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Round trip with extra flight or open jaw

Hi all-Would love some feedback-I have 2 weeks in Paris, and then I head to Calabria-flying into Lamezia Terme-and then home after a length of time. I can use miles from my home to CDG and return, which would mean flying from Lamezia Terme, back to CDG, and then home. Not usually a problem for me. However, I understand many travellers on this site are in favor of open jaw. Would you recommend this, say, flying out of Italy, most likely from Terme to Rome, then home, vs. flying back to Paris. If you could weigh in on open jaw, it would be appreciated. Thank you

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1783 posts

I don’t see nonstop flights from Lamezia Terme to Paris but there are to Rome. Of course, I don't know what your flights dates are.
If you can fly nonstop from Rome to home i.e., Atlanta or Boston then fly open jaw; otherwise I would use up my miles.

Posted by
1308 posts

Sometimes open jaw is the answer, and sometimes it isn't.
You will just have to do some dummy bookings to see which option gives you the best timing/price.

Posted by
8632 posts

If you can engineer your miles to do USA-CDG and then SUF-USA I think that would be the thing to do. Buy the CDG-SUF as a separate trip.

May depend on which airlines your FF miles include on whether it possible.

My FF miles ( Alaska) lets me buy one ways at what is half the rate of r/t. If you can use your miles for 2 one ways or have to do open jaw depends on your airline miles program.

Posted by
218 posts

thanks all-yes, the dummy bookings seem to be the way to check-and I also agree that utilizing miles is most likely a great savings-I will certainly check Rome to the usa...much appreciated!

Posted by
21724 posts

We do most of our trip via open jaw. Rarely find it more expensive especially if you factor in the time and money spent returning to your starting point. But, you don't know until you run the bookings to see what the prices are. Only takes an extra 15 to 20 minutes. We even do it in the states. Just back from a run to San Francisco, then to San Diego, and finally back to Denver. Normally would use one way tickets from SWest but did an open jaw to SF and home from SD. Saved almost $300 dollars over RT to SF.

Posted by
218 posts

Ok..open jaw hunting as we speak! I see the advantage..especially in time. Thank you!

Posted by
1198 posts

So far I have always done RT with an extra flight because the savings is so huge. I would prefer open jaw but the savings is my priority

Posted by
218 posts

Thanks Jessica-You may be correct-open jaw for my itinerary is not the easiest, but still checking. Like having the option of the extra ticket-and the layover part is not important, as I will have been in Paris for awhile. Thank you!

Posted by
5476 posts

Using United at a hub, EWR, I often find that open jaw has more choices and takes either less money or fewer miles. I think this is because this often used a partner airline (extra flight or not), which happens to be well-integrated into the United flight search engine.

I admit this is east coast-centric, but since we can't get the hotel room at 8AM, we don't mind arriving at a secondary city at noon, using a second flight. I just have not found the third flight to have a lot of drawbacks. Yes, we used to prioritize direct flights.

It is previously accurate, but today, a Myth, that open-jaw flights cost more. And your precious vacation time has value, too.

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8774 posts

Using miles, at least on United/Star Alliance, you are essentially booking one way tickets. United offers an in-Europe flight that only charges taxes and fees. For example I am flying from U.S. to Dublin and from London to U.S. While there I want to fly from London to Bordeaux, then take the Eurostar back to London. If I fly United from London to Bordeaux, or anywhere else in Europe I want to go, I would only pay taxes and fees. Unfortunately the flight options were not worth the hassle, but it would all depend on where you want to go. That scenario would work for you flying home-Paris-Rome-home.