A recent thread by joe32F has prompted so many questions for me, I thought it best to start a new topic. I need a crash course in connecting flights.
In flying from Chicago to Europe, there are only so many nonstop destinations. To venture beyond these, I have several options and am trying to figure out what might work best for me. There is no way I’m getting my sister to carry on (she has a lot of medial issues and has lots of extras like a heating pad, etc), so checked luggage is involved.
I’ll use Edinburgh as an example because I really want to go there. Other than an unreliable seasonal nonstop flight with United, I think I have 3 options to get to Edinburgh. Which do you think is the best? OR what are the pros and cons of each?
Option 1: Connecting flight in the US. Coming from Chicago, these will most likely be at an east coast airport. Newark or DC perhaps. With this option, is my checked luggage checked to final destination—Edinburgh in this example?
Option 2: Connecting flight in Europe—Dublin or London for this example. Do I collect my luggage in Dublin or London to go through passport control and then recheck for flight to Edinburgh? On the return home, would my luggage be checked from Edinburg to Chicago?
Option 3: Fly nonstop to London and take the train to Edinburgh. For this option, I would most likely take the train to York for a couple of nights on the way. And then for my return home, I would need to stay in London at least the night before my flight. So, this option really adds on some extra days to the trip.
Also, I have very limited flying experience, so I’m not familiar with what airports might be better to connect through. Pretend i know pretty much nothing about flights, because i pretty much don't. 😊
Edited to add: I should also add that I will choose convenience over cost. So, I’m not the type to pick the cheapest option.