I really don't have much travel experience other than driving and camping in various parts of the United States. We rarely ever fly, and I've never been on a train. We've never been to Europe, and have never really been on our own in a big city. So as you can imagine, my travel experience is pretty limited.
We will be flying into Paris from LAX in June, and returning from Frankfurt (FRA) in July to LAX.
The first part is already booked - a one way non-stop ticket on Norwegian.
I'm having trouble with the crazy prices for our return flight, and need to figure out what I should book.
When I search for a one way ticket (non-stop) from FRA to LAX, it's approx $2500. If I pretend it's round trip, and enter a fictitious "return date" I can get a ticket for approx. $1200. I guess when I get home, I can just call the airline, and cancel the other flight?
Is this what people do? I don't understand the huge discrepancy in price. Why is round trip cheaper?
Trying to save money, I've checked to see if flying in to JFK, MSP, LAS, or PHX and then a separate flight to SAN (closer to home than LAX) might be cheaper, and it works out to be a little cheaper but not significant enough to justify a hotel, or extra time in an airport.
So I'm stumped. I'm hoping for non-stop, if a stop is necessary, then I'd rather have one early on in Europe, so I can at least try to sleep the 2nd part of the trip.
Is it time to call a travel agent? I haven't used one since 1994.
Should I bite the bullet and book the RT for $1200, or in your best guess, will prices come down a bit? I know no one has a crystal ball, but most of you would know better than me! :)