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Connecting Flights: What you should know!

Steve Martin

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Airline tickets were once the preserve of the rich and it is only with the low-cost airline boom that the middle-classes all across the world be it America, Africa or Asia have been able to avail of low-cost travel and reduce the time spent on transportation. Since flight tickets form the highest component of expenditure, it is important to reduce the cost of your flight by opting for cheap flights connecting to all domestic and international destinations.

By surrendering a few comforts you can reduce the cost of your journey if you avail connecting flights instead of non-stop flights to any destination. Connecting flights either requires passengers to disembark from one plane and embark on the other for the second half of the journey from the same airline or in some cases, you may have to board an aircraft of a different airline for the second leg of the journey.

For certain countries, you require a transit visa if your connecting flight passes through that country and if you have not arranged for a transit visa, you might be denied boarding if the formalities are not complete. Paying attention to such small details will go a long way in avoiding a lot of hassles and discomfort in future. Every country has different rules and regulations with regard to transit visa procedures and your travel agent will be the best person to help you in this regard as he or she may be well versed to handle such procedural details. A lot of customers face this problem when they book separate legs of their journey with different airlines and often face the dreadful prospect of detention due to lack of transit visa.

Though connecting flights often result in huge savings in cost but there are quite a few hassles involved if you book a connecting flight. You will have to go through the entire process of baggage claim, check-in and security before boarding your connecting flight. So, it is important that you have ample amount of time between flights to complete all these formalities. Another interesting fact is that the higher the connection time between your flights, chances are, the lower will be the cost of your connecting flight. But you should be mentally prepared to spend long hours at the airport or even be prepared for flight cancellation in case of any exigency arising out of factors beyond the control of the airline. You might even have to arrange for overnight accommodation in case any of the above eventualities happen.

The author is an expert in the tourism industry and offers handy tips to tourists looking for cheap flights and tickets to all national and international destinations. He can be reached at .


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