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One way air ticket travel

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One way air ticket travel

We are 60ish years of age and look to travel to Central America and Mexico for about 3 months to research for a retirement destination. We have no schedule other than for departing Toronto, Canada (YYZ) sometime in the first two weeks of December and returning late March or so. Our first destination in mind is Panama (PTY). We were going to book one way tickets with COPA Airlines but they say we have to book return. We know from previous travels that countries requiring Visas want to enforce an exit travel ticket to make sure you do not stay beyond the Visa. But for countries like Panama that require no Visas, how can we bypass these restrictions - we are unlikely to return to Canada from Panama, but will go on to maybe Costa Rica, Uruguay and Mexico as the mood moves us. Suggestions/insights would be most welcomed!!

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1. Re: One way air ticket travel

Try looking for multi-city or open jaw flights.

Toronto
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Thanks Lexexpress. But multi city or open jaw will not solve our problem as we do not know where else we might go or when - and both involve significant price premiums that may provide us no added value in the end. For example, we may fall in love with Panama and see no reason to investigate alternative retirement possibilities, or resolve that but take the opportunity to go elsewhere purely for "holiday" purposes. Any other ideas??

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3. Re: One way air ticket travel

Panama is fairly central (joke) so you might consider buying a round trip ticket to Panama City and then making your way back to there from wherever else you go (or don't go).

The money saved on the return flight would probably cover the cost of returning.

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Thanks Leagle but if we end up in Mexico City or in San Paolo, we certainly do not want to fly back to Panama City just to use the second leg of our return. And the premium for a one way is not that much. For us, the time and trouble factor in doing that far outweighs the minor cost savings. We have travelled extensively over the last decades and find air travel more and more distasteful so strive to minimize air times, stops, layovers etc. which means the airlines (and frequent flyer program redemptions punish you!)

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5. Re: One way air ticket travel

I don't understand the problem, unless you want specifically to travel on COPA, Otherwise, I can see a one-way fare immediately bookable on American Airlines (plane change in Miami) for around $420 for early December.

Edited: 01 November 2011, 09:29
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6. Re: One way air ticket travel

Why not buy a flexible ticket (return)? If you change your plans, change your ticket. No big deal...

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Yep, there is. Check the in transit time versus Copa. Copa told us even if they (or any other airline) were to issue a one way ticket that immigration would not allow you into the country even though, they agree, no visa is required for a Canadian citizen, which we both are.

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8. Re: One way air ticket travel

OP - this is what is required per Copa's webpage, and I would believe them. It's certainly posted there enough times:

"If you are not a citizen or resident of the country to which you are traveling, immigration authorities require that the passenger have proof of transportation exiting the country, be it an airplane ticket or a ferry, bus, or cruise ship ticket etc., showing the final destination as another country or the passenger's home country."

They just want to make sure you are not going to stay in Panama. Just purchase a cheap bus ticket to another country and show that to immigration if you must fly on Copa.

Edited: 01 November 2011, 10:05
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9. Re: One way air ticket travel

How about you purchase a one-way to PTY, and a fully refundable one way ticket PTY-YYZ for say 4 months out.

Then, when you get back, get a refund on the fully refundable ticket. You'll have tied the money up for that period, but apart from that, no harm done.

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10. Re: One way air ticket travel

Check the Panama consulate website. Most countries require proof of onward travel for tourist even if there is no Visa requirement.