In simple terms, open jaw flights involve flying into one airport and out of another – in other words, making your own way between two different airports (a surface sector). How you get between the two airports is up to you. In the complex world of round the world tickets, this could mean travelling between airports in the same country (eg. between Cairns and Sydney in Australia) or continent (eg. between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lima, Peru).

3 Big advantages of open jaw flights

1. Don't waste time doubling back on yourself

Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel the length of Vietnam? Or you want to challenge yourself to navigate around South America, or perhaps embark on an epic road trip from New York to LA? Whatever your reason, 9 times out of 10, you’ll want to see and do as much as possible without the need to backtrack to where you started. Doubling back on yourself to fly in and out of the same airport can be expensive, time consuming and quite frankly make no sense. That’s where an open jaw comes into its own - allowing you to land in one city and fly out of a different city.

2. See more places along the way

Making your own way between flights is a key component of multi-stop flight itineraries. Once you’ve booked your flights, it's entirely up to you how you make your way to your next departure city. You have maximum freedom and opportunity to go where you want, when you want. Whilst flying between two points may well get you there in a few hours (and sometimes that is necessary if you’re short of time or have been somewhere before), you could be missing out on discovering the very best of a country or continent. Meet the people, eat the food and get off the beaten track.

Travelling overland is the best way to get under the skin of a country - this is where a lifetime of travel memories are created. If you find it’s taking longer than expected to travel to your next destination, then many round the world tickets will allow flight date changes, so you’re free to stay longer on that dreamy paradise island or indulge in more iconic sights.

3. Get more for your money

Surely adding in more destinations will increase the cost of my ticket? Not necessarily.

In terms of what you can see and do, an open jaw ticket can actually be exceptional value for money. There is often only a minimal extra cost to include more destinations in an itinerary and that’s where our expertise and flight knowledge comes into play. Our expert consultants know how to construct flight tickets to meet your needs and get the most from a trip. It’s quite possible for us to be able to increase the places you’ll visit without the price going up.

You don’t need to waste your valuable time and energy trying to understand complex flight rules. No matter how complex or simple your route, we’re confident that we’ll create the very best option for you!

3 example multi-stop routes that include open jaw flights

Don't forget - these routes are just examples of what we can offer - call us for your exact itinerary andf we will put it together for you!



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Kuala Lumpur





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Los Angeles
San Francisco





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Buenos Aires
Panama City
San Jose (Costa Rica)
Guatemala City




Need expert help planning your open jaw flights?

Our team are experts in complex round the world flight itineraries. We can suggest some interesting ideas to add the maximum number of destinations to your round the world ticket, using open jaw flights. We may even be able to suggest sectors you might not have considered yet! For more advice, contact us on +44 1273320580 or request a quote by email.

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