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Booking round trip vs separate flights

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I'm booking a flight for a bachelor party in April, and with 3 upcoming weddings as a groomsmen (and bachelor parties) and my own wedding (which we are paying for) all happening this spring, I'm looking to save money wherever I can. I'm considering booking my initial flight (a Thursday flight) from VA to Las Vegas on one airline and my return flight (a Sunday flight) on another airline. I've checked all the discount roundtrip places, and these 2 flights will be $100 cheaper than a roundtrip through Expedia or any other discounter I've found. Are there any downsides to booking this way? Keep in mind that I do not travel frequently enough to worry about accumulating points.
post #2 of 5
It's a no brainer. Congratulations on putting together two one-way flights and saving money. It usually doesn't work that way.
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Are there any downsides to booking this way?

No.

Take the difference you save and double-down with it at the tables... bigstar[1].gif

 

The airlines do it all the time... at least USAirways does...

I may not have as many "miles" as George Clooney's character is Up In The Air, but I can remember several occasions when either my depart or arrival flight was cancelled and USAir booked me (or offered to book me) on another carrier... not a sister or affiliated airline, but a competetitor. 

And, yes, I retained the full USAir "dividend miles".

One time, 10+ years ago, they offered to pay for a train... which, may have been fine for European  travel, but train travel down the US mid-Atlantic is suspect at best.

 

Happy hunting,

post #4 of 5
there's an article about this in today's WSJ
post #5 of 5
In theory, the fare rules say the airline could try to charge you the difference for the one-way ticket price but in practice there's virtually zero chance of that happening.
BTW, it's called throwaway ticketing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline_booking_ploys#Throwaway_ticketing
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