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It's hard to understand why this can be the case without some background in how airline fares work, so lets start with a bit of background... For each route, airlines will publish a number of different fares, each with a distinct "fare code" - normally with weird names like "TANRKL", "YSJWNN" or "X34Q". Corresponding to these fare codes are "fare rules" ...


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You can do that. since one-way tickets are always more expensive. Booking a flexible return ticket will also be more expensive than the single ticket version, but you should look into it, since it should be cheaper than the double-return tickets in most cases. But you better make sure that you know where and how to buy a ticket in Hong Kong and how much it ...


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When proof of onward travel is required, it is always the job of an airline to check whether your documentation is in place. If not, and if you have to be deported, I believe in this situation the airline has to bear the cost of flying you back; this is standard practice around the world. Malaysia implements these requirements pretty unevenly. Citizens of ...


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One major concern is that some airlines don't like it when you drop tickets (legs or entire flights) because it's cheaper for you. As a result, not turning up can be held against you and any frequent flyer program that you might hold with them. I don't know of anyone personally that's had theirs cancelled or penalised, but have seen it mentioned ...


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Technically speaking, almost all airlines can serve you well without any tickets or PNRs (passenger number record or booking reference) as long as you have bought the ticket and made reservation regardless of the method of buying. All they need is your name and a valid ID (passport in international flights) and they can get you the boarding pass. Even the ...


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Yes. You can and often should do that. In some instances, you are actually legally required to have a return flight (for immigration) even if you plan to travel to a 3rd country. Of course, this depends on the country and your citizenship/visas &c. If you have an A to B return ticket and you have now arrived at B and do not plan to use the return to A, ...


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Arriving in a country for a "visit" without a return (or ongoing) ticket usually raises the suspicion of the immigration officers. They may think that you are not actually intending to leave. The airlines are responsible for your return transport if you are refused entry into a country, so the airline has interest in avoiding you getting refused entry at the ...


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Flying one-way with many of the major carriers is normally far more expensive than half of a return due to the way airlines price flights. That leaves you with three options : Find a major airline that doesn't bump prices for one-way (as much). SAS is one that springs to mind, and their one-way flights are normally cheaper than other major airlines. Also ...


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By it's very name, an "Electronic Ticket", or an "E-ticket" is not a physical item - it's just an entry in a computer system. As a result, you do not need to physically present any specific document at time of check-in in order to get your boarding pass. So technically, no, you do not need to print anything out at all. However there are a few places where ...


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First of all, an airline is not required to check anybody in. By purchasing a ticket, you have entered into an agreement with a private company, and assented to all the terms of their Contract of Carriage. Written into every airline's CoC will be a clause allowing them to deny you passage under various conditions. You may be entitled to be rebooked for a ...


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Simple: Book a cheap return ticket, throw away the other half. You're not supposed to do this, of course, but unless you make a habit of it the airlines will not care. Flights are cheapest when nobody wants to travel. Low season, midweek, departures and arrivals at inconvenient times, and awkward transfers all lower the price. Problem is, you're looking ...


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When I crossed the border Canada -> US (on a European passport) earlier this year by car they did not ask for any return tickets. Just what I do for a living, how long I plan to stay in the US, how I plan get out and how much money I had on me and available in my bank account. Been there before for 2 weeks and in transit a couple of times; so maybe they ...


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Yes, have all the documentation of your travel prepared for each leg! Outline your trip briefly to the officials, explain that it was most cost-effective solution and show him/her that despite the fact that you have a one way ticket, you're leaving the country on X date. I think I've heard it's also helpful to have any other supporting documentation -- i.e. ...


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First off, no it is not safe to discard the first leg. If you buy a return (or any multi leg) ticket, missing the first flight on it (or any interim flights if there are more than one) will void the remaining flight(s) on the ticket. As for why the one-way ticket is more expensive, that has already been answered in detail here: One-way versus return airfare ...


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There's generally only one major disadvantage to booking two one-way tickets in situations like this - Change/Cancellation fees! If for some reason you have to cancel your trip, instead of paying a single cancellation fee you'll have to pay two - one to each airline - and odds are that each fee will be the same as the single fee would have been so in effect ...


