[Another brilliant re-posting from another forum... ;-)
[I've put this here in "Living" as it mostly relates to those who have driven a vehicle down to Belize to stay, and now need to find their way back to the States or Canada... 'L]
In another Forum, a reader in Salt Lake City asks:
> Cheap one-way flights? It looks cheaper to buy a RT [BZE->SLC]
The trick is to not "book through".
If I go to, for example, Travelocity http://www.travelocity.com/Flights/0,,TRAVELOCITY,00.html right now and book one-way from Belize BZE to Salt Lake City SLC in February, I am shown "booked through" connecting flights on AA, Continental, Taca, etc. for $575 to $800+ USD. (Today, the equivalent roundtrip BZE-SLC-BZE is coming in at $724 and up. These fares change whimsically.)
But if I ask for a one-way from BZE to Houston IAH (which I happen to know is a hub) I'm offered a ticket on that same afternoon Continental flight for $190 (though I usually take the $195 Taca flight in the morning -- less crowded, better connections, and they still serve food).
[Interestingly, the one-way ticket in the opposite direction starts at $540, so the strategy doesn't work in the other direction.]
Then I ask for IAH to SLC separately and, lo and behold, Frontier owns that route with direct and connecting flights for $156.
$195 + 156 = $351 (plus tax & fees).
What's the catch? If you miss your connection you're not guaranteed that the next airline will honor your ticket, since you were "no show". But they probably will anyway...
BTW, FWIW, I have also used the not-booked-through strategy on roung-trip flights when I've been unable to find a booked-through flight to my liking (in this case I'm usually looking for an extended return date > 30 days at a reasonable price).
MissLena is Galena Alyson Canada
Her Belize Forum email is forums@GalenaAlysonCanada.com