Nonstop $216, one-stop $194. You save $22. Enough to take the connecting flight? Maybe not.
Washington D.C. to Seattle
Nonstop $337, one-stop $274. You save $53. This might be worth the inconvenience, especially for families.
Atlanta to Cancun
Nonstop $492, one-stop $339. You save $153. Totally worth taking a connecting flight.
San Francisco to Madrid
Nonstop $1022, one-stop $673. You save $349. Amazing.
Shop an airfare comparison site – such as FareCompare – that shows prices for a variety of routes including nonstops, connecting flights with one-stop or connecting flights with two or more stops (look for the box on the left that indicates stops or nonstop). Only you can say if the savings are worth the inconvenience of a longer travel day.
Sometimes, a connecting flight can actually be a plus.
- Break time for kids. Face it, a long flight can be more stressful for kids than two shorter hops. During a layover, they can run off some energy in one of the many airport play areas (here's a list).
- Break time for adults. Today's airports are filled with fun things to do for grown-ups, too, like manicures, massages, and an increasing number of food and drink offerings. Check your airport's website.
- Side trips. Layovers can be as long as 24 hours on certain international flights which may allow for a quick tour of a city you might otherwise miss.
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