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Separate tickets vs single ticket for same trip

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by alinsfca, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. alinsfca

    alinsfca New Member

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    Hi, I am looking at a trip from SFO to central Asia with one stop at ICN. When I priced out the single ticket on business class, it was over $7k. But when I priced out the same itinerary as two separate tickets, it was only slightly over $5k. The lay over is 1 hr 50 mins. I am sure, I will have enough time for the transfer, but I have several questions:

    1, why KE would price out the tickets like that?
    2. when I read flyertalk on the same topic, they said if it is on a single ticket you are protected if KE screw up on the first leg, but will that be the same if on separate ticket but same itinerary?
    3. If I decided to buy two separate tickets, can I ask KE to merge them into one?

  2. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Welcome @alinsfca -
    1. Ticket pricing is a mysterious thing and I'm not sure even though deeply involved could tell you why something prices a certain way. I was recently looking at a flight to Australia and priced it US-SYD non-stop and then as a one-stop from my city to the hub to SYD. Somehow the system decided that was worth about $4000 extra. Strange indeed.
    2. Assuming your outbound and return dates aren't super close to each other there's not much difference in buying two one-ways vs. a round-trip. Just keep in mind that if you end up canceling or changing the trip there would be two separate change fees involved.
    3. I do not believe the separate tickets can be merged but am willing to be corrected!
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