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Flights with Connections Should Not be Dreadful

By Thomasgalvin Subscribe to RSS | July 2nd 2012 | Views:

While some travelers already visit and enjoy foreign countries and cultures, others still dread the thought of booking flights or even crossing the ocean. Depending on what country you decide to visit, you might find direct flights from your originating city or there might be so called connecting fights or transfer points that are a nuisance for some travelers. The reality is they can be essential in the world of air travel.

If you decide to cross the ocean, you might be looking for cheap airline tickets to Europe or other continent. Some flights will be direct, while others may require to change planes to get to you destination and would have one or more connecting points, especially if you are looking for lower cost flight tickets. Transfer points can be the norm for international travel, especially on long haul or transoceanic flights. However, there is nothing complicated about them when you know what to expect, and that will make your trip as smooth as possible.

Airlines, travel agents and travelers have different names for these stops: connecting flight, connection, transfer, transit, or stopover. All this means that when you travel from point A to point B by plane you may need to make at least one stop in between your departure and arrival point to refuel, change planes and pick up or drop off other passengers. This stop may or may not require changing airlines. These terms mean the same, but a “stopover” also has an additional meaning and it is a more technical term for a travel professional.

A stopover is usually an overnight stop between the departure and destination airport that would last more than 24 hours. This is not very common for scheduled connecting flights, but travelers often choose to have a stopover. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Europe or even within the US, there are a number of loop holes you can use to enjoy short stays in many different cities as well. If you need to travel from New York to Frankfurt, you can book a stopover in Paris, France or Rome, Italy to have a short vacation or just a day of sightseeing. You may spend there a few days, and this kind of stop may or may not cost extra money. Some airlines would while others would not charge for a stop that is longer than 24 hours. In either case, whether you’re looking to travel to Asia, Australia or look for cheap airline tickets to Europe, you can contact an airline or travel agency or book the flights yourself online.

Whether you want to book cheap flights to Europe, US, Asia, Australia or another continent, you might want to do some research on your transfer and destination points. If you choose to have an overnight or a longer stopover, make sure that you have enough travel time to/ from airport, know the airline rules and fees for a voluntary stop, or that you have enough time (minimum connecting time or MCT) if you are just transiting. You can always contact an airline representative for more information.

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