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Better to buy two one-ways instead of a roundtrip

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Reading many threads here and other forums when people found out the airline has canceled their subsequent flights because they skipped a leg. That got me thinking...

In many (if not most) parts of the world, round-trip and multi-destination airfares are simply constructed as combination of one-way flights. In fact, LCC in the US (including Southwest, Virgin America, Jetblue, etc) are the same way; so are many routes flown by the legacy carriers in the US with LCC competition.

I'm going to say that if the price of buying two one-ways are the same as buying the roundtrip, one will be better off just buying two one-ways. If you cannot get on the first flight for whatever reason, you don't have to call or explain to the airline to avoid having the subsequent legs canceled.

Also applies to multi-destination itineraries. Not just roundtrips.

[Let me state very clearly that I'm not talking about connections. I am talking about destinations. So, buy LAX-JFK and JFK-LAX separately. Not telling you to buy LAX-ORD and ORD-LGA separately when you're simply connecting at ORD.]

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