buck3y3nut
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Questions About Air Tickets And How They Work...

Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:14 am

ok guys,
help me out here.
How is it that non-stop flights are expensive and if you add a stopover or two, then the prices go down significantly.
Secondly, I have a question in purchasing tickets. Say I'm going to Bombay sometime. Can I purchase two RT tickets? Say, one from JFK - LHR and anothe RT from LHR-BOM? Would that work fine? What kind of hassles can i expect if I do this? Will I have to get my baggage checked in again if the 2nd RT is on a different airline? Sorry, I'm still learning all this, but after weeks of research and playing around I have come to a conclusion that this is pretty much the only way to get cheap tickets. Example: My travel agent has quoted me close to $1500 on economy Air India to bombay; however if I book a round trip from JFK - LHR, VS is $534. Then BA has LHR-BOM for about 400 GBP. That's definately less than $1500 and the fact that the airlines are much better than Air India.
Why is it like this?
Thank you for your replies and sorry if I sounded dumb.  Smile
 
JGPH1A
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RE: Questions About Air Tickets And How They Work.

Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:35 am

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Thread starter):
Can I purchase two RT tickets? Say, one from JFK - LHR and anothe RT from LHR-BOM? Would that work fine? What kind of hassles can i expect if I do this? Will I have to get my baggage checked in again if the 2nd RT is on a different airline?

Yes you could buy those two tickets, both are valid journeys for valid fares. Connecting might be a hassle though, because VS's reservations system will not be aware that you are continuing your journey to BOM with BA, and BA's system won't be aware that you are arriving on VS from JFK. This means that the check-in staff may not be willing to tag your bags through. Technically they can of course, but these days some carriers are sticky about doing so.

If it is at all possible (and some GDS's allow this) you could book the entire journey in a single booking and just ticket the two round trips seperately, from the same reservation. That way the arrival/oncarriage information required for through check-in will be available for each airline, but you'll still pay the same price.
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