8 best airlines for free stopovers

8 best airlines for free stopovers

Fancy a mini sojourn to a different destination in between your long-haul flight? Stopovers offered by certain airlines allow you to explore a new location over a few days en route to your final destination.

When flying over long distances, most airlines have to stop somewhere in between. While this usually means a layover of an hour or so, you can choose to stopover in certain cities for a few days with little change to your travel budget.

En route to New York, for example, you could stop over at Paris for two days - long enough for a visit to the Louvre Museum and a relaxing brunch at Le Fumoir, the famous restaurant-bar located near the museum. Or you could stop over at London, and hop on the city's iconic open-topped, red double decker bus for a quick tour around London's key places of interest.

Travel website Smarter Travel compiled a list of the best airlines that offer free, or low-cost stopovers. Certain airlines, such as Icelandair, offer free stopover programmes, while others, like Air France, allow travellers to book multi-city itineraries at round trip prices with slight increases. Japan Airlines, for instance, offers free stopovers in Tokyo and Osaka, according to Japan's flag carrier.

Read on for a list of the best airlines for free stopovers in major destinations, plus advice from Smarter Travel on how to book them.

ngkaren@sph.com.sg

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