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Currently planning a trip to see multiple cities in relatively close proximity. I expect to be travelling by land between them, so it does not matter so much which city I travel to and back from. It could be the same or a different one. The main concern is to find a good price.

What can I use to search for flights from a specific departure location to a set of cities simultaneously? I have been trying out combinations of cities, including various open jaw permutations, and dates and it is getting tedious.

  • So a one-way flight from A or B or C or D or E to F or G or H or I or J for example? – Mark Mayo Apr 1 '15 at 0:56
  • Did you try the ITA Matrix? Personally that's my go-to for multi-city open-jaws – Gagravarr Apr 1 '15 at 1:59
  • I think the OP means, flights from A to (B or C or D) then (B or C or D) back to A – EdmundYeung99 Apr 1 '15 at 1:59
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    Yeah, you can do that on some sites, but we'll wait for him to clarify I guess. – Mark Mayo Apr 1 '15 at 2:15
  • Right. Yes from A to (B, C or D) and back from (B, C or D) to A. – Itai Apr 1 '15 at 3:19
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You can do this on Kayak. Select a round-trip flight, and in the second box (destination), you can enter multiple airport codes separated by commas, up to 4. (You can also enter multiple airport codes in the origin box.)

For example, entering "DEN" and "ORD,IND,DTW,CLE" gave me this list of results for flights from Denver to any of Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit or Cleveland, and returning to Denver. By default it includes multi-airport itineraries (e.g. DEN-ORD paired with IND-DEN) but there is a checkbox in the results page for "Depart/Return same" which will exclude those itineraries, and only show you trips where you return from the same airport where you arrived (e.g. DEN-ORD can only be paired with ORD-DEN). There are also checkboxes where you can turn some of your airports on or off.

  • bah, beat me to it :) – Mark Mayo Apr 1 '15 at 4:56
  • Great! I'll try this tonight. Used Kayak for a while but I didn't know this could be done. – Itai Apr 1 '15 at 12:32
  • Skyscanner does something like that, you can either set an airport and other airports near or you can select a country (useful if it is a smallish country you want to visit.) There might be more options. www.skyscanner.net, will adjust to your location. – Willeke Apr 1 '15 at 15:26
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The ITA Matrix will let you search for this. (It doesn't let you book, but does tell you enough to let a travel agent recreate and book them for you, see this question for details). Simply pop in several airport codes in the from and/or to boxes separated by commas, such as shown:

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Then on the search results see what was the cheapest combination. In this case, Brussels is our cheapest departure point, and combinations with different airports used are shown in red to highlight the change:

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The details tab will let you get all the info you need to go off elsewhere and make the booking for the flight you prefer

  • Another great answer. I've been trying this in every flight search engine and some of them get really really confused! At least those in these answers support it. – Itai Apr 10 '15 at 2:52

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