I am travelling to Phnom Penh in about two months to do volunteer work for six months. I am having a heep of complications trying to figure out the most affordable and best way to purchase my place ticket. Affordable is key as I am still working to raise funds to support my volunteer time.
I was told by two family friend travel agents to go through an airline directly. That if i used a website that packages your flights together, you are likely to get different airlines and this may add on extra complications such as having to retrieve your luggage and go through customs in order to catch a connecting flight along the way. They explained that by going through an airline directly, that you could avoid this from happening.
I am also trying to figure out if it is necessary for me to have my return flight back to the USA be from my original destination. I am thinking of travelling to Thailand at the end of my volunteer time. It would make more sense financially for me to return to the USA from Thailand, not Cambodia. However, I was told that it was necessary for my return flight to be from the same destination. That it is possible that the airlines could give me issues when trying to get to Cambodia.
Does anyone have airlines they have used before that they could recommend?
I am hoping for something that will allow me to have two large checked bags (I realized this may cost extra). Also an airline with a flexible policy on flight changes, would be such a plus!
If anyone can help me with these above headaches, it would be greatly appreciated!