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Found a cheaper flight with two separate tickets

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instead of one connecting ticket
3 years ago, April 21st 2011 No: 1 Msg: #134319  
So I was having a look for flights from Sydney, Australia to Seattle, WA, and as one ticket, the price came to $1136. However, I did another search on the same site, this time, looking for a ticket from Sydney to Honolulu, and then a separate ticket from Honolulu to Seattle, and it worked out to be about $200 cheaper. $700 from Sydney to Honolulu, and $230 from Honolulu to Seattle.

How does that work?

Should I buy the tickets that way? Or will it create problems upon immigration? As it's not a connecting flight, but two separate tickets instead, they might think I'm up to something out of the ordinary. :/

What about luggage? I'll be using two different planes, so is there any chance my luggage won't be carried over?

How will I go about this?

Thanks
Saki
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3 years ago, April 21st 2011 No: 2 Msg: #134322  
Saki,

Finding a ticket from Honolulu for $230 is a real bargain. You've found something special you might want to grab it. My recommendation is that you stay in Hawaii for a couple of days and check it out. You'll have to go through customs anyway so you might as well take a break.

The down side to doing this is you will have the hassle of re-checking your baggage when you get to Hawaii.
If you purchase the ticket from Sydney to Seattle your baggage will go all the way. Yes, you have to grab it and go through customs with it but soon as that is over you have to throw it back on the conveyor belt and you are good to go. Buying the two tickets will mean you'll have to go back out to the counter and re-check the bags. ..... if you have bags.

Can't wait to read your blogs and hear your impressions.
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3 years ago, April 24th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #134468  
Thanks for the help.

The date I planned to fly out was September 13th, however, I found an even cheaper flight to Honolulu for September 11th. Like $200 cheaper, again. Is there a catch to flying on this date? It's the only date that has the price that low, and I wonder why. Reply to this

3 years ago, April 24th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #134474  
The reason you found a cheap flight on September 11th is that many Americans are still afraid to fly on 911. Many airlines offer cheap rates on that day.

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