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1 hour ago, ellcee said:

I have not found that to be true but I'll test it out again when I book my next trip. I also don't like certain airlines and will avoid them if at all possible.

Interesting. I live on the road, I book about 500,000 miles worth of travel per year for myself and colleagues. Much of that is domestic US, and we're always comparing prices. I almost never see instances of two one-ways being more than a roundtrip (for example, AA1234 ORD-DFW and AA4321 DFW-ORD are priced the same whether booked as a roundtrip or two one-ways). 

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1 minute ago, Zacharius said:

Interesting. I live on the road, I book about 500,000 miles worth of travel per year for myself and colleagues. Much of that is domestic US, and we're always comparing prices. I almost never see instances of two one-ways being more than a roundtrip (for example, AA1234 ORD-DFW and AA4321 DFW-ORD are priced the same whether booked as a roundtrip or two one-ways). 

My how things have changed.  Back in my travel agency days (WAAAAAYYYY back.  We used Official Airline Guides - BOOKS !!) it was always cheaper to book RT and 1Way.  The airline industry is nothing like it was back then though.

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We cruised out of PR in March '17.  At the time, flights from Logan (Boston) were $900/pp.  I looked at Newark and the price was $550/pp.  So we booked Newark, drove 3.5 hours the night before, stayed in a hotel that included 7 days of parking and saved over $400 overall.

We're looking to take Freedom out of PR in March '21.  We'll be looking at the same options when it comes time to book flights.  It helps to have multiple choices of airports within a reasonable driving distance.

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We got so lucky and were able to find flights for $800 total for 2 people for trip there and trip back.  We did one way flights due to how the flight schedules were released.  We had the flight there available for a while and I just kept checking on Southwest constantly.  American had a good priced flight but it was an ON flight arriving at 3am or so which wasn't ideal so I kept looking.  Then suddenly I checked one day and found a flight to SJ (of course not nonstop but that is not possible to do where we are from) for $260pp.  Then I saw where Southwest would open the next chunk of their flight schedule on August 15th.  I kept looking all morning on the 15th until bam...the new dates appeared to allow us to book a return flight.  What do you know...found a flight coming home the day of our cruise for less than $200pp.  I was shocked...like seriously shocked but quickly got the OK from my husband and booked it.

Bottom line....just keep looking and note when the airline will release the flight schedule for a particular time period.  I've also heard from others on here that if you book a flight with no penalty to reprice/rebook then go ahead and book but keep looking.

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16 hours ago, ellcee said:

Didn't mean to imply that two one ways were more expensive - just that I've never noticed a real benefit of booking 2 one ways for my flights.

Gotcha. I do it when schedules aren't good on the same airline out or back, or there's a substantial savings versus a roundtrip on the same airline (for example, Southwest charging $100 out and $300 back, but AA charges $100 back...I'll fly Southwest out, AA back, all other things equal...just an example). 

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16 hours ago, Zacharius said:

Interesting. I live on the road, I book about 500,000 miles worth of travel per year for myself and colleagues. Much of that is domestic US, and we're always comparing prices. I almost never see instances of two one-ways being more than a roundtrip (for example, AA1234 ORD-DFW and AA4321 DFW-ORD are priced the same whether booked as a roundtrip or two one-ways). 

I don't see it much on AA, but I do see it on Delta.  Those are the most prevalent domestic carriers from my smaller airport.  There's actually a fair amount of hidden-city ticketing that I can do to get cheaper prices, but that's only good if you aren't going to be checking bags.  (For example it's often cheaper to book from my home airport with a layover in MIA and then to another destination than it is to book the straight up flight to MIA..and yes it IS the same flight number for that leg to MIA!).

But then it's usually WAY cheaper (like hundreds of $) for me to suck it up and drive 2.5-4 hours to a larger airport.  Just not as convenient, but I'm not much one for paying for convenience a lot of the time.

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We are doing a cruise in January out of,San Juan, we ported out of their last year and really enjoyed San Juan, but the cheaper flights home left before you could get to,airport. We fly from cvg(Greater Cincinnati airport) where delta has the most flights, we turned points in 25 thousand points and a small 6 dollar fee for,one way on delta to,Sju. But return on delta was outrages, so,we are using United via,Houston for 220 dollars a peace, so the total for,sju and back will cost around 450 dollars, so you really have to be inventive to,port out of San Juan.

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1 hour ago, Dan Curtis said:

We are doing a cruise in January out of,San Juan, we ported out of their last year and really enjoyed San Juan, but the cheaper flights home left before you could get to,airport. We fly from cvg(Greater Cincinnati airport) where delta has the most flights, we turned points in 25 thousand points and a small 6 dollar fee for,one way on delta to,Sju. But return on delta was outrages, so,we are using United via,Houston for 220 dollars a peace, so the total for,sju and back will cost around 450 dollars, so you really have to be inventive to,port out of San Juan.

Last time I flew out of SJU (last year) it was absolutely dirt cheap...like $180 each way, each person from SJU-CLT-MCI. Yes, we did spend a night after the cruise, but it still came out ahead. Definitely can be worth doing the math of flights on one day, versus flights + hotel + meal on the next day. In our case, we still saved like $50 and justified an extra night of vacation, so it was worth it. 

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On 9/27/2019 at 11:40 AM, Srp431 said:

I know that flights to San Juan are expensive, but wondering how expensive. We're traveling during spring break Mar 2020 on Freedom (family of 4). I'm starting to look at flights out of Minneapolis / St. Paul (MSP) and options are really limited. Delta is offering $1,700 main cabin seats (this is 6 months out) and this isn't even direct, these flights have 1 or 2 stops. I usually book early, but I'm wondering if I should wait another month or 2 or just bite the bullet. Spirit is also high around $1,000, but we won't fly them due personal issues w/ them.

Any advice would be appreciated. Delta is our preferred airline.

Google.com/flights is a good flight aggregator. I used them to find decent flights to SJU out of Seattle this past April. And ended up booking a flight through Flightsbank. Paid just $595rt/pp with our flight leaving the Sunday we docked. Though, like all aggregators Southwest is not listed. 

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On 9/30/2019 at 4:40 PM, PatsFanBrian said:

We cruised out of PR in March '17.  At the time, flights from Logan (Boston) were $900/pp.  I looked at Newark and the price was $550/pp.  So we booked Newark, drove 3.5 hours the night before, stayed in a hotel that included 7 days of parking and saved over $400 overall.

We're looking to take Freedom out of PR in March '21.  We'll be looking at the same options when it comes time to book flights.  It helps to have multiple choices of airports within a reasonable driving distance.

This gave me the idea to checked neighboring airports .... normally we fly out of BWI due to being a hub for SW ....... So, I checked Dulles & National Airport in DC .... both were more expecsive, in fact, no return flights to Dulles at all for the date we needed ....... so, we're sticking w/ Baltimore.

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