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See extra cities for free

Why not add a FREE STOPOVER (any connection that’s more than four hours domestically and 24 hours internationally) to a flight you’ve already paid for? Some airlines — and you’ll have to check first — offer free stopovers, generally in their hub city, meaning you can visit an extra destination or two without purchasing any extra tickets. This is especially great if you do it on a business trip while using a company-paid flight.

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The difference between a stopover and layover, and why you should care

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Stopover vs Layover

At times, the aviation industry seems to have its own language, and many of the terms used by airlines are regularly misunderstood — such as the difference between a direct and nonstop flight. Another pair of words that always seems to be misused is layover and stopover. Despite sounding similar, they are actually quite different and the nuances are important when travelers decide to redeem their miles.

A layover is a broad term that means any connection between flights. This could include a stop as short as 30 minutes (depending upon the airport) or as long as four hours (or up to 23 hours and 59 minutes on international flights). Airline crew use this term, slightly differently. For them, a layover means an overnight stay while a connection refers to a shorter stop, but for fliers and travel providers, it’s ok to use these two terms interchangeably.

However, while it’s fine to use the term layover when you really mean connection, you should know the difference between a stopover and layover. A stopover can be a layover, but it can also be a much longer stop — often a second destination on part of a multi-stop itinerary. If traveling domestically, a stopover typically qualifies as anything that lasts longer than four hours. So if you fly from Palm Springs to Dallas/Ft. Worth and on to New York, and you have a domestic connection of longer than four hours, that is called a stopover.

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Why should you care? Well, unless you’re booking an award ticket, you shouldn’t. But if you’re redeeming miles for a flight, airline agents will reference this terminology. Many airlines, like Delta, impose a no stopover restriction on most award tickets.

When traveling internationally, a stopover refers to a stay that lasts longer than 24 hours. Savvy frequent fliers know that they can build in extended or even overnight stops at many hub cities like London, Paris, or Amsterdam, and not get charged additional miles as long as they leave within 24 hours to their final destination, thereby avoiding a stopover. This time stipulation keeps the stop in the layover category, as if it were a simple connection, while allowing travelers enough time to get a full day and night in a city.

You cannot add unlimited layovers to an award ticket, but it’s reasonable to assume you can include one or two. Want to stop in Egypt to see the pyramids on the way home from Kenya? You can do that. Want to visit the Louvre traveling back from Istanbul? That’s also possible.

Airlines like British Airways manage their programs based upon distance, so it might mean a layover will cost you more money than a direct flight, but the good news is that you can often turn that layover into a stopover at no extra cost. Additionally, while American and Delta recently quit allowing free stopovers on award tickets, United still permits one stopover per roundtrip journey, which means you can stay for days or even months in an additional city on your itinerary. Want to turn that Egypt detour into a week long trip? Or spend the spring coworking in Paris before returning home? You should probably fly United on your award ticket.

While the layover and stopover sound the same, it can pay off to know the difference if you want to extract added value from your miles.


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Get Two Vacations for the Price of One

The secret to getting two vacations for nearly the price of one? Free stopovers.

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What’s better than a vacation to a European city? Why, a vacation to two European cities or even three, of course! Get the biggest bang for your buck by booking Europe flights with flagship carriers that offer free stopovers, even for multiday layovers. Various airlines offer free stopovers; among them are Icelandair with stopovers in Reykjavik, Turkish Airlines with stopovers in Istanbul, Air France with stopovers in Paris, and Finnair with stopovers in Helsinki.

A lot of major airlines offer free or low-cost stops in hub cities to flyers continuing on to other end-point destinations. Tiresome layovers or breakneck connections these are not. Stopovers are overnight or multi-night stays in destinations—mini sojourns on the way to other parts of the world. They allow for exploration as well as relief from long-haul air travel, and they often come at no or low additional cost to travelers.
Some carriers, such as Icelandair, plainly advertise their free-stopover programs. Others quietly allow customers to book multicity itineraries for round-trip prices, give or take a few bucks. Depending on the carrier, you might have to do some groundwork to arrange a free stopover. Dialing up the call center may be necessary, or a simple spin on an airline’s multicity booking page might suffice. Either way, we’ll show you the way.
Remember that some of the best airlines offer free (or almost free) stopovers in major destinations!!!

