The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Every­one knows it’s cheaper to buy round-trip plane tick­ets than one-way fares. But in­creas­ingly, every­one is wrong.

Trav­el­ers are pur­chas­ing more one-way flights as the price pre­mium de­clines com­pared with round trips, ac­cord­ing to Air­lines Re­port­ing Corp., which an­a­lyzes fare data. One-way jaunts have ex­panded to 42 per­cent of air travel so far this year, up from 29 per­cent three years ago, ARC said.

The price drop is es­pe­cially pro­nounced on leisure routes, with cor­po­rate travel see­ing barely any change. From cities such as New York, Dal­las, Den­ver and Los An­ge­les, the av­er­age pre­mium to some des­ti­na­tions has shrunk to $10 from $125 when look­ing at each leg of the trip, ARC said.

While one-way fares are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, ARC warned of the risk of higher change fees if a cus­tomer buys two one-way tick­ets.

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