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thugulike | 16:54 Tue 05th Mar 2019 | Travel
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I want to travel from UK to Denver then back from Tampa to UK. Single fares are massively expensive. Could I book a return and just not use the return ticket? Or does anyone know of a way to get single fares at a reasonable cost?

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If you do decide to get 2 returns instead, make sure the second one is from Tampa (and not the uk) - not using the outward portion of a term rn flight usually invalidates the return portion. Are you flying between Denver and tampa? If so a multi stop ticket with one carrier might be your best bet
17:07 Tue 05th Mar 2019
> Could I book a return and just not use the return ticket?

Yes. This is why planes get overbooked.

> Or does anyone know of a way to get single fares at a reasonable cost?

Booking with a single carrier, like BA, can help.
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Ellipsis I went to BA first but they wanted almost £2k for a single fare to Denver but only around £500 for a return.
If you do decide to get 2 returns instead, make sure the second one is from Tampa (and not the uk) - not using the outward portion of a term rn flight usually invalidates the return portion.

Are you flying between Denver and tampa? If so a multi stop ticket with one carrier might be your best bet
Check the "Multi-City" option on the home page:

https://www.ba.com/
Looking at some random dates in May, Gatwick to Denver one-way is possible for as low as £184.90 up to an absolute maximum of £284.90, which doesn't seem particularly expensive to me.

Flights from Tampa to Gatwick also seem quite reasonable around the same time, with a lowest fare of £154.90 and a maximum of £284.90.

https://www.norwegian.com/uk/
I did a straightforward search on Expedia and got £306 out via Munich and back via Toronto. Dont forget the ESTA.
Sample BA flights using the Multi-City option:

14:40 10 May Heathrow (London) -> Denver International (CO) BA0219 World Traveller
18:15 24 May Tampa International (FL) -> Gatwick (London) BA2166 World Traveller

£673.12 return per person, direct flights each way
Also consider using American Denver to Miami as they are “one world” with BA and you could do the whole trip using multi city booking
Sorry Denver Tampa
We rarely fly in and out of the same place, as others have said the Multi city option works well.
It may look stupid but we once priced a trip and the best price involved a bit more travelling, in your case it would be UK-Denver return and a Denver-Tampa return internally.
Beware of the London end, if London, some fly in and out of different airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.
Skyscanner are currently offering £390 for the multi city option in September, beware of dodgy ticket companies on there though.
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I can't fly from Denver to Tampa as I have to drive that leg
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And I need to get home to Shropshire so it doesn't matter that the London airports may be different as my husband can pick me up from Manchester or Birmingham
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Chris, I have looked at Norwegian but they are on the point of bankruptcy. I'm not going until January and if Norwegian are still going I will book the return trip with them but their website is no longer showing Denver as an option.
Denver is there when I look at their website!

(If you meant Tampa it's listed alphabetically under 'F', for 'Florida')

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