Multi City Ticket vs Multiple One Way Tickets

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We all know that airlines are pricing tickets based on initial city with final destination and whether you have connections. But what if you have to make several over night stops for business? With a 4 city tour coming up, I decided to see what the variance would be in pricing if I bought a single multi-city ticket or bought each flight separately. The savings for doing these individually was staggering.

One Way Tickets
The first leg of my upcoming trip has me flying BOS-SEA direct on Alaska Airlines. Cost – $195
Leg two is SEA-ABQ with connection through SLC on Delta. – Cost – $163
Leg three is ABQ-SLC on Delta for a one day conference. – Cost – $139
Final leg, the most expensive is SLT-BOS direct on Delta – Cost – $591
Total for everything comes to $1088.

Cheapest Multi-City Ticket
If I wanted to use the same airline, Delta for example, additional connections were needed.

Leg one required a connection on Delta through SLC or MNP.
Leg two is SEA-ABQ with connection through SLC on Delta was the same.
Leg three is ABQ-SLC on Delta was the same.
Final leg, from SLT-BOS required a red eye to get a lower price and direct on Delta.
Total for everything comes to $1783…plus taxes, fees, and charges bringing it to $1943.47!

No doubt a savings of almost $900, direct flight options with different airlines, and freedom of changing times if needed per flight…leaves the clear choice as single one way tickets.

Check out your one way flight options. Any price savings? Share your comments by clicking the leave a reply option.

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