Did You Know You Can Save Serious Money On Flights By Booking Your Own Connections?
By Danielle Dorsey
Self-connecting is one way for savvy travelers to save money money on airfare. Instead of booking a round trip flight through one airline, you’ll book each section of travel yourself, potentially through multiple carriers. Though it takes a little extra planning, this strategy is gaining popularity, with websites like Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flights now providing options that show passengers how they can self-connect.
Booking self-connecting flights when traveling internationally can really pay off. For example, instead of booking a round trip flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, it might be cheaper to buy each leg of the trip individually, flying from Los Angeles to New York and then catching another flight from New York to Melbourne.
However, it’s not always that simple. Potential pitfalls can include flight delays, cancellations, and re-checking luggage. To avoid these misfortunes, opt for a longer layover or overnight stay in your connecting city so that you’re prepared in the event of a delay or cancellation.
Study the airport maps of where you hope to travel and try to book airlines in the same terminal so that you can save yourself another trip through airport security. You might consider investing in TSA PreCheck, which allows you to move through the security line without removing your shoes, liquids, or laptop. Try to avoid checking a bag if possible so that you can keep your belongings close by through each leg of your trip.
When booking flights, study the airline’s change policy for your connecting flight. In the event that you have to make a last minute change, this will ensure that you pay minimal fees. It’s also a good idea to book on a credit card that comes with a travel insurance policy. Read the fine print for their trip cancellation policies.
Overall, self-connecting can be a gamble, but the potential to save money on your flight to spend on your trip might make the risks worth it.