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Indirect flights from London experiences

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Indirect flights from London experiences

So I am starting to plan my next trip , I have always travelled directly but looking to cut some costs for next trip , and wondered is it worth the hassle to fly indirect looking at some time in September, so what I am really asking is the amount saved worth the extra hours travelling in your opinion? Most likely looking to fly via Vancouver and what from what I read I go thou USA customs at Vancouver so I guess that's a plus?

Thank you

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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1. Re: Indirect flights from London experiences

Norwegian out of Gatwick is really cheap (and direct). I doubt you save money going another route.

South Croydon
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2. Re: Indirect flights from London experiences

Hi Jon,

I was out in Vegas in May. I had two groups of mates out at the same time, both flew home indirect, one via Vancouver and the other through a connection in the US. Both said it was fine and in their opinion worth the money that they saved.

For me it is really about when I get there and when I get home. If the arrival time isn't too late so I still get to enjoy the arrival day and the flight home gets back in at a decent time in the morning, I am happy. I have flown to/from the US a few times on indirect flights and never had a problem. For Vegas my personal preference in direct, but I am considering indirect for Dec when I am going solo, just so I can try the 787 Dreamliner...

Liverpool, UK
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"so what I am really asking is the amount saved worth the extra hours travelling in your opinion?"_- I've done both direct and indirect over the years and will now only go direct if that's an option even if it costs more.

Indirect not only adds time when it's already a long travelling day but you have the risks of missed connections as well as a greater risk of delayed/missing bags - for me time and ease of journey is more important than the savings.

Isle of Wight...
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On all my USA travels over the last 15 years or so with family and as I've got older on solo trips, I've only ever flown indirect once and I'd never do it again. That was LHR - Orlando, stopping in Atlanta. Family trip, very long & not an enjoyable trip because it was so long and when we got to Orlando we found our luggage had got lost ! (Was got it back couple of days later, delivered to our hotel once it was tracked, but still a nuisance).

As someone else said, check Norwegian Air, their airfares are pretty cheap.

I've just booked up a package with holiday USA (used to be low cost USA) and got 10 nights at Luxor including direct Virgin flights from Gatwick for £629pp. Would be pointless IMO to go indirect, as I wouldn't have saved anything really off that great price.

Just me personally, it's such a long trip to Vegas from UK for us anyway I wouldn't make it any longer just to maybe save a few quid.

That one experience of an indirect flight years ago is enough for me in my lifetime !

Kettering, United...
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Unless the price difference is very big then do direct. However what’s the definition of very big? Two years ago I went with WestJet connecting in vancouver going (to San Francisco) and Toronto ( from Vegas) on the way back. It probably ‘saved’ me £200 but it was a nightmare, cancelled flight (one day late) missed connection (two days late) broken plane in Toronto so another night there. Since then I’ve only ever gone direct! I find I get nervous on the plane thinking will I get through customs etc on time.

Hertfordshire...
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I have no experience of flying indirect anywhere but I do know that once I'm settled into my seat and the plane has taken off I can relax and enjoy the holiday. The thought of depending on third parties/weather/baggage handlers at an interim stopover could possibly make me feel sick. No saving would be worth that.

Southampton, United...
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I've read some dated postings suggesting that 3 hours should be allowed on a stopover for an indirect flight. This is the time to clear immigration at the first point of entry to the US, and collecting luggage which then has to be checked in for the internal flight.

Is that about right time-wise, or is more time on the stopover preferable?

Liverpool, UK
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8. Re: Indirect flights from London experiences

Is that about right time-wise, or is more time on the stopover preferable? - A layover of around 3 hours is recommended for an international to domestic connection in the USA for a non US citizen.

It gives you a buffer in case the first flight has a short delay and/or long queues at Immigration - it's no guarantee you'll catch the connection especially if the first flight is significantly delayed but you cannot plan for everything.

Southampton, United...
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@TomC97 - (Post #8) Thanks for that confirmation. The benefit will be not having to clear immigration at Las Vegas, and baggage reclaim should be less time also from an internal flight.

Banbridge, United...
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10. Re: Indirect flights from London experiences

If you have the option to fly direct........do it.

Living in Ireland we have no direct options so its always a hop to either Manchester or London for me.

I don't mind in the indirect option if we leave from Dublin because they have US Pre-clearance which is a big time saver.

My next 2 trips both involve what I just wrote, one direct from London the other leaves from Dublin.

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