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What is an Open Jaw Airline Ticket and How to Book It

What is an Open Jaw Airline Ticket and How to Book It

Travelers will sometime start an overseas trip in one city and end it it another city.  Surprisingly, many travelers don't know that a round trip airline ticket does not need to be booked from identical city. 

Booking a round trip ticket is easy.  Most airline and booking websites are set up to easily book round trip tickets.  But what if a trip starts in one city in Europe for instance and ends in another?  That's when you need what is called an "open-jaw" or "multi-city" ticket.

Why not just book two separate  one-way tickets?  On most legacy carriers (American, Air France, Delta, British Airways, etc.) one way tickets from North America to Europe are expensive.  For instance, in pricing a coach ticket from New York's JFK to London's LHR on April 15, 2021 is $553 on American Airlines.  A return ticket from Paris CDG airport on April 30, 2021 for instance, is $306.  However, when booking an open-jaw ticket (JFK to LHR, then CDG back to JFK) on the same ticket  is only $597, a 30% savings with $262 in the traveler's pocket.

So, the solution is to purchase an "open-jaw" ticket.  The Professor ALWAYS recommends purchasing airline tickets directly from the airline.  On The American Airlines website for example, the traveler needs to click the "Advanced Search" option to book the ticket, then they can put in the specifications as follows: 

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