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Vacation Inside The Vacation

What is “Vacation Inside The Vacation”?

Maximize your time with a ‘vacation inside the vacation’. Just hire a private guide for your next stopover. Normaly you research hotels and restaurants online at various travel sites, or study the local attractions and try to make all your arrangements on your own. But search websites, maps, travel brochures and guidebooks can’t help you to the kind of inside information and time-managment that a local private guide can offer, for such a sort time as your layover in the airport or the cruise port. A private guide will eliminate the stresses and inconveniences that arise from not knowing your way around a the city, misunderstanding local dialects and from having to make all your transportation arrangements, obtain tickets, choose the sites to visit and plan excursions.

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Vacation Inside The Vacation is your best resource for planning your private layover city tours. Our website allows you to easily locate a knowledgeable and reputable local guide for your stopover destination, anywhere in the world. For sure, your next layover in the new city will be a memorable occasion of wondrous discovery and enjoyment with the assistance of your own personal tour guide. A driver-guide can direct you fast to the highlights and also show you the most fascinating attractions “off the beaten path” explaining at the same time the local customs.

Travelers who procure the services of a local private guide enjoy a smoothly organized layover with interesting excursions that reveal all the delights and enchantments of your stopover city. Whatever your interests may be you can have your private guide plan tours personalized to your wishes. Professional private guides design private tours such as cultural tours, shopping tours, culinary tours and even adventure, nature or safari tours if time allows.

Our website is an easy and secure platform for obtaining the services of a professional private driver-guide to your layover destination anywhere in the world. Our private guides will help you plan a fabulous vacation inside the vacation, using their expertise and local knowledge to make your layover enjoyable and hassle-free.

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Why to Book a Layover Tour?

Need a Private Layover Tour? Book now!

Have you ever found yourself between flights in a foreign city with several hours to explore but no idea what to do? Don’t just stand on the sidelines and watch – book now your own personalized  layover tour, in all major airports around the world. Nonetheless, rather than staying inside the airport and not making productive use of your time, one thing you can consider would be taking a custom city tour from your stopover. Even if you only have a couple of hours in the city, a layover tour will surely prove to be an inexpensive good idea. Such tours will also be perfect during your long stopover in cruise ports. The ability to customize and plan your own layover is what makes Super Layover engaging.

Don’t waste precious time on the touristy airport shops during your next layover. Is your layover in close proximity to a major city? Take advantage of the left luggage counter or lockers and explore the foreign city for a few hours. Take a look to the available offers and learn how to make every second in a foreign city count with one of the 300 tour guides around the world, that the Super Layover found and checked for you!

Where to Book Your Tour? If you are now convinced on how the idea of a layover tour can prove to be attractive, the next thing you have to do is to search at our tour listings. Aside from offering friendly rates, you should also book your tour from an expert providing you with the opportunity to use every minute productively while making sure you will not get late for your connecting flight.

Choose a tour guide with a positive reputation and given positive feedbacks by its clients in the past.

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Trend: City Breaks with “Same-Day Return” Flights

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FANCY A CHEAP CITY BREAK? Many airlines has announced that they’re offering ‘affordable day trip’ tickets to a number of main cities. So, you can fly to popular break destinations and back, on the same day.

Most of the times the tickets are available for Saturdays and Sundays, so they’re great if you’re working all week and can’t afford to take a Friday off or a long weekend. If you’re pushed for time, you can have a mini-holiday and back to do the week’s food shop on a Sunday.

Fly out in the morning, and have a friendly tour guide to wait for you at the Airport for a custom layover tour. Wander round, see the best sights and get a taste of a new place, before returning home in the evening. Sounds good? You’ll certainly save on hotel bills.

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Choosing Smart Stopovers


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“When you are searching for flights on whatever site is your favorite, you have seen that most long, international flights have a layover in a certain city. This is a good chance to turn that couple hour layover into a couple day stopover. If you see that a flight to Berlin stops in Amsterdam for a layover, search that same flight but add an extra stop in Amsterdam. Many times the price is just a little more expensive, the same, and sometimes even cheaper!” – BootsnAll

Read more: Free Stopovers, USA TODAY