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Old 01-02-2017, 04:11 PM
 
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Say I wanted to go from WA to MA to SC then back to WA.

Would I need to book each leg as a one-way ticket? Or is there a way to book all 3 legs at once doing it myself online?
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Old 01-02-2017, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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Usually it is no problem to book it on one ticket, the question is wether it is cheaper or not. I just used to check at https://www.kayak.com/flights with choosing "multi city".
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Old 01-02-2017, 04:21 PM
 
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Say I wanted to go from WA to MA to SC then back to WA.

Would I need to book each leg as a one-way ticket? Or is there a way to book all 3 legs at once doing it myself online?
If you look at most airlines' websites, they offer a multicity option. That's what you select to book an open-jaw flight. You put WA to MA in as your first leg using the multi-city tool, MA to SC as your second leg, and then SC to MA as the final leg.
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Old 01-02-2017, 04:40 PM
 
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Oh, thanks. Wasn't paying attention.

And thanks for the reminder to check both methods to compare prices.
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Old 01-02-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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FWIW, your plan is not "open jaw", it is circle or multi-city.

Open jaw would be if you flew from WA to MA, then drove to SC, then flew SC to WA.

Here is a article with some good info and details.

Open-Jaw and Circle Fares | IndependentTraveler.com
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Old 01-02-2017, 06:02 PM
 
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Thanks, very helpful.
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Also, depending on which airlines serve which airports, it can be cheaper to do different legs on different airlines. Example- a few years back, we were doing the big for us European tour. It ended up being most cost-effective to book it as:

Florida-Edinburgh Scotland on Delta (first part of open jaw)
Scotland to London on BA (one way ticket)
London to Munich on BA (one way ticket)
(train from Munich to Paris)
Paris to Florida on Delta (other part of open jaw)

Delta was the cheapest transatlantic option out of our local airports by a couple hundred per ticket. Switching to BA for the legs involving London let us take advantage of BA somewhat price matching low cost carriers flying out of London like easy jet if you booked directly on the BA web site.

It's really not a ton of extra work to run the different combinations and it can save you a lot of money. Just give yourself a lot of time- in our case several days in each location- once you start nesting different tickets inside each other because each airline doesn't care if a different airline and a different ticket has a flight delay that caused you to miss your flight on their own planes.
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Old 01-03-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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