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Feb 25th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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booking air tickets as 2 trips vs. 1 trip

Hi everyone--I am trying to book a trip to Dar es Salaam. Our plan is to fly to London overnight and then stay in London for one night (giving us 2 days in London) and then fly from there to Dar. When I search for prices on Kayak, Expedia,etc., as a single trip it is almost $300 cheaper than if I book the same flights but as 2 separate trips. The only difference is we would be doing the second leg 24 hours later. I can't find a way to book one trip but with a gap in the middle (i.e, not taking the next flight out of London. We really want to stay the night in London because it would mean flying overnight to London, waiting 12 hours and then taking another night flight to Dar, in addition to dealing with jet lag. Can anyone suggest a way around this?
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Feb 25th, 2013, 11:55 AM
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Instead of just "connecting" in London, you're "stopping over" (airline definitions if your layover is more than 24 hours) which means two things:

1. It puts you into an airfare category that allows stopovers. Typically these are higher than fares that don't permit stopovers.

2. By spending more than 24 hours between flights, you're subject to UK Air Passenger Duty, which, depending on your cabin choice to Dar (economy v. premium economy v. business/first) will add anywhere from US$100 to $200+ to your ticket. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Passenger_Duty
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Feb 25th, 2013, 11:57 AM
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Meant to add, frankly I'm surprised it isn't more than $300.
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Feb 25th, 2013, 05:00 PM
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I would call the airline directly rather than trying to book or search prices online. The algorithms that put together the online options generally aren't set up to handle stopovers.
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Feb 25th, 2013, 05:42 PM
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Thank you so much November Moon and Gardyloo.
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Feb 26th, 2013, 05:32 AM
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Try using the multi destination option.
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Feb 26th, 2013, 08:16 PM
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I also say try the multiple destination option. Maybe you can find a ticket with a shorter connection, like 23 hours.
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Feb 27th, 2013, 01:59 AM
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I got a cheaper trip booking 2 separate legs.. Sydney to Kuala Lumpur then KL, Doha and Cairo.
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Feb 27th, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Just to be clear, the UK APD tax will only be waived if the flights are on the same ticket and less than 24h apart. Buying separate tickets, with the second one "originating" in the UK, will subject the second ticket to the tax. This is a departure tax, not an arrivals fee.
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