Which Airlines Offer Free Stopovers?

by Giovanni

Want to enjoy two trips for the price of one? With the news that Iberia is adding a stopover program in Madrid, there’s more interest than ever in booking a stopover and adding on a side trip to bookings. You may be surprised at how many airlines offer the perk. We put together a list.

What’s A Free Stopover Program?

While these programs differ in their benefits, length, and ease of booking, all of them have one thing in common.

For no extra charge, you can add an additional city (or even country) to your itinerary for a night or more before continuing on your trip. Many programs also offer benefits like a free hotel room or a city tour. Some airlines will even take care of visas for you.

With cities ranging from Tokyo to Doha, Helsinki to even the Azores, and other cities — there’s a world of opportunities to explore.

Free Airline Stopover: Asia

Japan Airlines: Tokyo and Osaka, Japan

Shibuya Tokyo Japan

With Oneworld member Japan Airlines, you can book a stopover in Tokyo or Osaka as a base to explore the bustling metropolises in the land of the rising sun. Photo by Andre Benz (Unsplash).

Overview: Japan Airlines doesn’t have a page on their website detailing their stopover program. But their rules allow you to create an itinerary with a stopover of up to three nights in either Tokyo (HND or NRT) or Osaka (KIX) at no extra charge.

Unfortunately, JAL doesn’t have any offers for hotels or transit for stopover customers. If you’re interested in exploring an additional Japanese city, definitely check out their Japan Explorer Pass fixed fare product for great deals on domestic flights.

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How to book: Use Japan Airlines’ multi-city booking tool to add a stopover to your flight. If the price goes up on the website, contact your regional JAL Reservation Center for help organizing the stopover.

Related: Japan Airlines Leads In Passenger Satisfaction, Study Says

Asiana Airlines: Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Explore Seoul and South Korea with Star Alliance member Asiana’s many stopover offers at Incheon Airport. Unsplash photo.

Overview: Asiana offers a veritable cornucopia of stopover offers for its transit passengers at Incheon Airport.

Passengers on certain itineraries from the United States and Oceania with less than 24 hours in Seoul can get a hotel, two meals and bus transfer provided by Asiana. If you’re not on an eligible itinerary, Incheon Airport also provides a free tour for passengers with connections of less than 24 hours.

In addition to free tours and free hotels for some passengers, Asiana has partnered with a local tour agency to offer a “Stop & Joy Seoul” stopover promotion for a small fee. That includes a down hotel, lounge access, duty-free and airport foodcourt discounts, and bonus Asiana miles.

Asiana Airlines 747

How to book: To book your stopover in Seoul use Asiana’s multi-city booking tool unless you’re booking an itinerary eligible for a free hotel. See rules and instructions for booking their complimentary stopover hotels (STPC) in linked PDFs at the bottom of this page.

Free transit tours operated by the airport can be booked at the airport’s website. Stop & Joy Seoul stopovers can be booked on this page at the tour operator’s website.

Air China: Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin, or Chongqing, China

Air China

Combine China’s visa-free transit policy with a free hotel from Star Alliance-member Air China for a quick second vacation on the way to your primary destination. Photo by 天琦 王 (Unsplash).

Overview: Air China offers a free night in a hotel, breakfast, and hotel-airport transportation for international passengers with connecting layovers of between 6-30 hours. The service is available at their hubs in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin, and Chongqing. It’s also available for domestic passengers on connections of up to 24 hours.

Combine this offer with the country’s visa-free transit policy for nationals of many countries and this might be the easiest way to visit China!

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How to book: You should book your transit accommodation in advance as soon as you book your flights following the instructions on Air China’s Transit Hotel page.

China Southern: Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chongqing, Urumqi, Shenzhen, or Dalian


Explore chaotic Guangzhou, home of China Southern’s hub, and other Chinese cities with the airline’s free transit accommodation program. Photo by Hiurich Granja (Unsplash).

Overview: The erstwhile Sky Team member and China’s largest airline has a particularly generous transit hotel policy offering free accommodation and hotel-airport transit for passengers with international connections of 8-48 hours.

Each hub has slightly different terms that are laid out in detail on the airline’s website. The service is available at its hubs in Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chongqing, Urumqi, Shenzhen, and Dalian.

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How to book: Book your flight with China Southern with a long connection (making sure it’s eligible under the airline’s rules). Follow the instructions provided on your hub’s transit page. Here’s the page for Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chongqing, Urumqi, Shenzhen, or Dalian.

