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Most airlines don't charge extra for stopovers (in fact, more often, they charge less, because the route is less convenient than a non-stop flight). They like to advertise "free stopovers" to make you think this is a great benefit they are giving you. For example, if you are flying from New York to Dubai, the rich business traveller is going to want to take ...


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TL;DR: I wouldn't worry about it, and would place this slightly below availability of complimentary hand moisturizer in economy class bathrooms on my list of priorities when choosing an airline. Airlines hate to divert planes anywhere, since it royally messes up their schedules and causes all sorts of knock-on effects. When they do have to do this due to ...


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There are two issues here: what people mean, and what airlines mean. Airlines vary, but generally they mean layover to mean you changing planes for their reasons. They don't fly from London to Venice, for example, so they fly you London to Frankfurt then Frankfurt to Venice. You might have an hour or two in the airport to change planes. They mean stopover ...


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Given this is a travel forum, the airline terminology is the best one. A layover refers to a break between two flights taking you to your destination. Normally this would be short (a few hours), but the definition will vary depending on the airline and the route. A stopover is where you actually break your your journey at a point that isn't the destination ...


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ITA's Matrix can do this, and pretty much anything else you can imagine: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ Especially when you find out about all the undocumented options: http://flyerguide.com/Matrix_by_ITA_Software Two major caveats: You can't actually book tickets with Matrix, but it can give you an exact description of the fare rules used for the ...


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Obviously "best" is always subjective and depends on the particular person, but... Having done 1-day stopover trips in Hong Kong a few times over the past few years (including a 22 hour stopover there 2 weeks ago!), my vote would be for the area on one side or other of Victoria Harbour - either the Kowloon/Nathan road area on the north side, or Causeway ...


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Yes. You can leave the airport. As a British citizen you do not need a visa to visit Iceland. Just be back in time to get through security before your flight leaves. You'll need to be back at the airport at least one hour before departure.


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Yes, completely possible but depends on your ticket. Just one example, Korean Air allows stopovers for up to a month in Seoul if you travel between two cities (Say London and Sydney) with them. Do note that the cheapest fares often do not permit this, and it is quite hard to find travel websites that will cater for these stopovers. (Go direct to the airline ...


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No, you will not need to pay any additional fees. Any applicable airport tax will be included in your ticket and is irrelevant to whether you spend the entire 6 hours inside Schiphol's security zone or if you use some of it to venture outside the airport. It is entirely at your discretion how you spend that time. Just make sure you are back in time to ...


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Casablanca in general is safe and the police is visible almost in all areas which makes you even feel safer. Also Morocco is one of the favorite countries for tourists in north Africa (maybe the first one) and it did not get that position if it wasn't safe enough for tourists. Just stick to these simple rules: Don't go out late at night, unless in ...


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This is one of the cases where a reward ticket (using your points) can carry great value. Most airlines allow one stopover or one open jaw, and some offer more (I've seen two stopovers and an open jaw for some Air Canada redemptions) for the same points. This means that my Toronto to London, ten days, to Venice, three days, back to Toronto trip cost exactly ...


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It's definitely legal and possible, but whether it's practical depends on the airline. Some (typically state-run airlines) will allow or even promote such long stopovers as a way to attract tourists to the stopover location. I believe Emirates does this for Dubai. But many other airlines will have drastically higher prices for such tickets as a part of ...


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Short Answer The short answer to your question is you should check the "staying" box since the purpose of your layover is to visit friends. The duration of this layover is not important according to US immigration laws. What matters is the purpose. See below for the explanation. Long Answer Defining Transit vs Stay I believe that the temporal ...


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Agree with Joel for the most part - playing with kayak or hipmunk will reveal all sorts of crazy routes and deals. Two days ago I was seriously considering getting from Mongolia to London by taking a flight to China, or even via Dubai, as flying with multiple airlines on strange routes was working out cheaper, and I enjoy flying :) However, the next day a ...


