Booking multiple Leg FlightsBook several stage flights
Wanted: Better way to book multi-part flights
My preferred Flightsearch is by far the Google Flightsearch. And I like it when I look especially for seating, even though it doesn't have all the carriers covered, which makes it pointless for the prime mover. It is your aim to get a fairer fare, and this usually means that you must ensure that you are flying all your flights (or certainly your cross-Atlantic flights) operated by the same carrier.
But the best carrier to go out with can be a horrible carrier to go back with. Maybe you need to take a trip with a hurtful timeframe and choose a way to get the timetable you need, in the other direction. Obviously, this is the alleged price - to get you to buy both ways from the same carrier, but it's often a wrong win, I suppose it will lose almost as much for the carrier as it gains, and it will piss off people.
What I want is a flying finder that tries all the different combination. Some motors test one-way street sentences for the purpose (kayaking refers to it as a chipper tariff), but that's not enough. Prices all 5 together, and then the quantities of 4 with a one-way, then the quantities of 3 with the different quantities of 2 and so on.
Would you like to be able to combine your fare finder with a flying qualities finder so that you can fly with faster, better flights? If, for example, you have a small route that is only operated non-stop by one carrier, it is quite evident that you want to redeem it regardless of the other flights, because if your tickets come from an carrier that does not cooperate with the non-stop carrier, they will put you on a ludicrous route instead of a low-cost one-hour one.
There is another benefit to splitting a trip into smaller groups. This gives you more options to modify or even jump the flights. Once, when a plan shift the night before my scheduled return trip from Bergen to San Francisco (via Copenhagen) in Copenhagen instead of Bergen, Norway, brought me to Bergen, Norway, SAS demanded that I go to Bergen just so I could turn back and go on the return trip to Copenhagen for my connecting flights.
It gets even more difficult if you make a journey of several nights, and even more difficult, a "world trip" with Asia, Europe and America. Those ticket costs about $10,000 in Bus Division, about $4,000 in Bus Division. You' re agile - you can reserve them up to 3 nights in advance, and you can modify your flights, including your city, free of charge or at low rates.
So you can make side travels for your own travels at little or no additional charge, and you can go to arcane airfields that are costly to go to at the same time. You get out of a more restricted stock when you go in your busi ness classes, so often, especially if you book belatedly or change your plan, you can see that the desired flights are not available in the classes you pay for.
That may be good, but sometimes it means being a second-class traveller, not earning fidelity mileage and not negotiating directly with the carrier for the flight there.