Using layovers to Hack Cheaper One-Way Flights

When you’re trying to search for a flight it is usually time consuming and frustrating if you’re on any sort of a budget or just don’t want to get ripped off. Here is one trick for finding a cheaper fare for the exact same flight if you’re willing to spend the time.

Searching for a one-way flight from Managua, Nicaragua to Panama City, Panama the cheapest option that I could find was $430 for a non-stop flight. That is an insane, crazy and riduclous price for a flight that is an hour and half. I found the flight that I wanted on Expedia but also checked the airline (Copa Airlines) direct. Same price.

Next step, what if that flight was only part of the trip? I have, in the past found cheaper fares by booking round-trip instead of one-way because they jack up the one-way price so much on certain airlines. That didn’t do the trick this time.

So, I decided to see what would happen if I booked a flight with a layover (the first leg being the actual flight that I wanted). Boom.

This flight, which is from Managua to Panama City to San Jose, Costa Rica is only $101. The first leg of the flight is the exact same flight that would have cost $430 to purchase on it’s own.

It really sucks that the airlines price flights this way and force us to do the work, but if you have the time and patience you can create your own deals even when travel seems like it is out of your budget.

Although I rarely check a beg, for this particular flight I actually have to so I am not quite sure yet how that is going to work … but hopefully I’ll be able to get my luggage. Wish me luck.

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