(Possible duplicate of this, but due to it being over 10 years ago, I'm hoping things may have changed).
I live in the UK and I had two conferences a week apart - the first one in Las Vegas, the second in Orlando.
Getting a return from Orlando was ~£500, and getting a return from Las Vegas was ~£750. To get a multi city/single ticket was going to cost me over £1,700!
The Las Vegas <> Orlando leg was approx. £120 each way with luggage.
I saw that my plane from London to Orlando had been only late once in the past month by 10 minutes and was early nearly every day, so, I figured a 4 hour gap would be enough.
To get straight to it - we landed early, but, by the time I picked up my bag and gone back through security at MCO, I actually arrived at the gate after closing - thankfully there was a queue of people and I managed to get in.
I'm trying to experiment with ITA Matrix right now to find more combinations/codes, but, failing!
To me, this just felt crazy - Looking at cheap carriers (Spirit/Frontier etc.), they had passes on the day for not "that" much more than I paid, so, I was just wondering - what is the "correct" way to handle this?
- Pay the heavily increased multi city ticket?
- Do what I did, gamble on arrival time - maybe leave a bit more time?
- Is there any insurance available on the above? I couldn't see any option.
- Book a day either side, get a hotel?
- Buy the connecting flight on the day/after landing?
- Other?! - here to learn!