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Where's the logic?? Return fare cheaper than single!!

Travel Forums General Talk Where's the logic?? Return fare cheaper than single!!

1. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 8y

As it says on the tin; Where's the logic?? Return fare cheaper than single!!

I'm currently looking into the Trans-Siberian Railway and was thinking about taking the 6 day trip from Moscow into Beijing, then flying back home to the UK from there.

On pricing the flights, its costing 475 pounds one way, though when I tried a return ticket, returning the same day, its only costing 407 pounds.... So really, it;ll be worth getting a return and not using the outbound flight, though it seems such a waste... Why cant they just price me return ticket, then minus the flight of the outgoing flight.....

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

I have read on another forum that doing a "no show" on your outbound ticket will cancel the return ticket, which included someone saying that they found this out the hard way - can't remember where I saw this right now. So you may be better off flying to China and then taking the Trans Mongolian from Beijing to Moscow.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

A ticket will get cancelled as soon as you don't show up for a flight, so if you are in Beijing and want to fly to London...

If you book London - Beijing - London, your entire ticket will be cancelled and you can't fly the send leg.

If you book Beijing - London - Beijing, then you can fly the first leg and when you no-show for the second leg, the ticket will be cancelled from there. Seeing as it is your last leg, it won't matter.

I have done this before when in the same situation. However, note that on occasion, airlines will turn around and actually re-price your ticket and charge you the full-fare, one-way cost of the ticket. It doesn't happen very often, but I have heard of it occurring. They can do it because of the terms and conditions on the ticket saying that if you change the times or dates of flight, including cancelling them, they can reprice the ticket. This does happen very rarely, though, so it's usually worth the risk.

As for the logic of it, one-way tickets are very rarely put on sale to attract travellers who might not be flying otherwise. Sales are generally targeted at holiday makers, who would be flying there and back again.

Greg

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I know! So weird. We had to get a ticket at the airport last minute, and one way Dublin-Montreal was $1,500 while round-trip was $600. What's up with that?