Why Book a Roundtrip Award Instead of 2 One-Ways?

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  1. Explore
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    I can only think of two or three reasons to do so:
    • On award trips between regions, you get a stopover in one direction.
    • Taxes might be slightly lower with a RT.
    • If you have to pay an award booking fee, you only pay one fee.
    Any others?

    For me, the key advantage of two one-ways is having more flexibility if you need to change or cancel.
     
  2. RichardInSF
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    I learned of one fairly obscure advantage to the round trip booking after the Tokyo earthquake. If you book a round trip and the outbound part is granted travel waivers and you want to cancel or change the booking, you can cancel the entire booking without paying the redeposit or change fee (up to $150).

    But if you book one ways, if the return portion of the trip falls outside the travel waiver period, you will probably be charged the fee to change that.

    Not a problem if you are a 1k/GS, since they are exempt from the fee.
     
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    Also remember now that it's possible to change award flights/routing/etc after departure of first flight even on a Star Alliance award, and you no longer need to change to all-United metal to do it.
     
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    Aren't change fees assessed on a per-award basis? So if you book two one-way awards, and have to change your trip, you're liable for double whatever fees might apply?
     
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    Once had to go thru secondary screening on return to US, as the airline had reported my RT as a 1 way return. (We'd booked RT, for some reason the airline reported it as a one way ticket).

    The extra screening took about 15 seconds, not a big deal, but it's a factor to consider.
     
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    If you have to change both ends of your trip, and you are not a sufficient-level elite eligible for free changes, then yes.
     
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    For Me it was the free Stop Over. Though At this point I have booked 1rt and 1OW award ticket ever so that makes me a newb ;)
     
  8. unavaca
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    You have to pay two redeposit fees if you cancel.
    It's not possible to claim "trip in vain" with two one-ways.
     

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