Related: American And China Southern Reciprocal Benefits Start Rolling Out

Singapore Airlines: Singapore

a city skyline with lights and a body of water

Explore the island city-state using one of Star Alliance carrier Singapore Airlines’ attractive stopover packages. Photo by Mike Enerio (Unsplash).

Overview: Singapore Airlines offers stopover packages for one or 2 nights in Singapore starting at just S$63 (about $47 USD) including a hotel stay. You can choose from nearly 40 hotels including four-star choices and transfers from the airport are included.

If you book the upgraded Stopover Holiday package, it includes entry to over 20 attractions across the city and the two-night version includes a one-day pass to Universal Studios Singapore.

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How to book: Build your itinerary using the airline’s multi-city flight builder then choose and book your stopover package.

Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong

Hong Kong Cathay Pacific

Breath in the air of this former British protectorate a free Hong Kong stopover of up to three days with Oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific.

Overview: Although Cathay Pacific does not currently have a Hong Kong layover promotion, they do allow you to stretch your Hong Kong layover up to three days with no extra charge.

Luckily, despite no current stopover promotions from Cathay Pacific, it’s easy to get around and explore Hong Kong. The city’s tourism board also provides plenty of ideas on things to do during your layover.

Cathay Pacific 777

How to book: Use Cathay Pacific’s multi-city stopover booking tool to build your itinerary.

Related: How I Booked A Cathay Pacific Award By Breaking & ‘Married Segment’ Logic

Free Airline Stopover: Gulf and Middle East

Emirates: Dubai, UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

With Emirates, you can book a stopover in Dubai and explore sights like the Burj Khalifa. Unsplash photo.

Overview: Probably the best-known stopover program is offered by one of the world’s most iconic airlines in an equally iconic city. The nearly 90 million passengers flying through DXB with Emirates have the chance to explore Dubai for a few days before their onward travel at no extra charge.

Emirates has also partnered with over 100 local hotels and resorts with 24-hour check-in, airport meet & greet, transportation, and breakfast for a low fee as part of their Stopover Packages.

Emirates A330

How to book: According to the instructions on their Stopover Package:

“Book and pay for your Emirates flight first, including the total duration of your stopover in your itinerary. If booking on emirates.com, use the Advanced Search option to do this. Afterwards, please contact your local Emirates office to add the hotel and/or activities onto your booking.”

Etihad: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Mosque

From Ferrari World to fantastic shopping, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque there’s plenty to see on an Abu Dhabi stopover with Etihad. Photo by David Rodrigo (Unsplash)

Overview: The flag carrier of the UAE may be outgunned by its larger cousin and smarting from the “Etihad Airline Partners” debacle, but it still offers a fantastic stopover offer in Abu Dhabi. Explore Ferrari World, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, desert safaris, and more with a free two-night stopover with accommodation provided by Etihad.

Etihad A380

How to book: Go to the Etihad Abu Dhabi stopover page to book your multi-city itinerary and reserve your free room including five-star options like the Intercontinental, Sofitel, or Le Meridien.

Qatar Airways: Doha, Qatar

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The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar is just one of the many attractions visitors on a Qatar Airways stopover in Doha can experience. Photo by Florian Wehde (Unsplash).

Overview: It doesn’t get as much attention as neighboring Dubai, but Doha is a notable destination in its own right. The offer applies to passengers flying on Qatar Airways with connections of over 12 hours in Doha. It includes a free transit visa and discounted hotel rooms are available for up to four nights.

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How to book: Luckily, the Qatar Stopover is one of the easiest to book. Simply use the multi-city search option on the QatarAirways.com homepage and manually add a stop in Doha during your departure or return flight.

Minimum connection time of 12 hours is required. Your booking confirmation email and page will both contain information about your stopover offers.

Related: American Airlines & Qatar Airways Announce Strategic Partnership

Turkish Airlines: Istanbul, Turkey


Two bridges connect east and west in Turkish Airlines’ hub in Istanbul making it a great place to enjoy a stopover.

Overview: There are a lot of options to explore on a Turkish Airlines stopovers in Istanbul, starting with the controversial new airport. The Star Alliance member offers two programs for stopovers ranging from free tours under their “Touistanbul” program.

In a separate program, they also partner with over 10 four and five-star hotels for free stopover accommodation. With two nights in a five-star hotel available for business class passengers and one night in a four-star hotel for economy class passengers.

