From minimum stay requirements to punishing one way tickets with 5x the fare price, airline ticketing rules can be ultra confusing. In a world where points are everywhere, and articles about how to hack the system are too – the only question is when they’ll give up on these silly practices, and start seeing logic. Don’t they want us to buy their tickets?
If you’ve searched for enough flights, you’ve probably seen it yourself. You just need a one way ticket, but for some odd reason, it’s cheaper to book the same flight as a round trip. One way, it’s $750, but book a round trip including the same exact flight as the $750 one way, and it’s a mere $300. All you have to do? No show for the flight back.
How – on – earth – does – that – make – sense? For anyone?!
And side note: do you remember how nerve racking it was back in those paper ticket days, to be sure that you had all the paper stubs ready for check in? No paper, no fly.
Thanks to points and miles being everywhere, for everything from eating your lunch to shopping online, people have options every time they look at travel. Perhaps you have enough points to fly one way, but not round trip. Perhaps you aren’t quite sure when you’ll return – the reasons for booking non traditional round trip tickets are endless, and it’s time airlines stopped playing games.
Why? Because their games are too easy to beat, and some airlines have already given in.
It works out pretty well, and similar options exist with most discount or new age carriers, including JetBlue, Ryanair, Southwest and more. The only ones not budging tend to be the legacy airlines, who arguably have the most to lose.
For those hoping for a quantitive answer, there isn’t one necessarily, but the times are near. Airlines are moving to new systems of displaying, marketing and launching airfares, which make them both more transparent and easier to manage for airlines. In other words, these new systems like NDC may help airlines get back in touch with their customers.
With each year, we’ve seen major cuts to the rules and restrictions on fares, and as emerging airlines beat the drum, we can only expect that to continue. It may not be the way it should be now, but with any hope, that’ll change in the next few years. In the meantime, learn all the tricks of the trade…