This week’s topic is one of our top priorities while planning, booking and travelling. Since we have never published a post concerning the “flights issue”, we will discuss this topic carefully in this post and in future ones.
Searching flights online might lead anyone to despair. Is it just me or 99% of the times, the flight you need is the most expensive? What if we don’t want to go back home from the same airport we have arrived? How shall we overcome the flights-threat?
City of arrival and city of departure
If you are planning to visit a country for days, weeks or months, you may, perhaps, be willing to tour as many interesting places as possible. However, smaller countries do not offer as many hurdles as larger ones. Why?
First of all, there are less international airports, which means we are most likely to use the same international airport for both arrival and departure flights. Moreover, in smaller countries, it is easier to use the capital city – or the largest/main city – as a base and take day trips to several towns, villages or to simply explore the countryside and its landscapes.
Nonetheless, larger countries have international flights from many cities. This allows any traveller to go back home from a city/airport, which is not the one used when arriving. For example, if you are travelling from the UK to the USA, you might choose the following routes: London – New York and Miami – London. The extra cost would be the flight New York – Miami. However, when someone buys London – New York – London, the extra cost would be New York – Miami – New York, which would not be cheaper than the first option.
Less number of flights and cheaper options
We have just seen that a multi-city flight ticket helps saving both money and time. And both variables are directly related. How?
Well, these multi-city flights allow us to decrease the total number of flights, since we do not have to return to the origin from the same airport where we have arrived. That being said, the total number of flights would be 3 instead of 4. Therefore, the less flights, the more free time to enjoy and explore each destination.
Take a look at the following planning:
*This simulation is based on flights booked with British Airways and Delta Air Lines*
The dates, time schedules and airlines are always the same for both cases. So, shall we proceed to the first example: London – New York – Miami – New York – London;
London – New York (7th March); New York – London (17th March)
£414.37 ($516.22 or €481)
New York – Miami (11th March); Miami – New York (17th March)
$311.40 (£250 or €290.23)
Option 1 (Total Cost) – £664.37; $827.62; €771.23;
Let us know evaluate the second option: London – New York – Miami – London;
London – New York (7th March); Miami – London (17th March)
£418.37 ($521.21 or €485.69)
New York – Miami (11th March)
$135.20 (£108.53 or €126)
Option 2 (Total Cost) – £526.90; $656.41; €611.69;
It is pretty clear which one of both options is the best and the worst case scenario. When we decided to use the multi-city flights, the total cost of all flights reduced significantly bearing in mind the cost of the previous option.
It is not all about saving money. In addition, you will have more time to spend in each place instead of waking up early in the morning for all the unavoidable boarding procedure, while returning home. Furthermore, in future posts this subject will be completed with tips about which airlines provide the best codeshare agreements that lead to cheaper prices for multi-city flight tickets.
Hopefully, our point of view on this subject has clarified your doubts and specially formulated new ideas for your travels.