Turkish Airlines 787

How to book: To use the Touristanbul service, visit the Hotel Desk in Istanbul Airport to sign up. You need a layover of 6-24 hours in Istanbul. To book your free stopover accommodation courtesy of Turkish Airways, confirm that your flight is eligible for the stopover program then message the email address for your country on the page.

Gulf Air: Bahrain

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Explore the Bahraini Archipelago off the coast of the gulf with Gulf Air stopovers. Photo by Charles-Adrien Fournier (Unsplash).

Overview: Gulf Air may no longer be the gulf’s pan-national airline but as Bahrain’s national carrier it still provides a quality product to key destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

They also offer flexible stopover packages for up to three nights in Bahrain which include hotel accommodation, breakfast and airport transfer. The airline also offers complimentary transit accommodation for passengers with connecting layovers of more than seven hours.

Gulf Air 787

How to book: To book your Bahrain stopover package with Gulf Air, you’ll need to contact the Gulf Air contact center. To get your complimentary transit accommodation, you can call the contact center or, if your flight is within 24 hours, should visit the customer service desk in the airport.

Royal Jordanian Airlines: Amman, Jordan

a city with tall buildings

From the Dead Sea to Petra there’s a lot to see in Jordan, the cradle of ancient religions. Explore the country and its capital, Amman, with stopovers with Oneworld member Royal Jordanian.

Overview: Jordan was historically an important stop on the Silk Road and a major crossroads of culture. While it may not have the reputation of the ME3, Royal Jordanian operates an extensive network from the modern Queen Alia International Airport in the country’s capital of Amman.

The airline offers the “Zuwar Stopover Program” for passengers wishing to explore pause their trip to explore Jordan. Zuwar is the Arabic word for visitors, and the airline certainly seems to know how to show its guests a good time. The program includes attractively priced overnight and day trip options to many of Jordan’s top destinations.

Royal Jordanian also offers free transit accommodations and meals for those with long connections on layovers of 8-24 hours.

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How to book: To book your Zuwar Stopover in Jordan, use Royal Jordanian’s multi-city booking tool, add an extended stop in Jordan, and then book your activities and overnight package through Zuwar. If you’re just looking for free transit accommodation and meals on a long layover, contact Royal Jordanian to confirm your itinerary’s eligibility.

Free Airline Stopover: Oceania And The Pacific

Qantas and Air New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand Tobias Keller

Explore a destination on your way to visit New Zealand or Australia with Qantas or Air New Zealand. Photo by Tobias Keller (Unsplash).

Overview: Both Australia and New Zealand are located very far from anywhere else, so their rival flag carriers have to be creative to make sure visitors can travel comfortably. Enter: stopovers en-route!

Qantas notes that “your airfare can include a stopover for no extra cost en route to your final destination” Air New Zealand offers free stopovers in their gateways to Asia and North America for passengers traveling from Europe and in the Pacific Islands for a small fee.

Qantas 787

How to book: Use the airlines’ multi-city booking tools to book your trip with a bonus stop. Here’s the link for Qantas and here’s the link for Air New Zealand.

Fiji Airways: Fiji

Fiji Stopover Fiji Airways

Kick back on a relaxing hammock on a spotless beach with a Fiji stopover offered by Oneworld-connect carrier Fiji Airways. Photo by Dean McQuade (Unsplash).

Overview: Break up your travel with a Fiji Airways stopover on a beautiful, South Pacific archipelago. The Oneworld connect carrier allows stopovers with no extra cost for flights and two free nights in a hotel. You can also upgrade your stay to a luxury retreat for an additional cost.

The exact flights that are eligible aren’t clear but it appears to apply to flights between the United States and Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and perhaps other destinations in Asia.

Fiji Airways

How to book: Fiji Airways has details about the stopover on this information page and FAQs here. The free nights can only be used once per round trip, and the flights and stopover must be booked through a travel agent or by calling Fiji Airways at +1 (800) 227-4446. It cannot be booked online.

Free Airline Stopover: Americas

Hawaiian Airlines: Hawaii, United States

Diamond Head, Honolulu, USA

Waikiki and some of the world’s best beaches are available in Oʻahu for Hawaiian Airlines passengers on stopovers. Photo by Zetong Li (Unsplash).

Overview: Hawaiian offers a particularly attractive stopover option for passengers. The stopovers are only allowed on international flights and once on every booking. You can stay up to four days to sample the spectacular natural beauty and bustling Hawaiian nightlife in Honolulu on your way to adventures in Maui, for example.

