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How to book multi-city flights on Skyscanner in 2021

Times are tough for travelers. But with the world preparing to reopen in 2021, we're here to keep you dreaming and planning for your next adventure - whether that's a staycation or flying off to parts unknown. Until then, we've got the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates to keep you up to date and ready to go.

As the globe begins to spin again, there is a lot of reacquainting for travelers to do with the world around them. Maybe you spent lockdown looking up dream destinations you never would have thought to visit before. Or, perhaps you already knew where you wanted to go and have been plotting a list and connecting the dots. Either way, there is plenty of wandering to make up for. Multi-city flights will help you catch up on lost time.

Disclaimer: Travel restrictions within the United States are changing across county and state lines. Many local governments have begun reducing mandates, but potential quarantine periods and travel regulations may still exist at your destination. Check the latest rules for your destination, and review current CDC guidelines before booking travel. Likewise, if you’re planning to visit an international destination, be sure to check the latest requirements.

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What is a multi-city flight?

Planning to travel to more than one destination on your next getaway? Book a multi-city flight or multi-destination flight as an easy way of getting more from any trip. Prior to coronavirus, it was common to plan a epic travel with several stops—perhaps around the old cities of Europe or through the gorgeous natural beauty of Southeast Asia.

We can’t wait to get back to those types of international adventures. Luckily, there are inspiring multi-city options in the US to practice with as well. From the Pacific West to the Southeast, a multi-city flight is less time-consuming than booking lots of one-way tickets between cities. Plus it can be easier on your wallet, too.

What are the benefits of booking a multi-city flight?

It’s much more convenient (and less confusing) to book all your flights at the same time. Our multi-city search and other booking tools make it easy to compare flights so you can get the best deal without having to go to multiple sites. You can even book with different airlines.

Go on, take a look around—see what’s possible for booking that dream trip.

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How do I book a multi-city flight?

  1. Select “multi-city” on the Skyscanner homepage or in the app
  2. Enter desired dates and destinations (up to six legs)
  3. Select the number of passengers and cabin class
  4. Search flights
  5. Edit filters for specific airlines, arrival/departure times and more
  6. Find the flight you want, hit select and book!

Booking multi-city flights, in pictures

1. To book on our website, just go to the Skyscanner homepage and select ‘multi-city’ at the top of the search panel. This works exactly the same in the app!

2. Now use the drop-down menus to enter your desired dates and destinations (you can add up to six legs of your journey — go mad!). Bear in mind that the more flexible you are with your dates, the better the prices.

Screenshot of starting a multi-city flight search in Skyscanner

3. Don’t forget to choose the number of passengers and cabin class you want to search for.

4. Now you’re ready to hit the ‘Search’ button. This’ll take you to a page of results for the flights you’re looking for.

Screenshot of a flight search in Skyscanner

5. You can fine-tune the results you want to see by using the filters along the left-hand side of the page. These allow you to choose preferred departure times, airlines, flexible tickets, greener flights, COVID-19 safety rating and more.

6. Found a multi-city flight itinerary that you like? Just hit the ‘Select’ button on the right-hand side of the search result box. Now all you need to do is follow the booking instructions. Et voilà — dream trip sorted!

A screenshot of what travelers will see when using Skyscanner to complete their flight booking

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Multi-city trip in the American south

Looking for some multi-city inspiration? Below, you’ll find an example of a fun multi-city trip around the southern United States to get you started. The cities are high on our list of places to visit with great art, amazing food and chic accommodations. Hopefully, this shows how a multi-city flight lets you explore lots of different settings and cultures, all in one easy itinerary.  

Start in Charleston

There are few beginning places in higher regard than South Carolina’s Low Country. As one of the oldest cities in America, Charleston has beautiful architecture and culinary traditions that go back centuries. The town’s environment is posh, but quaint and peaceful as well.

South Carolinians’ famed hospitality will set your trip off on the right foot.

Next, on to Atlanta

Atlanta is a rising travel hub. The combination of a distinct art and music scene, with inspiring history, makes it a unique Southern city. ATL is a vast, spreading urban hub. The sprawl has resulted in an impressive system of green spaces and public parks. Spending time outdoors is a joy. There are some quirky neighborhoods in Atlanta that bring culture and creativity right out onto the streets.

From Atlanta to Nashville

America’s Music City is more than just country bars (although it is a lot of those as well). Nashville’s famous hot chicken is one of several local cuisines that have become notorious over the country. Hattie B’s is an original. Snag some local grub and then head out to enjoy a bit of natural scenery.

Visit the life-size replica of the Parthenon outside of Nashville if you can’t yet make it to Greece. After that, rent a kayak and raft down the Cumberland River. The city is home to a large outdoor sports community, too. Spend your nights doing a bit of boot-scoot-boogeyin’ in the honky-tonks, but don’t miss your next flight!

Then, a few nights in New Orleans

You may or may not remember your time in the French Quarter, but regardless, it will be a good one. If tossing back classic Crescent City cocktails at Arnaud’s isn’t your speed, then hop a streetcar and enjoy the French and Spanish architecture of the Garden District or Treme neighborhoods.

There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe the food in New Orleans. Saying, “you have to try it” is an understatement. However, it’s a common one that you’ll hear often when sitting down at a table in the Big Easy. Music blows on the breeze so that even the air becomes intoxicating. You won’t want to leave.

Finish in Tampa

After dancing for several nights in NOLA, cool off with a soothing dip in the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately, white sand beaches and clear blue waters are easy to find in Tampa. Finish your trip the way you started it—stress-free.

Tampa isn’t short on things to do beyond the beach. The Florida Aquarium is one of the best in the country and located right here. Shoppers can get serious with their retail therapy at the International Plaza, or take to the water with one of the many sporting options around. If you’re a fisher, the captains’ boats are waiting to launch into open waters.

A multi-city flight makes travel easier

If travel is something that you’ve been missing, then booking a multi-destination flight can help you get out and see everything you want to catch up on. Remember these tips for booking an easy trip that fits your schedule. Also, go ahead and borrow this southern-city flight plan, or browse our articles for inspo to make your own itinerary! Join the Skyscanner newsletter to get fresh ideas, deals and destinations delivered right to your inbox.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a multi-city flight?

A multi-city flight is a single travel booking that allows you to visit several cities on one trip. They are typically less expensive than booking one-way flights between multiple destinations—and they’re easier. A multi-city flight will keep your itinerary tied together.

How do I book a multi-city flight?

Sign up for an account on Skyscanner’s mobile app, and then head over to the “Multi-City” tab to begin booking today. Follow the instructions from this article and book up to six legs simultaneously. When looking for inspiration, keep proximity in mind. It’s easier to visit Boston and New York City on the same trip than it would be to visit LA and Miami.

Why should I book a multi-city flight?

Consider booking a multi-city flight if you are in-between a few destinations but can’t decide on one. Booking a multi-city flight will help you lock in several different destinations at once so you can travel in the most convenient and affordable way possible. You deserve a bigger budget for exploring.

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