As redzeppelin pointed out, multi-city routings may result in a cheaper fare, as many long haul fare itineraries are based on mileage.
Use a Star Alliance airline website.....LH
both offer the multi-city option on their websites. For an accurate fare quote you must have specific dates of travel for each segment. You should be able to get fares for an itinerary such as JNB
are co-terminals, and note a connection becomes a stopover.....with a break in fare calculation.....if your stop exceeds 24 hours.
On the routing I illustrated above, your stopovers......exceeding 24 hours......would be at IAD
, and MKE
. You can use IAD
as all 3 airports are considered co-terminals, but fare may vary a bit due to different fare class availability on flights from the 3 airports.
If you use the LH
website, they'll likely offer you UA
or US service for flights in the USA and if you use the UA
website it too will likely originate you on LH
and then route you onto UA
flights for any or all of the remaining itinerary.
Easy to use the mult-city function, and fun to look for particular flights or fares by date of travel. If you have a flexible travel schedule, try to avoid travel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with midweek flights, Monday-thru-Thursdays usually offering the lowest fares.
I hope this info will be helpful to you. Good Luck with your plans, and an early welcome to the United States.
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