Sometimes indirect is the best approach

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Photo Credit: Newton Free Library via photopin cc

Saving money on flight costs isn’t always the easiest thing, and it’s often a question of having to upset your plans just slightly, in order to save big. If you manage to keep a considerable amount of cash in your pocket, would you be happy to do this?

I know I would, and I’ve done it plenty of times in the past.

I am of course talking about flying indirect, rather than going straight from A to B.

You might roll your eyes and decide this isn’t an option for you, but bear with me.

Direct flight costs during peak summer season can be costly, and when you’re trying to get the family away for a couple of weeks in the sun, it’s easy to feel disheartened. Now, if you’re clever, and you’re lucky enough to find a flight that only has a minimal lay off en-route, you could save up to a couple of hundred pounds.

Sound tempting?

Of course, add on your airport extras, such as airport parking with BCP, and you add time-saving measures for getting you to the airport, as you will probably save here too, when you consider the cost of buses and trains to the airport.

More savings!

Park BCP have some fantastic rates on nationwide parking spaces, so if you are able to drive, this is one way to cut out a bit of time and keep money in your pocket. This is available at large UK airports, as well as regionally, you’ll be surprised how cheap you can get Heathrow parking for, it’s just a case of seeing what you can find.

If you do have a little bit longer for your flight due to going indirect, then the time saved in not having to get a bus or train will make your travel day much easier on the tiredness levels.

It’s really a case of weighing up the pros and cons of whether an indirect flight is right for you. I’ve done indirect three times now, once to Orlando via Atlanta, once to Manchester from Las Vegas, via Atlanta again, and more recently the UK to Dalaman via Istanbul. If the price was right, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. I simply made sure that I only had around two to three hours’ wait at my connecting airport, and that I booked with the same company for my entire journey, so I didn’t have to pick up my suitcase for my connection, and it was simply loaded onto the right plane, after checking this out at my check in airport.

It was easy, and it only added a few hours onto my day, yet managed to save me in the region of £170, which I put to very good use whilst I was on holiday!

So, the next time you see an indirect flight flash up on Skyscanner whilst you’re searching for your holiday transportation, don’t discount it immediately, it could be a major money saver.

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