Flight Terminology Explained

by Emma Hackwood
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Deciding on the best flight to suit your needs can sometimes become a confusing choice. As Airfare Experts we pride ourselves on having the inside knowledge to help you plan and decide if an open jaw or multi-city flight is the right choice before you travel around the world. But the terminology used in the airline industry can sometimes be a bit confusing so we asked our airfare experts to explain the common airline ticket types:


What is a One-Way Ticket?

A one-way ticket is a single flight between two destinations. For example – a one way flight from Toronto to Vancouver with no return date.


What is a Return Ticket?

A return ticket is a flight to a destination that returns back to the original departure point. For example – Toronto to Vancouver and return back to Toronto.


What is a Stop-Over?

A stop-over is a scheduled break between flights lasting longer than 24 hours at an in-between point when flying to a destination. For example – flying Toronto to Sydney with a stop-over in Los Angeles of more than 24 hours before continuing onto Sydney. An exception to this rule is for travel entirely within Central America where it’s considered a stop-over when the next scheduled departure is more than 6 hours after arrival at the intermediate point.


What is a lay-over?

A lay-over is when you have a ticket to a destination that has an enforced stop. Generally this stop is to swap aircraft or mode of transport or to refuel the aircraft at a designated stop. It refers to the time spent on the ground in-between flights. For example – you are flying Toronto to Sydney via Los Angeles and you stop in Los Angeles for a few hours before continuing to your final destination.


What is an Open-Jaw Ticket?

An open-jaw ticket allows travellers to fly into one destination and return to the original departure point from a different destination. These tickets are particularly useful when travellers wish to journey overland on a specific tour, a self drive holiday between different destinations or a one-way cruise. For example – flying Vancouver to Tokyo and returning from Hong Kong back to Vancouver.


What is a Multi-Stop Ticket?

A multi-stop ticket or a multi-city ticket is an individually-tailored or pre-packaged flight itinerary that allows travellers to stop-off at multiple destinations before returning to the original departure point. This includes double dip tickets and triple treat tickets. For example – flying Toronto to Reykjavik with a layover in Reykjavik and then onto Stokholm and returning back to Toronto. These itineraries allow a stop in each city and let you see more destinations in one ticket. Multi-city flights not only save you money and time, but are a great way to accumulate frequent flyer points as well.


What is a 2-for-1 flight?

A 2-for-1 flight is an individually-tailored or pre-packaged flight itinerary that allows travellers to stop-off at two destinations before returning to the original departure point. Essentially you pay the price of one airfare and visit two destinations. For example – Toronto to New York and Chicago all in one ticket with a lay-over in both New York and Chicago for one low fare.


What is a 3-City Flight Ticket?

Similar to 2-for-1 flights, 3-city flights are an individually-tailored or pre-packaged flight itineraries that allow travellers to stop-off at three destinations before returning to the original departure point. For example – Toronto to Miami, Nassau and San Juan with a lay-over at each location giving you three great destinations in the one low fare, while packing more into your vacation.


What is a Round the World Ticket?

A Round the World (RTW) ticket is an individually-tailored flight itinerary that allows travellers to stop-off on multiple continents or destinations while flying in one direction around the globe and returning to their original departure point for one low price. A Round the World airline or ticket could be a more cost effective way to fly, depending on your routes and business or vacation destinations. To make the complete journey, travellers might fly on different airlines that are either grouped together as an alliance or have special ticket arrangements.

RTW tickets are either a fixed price or calculated by the miles travelled or the continents visited. Tickets are available in economy, business class, first class or in a combination of different cabin classes. At Flight Centre we have dedicated Round the World experts to help build your ideal itinerary.


What is a Mixed Class Ticket?

A mixed class ticket is an individually-tailored airfare that allows travellers to fly in different airline classes on different flights. For example, travellers could fly to Asia in Economy Class and fly from Asia to Australia in Business Class. Mixed class is available via a combination of any Economy, Premium Economy, Business or First Class airfare. Our dedicated first and business class experts can help with all mixed class fare types to suit your needs at unbeatable prices.


What is an International Airpass ticket?

International Airpass tickets are special fare tickets offered by certain carriers in certain countries or regions. They allow the flexibility to travel around a country, region or continent with multiple legs. For example Star Alliance offer an Africa Airpass for between 3-10 flight segments for the one low fare allowing you to fly between select airports at any time. Air New Zealand offers an Airpass departing from Auckland with stops in Cook Islands, Sydney, Christchurch and Queenstown.


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