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1. Posted by chris1 (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

Hello

I was wondering if anyone could give me a little help please I am travel novice so any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am wanting to go to America end of Jun/start of July for 3 weeks flying from London, and have been looking at flights and the various airlines. Most of the airlines are offering free stopovers, what exactly does that mean ? some other airlines are offering stopovers at £90.

Just say for example I wanted to fly from London to Los angeles. Would I be able to stop off at New york for a few days and also Las Vegas for a few days for free. Would that be possible ?

Cheers.

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Most big airlines have a home airport and if a long-distance flight passes over that airport then the plane will land there to refuel/restock/swap some staff etc. Seeing as the plane is landing there anyway, it's not skin off the airline's nose if you get off the plane and get back on a later flight which has to make the same stop.

For example, if you flew Singapore Airlines from London to Sydney then you'd be pretty likely to get a free (or cheap) stopover in Singapore.

I think its unlikely that you'd get a free stopover in the USA if you were flying to the USA. If you wanted to make the trip that your suggesting you could buy seperate flights with an American budget airline - some of them are really cheap.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 10y

Well, it is possible that an airline is offering a free stopover if it's a slow period--or if the airline is routing you to the US via another destination.

For example, Islandic Air often gives free stopovers in Reykavik, Iceland if you are traveling through there on your way to the US.

Also, occasionally, you can get a stopover through a US city (for example, Chicago) in the middle of winter, when basically nobody really wants to go to Chicago in winter unless it's for business. Normally you have to book your trip that way, though (that is, with the stopover scheduled--you don't just get off the plane and plan to get back on whenever you feel like it). If you have the luxury of finding a plan that allows stopovers in, for example, New York and Las Vegas on your way to either Los Angeles or San Francisco, take advantage of it. This will definitely cut your costs of travel.

There are certain cheap US airlines also referred to. The best known ones are Southwest, Song, and (sometimes) US Air.

Enjoy

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5. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

[quote=chris1]
I am wanting to go to America end of Jun/start of July for 3 weeks flying from London, and have been looking at flights and the various airlines. Most of the airlines are offering free stopovers, what exactly does that mean ? some other airlines are offering stopovers at £90.

Just say for example I wanted to fly from London to Los angeles. Would I be able to stop off at New york for a few days and also Las Vegas for a few days for free. Would that be possible ?
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If you buy a transatlantic airfare most carriers will offer a free stopover. The limitation will be that the airline must actually travel to the stopover destination you wish to visit and that the stopover destination must not be a more expensive destination than your main destination.

Thus if you purchase a return to LA, for no extra charge you could go via New York or Las Vegas (but not both) staying a number of days in either place as long as your airline flies to those places. You could not buy a return to New York and have the free stopover in LA.

I hope that this helps.

UK