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"Open Jaw Flights" and "Multi-City Flight" ---On a Budget
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My friend and I are two college guys that are going to take a 2 month eurotrip starting in London and doing a loop around Europe and ending up in Madrid. We don’t know how long are money will last or how long we will be staying total in each place and how it will effect the total time of the trip. It should last from 45-60 days.

My question is how expensive will an open jaw flight be with a multi city plan?  What are the cheapest way to do these? I heard student discounts can go a long way, we also wouldn’t mind being couriers.  How much more expensive is this type of flight plan going to be for us? We are way to flexible too set an exact departure date, so the “open-jaw” flight is a must for us.  Would it be better to buy two one-way flights?  Any suggestions would be excellent!  How much would we be looking at price wise for this too?

Any input at all would really be appreciated, I know how valuable experience is…..Thanks in advance,

-Kenneth

EDIT: We will be leaving first week of June and coming back sometime in mid to late July. We will be leaving from Houston, TX to London.

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From where?  Approximate date (summer?, winter?)  For a 30 to 45 day trip, it will almost always be cheaper to buy a ticket with a set return day. An “open return” without a set day is usually very expensive.

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www.kayak.com is good for open-jaw itineraries

When you arrive, don’t tell border control that you plan to stay “until your money runs out.” You have to have more concrete plans than that, and the one-way back out would be fine. However, that may or may not be your cheapest or best option. If you qualify student tickets (sounds like you do) check www.studentuniverse…. www.statravel.com and www.travelcuts.com for open-jaw pricing. Student tickets often (not always) allow cheap changes to return date—maybe $75 plus any increase in airfare. Last-minute airfare, especially in summer, is quite expensive, so even any changes would still cost you quite a lot. So… I think your best bet is figure out your budget, then itinerary, so you can make your best guess at return date.

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Thanks a lot Don, that really helps, I think my best bet might be for a student ticket with a change or just a one way out, I will check out those web-sites too.

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The problem with one-ways is that you still have to lock in your dates, so if you can get a student ticket with cheap charges for date changes, that’s probably your best bet.  Keep in mind that airfare could have increased $300 or more when you book your return, so budget maybe $500 extra, plus the cost of the ticket change ($75?).  It sounds like you’re already aware that you can not enter Europe on a one-way ticket if you have a non-Euro passport.