Wanting to learn from my experience with over-planning, I began to under-plan a little too much. I rarely arrived to a country knowing the exact date I was supposed leave (unless the immigration office required it for entry) so would purchase one-way plane tickets and deal with the return logistics later.
But then I had to book a flight to Colombia for a group trip with friends, as well as a flight home which, combined, would cost well over $1,200. I was stressed, feeling cheap, but prepared to pay the fee -- after all, that’s how I’d always booked my last-minute flights.
While using Google Flights, Skyscanner, and Skiplagged to search for airfare loopholes I decided to try the “Multi-city” feature, a booking method I've ignored due to higher airline fees. This feature allowed me to simultaneously search all the flights I needed in hopes for a better deal.
I didn't expect much, but when I saw the search results, was floored: the flight costs totaled $600 instead of $1,200. Yes, only six hundred.
Somehow, by booking under “Multi-city” I was able to save on my flights. I thought it was a fluke, so looked up another set of flights I’d have to purchase down the line. This time, I used a four-city combination, with the third returning to the initial departure city. The flights cost about $450 when using the Multi-city feature, but over $1,000 when booking separately!
My biggest mistake was listening to other travel experts who told me to avoid the feature all together. I should've checked for myself because while individual one-way flights may be often cheaper for U.S. travel, the Multi-city bookings saved me hundreds of dollars on multiple international flights.
I might've lost airfare savings in the past (and totally regret it), but will now never book a flight without double-checking Multi-city deals first.