Benefits of booking flights & connecting multiple airlines
Find flights that you won't find anywhere else
The main benefit of connecting flights through different airlines with virtual interlining is that it gives you flight options that you won't find anywhere else. For example, let's say that you wanted to book a flight:
Lincoln, Nebraska ➡ Austin, Texas
There are no direct flights from Lincoln to Texas. So, you'd have to get a connecting flight. The big issue you'd have is that not many airlines within the US have pre-existing interline agreements. That means, without virtual interlining, your flight route would be long and indirect. It might look something like this:
Lincoln ➡ Minnesota, Minneapolis ➡ Austin
Because there are no airlines that have a pre-existing interline agreement for this route, the connection for this flight would have to be with the same airline (for example, Delta). As Minnesota is the nearest airport to Lincoln with a direct flight to Austin that Delta offers, you'd be forced to fly up to Minnesota and away from Austin in order to get a connection.
With virtual interlining, your route might look like this:
Lincoln ➡ Denver, Colorado ➡ Austin
As an example, your 1st flight (Lincoln ➡ Denver) would be with United and your 2nd flight would be with Frontier (Denver ➡ Austin). Because virtual interlining is able to connect United's and Frontier's independent schedules and combine them into 1 itinerary, your route and connection is far more direct and will save you lots of time on your journey.
It saves a lot of time and hassle
Of course, you could build your own itinerary and book connecting flights on different airlines if you really wanted to. But, it'd require the following:
- Find out every airline flying from your departure airport
- Find out which airlines fly to a destination that connects to your final destinations
- Find out on which days and on which times they're flying
- Find another airline that flies to your final destination from the airport that your original flight connects to
- Make sure that those dates and times align with your original flight
- Do all of that again for your return journey
- Book your flight on each individual airline website
Still with us? It's a lot, right?
At Alternative Airlines, we build the itinerary for you in an instant moment, automatically generating the best flight option that there is. This saves an enormous amount of time and hassle and guarantees that you won't make any errors that you might from your building your own itinerary.
It's often cheaper
The virtual interlining algorithm scans flight combinations from various different airlines and analyses thousands of different routes for each search. Because it covers all bases and looks at all options, it also maximises the possibility of finding cheaper fares.