Hawaiian B717

How to book: Use Hawaiian’s multi-city tool to book your stopover in Honolulu. See here for their official stopover rules.

Related: 35 Free Things To Do In Hawaii

Copa Airlines: Panama City, Panama

Panama Stopover

Break up your travels through Latin America with a stopover in Panama City, Panama thanks to Star Alliance-member Copa America. Unsplash photo.

Overview: Copa America offers a free stopover in Panama City, Panama for passengers flying between North America and the Caribbean or South America. The airline doesn’t have much information about it online but offers are apparently available for hotels and experiences.

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How to book: Must call Copa to request the stopover before completing booking to take advantage.

Avianca Airlines: Bogota, Colombia

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Explore one of South America’s most bustling cities with Star Alliance member Avianca’s Bogota stopover program. Photo by author.

Overview: Avianca launched its stopover program at its Bogota, Colombia hub late last year. Stopovers of up to 48 hours are allowed. The program is a partnership with the city and travel agencies and includes discounts on a variety of tours and experiences.

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How to book: Book your flight using the “multiple cities” option on Avianca.com. Get details about their stopover program rules on their website and see available offers on the Bogota Stopover website.

RavnAlaska: Anchorage, Aniak, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kotzebue, St Mary’s, or Unalakleet, Alaska, United States

Fairbanks Alaska

Explore rural Alaska with Ravn Alaska’s seven “major hubs” across the state. Photo by Carrie Yang (Unsplash).

Overview: Here’s another stopover program from an airline you’ve probably never heard of. RavnAlaska (pronounced “Raven” like the bird) is a small regional operator that serves over 100 destinations in Alaska, and they allow free 24-hour stops at any of their “major hubs” along the way under their “RavnAlaska DAYover” free stopover program.

Ravn Alaska Beechcraft 1900C. Photo by Quintin Soloviev (CC BY-SA 4.0)

How to book: Instructions and details for the RavnAlaska DAYover program are available here but the gist is to use the multi-cities booking tool.

Air Canada: Montréal, Toronto, or Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver Air Canada Stopover

Canada’s flag carrier Air Canada, a Star Alliance member, allows stopovers in Vancouver, Montréal, or Toronto. Photo by Mike Benna (Unsplash).

Overview: Air Canada also offers a stopover program at their hubs in Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver. The program is available for passengers with connection times of more than six hours. If you’re traveling on a “Latitude” fare or better, a hotel is free while other passengers can book one starting at $49.

Air Canada 787

How to book: Air Canada has all the info here. The option to book a stopover should show up after you book your eligible flight or you can input your flight info here.

Free Airline Stopover: Atlantic Islands

Azores Airlines: The Azores

Azores Ferdinand Stohr

Use Azores Airlines’ stopover program to spend up to seven days exploring the nine islands of this volcanic archipelago. Photo by Ferdinand Stöhr (Unsplash).

Overview: Azores Airlines is not exactly a household name, but they operate an extensive network with a modern fleet connecting North America and Europe to the gorgeous Portuguese archipelago. The airline will allow you to spend up to seven days exploring São Miguel or Terceira Islands for no extra charge.

Although the program does not include hotels, this is a great way to visit the dramatic islands in the middle of the Atlantic, which has been listed by National Geographic as one of the most sustainable travel destinations in the world.

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How to book: The Azores Airlines Stopover is bookable on their website, ticketing offices, or through travel agents.

Free Airline Stopover: Africa

Royal Air Maroc: Casablanca, Morocco

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The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco is one of the many sights travelers enjoying a long layover at Royal Air Maroc’s hub can visit. Photo by Doran Erickson (Unsplash).

Overview: Royal Air Maroc is a tempting choice for your next holiday and their stopover programs will let you fit another destination in at no extra charge. RAM, Morocco’s flag carrier, will be elevated to Oneworld membership in early 2020.

The airline allows passengers to choose to have a stopover of up to five days at their hub in Casablanca at no extra charge. The airline also has a (separate) program for long connections with a free hotel provided for layovers of over 8 hours.

Royal Air Maroc 787

How to book: Book your long stopover in Casablanca using the multi-destination booking tool on Royal Air Maroc’s website. If you’re flying through Morocco on your way to another destination, the airline provides hotels and meals during layovers of over 8 hours.

