Airline Ticket Trends

ARC Busts Myth That Roundtrip Air Travel is Always the Lowest Cost Option

Report Reveals Building Roundtrip Travel with One-Way Tickets is Sometimes Cheaper

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, today released a report that discloses the percentage of one-way airline tickets (versus roundtrip) has significantly increased from 2014 to present. The study also disproves the myth that two one-way tickets are always more expensive than a similar roundtrip itinerary. ARC released the report at this year’s Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention 2017.

The report reveals that the trend toward one-way ticket purchases started primarily with leisure and unmanaged corporate travel. It also highlights opportunities for business travel managers to be more flexible with options for one-way travel today.

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • While one-way ticket volume is increasing, overall travel in the U.S. continues to grow year-over-year. Demand remains strong, but purchase behavior is changing.
  • One-way tickets with longer advanced purchase are increasing. The report revealed this one-way ticketing trend is even seen when ticketing more than 21 days in advance.
  • The historical premium for one-way travel that was, in some markets, as high as 50% has dropped to almost zero today.

“The data shows the long-held belief that it is always better to purchase a roundtrip ticket is not always true in today’s market,” said ARC’s Managing Director of Enterprise Information Chuck Thackston. “This surge in one-way ticket travel looks like it’s here to stay.”

The full report is available online.

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