Cleverlayover a useful website for anyone traveling internationally and looking to save some serious money on plane tickets. Launched in April by students at Harvard Business School, cleverlayover finds cheaper fares by connecting non-partner airlines—and in some cases, that can mean big savings. It also means that on an itinerary with them, you’ll probably have to check-in again at your connecting airport, which is can be a hassle, but they TRY to build in enough time for you to make it.
Keep in mind that if your first flight is delayed or canceled, the airline operating your next flight isn’t obligated to help, and most likely won’t. So it could end up costing you more in the long run. However, if you like to roll the dice, and if you like saving a good amount of money (their average user saves $200), cleverlayover is a handy tool. As an example, I just priced out New York to Sardinia for August roundtrip and cleverlayover found fares for $1,100 while the cheapest deal with the major online travel agencies was $1,600.
I’ve used this method of booking before, including once on a New York-to-Sardinia trip at the last minute. Back then, everything was pricing out at $3,000 one-way and that’s when I discovered that if I bought two separate tickets—one from New York to London and the other from London to Sardinia—it would only cost me a total of $700! Fortunately, I read all the details of my flights carefully before booking, and knew well enough to leave plenty of wiggle room. It was a good thing I did, since the flight to Sardinia was leaving out of a different London airport than I was landing at, and it operated by on a budget carrier. That meant I needed to book a hotel in London for the night and pack light (most European budget carriers charge a crazy amount of money for excess luggage). But even with the layover I still saved over $2,000.
Note: When using cleverlayover be sure to check to see if you need a visa at your connecting location.