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

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.

About ARC:

The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air
travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading
business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and
financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2016, ARC settled
$86 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for nearly 7,000 travel
agencies with more than 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC
is an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia,
with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan,
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