(Closed) Stupid question about Orbitz and 1-stop flights…

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - the Columns Hotel

Totally normal from orbitz and other Tavel sites- they will check your bags through to the final destination. You should be totally fine!

Post # 4
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hello!  I’ve done my fair share of flying and as long as the flights are run by the same airline (are they?) the only thing I can say is to just make sure that they do check your bags through to the final destination.  Ask when you check the bags and the double check your receipt.  It will be an awful hassle if they don’t and you actually need to recheck the bags yourself.  Both of your boarding passes should print out when you check in for your first flight.  Other than that  I can’t think of anything to worry about.  🙂

Post # 5
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Both PPs are right – just ensure you ask for your bags to be checked through to your final destination and you shouldn’t have any problem at all, even if the flights are run by different airlines. It’s a totally normal request so it won’t be anything to worry about 🙂

Post # 6
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is totally normal. Most journeys by plane usually involve a layover.

When you check in at the airport, they will ask you for your final destination and will check your bags all the way through for you. You won’t need to collect them and recheck them on your layover and you won’t need to pay for your checked bags more than once.

You will also be issued both boarding passes when you check in. You won’t need to wait in line to pick up the second ones on your layover.

So when you land on your layover, all you need to do is make your way to the gate for your secon flight. Everything else is already taken care of. The only thing you may have to do is go through security again if you have to move between terminals, but if both flights are with the same airline, you generally won’t need to go to another terminal.

It’s really very simple and anyone at the airport will be able to answer any questions you have. I fly all the time, including long haul flights that have three or four layovers on multiple airlines and I have never had any problems.

Post # 8
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is also called  a “direct” flight and the difference between a “direct” or one-stop flight and a normal connecting flight is in the flight numbers. On a “normal” connecting flight, going from LA-Orlando by way of Dallas, your LA-Dallas flight has one flight number (say flight 110) and your Dallas-Orlando flight is a different number (flight 273), and there’s no flight number for LA-Orlando. On a “direct” or one-stop flight, it is all operated under the same number.  LA-Dallas, flight 110. Dallas-Orlando, flight 110. LA-Orlando, flight 110.  

Airlines do this because their ticketing computers are limited to only a certain number of results on one screen. These are the same computers that travel agents use, and flights between two cities that are all under the same flight number show up at the top of the list, and are more likely to fit on the first page of results. Because folks don’t generally go past the first or second page of results, the airline will sell more tickets if they can get their route into that first page. So if AA can’t sell a LA-Orlando ticket because they don’t fly a nonstop flight on that route, they will market it as a “Direct” flgiht, and give it one flight number all the way through, in hopes of raising their flight’s position on the list of choices.

What truly sucks about these flights is, even if they are the same flight number, you might still need to change planes and maybe even terminals, and they only accrue frequent flyer mileage on the “straight line” distance, that is, the distance between LA and Orlando, and not factor in the distance that your stop adds.

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