Round trip business may be crazy expensive, but one way…

Here’s something you already know: some flights are longer than others. Here’s something you didn’t know: roughly 40% of passenger enquire about flight upgrades when they check in for a flight. Everyone has their own quirks as to which flights they’d love to snag the ultimate upgrade on, and the answer is it doesn’t matter which one you’d like. What matters is how you look for it. There’s one definitive advantage to searching directly with airlines, versus looking on other sites, and it’ll soon be abundantly clear to you, that you can quite often upgrade your travels in a very reasonable way, by combining fares.

The Premise

Frustratingly, to say the least, online booking sites classify you from the start. You’re either looking for economy, premium, business or first class – and once you start, that’s what you get, the entire way. But what if you only really care about getting a better seat one way? During great sales, business class, even on super long flights, can be only marginally more expensive than economy, so why get lumped into one or the other, when you can have both? The thing is, people get foolish before flights, and pay unholy amounts of money for a last minute upgrade, when they often could’ve paid half or less, if they’d just shelled out in the first place. Sometimes it’s the difference in $200, versus more than $1000 at check in!

The Solution

Combining cabins can generally only be done by booking tickets directly with an airline, rather than on sites like Expedia, Orbitz and co. If you find a great economy deal, and a great premium economy or business class deals for the same dates, you can select the cheap economy flight one way, and then select the heavenly business class flight with beds and lounges going the other direction. And if you’re a real posh-o, you can select business one way and first the other. Here’s an example where we choose business for the outbound, and economy for the way home.

How To Do It

Go to your favorite airline (note, not every single airline may allow this). Start a search, after checking a handy resource like Google Flights for deals in both cabins. Start your search and don’t select a cabin. Doing so will generally mean all cabins are displayed. Pick the fare you want one way, and then pick the fare you want the other way. You’ll quite often see times when airlines are charging a fortune for business or premium in one direction, but the difference isn’t actually all that bad versus economy going the other way. This is a great way to “turn left” for a lot less.

Have you combined cabins to save on an airline ticket?