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why one-way?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by moliken, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. moliken

    moliken New Member

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    Newbie, and I want to use points for RT to asia; I notice you almost always fly 1 way. What's the reason, advantage??
     
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  2. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Welcome @moliken -
    Ben does a lot of point-to-point flying to review airline products, not necessarily to visit particular destinations. So there wouldn't be much point in flying the same product on both the outbound and return flights.

    For those of us who have regular jobs and only travel for leisure, one-way tickets can still make sense, especially for hard-to-reach places. US-Australia seats in premium cabins can be difficult to find. I'll start looking for seats as soon as the airline's calendar opens up for my time period. In some cases I may find the outbound flight but the calendar's not even open for the return flight yet. But by booking a 1-way for half the cost of a round-trip, I can go ahead and lock down one of my flights. In the case of my most recent tickets I actually found the return ticket first and about two days later the airline opened up seats on the outbound flight.
     
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  3. moliken

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    Skier, so you don't even worry about getting a return flight for the day you need it?? That'd scare me: using points to get where I want to go, Bali, from USA, but not having a return flight set up! Or am I missing something?
     
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    Well I don't think Skier leaves without making arrangements, it's just that award tickets don't always become available in a clean fashion (although I've certainly traveled that way as long as I have some flexibility).
     
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    This is a situation in which having elite status with an airline might be very useful. For example, with AK Gold (or 75K) status, it's possible for me to book 1 (or even 2) outbound journeys before knowing what will be available on the return and then cancel without penalty any outbound legs once knowing what I've found for the return.
     
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    Gaurav is correct, I don't travel without a return ticket. I'm typically traveling with folks who live in other cities, some of whom are not using points/miles for their travel so we all need to have our plans coordinated. What I was trying to say is that especially on places where premium award space can be hard to find, I'll lock down one leg of the trip as soon as it becomes available. Keep in mind I'm typically booking 10-11 months in advance and in shoulder season, not during summer holidays or spring break. While it may cause a few anxious days when I have one leg booked but not the other, logically I know that something will almost certainly open up around the date I need. I also have the luxury of being fairly flexible with dates and don't have a problem traveling mid-week instead of Saturday-Saturday.
     
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  7. moliken

    moliken New Member

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    My situation is more restricted. I and my wife need to be in Bali on a Sunday or Thursday summer of 2020 and leave Bali on either a Saturday or a Tuesday 10 days later. We have around 400,000 Chase points and want to fly from the East Coast, (anywhere from NY down to DC) business class using the miles. We've been accumulating them for that specific purpose. Thanks, Mr and Mrs Newbie
     
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