One Way (O/W) – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of one way? Learn the meaning of one way, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of one way? Keep reading to learn the meaning of one way, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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What is a One Way?

A one way is the term for a journey with travel from one location to another, without necessarily returning back again. A common abbreviation for one way in the travel industry is O/W. The standard opposite of a one way is a round trip.

One way often refers to transportation, where travel is booked from Point A to Point B only, often called a one-way ticket.

More on One Ways

One way is usually the preferred spelling for the noun, while the hyphenated one-way is often preferred as a modifier. However, along with the rarely-used, single-word oneway, these spelling variations are often used interchangeably.

Though one-way tickets are often cheaper than round-trip tickets, it’s usually not half the cost, meaning that purchasing two one-way tickets is most often more expensive than buying a single round-trip ticket. Also, purchasing a one-way ticket leads to a greater chance of having the dreaded “SSSS” marked on one’s boarding pass.

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