Originally posted by NastyBastard
Sometimes the layovers aren't worth it...Like for me with Southwest...the difference between Non stop and one layover was 10 bucks. Not worth it to me, but it's fine if you want to go ultra cheap. Always check out both ways.
I completely agree, but you also have to remember that Southwest, Jetblue and several other "economy" airlines don't typically discount for layovers.
However larger airlines like AA, Continental, Delta, do offer significant savings. This is due mostly to the fact of the volume in air traffic these airlines have over economy lines.
For example, non-stop from BWI to SAN via American was $450 RT. However with a layover at DFW, I flew once for a hair under $300. That's a savings of over $150 and a killer workout running 49 gates in 7 minutes!