I’m thinking of flipping Clark’s advice of “take a discount US carrier to JFK, ORD or other gateway, then fly to Europe”.
The trouble is Santiago de Compostela has no N. American flights. The Google Flights routing requires two stops (Houston, Dulles or Miami, Madrid, Santiago). The elapsed times are awful… like 17 hours. But I can get from Houston to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris non-stop. So I’m thinking of doing that, then taking a discount EU or UK flight to Santiago. I could chop one stop off, and maybe overnight in the European gateway to be safe, and for diversion / jet-lag adjustment.
Does anyone have any “interesting” tales about doing that? I guess if I miss my luggage after the first flight, they will just throw it into the wood chipper rather than send it on, no matter what the luggage tags say (I always put my destination address on my tags… not my home). But no one loses luggage on a non-stop, really. The connections are where they get lost.