Maybe someone can help me learn this, because I’ve never been able to figure it out. Why are airline tickets cheaper if you fly with more connections rather than directly? For instance, when we go to Ecuador we will fly from Charlotte to Miami to Quito. Yet the same tickets would be quite a bit cheaper if we went from Charlotte to LaGuardia to Miami to Quito (exact same flight from Miami to Quito). We are not going to do that, because the extra money is not worth flying all over the country…the more flights we have the more likely it is that we’ll miss a crucial one or our luggage wouldn’t make it. I would think it would cost the airline more, not less, to take us on an extra siteseeing trip to New York, but this doesn’t seem to be an anomaly. It is almost always cheaper to book with 1, 2 or more connections than to fly directly even if you end up on the exact same plane for the final leg. Anyone?
In case you’re wondering, I have been learning and experiencing although I haven’t been the best at sticking to the “every day thing” and there’s no way I can keep up with blogging about it all. I do think it evens out in that some days I might not learn anything, but other days I will come away with several new bits of knowledge or a couple new experiences. For instance, this past weekend I attended my first ever Eagle Scout Ceremony and as part of that I learned quite a bit about traditional ceremonies and what the requirements are to become an Eagle Scout. Interesting!