- Dec 4, 2013View Source
I would suggest using Southwest if at all possible. Not only are two one way tickets the same cost as a round trip making open jaws available at no added cost but the airline is the only one that allows you to keep the value of your airfare if plans have to be changed. While last minute changes can end up costing more due to the fact that the airfare itself usually goes up close to departure, at least those annoying $150-200 "change fees" are avoided.
On a long backpacking trip, it is nice to be able to make a reservation for a return flight knowing that not all of the money will be lost if a change is necessary at the end.
On added bonus: 2 bags free. I never check bags normally but I have to check backpacking gear. I saved $100 in baggage fees this year by taking SW on two backpacking trips.
---In email@example.com, <kenjessett@...> wrote:"Don't get a traditional return trip flight; get instead a multi-destination flight (traditionally called a "open jaw" ticket)"
This is a very expensive option, I believe it can be double a fixed destination flight.