Split ticketing or split-city ticketing is obtaining two separate round-trip tickets for a single trip. The two round-trip flights take benefit of the airline's pricing schemes to develop a reduce total airfare. In addition to paying significantly less, there could be other advantages to booking split-city tickets.

An instance to illustrate the split ticketing technique:

A pal identified $600 fares to fly from San Jose, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I checked a couple of sources and confirmed that $600 was the lowest offered fare. I also found that all flights connected by means of Los Angeles or Phoenix. I then researched two separate itineraries:

1. (San Jose-to-Los Angeles) AND (Los Angeles-to-Cabo)

-OR-

2. (San Jose-to-Phoenix) AND (Phoenix-to-Cabo)

At that time, Los Angeles-to-Cabo round-trip flights expense $198 and San Jose-to-Los Angeles flights had been $98 (a total of $296). By basically obtaining separate round-trip tickets by means of Los Angeles, everyone could save 50%–more than $300 ($600 – $296). I concentrated on applying Los Angeles as an interim airport, due to the fact there far more possibilities–airlines and flights–and greater rates.

These, and most, split ticket flights are not significantly less hassle-free, due to the fact the by means of fare (in this case, the $600 fare) needed altering planes in an interim airport (i.e., Los Angeles) anyway. In reality, not only are split ticket flights ordinarily as hassle-free but normally consist of some benefits.

One particular benefit is that travelers can book flights with preferred airlines and add points to active frequent flyer accounts. At the time, only two airlines supplied San Jose-to-Cabo flights even though numerous supplied San Jose-to-Los Angeles and Los Angeles-to-Cabo flights. Alternatively of paying $600 to fly on 1 of two undesired airlines, invest in separate round-trips on airlines you like and spend $298. This is quite standard of split city routes.

Yet another benefit of split ticket itineraries is that travelers can develop stopovers, which are not permitted on most discounted round-trip fares (such as the $600 fare). For instance, fly from San Jose to Los Angeles the evening just before flying to Cabo. Devote a day in Los Angeles just before taking an afternoon Los Angeles-to-Cabo flight. The time spent in Los Angeles is a developed stopover. Produce a comparable stopover on the return flights, if you want. Stopovers counter the significant prospective difficulty of split ticketing, possibly missing the connection flight if either flight into Los Angeles is canceled or delayed.

With split tickets, travelers ordinarily ought to claim baggage from the initially airline, carry them to the second airline, and verify in with the second airline. Bringing only carry-on baggage is the greatest way to do away with this disadvantage but travelers ought to nonetheless verify in with the second airline.

Some standard split ticket routes consist of:

  • East coast US cities to Hawaii, Australia, or Asia (by means of San Francisco or Los Angeles)
  • US cities to South America (by means of Miami or New York)
  • US cities to Europe and Africa (by means of London or Paris)

There are numerous routings that give split ticketing benefits. Attempt it even though researching your subsequent trip. You could be pleasantly shocked.