As a lot of you might know from my many travel questions we are going on our first family overseas holiday next year. The time is getting close for us to book our flights and from what we can tell to travel at that time of the year will be expensive (going to America during their summer). So we have 2 choices we can take direct flights or we can take connecting flights where the travel time takes twice as long but the cost is $1600 cheaper. I am not really sure about travelling for longer then I have to with the kids (DD will be 11, DS1 will be 8 and DS2 will be 3) but that price seems hard to argue with. DH just shrugs it off with "meh they will be fine" but he hasn't travelled overseas before and experienced jet lag, I may have only done it once but I remember how tired I was and the thought of my kids being that tired when 2 of them get really cranky when tired and 1 gets over emotional and won't stop crying doesn't appeal. So to help me decide which would you choose?