Understanding split bookings and how they save you money

by Al Macmillan

One of the things we are most excited about at Coachfairer is what we call split bookings. It's perhaps not instantly obvious to a new user what it means so I thought an introduction might be useful. They are an amazing way to save money but they take a little more work for you.

Combined operators

We sometimes call Coachfairer the Skyscanner of bus and coach. The reason for that is that like flight metasearch sites (Skyscanner, Dohop & Kayak) etc we find the best journey options across all operators (comparing and combining as we see fit) and then we fetch the best prices. It means that oftentimes journey plans which contain more than one coach (i.e a multi-leg journey, one with a change) contain more than one coach operator. It's one of the reasons Coachfairer is unique. Why do we do it? The benefits are: we connect more places, return more journey options, find faster journey options and always find the best prices. Journey block from results page

It's an idea common in flight search: Skyscanner have similar results (they call them 'non-protected transfers'), Kayak more catchily 'Hacker Fares' and Dohop 'Self-Connect'. But the idea is the same. Journey plans made up of more than one airline. You might need to check off your own baggage and switch airlines but if you save a ton of money it might be well worth it. The 'non-protected' part is that obviously if a journey plan contains more than one leg from more than one operator and that first leg is delayed, the operator of the second leg might not wait and is under no compulsion to refund or let you travel later on the same ticket (if the ticket is inflexible). However, that is the negative! The positive is that is connects thousands more places by Coach and creates new fare combinations that offer real choice and cheap cheap coach tickets.

So getting back to Coachfairer split bookings. I said that you would need to do a little more work yeah? Well not much thankfully - a split booking is simply this: that at the point at which we send you off to the Coach operator's site to buy, you will be sent off to the different operators to buy each leg e.g maybe Megabus for the first leg and National Express for the second leg. We make it easy to spot this - our filters on the right hand side of your search results says "required bookings" and a number. This is telling you that to get this price you will need to book separately however many numbers of times it says there. And when you click to buy the tickets our handy pop-up keeps you right. Just remember to open all windows before you purchase. But the savings from split bookings are enormous! Makes sense yeah?

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