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Sizing Up the Bargain Potential of One-Way Airfares

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If you want to find bargain airfares during peak holiday travel periods, particularly in the summer, you’ll need to be flexible and creative. For example, I frequently book one-way flight segments, even if it means using airports that weren’t in my original plans. In my travel world, a trip to Greece can veer off into Britain, Denmark or anywhere else that saves me money.

Conventional wisdom dictates that you have to book a round-trip itinerary in order to get a great price. This was once true, but it isn’t necessarily the case anymore. Most major American carriers used to price what some call open-jaw segments — flying into one city and then returning from another — for price-insensitive business travelers. But competition and the increasing popularity of one-way flights has changed this dynamic.

Read More: Dave Seminara | The New York Times