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In 2011, Conde Nast ran a contest where the general public submitted travel tips and the winner received a $15,000 vacation. Although I did not win (I should have, right?), my entry was selected for publication by Wendy Perrin.
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Save on International Airfares with Split Tickets
Next time you’re tearing your hair out trying to find an affordable airfare to the exotic, far-flung locale of your dreams, heed today’s featured reader tip, entered in our Best Travel Tip Contest by Charles McCool of McCool Travel. When you punch your home airport code and destination airport code into the computer and the price that pops up is insane, instead try combining two separate round-trips on two separate airlines—the first from your home to a big international gateway, the second from that gateway to your final destination. This is called a “split ticket.” Charles’ tip:
As Charles points out, you can grab a few nights in the gateway city, thus creating two trips out of one. Should you decide to combine two roundtrips without a stay in the interim city, it’s crucial to build more time than usual into your layover between flights: First, you’ll need to pick up your luggage from Airline No. 1 at the connection point and check it in to Airline No. 2. Second, if your first flight is delayed, Airline No. 1 will not be responsible for getting you to your final destination, as it would be if you were buying a connecting itinerary through it.
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Have you ever booked split tickets? Do you have other tips to save on international airfares?