NEXT time you need to book a long flight, depending on how you book it could save you thousands of pounds.
Called “locating” flights, they come with risks, but can be much cheaper than regular flights.
Positioning flights, according to Forbes, are “a flight purchased with the sole purpose of taking you to another airport to begin another trip”.
They are popular in the US for people who don’t live near a major airport to travel somewhere further afield.
For example, if a flight is operating from a larger airport like New York’s JFK, which has a large number of international links with affordable flight rates.
Instead of trying to travel to these airports, which can take hours for some people in the US, locator flights can be used from smaller airports.
It can often be much cheaper to book a locator flight to the airport before flying into the main leg of your itinerary, and then book all flights as a package.
Although it is more popular in the US, due to the large number of airports, it can also be done in Europe.
Based on Scott’s Cheap Flights, this means you get cheap flights from Austin to Frankfurt in Germany, and then book your own second flight from Frankfurt to Berlin, with the second leg often being much cheaper than the Austin to Berlin route. Berlin.
His own example is flying from Boston to Madrid, despite living in Washington – so booked a short flight from Baltimore for £100 to get to the airport.
And The Points Guy revealed how they saved £2,513 after trying to get from Austin to Santorini – so instead flew to Frankfurt, and then arranged their own route from there to the Greek island.
Britons can also try it on UK airlines – for example, if return flights are cheaper from Edinburgh while living in London, it could be cheaper to book a flight to the Scottish city to Get a great deal.
However, this comes with some risks – as it is not considered a reschedule, as the first flight is independently booked, any delay could affect your flight the second will not be considered.
If you miss the second flight, that goes to the passenger, not the carrier.
Scott warns: “Since you have to book locating flights separate from your main flight, airlines won’t consider the two connected, and they’re not obligated to rebook you free of charge if delay on the first flight causes you to miss the second.
“Instead, you may have to buy a new flight altogether.”
He recommends booking flights that arrive a few hours in advance, or even a day or two in advance to avoid mishaps.
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