What is the best way to get a 1way ticket to one place, rent a car, then get another 1way ticket home?

I live in Valdosta, GA. I want to fly to Los Angeles, rent a car, drive (along historic Route 66) to Chicago, then fly home. Any travel agents out there or anyone else have thoughts on the most economical way to pursue this?

Travel will occur next summer (thinking June or August). Thanks in advance.

One-way tickets used to cost more, but with Southwest, Airtran, JetBlue and other low-cost airlines selling point-to-point tickets, the larger airlines are starting to offer this option on competing routes. For JAX airport (closest to Valdosta), you can take Delta Express to Atlanta, then Airtran from Atlanta to LA. For Chicago, use Midway Airport and take Airtran MDW-ATL, then Delta Express ATL back to JAX.

Alternatively, you can get an "open-jaw" ticket, sometimes called "multi-stop" or "multi-destination." Try Delta.com for these; I only recommended Airtran earlier because they’re usually a little bit cheaper than Delta (but they don’t serve JAX).

updated —
Looks like Delta Connection is now serving Valdosta Airport (VLD) with 7 daily flights to Atlanta. In that case, I’d only go from JAX if the price was significantly cheaper, and in this case, it looks like JAX is significantly cheaper most of the time (about $272, vs. $478 from VLD).

As far as one-way car rental, I believe Enterprise does that, but it pays to shop around. I really like Booking Buddy for car price comparisons. Also, Smarter Travel is great to see what kind of specials are out there. Links below.

My bad, it looks like Airtran IS serving JAX now, so try them for JAX-LAX and MDW-JAX, too. Compare with what Delta offers.

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  1. David A says:

    gee I don’t know.

    Call a travel agent.
    check on airline web sites.
    call the airport.
    References :

  2. Sammyleggs222 says:

    One way tickets usually cost more anytime…..June to August is peak travel time too…..

    Also sends up red flags at times to "big brother" to think you are up to no good…..good luck!
    References :

  3. Eurotrip Don says:

    One-way tickets used to cost more, but with Southwest, Airtran, JetBlue and other low-cost airlines selling point-to-point tickets, the larger airlines are starting to offer this option on competing routes. For JAX airport (closest to Valdosta), you can take Delta Express to Atlanta, then Airtran from Atlanta to LA. For Chicago, use Midway Airport and take Airtran MDW-ATL, then Delta Express ATL back to JAX.

    Alternatively, you can get an "open-jaw" ticket, sometimes called "multi-stop" or "multi-destination." Try Delta.com for these; I only recommended Airtran earlier because they’re usually a little bit cheaper than Delta (but they don’t serve JAX).

    updated —
    Looks like Delta Connection is now serving Valdosta Airport (VLD) with 7 daily flights to Atlanta. In that case, I’d only go from JAX if the price was significantly cheaper, and in this case, it looks like JAX is significantly cheaper most of the time (about $272, vs. $478 from VLD).

    As far as one-way car rental, I believe Enterprise does that, but it pays to shop around. I really like Booking Buddy for car price comparisons. Also, Smarter Travel is great to see what kind of specials are out there. Links below.

    My bad, it looks like Airtran IS serving JAX now, so try them for JAX-LAX and MDW-JAX, too. Compare with what Delta offers.
    References :
    http://www.airtran.com
    http://www.delta.com
    http://www.bookingbuddy.com
    http://www.smartertravel.com

  4. anonymous says:

    Never buy a one way ticket from a major airline, it’s a rip-off.

    Get a multi-city trip, home-LAX-ORD-home and do not buy the LAX to ORD leg (set it to ground transportation mode).

    These tickets are sometimes also known as a "open jaw" route.

    The total amount should be half of a return ticket to LA and half of a return ticket to Chicago.

    Do not forget to account for the drop-off fee on the rental car, it can be substantial.
    References :
    This is actually a FAQ for Route 66 travelers:
    http://www.historic66.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=618

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