The quickest way to travel from A to B is to fly

Depending on the route chosen, your flight can take a few ice-filled drinks, wrestles with packets of peanuts, a dinner, a light refreshment, a breakfast, hopefully a snooze, a couple of trips to the loo and a movie or two. So what types of tickets are out there? To help you decide if an ‘open jaw’, ‘single’ or ‘round the world’ is the right choice for your next holiday, here is a simple airfare terminology guide to help you choose the right ticket.

One-way tickets

A one-way ticket is great if you do not know when you will be returning. It allows a single flight between two destinations. For example: Melbourne to Sydney or Melbourne to London.

Return tickets

A return ticket is a flight to your chosen destination and then back to your original departure point. For example: Melbourne to Perth and then back to Melbourne or London to Paris and back to London.

Round-the-world tickets

A round-the-world air ticket allows you to make a number of stops (where you can stay for a while) along your chosen route as long as you continue in the one direction and return to your original destination. For example: Melbourne – Los Angeles – New York – London – Hong Kong – Melbourne.

Open-jaw tickets

An open-jaw ticket allows you the freedom to fly into one city and out of another. Thus, you will have the option to use other means of transport between the two cities. For example: Melbourne to Sydney then travel overland to Brisbane and then fly out of Brisbane back to Melbourne. Or fly to Singapore, travel overland to Bangkok then fly out of Bangkok back to Melbourne.

Air passes

If you have limited time in a destination or don’t want to spend hours on a coach or train you may consider purchasing an air pass. With one of these you can fly to major cities and organise any short tours from there, then hop on a plane to another major city. These passes are available in most countries.

A Multi-stop ticket

A multi-stop ticket is an individually tailored flight itinerary that allows you to stop off at multiple destinations before returning to your original department point. For example: Melbourne – Honolulu – Los Angeles – New York – Houston – Las Vegas – Melbourne.

There are some terms you may here while researching airfares including Lay-Over and Mixed Class ticket. A Lay-Over is when you have a ticket to a destination that has an enforced stop because the travel is a long time. For example: Melbourne to New York via Los Angeles – you stop in Los Angeles for a few hours so the plane can refuel or you change planes to continue to your destination.

A Mixed Class ticket is when you change airline classes on different flights. For example: you may want to fly from Melbourne to London. You could fly to Asia in Economy Class and then fly the longer portion of the flight from Asia to Europe in Business class.

My advice is to shop around until you find a ticket that suits you and your budget. I use Skyscanner on a regular basis to search for suitable tickets at the best price possible. Fill in your details below for great deals on airfares.

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