The one thing I will never be able to understand is why the price of a one way airline ticket is more expensive than a round trip ticket by far.
Round trip ticket, EWR to AMS = $1,100
One way ticket, EWR to AMS = $2,300
It’s enough to make one’s head hurt!
Of course then you start to wonder if there is any issue with buying a round trip ticket and only using the first ticket, not the second. (Note: I know there’s some issues with skipping out on an earlier leg and getting the entire flight canceled as a consequence.)
I could always book the round trip ticket for 2-3 months out and then just state, if asked or I contact them, that I wanted to have a backup plan in case the residence permit is denied. Not that I expect it to be, of course. I would also feel more comfortable having a round trip ticket in my possession when I go through immigration at Schiphol, though it’s not a deal breaker by any means.
There’s also the option of flying Aer Lingus, which does offer some rather cheap options, and no upcharge for one way tickets. The only major drawback is that they do not fly into Newark, only JFK.
It’s fun to ponder, however!