Related: Royal Air Maroc Will Join Oneworld On April 1, 2020

Ethiopian Airlines: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of the main attractions visitors on stopovers in Ethiopia’s capital can expect to see. Photo by A.Davey (Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Overview: The powerhouse African carrier also offers free stopovers in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa allowing passengers on international bookings to add an additional stop in the capital.

Passengers on stopovers can book a complimentary city tour and other experiences through Ethiopian’s tour arm. If you’d rather keep your stop in Ethiopia short, Ethiopian offers transit hotels (with reports of free meals) for layovers of 8-24 hours as long as that is the shortest connection possible for your destination.

Ethiopian 787

How to book: Use the airline’s multi-city booking tool to book your flight stopover. Then, book your stopover activities through Ethiopian Vacations here. If you’re looking to take advantage of Ethiopian’s free transit hotel, ask at the airport’s “interline desk.”

Free Airline Stopover: Europe

Finnair: Helsinki, Finland

Finland Finnair Stopover

Explore a Nordic stopover in Finland with Oneworld member Finnair’s free stopovers for up to five days in Helsinki. Photo by Tommi Selander (Unsplash).

Overview: Finnair has offered passengers the chance to book a stopover of up to five days at their hub in Helsinki since 2016. Take a break from the high-quality service offered by Finland’s flag carrier and have plenty of time to explore Helsinki and even some of Finland’s gorgeous nature and small towns.

The airline is working with partners to offer fantastic value on experiences for passengers on stopover both in Helsinki and around Finland.

Finnair A350

How to book: Finnair has all the details on its stopover page along with a stopover flight search form. The page also contains information about the many experiences Finnair can help you enjoy during your stopover.

TAP Air Portugal: Lisbon and Porto, Portugal

Porto Portugal TAP Air Portugal

Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal allows stopovers for up to five days at no extra charge in their hubs in Lisbon and Porto. Photo by author.

Overview: TAP Air Portugal is known for its very affordable fares between Europe and North America, but their stopover program is a little less well known. The airline makes it easy to book stopovers in their hubs of Porto and Lisbon. TAP provides stopover passengers with discounts on experiences and services including public transit passes, museums, and more in a convenient app.

The airline does not offer accommodation for stopover passengers but discounts can be accessed using its dedicated “Stopover Portugal” app.

Tap Portugal A320

How to book: Route eligibility can be confirmed on this page. To book the stopover, make sure you select the “with a stopover” option on TAP’s booking interface at flytap.com. Full details are available on their site here.

Related: Lisbon: A City of Must-Try Pastries

Swiss: Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich Swissair Stopover

Explore Zurich and Switzerland with Star Alliance member Swissair’s stopover for up to four days. Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel (Unsplash).

Overview: Swiss Air allows passengers transiting through Zurich to book stopovers of up to four nights on their outbound or return. They also offer packages to tour Zurich and throughout Switzerland during the stopovers including budget and luxury options, all of which include free travel by train, bus, and boat throughout Switzerland, up to 50% off Swiss mountain train tickets, and other exclusive offers.

How to book: Book your flight and package through the Stopover Switzerland website.

Alitalia: Rome, Italy

Alitalia Rome stopover

Explore the eternal city for up to three nights on a stopover with Sky Team member Alitalia’s stopover program. Photo by Christopher Czermak (Unsplash).

Overview: Explore the eternal city for up to three days on a free stopover with Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia. While the airline may be constantly on the brink of bankruptcy, a succession of state support has kept it humming along for over 70 years and it appears that the Italian government isn’t throwing in the towel yet.

The exact requirements are listed on their stopover page, but it appears that most international itineraries not departing or arriving in the EU are eligible. The airline will also offer its stopover customers discounts on accommodation at partner hotels.

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How to book: Details about the promotion are available on Alitalia’s website. Bookings cannot be made online and customers will need to call Alitalia to take advantage of the promotion.

Brussels Airlines: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Airlines stopover

Explore Brussels and all of Belgium while enjoying lambic beers in their home thanks to the Star Alliance carrier’s stopOver program. Photo by Yeo Khee (Unsplash).

Overview: Brussels Airlines offers stopovers of up to five days at its hub in Brussels, Belgium. The program which carries no extra charge includes over 50 free activities spread across Belgium. As Brussels Airlines points out, all Belgian cities are located within an hour of Brussels making exploring the country on a stopover a convenient pitstop.

Brussels Airlines A330

How to book: Use the form provided on Brussels Airlines’ “stopOver” page.

