Say I wanna go Malaga to Rio and the search engine offers me several options with layover at Paris CDG ranging from one to five hours.

Is there any way to tweak the results to have at least 14 hours of layover or even have the connecting flight depart the next day, so one can see Paris?

More specific: How can I combine flights to and from the hub myself, but have the advantages of the through-ticket (e.g. being safe, if one of the flights is cancelled or extremely delayed)?

(cities named are just token examples and don't need to be met specifically)

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    Do you intend to be able to collect your luggage after the first flight? This might be important for you if you are staying overnight. Apr 8, 2014 at 23:41
  • ^I believe this is extremely important as well. If you don't then this might be harder. If you're okay with having to collect and re-check-in your luggage, then a multi-city flight is the way to go! Apr 9, 2014 at 1:49
  • One can always pack the stuff needed for the night in the carry on
    – Geeo
    Apr 9, 2014 at 5:25
  • @Geeo But one may not want to lug their luggage around in an overnight stay. If that is what one looks for, then multi-city flights are out of option as they require you to collect and re-check in your luggage. Also airport tax must be payed on the ticket. Apr 9, 2014 at 6:21
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    @AdityaSomani I don't think multi-city trips per se require you to collect luggage. It depends mostly on the length of the stopover and other airline rules. But if you want to stay longer as the OP does, there is most likely no way to go around these rules.
    – Relaxed
    Apr 9, 2014 at 8:56

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Firstly, go and read this answer to understand the difference between a "layover" and a "stopover".

For international flights, breaks between flights of up to 24 hours are generally considered layovers (although the exact rules vary from airline to airline), and thus are generally not charged extra.

Anything over 24 hours in a location is a stop-over, and generally you will be charged extra for a stopover. Occasionally fares will allow for free stopovers but normally this will only be on more expensive fares.

So it really depends on how long you want to spend in a location. If you're happy with a <24 hour stop, then the best way is to try and find flights that give as long a "layover" as possible, without going over the 24 hour mark. eg, if you can find a flight that arrives at 7am, and a corresponding departure the next day at 6:30am then you'll be good! Often the best way is to simply use a "multi-city" search on your favorite website, and set the departure date one day later than the arrival date.

Sometimes it's worth trying on multiple websites, as various combinations of website + airline may not correctly price the connecting flight - at least not on the initial screen. Sometimes if you click through on a specific itinerary it will re-price to flights to be cheaper once it realized that it's a valid connection (<24 hours) and not a stopover.

If you want to stay more than 24 hours then odds are the price is going to go up, but sometimes not by much. The price for a stopover could be anywhere from $50 up to several hundred or more, depending on the specific fares available. Once again, the best way to find them is simply to do a multi-city search and check the results.

As far as checked baggage, again it varies between airlines, but normally if your break in flight is overnight (regardless of whether it's technically a layover or a stopover) then you will need to collect your bags at the intermediate airport. Presuming you are actually staying overnight, this is probably a good thing!

Using <24 hour connections is a great way to get a cheap quick view of a city. I have been doing this for several years, and have been to many cities that I would otherwise not have been able to visit. Staying for less than one day obviously isn't generally going to give you enough time to fully appreciate a city, but it'll give you a good quick view, and is potentially enough time to decide if you want to come back later.

I've spent anywhere between about 12 hours (eg, arrive 7am, depart 7pm) in cities, right up to 23 hours and 30 minutes for a recent trip to Amsterdam - generally all at no extra cost!


This is called a stopover and should be no problem. You might need to pay a little more or use more expensive fares to be able to do it. Concretely, if you are not going through a travel agent, you need to book your travel as a “multi-city” trip on the airline's website. If you book it that way (and not as several one-way trips), it will be a single ticket, with all the benefits.

I don't think booking as a simple return ticket or multi-city trip makes any difference for your luggage. Airlines/airports have rules and can usually transfer your bags if you are staying less than 24 hours, maybe longer in some cases but this can still be changed when checking in. Try to speak with a person and ask for your bags to be checked through to wherever you need them. If you are staying a full day or more, you might not have a choice.


I always travel in American Airlines and stay overnight at the stop I want specially in long trips. However the only way to do it is to customize your ticket and this is how: go to their website click on Plan Travel tab then click on Flight schedules and notifications and choose the most convenient connections for your destination. Layover has to be less than 24 hrs (23 hrs 55 m work) Also look for the least time possible of layover time in stops where you don't want to stay.

After you have all your flights info (number,destination,time of arrival and departure for each section) you are ready to call AA Reservations and they will gladly book the flights for you (multi city option is more expensive and does not give you all the flights and schedules available) Once you have a reservation number you even have the choice to pay for your ticket right then or to put your reservation on hold for 24 hrs without having to pay for it.

If you opt to hold your reservation be sure to go online or call to confirm and pay for it within the next 24 hrs otherwise it will be deleted automatically. Also be sure to make your reservations with plenty of time in advance (around 2 months) otherwise most of the flights will be booked and maybe the ones left won't allow you to do the layover you want. Also remember that the closer to the time of departure the more expensive the ticket will be.

Good luck and have a wonderful trip!

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