I want to book a flight from DTW to SFO and a return flight from SFO to DTW. They're the same price if I book them separately or if I book them together. I'm just wondering whether I should book them separately or together?
So there's 2 situations that I think I have to consider. If no emergency changes of plans occur (and I don't really think any will), then none of this matters. However, let's suppose one of the following two situations occur...
Situation 1: Something comes up and I have to change/cancel one of the flights but not the other one. Will it cost me more to change if I had booked it together as opposed to separately? I think, either way, the change fee will be the same, but what about the difference in fares for the case where I booked both flights together? For example, if I want to change my SFO to DTW flight and I want to keep my DTW to SFO flight the same, will I have to pay the difference in fares for both flights? (By the time I realize I have to make a change, the price of both flights will likely have increased significantly.) Or will I only have to pay the fee + the fare difference for the one flight I want to change?
Situation 2: Something comes up and I have to change both flights at the same time. In this case, I think it could possibly be better to book them together and hope that I only have to pay the change fee once? Is this true?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Situation 2 is probably an order of magnitude less likely than situation 1, so situation 1 is really the one I need to think about. Thanks!