Round Trip (R/T) – Glossary Definition

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

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

Airbus A380 on a round trip flight
Airbus A380 on a round-trip flight. Taken by G-R Mottez via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is a Round Trip?

A round trip is the term for a journey for travels from one location to another and then back again to the original starting point. A common abbreviation for a round trip in the travel industry is R/T. The standard opposite of a round trip is a one way.

Round trip often refers to transportation, where travel is booked from Point A to Point B and then from Point B to Point A, often called a round-trip ticket.

If the ticket goes from Point A to Point B and then to a Point C, it is usually not called a round-trip ticket, but instead may be an open-jaw ticket. However, sometimes Point A (or Point B) may have multiple airports, and if a passenger flies to any one of them, it can still be considered a round trip. For example, if a passenger flies from NYC’s JFK airport to LAX in Los Angeles and returns on a flight from LAX to NYC’s LGA airport (LaGuardia), it is still usually called a round trip, especially when both flights were booked together and with one airline.

More on Round Trips

Round trip is usually the preferred spelling for the noun, while the hyphenated round-trip is often preferred as a modifier. However, along with the single-word roundtrip, these spelling variations are often used interchangeably. A round trip may also be called a return; for example, a round-trip ticket may be called a return ticket.

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