I am a bit of newbie in airline tickets booking matrix. Here is my situation: I have to travel from A -> B. But I will return like this: C -> A.

B -> C travel will be land based private transport.

One way trips are expensive and I do not find this option of specifying "C" in the ticket booking websites.

Any pointers?

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    It's called an open-jaw flight, btw
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 12, 2014 at 3:46
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    Another term used by airlines is "ARNK". Nov 12, 2014 at 8:11

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It's called an open-jaw flight/ticket, and you usually have to deal with it and buy two one-way tickets. Most bookings sites will allow multi-city options.

For example, on Matrix Airfare Search, you can choose the multi-city option. Then you can specify which date ranges you want to take the A-B and C-A option.

Sometimes it's cheaper, sometimes it's more expensive, sometimes people use hidden-ticket options or drop the return leg, but there are risks involved in these tricks (See other questions on this site for those topics).

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    Just putting this link where it gives an almost step by step instruction how to go about Open Jaw tickets. maphappy.org/2014/05/how-to-book-cheap-open-jaw-tickets
    – NotAgain
    Nov 12, 2014 at 4:15
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    If you are buying an open jaw on an single airline, it is a round trip fare, not two one way tickets. The fare is calculated by taking half of each city pair's round trip airfare for the class of seats available.
    – user13044
    Nov 12, 2014 at 6:41

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