Open-Jaw

Updated: 2017-03-27.

An open-jaw ticket, in airline parlance, is a roundtrip flight where the passenger’s origin and/or destination differs in each direction; essentially, a roundtrip where there is no simple city pair. Usually, it refers to the destination differing on either leg of the trip, also known more precisely as a destination open-jaw. Different airports in the same city don’t usually count towards being open-jaw, however.

There are more specific terms for open-jaws, depending on the origins and destinations. For example, let’s look at a British tourist visiting Italy:

  • If they book London (LHR) to Milan (MXP), returning Milan (MXP) to London (LHR), this is a standard roundtrip; the city pair matches (LHRx2, MXPx2).
  • If they book London (LHR) to Milan (MXP), returning Rome (FCO) to London (LHR), this is known as a destination open-jaw (or just open-jaw, as it is the most common).
  • If they book London (LHR) to Milan (MXP), returning Milan (MXP) to Manchester (MAN), this is known as an origin open-jaw.
  • If they book London (LHR) to Milan (MXP), returning Rome (FCO) to Manchester (MAN), this is known as a double open-jaw.
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