Sometimes when I do extended travel I have no idea when I will be doing a return and would prefer to choose the return segment later.

  • Not looking for Full Fare tickets {no change fee} or First class
  • One ways (usually more expensive) than Return fare


Some history and information on Travel SE:

  • No more open returns?

    True open return tickets faded into obscurity last decade, my cobweb filled brain wants to say 2008 or 2009.
    Open return tickets have faded away but they still exist in some airlines.

  • More links coming..

Which airlines still offer this now in 2015?

Please answer/ list airlines that you know still offer this, maybe directly, online or via travel agents.

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    Is there a specific sector that you wish to find this information for or is it a general query, Are you travelling India <> US too?
    – skv
    Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 11:54
  • @skv - General as well as specific. Lets take Asia <> US as an example. Either India or BKK or Asian hub.
    – Alex S
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 14:06
  • Some special ticket like students' can change return without fee, but for normal one, NO. You pay what you get
    – Him
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 0:28
  • Generally asking for lists has been considered broad... too many answers
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 2:44
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    @MarkMayo - Its not too broad as there are not many who do this. No one has yet named any so far.
    – Alex S
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 6:33

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Few airlines still sell open return tickets (that do not require reservations to be made). The exception is round-the-world and visit-a-continent fares which do still allow this.

However, virtually all of them sell changeable tickets that can be changed at any time. On the flip side it may not be cheap.

That said the ticket validity is usually limited to one year after date of purchase.

  • Thanks for responding. I am not looking for Full Fare tickets. But, tickets where the RETURN end can be determined later, by design or without a change fee.
    – Alex S
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 13:53
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    @AlexS That basically is a full fare ticket, at least in the return portion.
    – Calchas
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 14:02
  • If you look at the 2 examples above, they are not Full fare examples. I am aware of full fare tickets and have even booked them few times.
    – Alex S
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 14:04
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    @AlexS I don't believe these are common any more except for some very limited cases as I gave. I would add that even an open return ticket would require space in the appropriate booking class for the bought fare, and these days airlines aggressively close down the cheaper booking classes close to departure. So in principle you could have an "O" class deep-discount fare without a requirement to make reservations at ticketing time, but if the O booking code is closed on the flight you want, even with empty seats in the cabin, you would have to pay the fare difference up to the next fare.
    – Calchas
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 15:08
  • - The long technicalities aside, I am wondering if any airlines still offer this, because even when I first heard about it from my friend it was NEWS to me. So, lets focus on which airlines do offer this, if at all.
    – Alex S
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 20:39

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