What is the “Mix & Match” category on my flight search results?

When you do an airfare search on CheapAir.com, you will sometimes see a category listed on the results page, included with all the airlines, called ”Mix & Match”.  Many of you have asked us what this means.

What is the “Mix & Match” category on my flight search results?

The “Mix & Match” category essentially lets you combine two one way fares, that may or may not be on the same airline, to form a round trip.  “Mix & Match” options come in handy when either (1) the best possible fare for an itinerary requires travel on one airline going out and another airline coming back; or (2) the airline with the most convenient outbound flight doesn’t have a convenient return flight or vice versa.

Our search engine, designed by our own team of developers, does an excellent job of looking for “Mix & Match” possibilities, especially for domestic itineraries.   Using “Mix & Match” combinations, we are often able to find better priced or more convenient trips that aren’t available on other travel sites — and certainly not on the airline sites.

But it is important to understand that the “Mix & Match” category is not always the best option.  This is because, in some markets, one or more airline may have a special round trip fare that is only valid if you fly that same airline in both directions.   In those markets, a “Mix & Match” itinerary will preclude you from taking advantage of that special.

So when should you use the “Mix & Match” category?  If you are looking to travel on one specific airline, you are always better off explicitly selecting that airline instead of “Mix & Match”.  That will insure that you see the largest number of options for that particular carrier.  On the other hand, if you are not set on one specific carrier, and the “Mix & Match” fare is lower than all the others, definitely check it out.   Not only are you likely to save money on your air fare, but you may also find a more convenient set of flights.

21 Comments

  1. From September I have been searching fares for R/T, NYC/LAX. Most fares came in around US$ 300.00 +/- flying the same airlines both ways. Today I got lucky with Cheapair finding me an outbound flight from one budjet airline and a inbound flight from another budget airline for a total of US$ 259.00 incl tax and fees. Thanks, CheapAir for your help.

  2. I need 3
    tickets 1 Age 17 at time of travel – 1 Adult 1 Senior Citizen
    Houston, TX to Paris, France leave Dec 25, 203
    Paris, France to Houston, TX Jan 02, 2014

    • Hi Alma,

      Flights from Houston to Paris, France for your dates are starting at $1236 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Unfortunately there are no discounts for seniors. To view flights, you can follow this link: http://bit.ly/HaWr5b. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  3. Hello,
    I need a great deal, 2adults and 2children (1yr old and 3yr old)
    Would the tickets be cheaper if my friend and I don’t sit next to each other on the plane? or can I get a group discount?
    Chicago to Puerto Rico- Jan 15th
    Puerto Rico to Chicago- Feb 10th

    I need help! First time buying plane tickets!!

    • Hi Emarie,

      For your flights, fares are starting at about $325 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Children up to 2 years old (24 months), are not required to have their own seat for travel within the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You will need to purchase a ticket at the full price for the 2 adults and your 3 year old. A child up to 2 years old (24 months) is usually charged 10% of an adult fare plus taxes, even if the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight. To book your flights, you will need to call us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who will be able to assist you. Unfortunately there are no group discounts (4 passengers isn’t considered a group – 10 or more is).

  4. I need a great deal 1 ticket Senior Citizen
    Phoenix, AZ to Poznan, Poland leave between Jan. 2 – 6, 2014
    Poznan, Poland between Jan. 21 – 25,2014
    Thanks, CheapAir for your help.

    • Hi Daniela,

      For your flights, I’d definitely advise to buy as soon as possible since fares for early January are only getting more expensive. In checking your dates, it appears that Jan 6 – Jan 25th would be the cheapest dates. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights. You can also call us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with one of our Travel Advisors who can assist you as well.

  5. Hi, my husband and I purchased a 2 night, 3 day stay in Las Vegas and are in need of 2 inexpensive tickets (to and from). The stay is open date, any week through 3/2015 , Sunday – Thursday only. We want to plan the stay around the least expensive airfare. How do I search for airline tickets without an exact date?

    • Hi Erin,

      That’s a great question. You can use our MapSearch, which will allow you to search flights without a date to find the cheapest days to fly. You’ll be shown a map, from which you can view destinations and costs. If you click on your destination, then you’ll be shown a calendar of airfares with the cheapest days. It’s a great tool when you’re flexible with your travel dates. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  6. I need a flight for 2 adults March 25-29 or March 26-30.

    Little Rock, AR to Los Angeles Cal

    • Hi Rosalyn,

      Fares are currently starting at around $320 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1gH040l Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  7. I need a flight for 1 adult from Little Rock to Charlotte, NC
    April 18-21
    Also are there any military discounts available?

    • Hi Angel,

      Airlines will provide a military discount, but it’s not always a guarantee. Currently, flights are starting at around $357 per person. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1iKzrqs I would recommend trying to contact the airlines to see if they can provide a discount. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  8. Need a flight for four adults from Panama city florida to boston mass June 5-8

    • Hi Heather,

      Currently, fares from Panama City, Florida to Boston for your dates are starting at around $395 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Unfortunately the only way to book these flights would be to call us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who can assist you. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  9. Hi. I’m looking for 2 roundtrip tickets to Chicago from either Orlando, Tampa, or Jacksonville. 3/27/14 – 3/30/14. Thanks.

    • Hi Carmeka,

      In checking the fares for both of those routes, it appears that Tampa would be the cheaper option. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/PR2kZT Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  10. Hi!

    I’m looking for a trip to SNA John Wayne OC California from EWR Newark New Jersey from May13th-16th

    • Hi Maryann,

      Currently the cheapest fares for your dates are starting at around $371 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you’re looking to travel in a month, you should book now or as soon as possible to avoid the fares from increasing any further. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1qELXfv Please let us know if you need any assistance finding flights.

  11. Hello!
    I need a flight from Dulles International to Salt Lake City on August 15th to the 17th.

    • Hi Alison,

      The cheapest flights for your dates are starting at around $539 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1iunNlm Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

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