Zach Honig, who used to work for The Points Guy and has traveled extensively and often for the past decade, is not only a great follow on Instagram but more importantly, a great guy. I’ve traveled with him multiple times including on United’s last 747 flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Zach is full of tips and most of them I know but his latest one eluded me. Zach posted a 40-second video (below) with the caption:

“My favorite trick for saving LOTS of money with Google Flights. See how 40 seconds of work gets my flight down from $1,001 to $524. Try it yourself and let me know how much you save! ?

UPDATE: AA’s site seems to be repricing multi-city trips, but you should be able to price this correctly through Expedia. This method works with UA as well.”

The trick is if you’re pricing out a one-way ticket, which requires a stopover like Zach’s example of a $1,001 first class ticket between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to St. Louis (STL) on November 28th. Since the flight stops in Charlotte, he smartly suggests pricing the trip as two separate flights. So on Google Flights, instead of inputting FLL to STL, he put in FLL-CLT-STL and the exact same flight and seat came up at $524 (See screenshot below).

I’ve been telling people for years to price out European tickets as two separate tickets since in 2006, I learned about the trick while searching for a NYC to Sardinia flight (here are 17 ways to find cheap flights). When I priced out the tickets directly to Olbia (Costa Smeralda Airport), the airlines all wanted around $2,000. I then figured out that by buying two separate tickets—the first to London on a major airline and the second to Olbia on a low-fare carrier—I saved over $1,000! I just never thought about it for domestic trips, so thanks, Zach!


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5 Comments On "A Brilliant Trick To Save Huge On Airfares"
  1. Oren|

    Does this pose any issue with checking bags? In other words, will I have to collect my bags after the first leg, and then check-in, check-bag for the second flight?

  2. Patrick|

    You better believe it will… unless when you check in you can get them to check the bag al lthe way through.

  3. josh b|

    I’ll just point out that when I watched the video with Zach, it cut away to a commercial about 30 seconds in…and never went back to it–it started playing the next video in the queue, after the ad ended. Fortunately, your text summarized what (I assume) Zach said, so I don’t think I missed anything.

  4. Napamel|

    With two separate tickets, the passenger would have to collect luggage and then check in again for the second flight. The savings are nice but the passenger should know this in advance to know if it is worth the trouble.

  5. Diane|

    Going to baggage claim, then departures rechecking in then security…..only if carry on. Plus, if the first flight is delayed and you miss the second flight….best of luck to you:)

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