How to Get More Out of a Roundtrip Ticket
My good buddy and JohnnyJet.com contributor Ramsey Qubein just wrote a helpful piece for Afar magazine titled “Stopovers vs. Layovers: The Extra Mile.”
Ramsey points out the important distinction between a stopover and a layover: “A layover typically refers to a connection point between cities, sometimes as short as 30 minutes or as long as 23 hours, whereas a stopover refers to staying longer than 24 hours in any given city when traveling internationally (on domestic itineraries, the limit is reduced to four hours).”
Ramsey goes on to teach that, “When booking award tickets (the same does not apply to revenue tickets), many airlines permit you to make a stopover en route to your final destination. So if you’re flying between New York and Paris, but have a stopover in London, it’s like a visit to another city without costing any more miles (though the taxes may be slightly higher). The same isn’t possible on revenue tickets (i.e., if you’re paying cash), because fares are built between two cities. Adding in a stopover on a revenue ticket would mean being priced as NYC to London; London to Paris; Paris to New York.. With mileage tickets, it’s just a redemption of miles…the same mileage price because mileage tickets are based on regions.”
United allows one stopover on an international roundtrip, which means you could spend a few nights in London or Paris on a New York-to-Rome trip. Sadly, American and Delta no longer allow stopovers but you can still add a layover with both (you just can’t stay longer than 24 hours in any one city). So if you’re flying between New York and Rome you could do an afternoon of shopping in London or Paris. Here’s the full article.
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