We're planning a short multi-city trip within Europe next month. Here's the basic trip, with a few days spent in Prague and Zurich:
WARSAW, PL --> PRAGUE, CZ --> ZURICH, CH --> WARSAW, PL
Searching for multi-city flights, or even one-way flights, comes back with extra hops, and the tickets end up being ~25-30% more expensive. I noticed, however, that if I just booked 2 round-trip tickets (
Warsaw-->Zurich), then I can get direct flights (except for the
Prague-->Warsaw-->Zurich flights) for substantially less money.
My concern is with the return flight from Prague into the departing flight for Zurich. I'd like to plan it so that we'd have a, relatively, short "layover" in Warsaw. But since these are separate bookings, I'd like to know what the potential issues are, or if this can be accommodated easily... To complicate matters, they would be through separate airlines most likely (Czech and Swiss).
- Can we check-in for the Warsaw flight in Prague, or do we have to do it in Warsaw?
- Would we have to go through customs again in Warsaw and back through security? This is part of a larger trip to Poland. We are actually Canadian/US citizens.
- If we have any checked luggage, then I'm assuming we would have to pick them up in Warsaw and send them back through for the next flight. But, if we can somehow avoid having to go through customs again if we don't have checked luggage, would this force us to have to?
- Since these are separate bookings, I'm guessing that one of the major concerns would be that if the first flight is cancelled/delayed, I am completely on the hook for the second one in Warsaw.
- If this is at all a common thing, what would be a recommended amount of time to leave for a layover? I was initially thinking something short, but then some of these concerns started popping up.