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Airlines, in conjunction with airports, set a minimum connection time (MCT) for combinations of flights at a certain airport depending on a number of factors, such as whether one is international and the other domestic. The airline will offer you any flight that meets MCT and typically shows flights with either the lowest total duration or lowest cost first. ...


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It is all about (unsurprisingly) economics. An airplane (which is very expensive) only makes money when it is flying, so airlines have an incentive to get them in the air as quickly as possible. Technology has allowed for quicker planing/deplaning of passengers. Further, many things that required a lot of paperwork (thus slow and inefficient) are now ...


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Imagine you're flying from London to Miami. Searching for flights gives you a long 10-hour layover: Or a faster 2-hour layover: Assuming the price is the same, most people would go for the 2-hour option. Therefore airlines are trying to undercut their competition by offering connections which are as short as technically possible. You might ask why don'...


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I managed to contact a travel agent friend and he tells me there probably isn't a way to get a stop at the same price, because this is a difference with low-cost carriers (LCCs). That makes sense to me as I used to travel only with major airlines and always booked stopovers at the airline hubs, though I did it through travel agents in those days and the ...


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Edit1: Only people inside the airline business may give definitive answer, but as per my experience/calculated-guess: Two legs of an itinerary are two different flights, with first's destination and second's start being same, among some other factors like same airline or alliance. Now this second leg may have its own constraints, like landing time slots, ...


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It all boils down to better technology and facilities. Now, we have online check-ins, online services, airlines provide apps that helps passengers in knowing things before even reaching airports. Internet is becoming more available almost in every mobile. All of that made the passengers smarter when it comes to air travel. Airports also becoming smarter, ...


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You best bet is to make a reservation based on most of the itinerary you want. Just Hold it, don't pay. Then, call the airline and ask if the fare rules allow a stopover at the hub instead of a connection. If those particular rules don't, then ask the agent if there are similar discount fares that do allow a stopover.



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