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Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

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Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

Sorry if this has been asked before but We are flying from London to Texas next May for a few days and will be then going on to San Francisco. We will be spending a week there and then flying back from San Fran to London.

Having not been abroad in the past 15yrs i havent a clue on what to do/search for when booking the flights. Or if there is a cheaper way of doing it?

Can someone shed some light please?

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1. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

Look for multi city ticket or open jaw, use a search engin like http://www.kayak.co.uk/ to get an idea about prices, to be on the save side book with the airline direct.

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2. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

Thank you :-)

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3. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

As noted, pretty normal and routine. Just try booking it as a multi-leg itinerary with the same carrier. Then check doing it as an open-jaw, into Texas, returning from San Fran, with an independent leg to get to San Fran as a comparison. In doing that, you might check domestic carriers like Southwest for the Texas to San Fran/Oakland portion.

Good luck.

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4. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

In addition, I would check buying the flights as three separate one way tickets. Occasionally that is cheaper for an itinerary like yours.

Definitely check southwest airlines at southwest.com. Their flights do not show up on any 3rd party search engines like kayak and they are a great US, low cost airline. They do not fly internationally (for the most part), but San Jose and Houston are hubs, so you can fly from Houston to San Francisco area on Southwest.

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5. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

Hi

I did them same thing in May this year. Bought our tickets with BA. On the home page just choose multi city option. We found that BA have the best flight times and locations for want we often want. We will most probably do similar next year but for next May prices are a bit steep at the moment, so waiting.

Clive

For internal flights we usually use southwest if at all possible, with the 2 free bags and the earlybird check in they are good.

Edited: 2:04 pm, July 09, 2013
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6. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

Just be aware Southwest has a unique boarding process. There are no assigned seats. If you have a big group with kids and need to be seated together, probably stay away from Southwest. You can buy early bird check in which moves you up in the boarding line, but there's still no guarantee you'll get a specific seat or seats.

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7. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

A couple of other ideas. American Airlines, a partner of BA, has a hub at DFW in Texas, so if you're in that area a multi city search might have a good price. Compare that price to a one way on SW, which flies from a number of Texas airports, including Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso. Just be aware that if flying from Houston or Dallas, SW doesn't leave from the main airport, but the smaller secondary airport. These aren't like some of the airports the European budget airlines sometimes use that are in entire other cities, but instead are convenient to downtown. Look at coming into either SFO or Oakland, both are convenient to San Francisco. I really wouldn't worry about SW boarding-even if you don't buy early checkin you'll still probably have a choice of seats, especially if you check in on the web site at 24 hours before flight time.

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8. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

Where abouts in Texas are you flying too ?

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9. Re: Flying to Texas but coming back from a different state....

I would strongly suggest you buy two tickets for this itinerary.

First ticket, multi city, outbound to Texas, return from San Francisco.

Second ticket, from Texas to San Francisco.maybe same airline, maybe different.

The reason for this is that should you buy it all on one ticket, then if you miss the Texas to San Francisco flight for any reason, your (expensive to repurchase) return flight from San Francisco would be cancelled automatically. It's unlikely to be any cheaper booking this as one ticket than two, indeed you can probably get a good deal on SouthWest for the middle flight, so I don't see any downsides to booking two separate itineraries.

Edited: 3:26 am, July 10, 2013
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