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I know someone who tried to do this with a one-way ticket from Europe to the USA. They were denied boarding in Europe (pre-immigration screening) until they purchased, on the spot, another ticket out of the USA. That being said, it sounds like you will have a ticket from Vancouver to Bangkok which should give you a stronger argument. In my experience these ...


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In my experience, you're not going to have any problems. They can technically ask for proof of onward travel, proof of adequate funds, and proof of housing. In reality, they'll (in all likelihood) see that you're American and (maybe) ask how long you're staying. There aren't really concrete answers because there seems to be a discrepancy between the law and ...


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No, this will not work. Buying a return ticket and only using the first leg of it will certainly work - just make sure that you don't skip any of the legs before the one(s) you intend to use to avoid the ticket being canceled. However what will not work is trying to book a refundable fare class for the return, and then obtaining a refund for that leg. The ...


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The answer is going to depend on your exact itinerary, but my sneaky suspicion is that hubbing out of Kuala Lumpur and flying Air Asia everywhere would be the cheapest way to do it. Not only is Air Asia cheap and ubiquitous, but the passenger taxes & charges at KUL are noticeably lower than in SIN. That said, Kuala Lumpur's LCC terminal is a bit of a ...


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Timatic (the visa system used by many airlines) specifically states for a US citizen visiting Columbia : Visitors traveling as tourist are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for their next destination. Warning: - Visitors, traveling as tourist, not holding return/onward tickets could ...


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According to TIMATIC (the Visa processing system use by most airlines/travel agents since 1963) the requirements for an Australia citizen visiting South Korea are : Passport required. Passport and/or passport replacing documents must be valid on arrival. Visa required, except for Those traveling to attend conferences, exhibitions, ...


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No, this is totally "normal" airline behaviour. I never completely understood the rationale behind this policy. It seems to have something to do with that one-way tickets are the normal fare and on round trips reductions typically apply. If you need to travel on very short notice, the return is sometimes just the double of two one-way trips.


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When entering the Schengen area as a non-EEA citizen, you do not need proof of onward travel, but proof of "means of subsistence ... for the return to your country of origin or transit to a third country into which you are certain to be admitted" (Schengen Borders Code, Article 5). An onward or return ticket would of course also fulfill this requirement, but ...


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Leaving aside the question of round trip versus one-way fares, there are some potential disadvantages to booking your outbound and return flights on separate one-way tickets as opposed to a single round-trip (aka return) ticket— unless all tickets happen to be fully flexible, fully refundable, full-fare tickets, which you won't be buying if you care at all ...


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On two different occasions I have had issues flying Lufthansa on an Air Canada ticket - their systems don't work together as well as they should - which were solved only by a tremendous amount of typing by the checkin agent. A vital part of this typing was my ticket number. Since I had nothing printed, I just opened the confirmation email on my laptop and ...


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My answer does not reflect official rules and laws, just my own experience. I visited over 80 countries and many of them officially require proof of onward travel, ten of them are in South America. The only time anybody ask me about onward travel was when checking in for a flight to New Zealand in Sydney. In some other cases I had return flights with the ...


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Buy the cheapest one-way ticket out of the country. Show this as proof of your onward travel. Then forget about it; you don't need to use it. For example, you can get Madrid to London for 15 euros on RyanAir.com. For 15 euros, you can have peace of mind. Better safe than sorry.


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I have contacted Brazilian consulate with this question. I was informed, that one of requirements to enter Brazil is to have a valid ticket to and from Brazil.


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Air Transat offers flights to Canada (Paris-Montreal can be quite cheap out of summer, even few days before booking). Icelandair to North America via Reykjavik (they even offer the possibility for a stopover in Iceland if you want to visit). Icelandair have specific "gateways" on each side of the Ocean, airports for which they have more frequent and cheaper ...


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YES. I don't know if it will work for everybody every time but it worked for me today. The lady at the Air Asia X check-in counter in Sydney airport asked me for my onward ticket when she saw I was flying to KL one-way. I presented the e-ticket for my train trip to Singapore, which only cost about $10. At immigration in Kuala Lumpur they didn't ask me any ...



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