What Is a Round-Trip Flight?


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A round-trip flight is a travel itinerary between two locations with both a trip to the destination and back to the original departure airport. A round-trip ticket has a set day for departure and a set date for the return trip.

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What Is a Round-Trip Flight?
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A one-way ticket means the fare only covers one travel direction from point A to point B without a return trip back to point A. Some travelers book two one-way flights instead of one round-trip ticket: the original flight from point A to point B and a second one-way ticket from point B to point A. Historically, travelers paid less to book a round-trip ticket, but many low-cost airlines such as Southwest and Allegiant offer lower one-way prices, making two separate tickets cheaper in some cases.

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