Your planning for your next holidays and want to reach your destination in one shot. However, what if you could do two destinations without necessarily breaking the bank? Two trips for the price of one sounds too good to be true, right? That’s exactly what you can do with a well-planned layover! In this post, we look at how you would only pay once for the experience of two destinations.
Before we continue, we also want to spell out why you might want to consider this aside from the possibility of enjoying two destinations. First, the hours of waiting at a connecting airport no longer coincide with boredom. Airports have become entertainment centers (especially larger ones) to help pass the waiting time. And if well planned you can go out and discover another city for a few hours before getting on to your next flight. On top of this many airlines now offer amazing deals with connecting flights versus nonstop flights that typically are more expensive.
Experience more, pay less
While a layover also means that your journey including your precious time may take longer, considering a layover may well be worth it if you are looking to travel cheaper and are a bit flexible in regards to the times of travel. A generic rule of thumb in the travel industry is that multistop layovers are definitely priced better (versus direct routes) especially when traveling to North America, Asia, and Australia.
Hence, if you are traveling to one of those regions you may want to consider flying with layovers before reaching your final destination.
Popular layover destinations
While a direct flight may get you to your end destination quicker, there are some other perks in regards to layovers. Rather than flying several hours at a time, you can utilize layovers for middle to long distance flights, by flying through some popular layover destinations. Depending on your planning, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy great airport amenities and/or experience another city (as previously mentioned) for a few hours before boarding your next flight.
Layovers in amazing cities are virtually limitless in todays travel world, however, we have compiled a list of interesting destinations you may want to plan in.
- New York City, United States
- Toronto, Canada
- Cancun, Mexico
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Tokyo, Japan
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Bali, Indonesia
- Goa, India
- Melbourne, Australia
Depending on where you are heading too, and what airline you have booked with, you’ll typically have layovers in certain cities. In other words the hubs of that specific airline. If you are traveling to the United States or Canada, you’ll often fly over Ireland or the UK. If you are traveling to Mexico or South America, you’ll often have layovers in the U.S. or Canada. If you are heading to the Emirates, you can plan in a layover in Turkey. If you fly towards Asia from Europe, you’ll often have layovers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha. Imagine, if you are flying from Europe and you book a flight to Japan, however, plan a stop in China along the way, you’ll experience two Asian countries. We could go on and on, but you get the idea, no?
Knowing this allows you to plan your schedule better and enjoy/experience more on your journey.
Are layovers always cheaper?
Flights with layovers often offer great savings potential. However, this is not a question that can simply be answered with a straight-forward answer. Typically, rule of thumb, yes, it often more than not is cheaper to fly this way, yet it comes down to the airline and the route you are flying. Hence flight comparison portals like myCiity allow you to compare direct versus non-stop flight with the click of a mouse button. Hence, take this with a grain of salt and double check your flight routes before booking to see what the cheaper alternative is.
Discounts with layovers
Now while above we describe that a layover may not always be the cheapest, however, did you know that many airlines offer a variety of discounts and services if you do plan in a layover with your flight. You will always need to double-check the offering on their websites or call their customer service for more information, however here are a few airlines that offer specific layover discounts like accommodations or city tours;
- Air Canada – layover in Montreal, depending on flight class offers a free night in partner hotels
- Emirates – layover in Dubai, under certain conditions such as the number of hours until the connecting flight, offers a free night of accommodation, including meals and transport
- Korean Air – layover in Seoul, offers various transit tours including excursions to temples, a city tour of Seoul or Songdo, etc.
- Qatar Airways – layover in Doha, a free night in a 4 or 5-star hotel, depending on your ticket class in Doha and a city tour
- Virgin Atlantic – layover in London, a 50% discount on the Heathrow Express Ticket
As you can see the above list is a small selection of our findings (subject to change), however, the possibility of layovers are endless and you may experience a great service along with it.
If you do plan a layover into your travel schedule, always take into consideration the country in which you will experience your layover and your baggage. Make sure to clarify during check-in what will happen with your baggage. Will you need to collect it at your layover destination, etc.?
On top of this, you will need to check if you need a permit or visa to travel through the layover destination. Even if you only plan a few hours of sightseeing, you may need a transit visa or permit to enter the country. Inform yourself in advance of booking your ticket about this matter.
What advantages do layovers have?
We already mentioned quite a few things however to summarize;
- A layover allows you to get to know another country and culture if you have a few hours of spare time to visit the city associated with it.
- If you are on a long haul flight, a layover allows you to recover, relax and enjoy the ability to move freely around an airport and enjoy its offerings prior to your next flight.
- Depending on the hours you fly, the opportunity to rest at the airport may provide the possibility to reduce your jetlag during your travels. Your body will recover and adjust faster to the local time of your final destination.
- Last but not least, you can save quite a bit of money depending on the airline and route when purchasing your ticket versus a non-stop direct flight.
We hope these tips and insights not only help you get a better deal but also gave you some knowledge about layovers and the unlimited benefits that may come along with them. Feel free to share your experiences below and something we may have missed for our community.