KLM & Air France: Amsterdam, Netherlands and/or Paris, France

Amsterdam Paris stopover Air France-KLM

Use Air France and KLM’s booking rules to explore either of their hubs in Paris or Amsterdam with a stopover on the Sky Team carrier. Photo by Aquiles Carattino (Unsplash).

Overview: KLM and Air France allow stopovers at their hubs in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Paris, France. The stopovers, which come with no additional airfare (except taxes), can be for up to four days and you can book one city on your outbound and the other on your inbound if you’d like.

Related: KLM’s Dutch Houses Promoted Loyalty Before Loyalty Programs Existed

Air France KLM

How to book: The airline has landing pages for specific countries. (Here’s the one for Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Hungary, and even Namibia but I wasn’t able to find information on the US sites.) Luckily, you can easily book your Air France-KLM stopovers manually using the airline’s multi-city booking tool.

Aer Lingus: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Aer Lingus Stopover

Enjoy a Guinness and explore the charms of Ireland on a stopover with Aer Lingus. Photo by Diogo Palhais (Unsplash).

Overview: Feeling lucky? Thanks to the Irish flag carrier you can plan a second trip to Ireland while traveling with a stopover at the airline’s hub in Dublin. Although the Irish airline does not have a formal program, its rules do allow for stopovers at no extra charge. A quick look at fares shows that the airline will allow stopovers of up to five days at no extra charge.

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How to book: Use the airline’s multi-city search to book your flights. If you see the cost go up, it’s worth contacting the airline for help building your itinerary with a stopover according to their FAQs.

Related: Aer Lingus To Offer Free Wi-Fi on Transatlantic Flights

Icelandair: Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandair Stopover Iceland

Take advantage of the original stopover program with Icelandair for up to six days in Reykjavik. Photo by Norris Niman (Unsplash).

Overview: Icelandair operates the original stopover program. Capitalizing on its location between Europe and North America, the airline’s stopover program helped catapult Iceland to the top of every wanderluster’s bucket list. The program is still going strong allowing passengers to opt to stay in Iceland for up to seven days with no additional airfare.

Icelandair B757

How to book: Use the booking form on Icelandair’s stopover page here.

Iberia: Madrid, Spain

Madrid Iberia Stopovers

Enjoy a stopover a gem of a city in Spain’s capital with the newest stopover program offered by flag carrier Iberia, a Oneworld member. Photo by Florian Wehde (Unsplash).

Overview: This is the newest stopover program, Iberia just launched its “Hola Madrid” stopover earlier this month. The stopover allows you to book up to six nights in Madrid for no cost. Customers taking advantage of the promotion can get a 40% discount on Melia Hotels, offers on tour and experiences, food, free public transportation, free beers, and more.

Iberia A350

How to book: Bookings should be made directly on the Hola Madrid page. That page also has all the details and info on benefits provided by Iberia and partners for passengers taking advantage of the program.

Related: Iberia Resumes Flights To Cairo, Gives Oneworld Fliers New Redemption Option

The Upshot

As you can see, there are a plethora of opportunities across the globe to use stopovers to add more destinations to your travel. And there are others that we didn’t include (Air Astana in Nur-Sultan and Almaty, Kazakhstan; Oman Air in Muscat, Oman; China Airlines in Honolulu, Hawaii; Kenya Airways in Nairobi National Park (!); and others)

Do you have a favorite stopover program? Experience to share or just know of any we missed? Let us know 👇🏻

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Christian October 23, 2019 - 7:09 am

A serious list for sure. The only major shortcoming I can see is that there’s no mention on whether stopovers are allowed on award tickets. Given your audience, that might be a worthwhile consideration.

debit December 6, 2019 - 3:30 pm

Lovely. Nice article.

xưởng may đồng phục zavi February 27, 2020 - 9:17 pm

Great article. It gives me a lot of useful information

John Kaleta November 6, 2021 - 11:35 pm

Korean Air offer free accomodation, transfers and meals on flights with long stopovers from Sydney to Europe. Quality hotels and meals too!

George H September 25, 2023 - 4:42 am

Korean Air used to offer a fantastic STPC programme between Europe and Oceania. However they’ve recently restricted it, which is a huge shame. Now it’s only certain itineraries and fare classes (Economy: Y, B, M, S, H, E, K, L and U. Business: J, C, D, I, R and Z. First: P and F). It is now tiered so 6-9hr layover gets you lounge access, 9-12hr hotel day use and 12+hr is a hotel layover. Still better than nothing and a bit of a hidden gem.


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