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“Nonstop” vs “Direct” Flight – There’s A Difference?

Yes, there is.

Many people think that nonstop and direct in referring to flights, have the same meaning. Many people would be wrong on that assumption.

A nonstop flight, as its name suggests, flies from one airport to another without stopping. While a direct flight might sound like a nonstop flight, it’s not. A direct flight makes at least one intermediate stop along the way to its final destination, but has only one flight number.

Nonstop vs Direct

A nonstop flight is generally the quickest way to get from Point A to Point B and sometimes, even costlier than direct flight options. But if you value convenience and getting to your destination faster, the extra cost won’t impact your decision to fly nonstop. Business travelers tend to prefer nonstop flights because they are the fastest. However, if you’re not in a hurry to arrive to your destination, you may be able to save by booking a direct or connecting flight.

I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’ll favor nonstop over direct flights, even if it costs more, every time. My only reasoning for booking direct flights with connections would be to check out a hot, new airport lounge or because there are no nonstop options to my final destination. If traveling with kids (especially newborns or toddlers), booking a non-stop flight is a MUST if you can help it. Avoiding prolong child-fussiness on an aircraft is the key to parent sanity and pleasant child demeanor.

If you didn’t already, now you know the difference.







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