In an ideal travel world, all fights would be non-stop. But realistically, that isn’t going to happen. If anything, airline cost-cutting and cutbacks mean less and less of those non-stops. Especially as airlines reduce their presence at one-time hubs. St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and Cincinnati all come to mind as airports with reduced non-stop options. But there are many others.
So if a connection is the only option, or the only reasonably priced option, how do you make it as painless as possible? Here are a few suggestions ranging from what may seem obvious, to more complicated issues.