Months in advance, when we are shopping for flights, we are tempted to book the cheapest flight, even though it is not Nonstop.
This is an innocent decision, you can explore new cities, save big money
and sometimes it works out well
But, sometimes connecting flights combine several airlines, with restrictions
With the additional flight time:
-You will board aircraft multiple times, waiting in lines, finding space in the overhead storage
-You will arrive later on your first day (before the inevitable delays) and
-You will return home on an extended flight, meaning additional hours and several boarding procedures This at a time when you just want to get home
So shop around
When you can, purchase the flight directly from the airline.
You can choose your seat and your meal options
Perhaps a kosher meal or spicy vegetarian option
Register with the airline for frequent flyer awards (which as far as we can tell is sort of a scam) obtain the airline’s credit card. These may give you boarding priority and baggage options