For once and for all: no…

Trends are important to watch. As the concepts of skiplagging and saving money on flights by departing from cities which aren’t “home”, or intentionally missing flights make it into pop culture, there’s one question that pops up almost every day. “Can I skip the first flight and just take the rest”. The answer is in the title, but in the interest of final clarity, here’s the answer: no. You cannot skip the first leg of a flight and take the rest.

Plane, air tickets, passport, notebook and phone with headphones on pastel background. The view from the top. The concept of planning and preparing for the travelA Little Work For Big Flight Savings

Everyone wants to save on flights, whatever cabin they’re flying in. It’s natural. One of the best ways to do this, is to find flights from a nearby city which may be offering cheaper prices, and start there – or perhaps find a ticket to a cheaper destination, via the place you actually want to go. If you don’t have bags, you just hop off. The latter is a term called “skiplagging” and here’s everything you need to know about that. When those who are new to this frugal hobby enter the game there’s always one question: can I just skip the first flight and take the rest? AKA – can I buy a ticket from Dublin to Los Angeles via London, and just hop on in London, since I live in London? Before you ask, the rules are the same literally everywhere. You can’t just buy a ticket from Boston to LA via New York and just start in New York either.

The Answer To This Question Is Always No

For once and for all – you cannot skip the first part of a flight reservation. Here’s why: whenever you miss a flight on a reservation, the rest of your flights will automatically cancel. Yes – you too, no matter how special you think you are. If you miss the last leg it doesn’t matter, but as soon as you miss the first, a middle segment or any one but the last, you lose everything. For this reason, many of the clever tricks people employ only work for one way tickets, or only work to avoid the last flight of a reservation. Don’t even try it!