Im off on a 4 month backpacking trip in August. I will only be booking one flight to the start, which will either be vancouver BC or somewhere in the west coast of the USA (I'm meeting up with friends who will already be road tripping).
Im wanting to book my flight over, but it's obviously difficult as the guys road tripping have no idea where they'll be in August (their destination is vancouver).
I had the idea of booking AKL - Vancouver via LAX, with the idea of possibly skipping the connecting flight if my friends were still in Cali. What's the deal with skipping the connecting flight LAX - YVR? My understanding is in LAX I'll have to collect all my bags anyway? What's the airlines stance usually on this? Obviously if my friends are in vancouver /Northern West Coast I'd continue with the 2nd flight.
Your thoughts appreciated!