), so I was wondering whether there was a way to get plane tickets with a flexible return date (or location), and whether they would be significantly more expensive or not.

Thanks!

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Yes, you can get fares like this - when you're booking your ticket tell the agent that you want a 'fully flexible fare'. The very cheapest ticket classes aren't fully flexible, so it may be a little more expensive but probably not too much. There is usually a small charge for changing the date of the ticket, but nothing compared to buying new ticket.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I'm with Magykal, only I found that the difference between fixed and somewhat flexible tickets tend to be biggish, but still cheaper than buying two one-ways.

On a side note; once in Europe, I'd recommend taking trains and, to a lesser extent, busses rather than planes to get around. You get to see more, and it's less polluting.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Swansong

I have noticed lately, that a lot of tickets are not more expensive, if u buy 2 oneway tickets, rather than a return ticket. At least not if u buy them, on the internet
So, maybe u can just get a oneway, to Prague. Although, u should book your tickets a few months before flying, if u want to get the best prices.

Mel