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Flying indirect to Orlando
Ever looked on the internet for direct flights to Orlando and they were very expensive? There are ways to get to the Sunshine State without paying the earth and sometimes they only take 3 hours longer to get there. Fly indirect can save you a load of money.
For most people flying direct is the preferred option of flying to Orlando. It saves time, hassle and allows you to sit back and relax, knowing you do not have to get off the plane for a change at another airport. Sometimes during peak times these flights can be very expensive due to high demand as many airlines have limited availability.
While looking for flights last year I kept finding that the cheaper flights, by some margin where indirect flights (where you have to change planes at another airport en-route). Most of the routes that we kept coming up with either changed at New York, Chicago or Washington. These routes seemed o have a lot more availability on them for the time of year. During peak season less business is done during the school holidays, so these flights are emptier. This helps reduce the price of them.
If you do your research and look you can find some bargains that would only take an extra 3 hours on top of a direct flight. It is to be noted that not all direct flights are like this, and selecting on price alone can mean waiting for long periods for connections. Most searches will bring up the total travel time (including flight changes) to help you choose.
Many of the popular routes for indirect flights are New York, Chicago and Washington. These airports have good connecting flights down to Orlando and often most are only a few hour wait.
The benefits of flying indirect are: Cheaper, allows you to get off the plane and stretch your legs, breaks up the journey (for kids) and my main reason for choosing it, helps you clear immigration at another airport apart from Orlando (which is very busy in peak season).
Yes there are disadvantages in that you have to often change carrier and hope that your bags are through in time to check in for the other flight. To try and combat this it is often best to choose a code share airline as they can often check bags through all the way to Orlando.
In summary if you are often faced with high prices to fly to Orlando, why not check out flying indirect. This still allows you to travel during the school holidays, but at a much more reasonable price.
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Page added on: 11 February 2007
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