United787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2707 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9342 times:
Whenever I am booking flights it seems as though airlines won't connect passengers through non-hub cities, even if the timing works...is that correct? If so, why not?
For instance, if I am travelling ORD-LAX, obviously I would prefer to fly non-stop on UA or AA but would they allow me to travel ORD-LAS-LAX if Ithe connection times were good and I could get a cheaper flight? or if the non-stops were full?
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7174 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9337 times:
On AA once in a while when I look for flights to DCA they show going through RDU as an option. When flying with miles they might use a non-hub option. When I fly MIA-DCA every once in a while I will hear a connection annoucement in DCA for someone going to ORD or BOS, of course AA has non-stop service from MIA to BOS or RDU etc.. But sometimes it might be cheaper. But for the most part when looking for flights online they will route 99% of the flights through hubs.
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United1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5951 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9300 times:
Quoting United787 (Thread starter): For instance, if I am travelling ORD-LAX, obviously I would prefer to fly non-stop on UA or AA but would they allow me to travel ORD-LAS-LAX if Ithe connection times were good and I could get a cheaper flight? or if the non-stops were full?
Ive booked on UA flights before between SFO-ORD-SFO that connected in SNA/SAN/LAS. Obviously non-stop is always more convenient but you can find some odd routings out there.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9301 times:
In a not so distant past, it wasn't un-common to price a flight on DL.com and see connections through MCO and others that are no longer around. I've also personally flown on an ATL-BUF-JFK-ORF. As crazy as it sounds, it's out there. And no, I didn't add those legs; It was one of the options in the listing of flights.
Iahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9290 times:
Absolutely airlines will connect through a non HUB!
A number of CO flights from IAH-EWR for example one is able to connect through places such as ATL, GSO, RDU, RIC, pretty much you pick it. Alot of the flights are on COEX while I've connected through ATL with mainline a year or so back. The fare was somewhat less with the connect so if you have the luxury of time make the connections if that's your preferred mode of travel.
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Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9233 times:
Actually there is a way to get that done because that's how whenever I traveled HP into US, I would route by segment instead of flying nonstop. To try out the new E170 when on the US side of ops just about merger time years ago, I was flying PHX-PHL as I do often, and routed my and roommate PHX-RDU-PHL to be able to fly the new regional jet on the RDU-PHL leg.
I haven't looked at this recently, but to get done, just book via the multi-city function, while using the same dates for the leg you want to connect via alternate city. So let's say you want to travel on UA (didnt confirm they have this just using as an example) from ORD-LAX but looking for something different and traveling on March 1, use the multicity booking portion of the site.
LEG 1 MARCH 1, 2009 DEP: ORD ARR: LAS TIME:10AM
LEG 2 MARCH 1, 2009 DEP: LAS ARR: LAX TIME:3PM
just off top of my head I made up numbers, but arrival time obv has to give you enough connecting time, so the ORD-LAS leg is what about 4 hours, lose the 2 hours for time change so yeah, that would be fine because then computer would find any afternoon into evening departures as your second flight, but on the same day. If website has option of booking via schedule or price, obviously choose schedule on the actual airline site. Usually before going there I'll do this on other website like Expedia or Orbitz or whatever is out there and check via price to see what's out there and then plug that into airline site itself
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9100 times:
Happens all the time during irregular ops - just before Christmas, my DL flight JFK-TPA was cancelled and the protection was the next day on JFK-RIC-ATL-TPA. As it turns out the JFK-RIC flight ran too late to make the connection to ATL, but they managed to get me on the next JFK-TPA flight anyway.
RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 9066 times:
Sometimes airlines will come up with crazy non-hub routings. For instance, I was looking for a flight SEA-CVG-SEA on DL. The nonstop was over $800 roundtrip.
However, if I was willing to route SEA-ATL-IND-CVG, I could save a few hundred bucks. Makes no sense to me, but I guess the pieces of that itinerary are all in lower fare buckets.
I must say, if an airline is willing to route you hundreds of miles out of the way at a fraction of the cost, with all the additional handling costs (baggage, potential for a misconnect, fuel, etc.), it just goes to show how fundamentally flawed their revenue modeling is.
CitrusCritter From Pitcairn Islands, joined May 2007, 1103 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 9006 times:
FL will connect through CAK, PHF, and ROC in my experience along with the more obvious BWI and MKE. It's also possible to connect through MCO, though that often involves going backwards. In fact, I'm pretty sure FL will connect you through any city where it makes sense to do so and is possible.