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The exact rules and implementation of stopovers varies a bit between airlines. I don't know the KLM specific answer, but at a high level the answer is the same for most airlines. Price In general, you pay the same price for the airfare, plus the extra for the stopover. However there can be cases where the airfare will go up due to the addition of the ...


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This is one of those areas where the answer can vary from airline to airline. There are a few "official" definitions of an "international flight", such as in the Montreal Convention and Warsaw Convention, and these define an international flight as including any domestic segments that form a part of transporting a passenger between two points in different ...


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YVR has a special handling system for people arriving internationally and transferring to a departing international flight. While your friend will technically be on Canadian soil and have to clear Canadian customs, the process is streamlined and such passengers are essentially cordoned off. YVR's website has a set of questions that can be answered to ...


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If you're friend wasn't from a Visa Waiver country, then they'd need to get a Transit Visa anyway, whether they were just changing planes or entering the country formally. The list of countries needing that is here. Getting a Transit Visa is free, but you do need to apply in advance. For your friend, he'll be arriving as a visa exempt visitor, so will need ...


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The US citizens are required to have expensive visas to Brazil in "reciprocation" for US visas for Brazilians. Even if there is a stopover, a transit visa is required. As far as I know, that the only exception of this rule is São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport. If your stopover is there, and you don't leave airport (don't try to go trough customs), you don't need ...


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US citizens are not permitted to travel to Cuba without special permission from the Department of Treasury. This also includes "payment for air travel to Cuba". Source: U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Part 515 Cuban Assets Control Whether you get caught or not is another matter (they won't stamp your passport), but personally ...


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If you have only 6 hours from touchdown to takeoff, it's going to be really tight. The Maglev train is quick (maybe 15 minutes) to Longyang station, but you could easily wait 15-20 minutes for the next train. (As an aside, if you show your same day arrival/departure air tickets, you get a discount on the maglev.) You could take a taxi from Longyang, or the ...


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Back from the aforementioned trip, I could enter Canada without hassles. In Toronto Pearson airport, there is a left luggage facility located on departures level, at the far right end when looking toward the gates, close to the A section of check-in counters. It is operated by a small luggage and souvenirs shop and it costs $5 (Canadian) to store a small ...


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Been there, done that, and yes, it's definitely worth getting out for the airport for the day. You'll be granted a visa on arrival and entering "TRANSIT" for reason of stay/place of stay is perfectly acceptable (show your onward ticket in the unlikely event that they ask). If I'm reading this right, you should be able to check your bags through directly ...


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Sounds like Rome2Rio? Doesn't show you all the possibilities, mind you, but a sensible subset, and also works in trains, buses, ferries etc when applicable.


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I see two different questions. 1. How can I book a Tokyo→Dubai→Paris flight? A simple stopover such as this can be found and booked using the multi-city itinerary option on consumer sites like Hipmunk or Kayak. For more complex searches across multiple dates and connection points, I prefer to use the ITA Matrix Airfare Search, although ITA is not a travel ...


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The allowed duration of a stopover is defined by the type of ticket and (therefore) the airline. I've never tried to get such a long stopover, but I can imagine it would be possible. However, this is as much an alternative to a RTW ticket as an actual RTW ticket is. On a typical flight between two locations, you won't have more than one stopover. Unless ...


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According to the Airport Website, there are three hotels at the airport itself. As you're there for the night, you might want to book one and get a decent bed! It also rates well for sleeping in the airport itself if you needed to... If you have 14 hours, then that's probably long enough to head into town, see some of the city by night, crash there and make ...


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According to the airport web site, since your connection is longer than 6 hours, they won't even let you hang out airside anyway. If your transit time exceeds six (6) hours, you will be required to exit Immigration and Customs and enter Fiji Might as well make a virtue of necessity. That website includes timetables for three bus lines that run to ...


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The itinerary you have cited is not an uncommon one for me, and I do this sort of thing often. It takes a lot of legwork to put these together, and sometimes a bunch of open-jaws is how it ends up, but occasionally by choosing the right layover city, you save a bunch in time and expense. Kayak.com is an excellent resource for these types of trips. You ...



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