What Is a Stopover and How to Book It?

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selfplannedtrip-stopoverA stopover is a connection between two flights of more than 24 hours. This is a great opportunity to take more advantages from your trip and to organize a mini-vacation in a city without buying extra tickets.

For example, during a 20-hours stop in Dubai I explored the whole city! Since it was a daytime, I did not need to book a hotel, I slept during the next flight.

How to Search for Stopover?

Option 1: Search multy-stop flights.

Search for a ticket on search engines. Choose an option which provides a stop in desired city for a long time.

Here is an example of a search of Tokyo -> Moscow ticket. There is a possibility of a long stop in Abu Dhabi, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Dubai, Istanbul or other cities.

Stopover searching

Stopover searching

Transit visa may be required.

If you can’t find anything suitable for your route, you can try to search for a multiple destinations route or two separate tickets (but this option is more risky). Click here to get more information about searching cheap and convenient tickets.

Time matters
Do not forget to look at the time of day for the particular ticket. In most cases, night time is not the best time to explore a city.

Please be noted that in this case the stop is not actually a stopover (which is required 24 hours or more). It’s a so called layover, which is usually easier and cheaper than a stopover. If you need more time in a city of transfer, please read “Book stopover directly through airlines.”

Option 2. Book stopover directly through airlines.

First of all you buy a ticket with a stop in the desired city. And then book a stopover. To do this, you need to contact the airline company. Some airlines give you the opportunity to book a stopover by e-mail, others – by phone.

In case you want to use this option, it’s better to be sure that the airline provides stopovers in the particular city. Usually you can can check it on the airline website.

Stopover duration is usually 1-3 days, but it could be longer. Most often, stopovers are free in case of available tickets on the requested date, but some airlines charge a small fee for booking.

In addition, when you make stopovers in airlines hubs, they may offer special rates for hotels, free shuttle service and transit visas, city tours and so on.

Popular Cities for Stopover

Stopover in DubaiThe most popular cities to visit for stopover and airlines:

List of Stopover Options

Destination Airline Possible Stopovers
Africa Emirates Dubai
Africa Etihad Abu Dhabi
Africa Qatar Doha
Africa South African Airways Johannesburg
Africa Virgin Atlantic London
Asia Jet Airways Brussels, Mumbai, Delhi
Asia American Airlines Los Angeles, Tokyo, Chicago, Dallas
Asia Air Canada Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary
Asia EVA Airways Taipei
Asia Air China Beijing
Asia China Airlines Taipei
Asia Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Asia Emirates Dubai
Asia Etihad Abu Dhabi
Asia Japan Airlines Tokyo
Asia Qatar Abu Dhabi
Asia Singapore Airlines Singapore, Moscow, Tokyo
Asia Thai Airways Bangkok
Asia Virgin Atlantic London
Europe American Airlines London, New York City, Dallas, Madrid, Chicago, Miami
Europe British Airways London, New York City, Dallas, Madrid, Chicago, Miami
Europe Icelandair Reykjavik
Europe TAP Portugal Lisbon
Europe Virgin Atlantic London
Europe Iberia London, New York City, Dallas,Madrid, Chicago, Miami
Latin America American Airlines Miami, Dallas, New York
Latin America Taca & Lacsa San Jose, Lima, Bogota, San Salvador
Latin America Avianca Bogota
Latin America Copa Airlines Panama City
Latin America TAM Sao Paulo
Latin America LAN Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lima
Middle East Emirates Dubai
Middle East Etihad Abu Dhabi
Middle East Qatar Abu Dhabi
South Pacific Emirates Dubai, Bangkok
South Pacific Air Pacific Nadi, Fiji
South Pacific Air New Zealand Auckland
South Pacific Qantas Airways Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
South Pacific Air Tahiti Nui Papeete, Tahiti
South Pacific Virgin Australia Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

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