One way ticket...TO HELL!!!

I live in Alaska, and visit my family in California for the holidays each year. A couple of years ago I bought a one way ticket, because I wasn’t sure when I was going to be returning, and it was half the price of the round-trip ticket. When I booked my return flight, the one way ticket was now almost twice as much as the round trip ticket, so I bought a ticket with the return date 11 months later, when I planned to come down next. I have done this twice now, and I want to get out of this ridiculous cycle, but now it seems that one way tickets are always way more than the round trip tickets, and I can’t justify blowing a couple hundred dollars just to get back in sync.

What is up with inflated prices for one way tickets? And do airlines really expect people to use the back end of a cheap round trip, if they only need a one way?


“Believe those who seek the truth.
Doubt those who find it.” --Andre Gide

Supply and demand, my friend. Most likely, if you are buying a one-way ticket, it is because you have to go someplace, since you intend on staying. Therefore the price on the margin is higher. That’s my guess, anyhow.