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User currently offlineblueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4523 posts, RR: 3
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3259 times:
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Anyone knows where I can shop for stopover fares across the Atlantic online?

I haven't had much luck finding them on my own.

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

Go to any of the usual websites selling tickets and search for a multi-stop itinerary. Some websites allow only 3 sectors to enter others allow more, i.e. giving the option to make stops during both Atlantic crossings.
-HT



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User currently onlineredzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

Like HT said. If you are traveling AAA - BBB - AAA, but want to spend a few days in CCC on the way home, you need to search for a multi-city itinerary specifying the route as AAA-BBB, BBB-CCC, CCC-AAA.

In my SkyTeam-centric experience, if the stopover city happens to be a connecting hub that you would have to fly through anyway, you can often get fares for about the same price as the AAA-BBB round trip price. I've especially noted this for AMS stopovers on DL itineraries (CDG stopovers seem to cost more though). The multi-city search tool is also helpful if you want to force a routing that you know exists, but isn't offered by the search engine. For example, if you really want to get the AF A380 flight from IAD to CDG into a DL itinerary that starts somewhere else in the US and connects beyond CDG, you can get on that flight by entering IAD as an intermediate stop on a multi-city search. But be careful--you can waste a LOT of time making up crazy itineraries like that.  



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User currently offlineblueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4523 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3164 times:
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Quoting HT (Reply 1):
Go to any of the usual websites selling tickets and search for a multi-stop itinerary.

I have tried just that without any luck, actually. I'd do a no-stopover booking from A to C with a connection in B, the fare details would state that a stopover is allowed, so I'd try exactly as you suggest, and I'd end up with a sky high fare instead!


User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3161 times:

Try amadeus.com, they usually give you a choice of non-stop, 1 stop and 2+stops itineraries.

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 3):
I have tried just that without any luck, actually. I'd do a no-stopover booking from A to C with a connection in B, the fare details would state that a stopover is allowed, so I'd try exactly as you suggest, and I'd end up with a sky high fare instead!

I assume you still comply with "Sunday Rule" at your final destination ?
-HT



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User currently offlineFlyingHollander From Netherlands, joined Jul 2011, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Icelandair allows stopovers in Iceland without any additional charges.


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User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

A stop is one where on the normal fare routing between A and C you can stop in B if the stop does not exceed 24 hours without "breaking" the fare. A stopover that exceeds 24 hours generally results in the fare being "broken" and a higher fare may result because the flights from B on to C may have more limited availability. Free stopovers are offered, but may be capacity controlled or available only by buying a specific class of service or fare basis.
The multi-city option can be used to book both a stop and stopover and will price the itinerary by dates of travel and class of service/fare basis available.
I recently booked a trip to MUC and chose the return option for an 18 hour layover in AMS at the same price as a same day return. I also had the option for a 22 hour layover in Paris but preferred AMS to meet my brother and family on a short visit before they sail from AMS on a cruise.
The fares and deals are out there, but may require quite a bit of research. Good Luck!
Thomas



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User currently offlineblueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4523 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3099 times:
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Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 7):
A stopover that exceeds 24 hours generally results in the fare being "broken" and a higher fare may result because the flights from B on to C may have more limited availability.

I understand that. Maybe I was looking at the wrong site or date, because the fare differences I was seeing were so high that buying tickets from A to C and then C back to B vv was cheaper by hundreds of dollars, although less practical of course.


User currently offlineht From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Is there any specific airport you are looking into for a stopover ?
-HT



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3377 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Thread starter):
Anyone knows where I can shop for stopover fares across the Atlantic online?

I haven't had much luck finding them on my own.

Been through the same dilemma many times, and I often need to call the airline. They end up building the fare manually.



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User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2999 times:

I search multi trip itineraries on ITA by google and then call up the airline if they have the pricing and usually book this way. Give it a go!

User currently offlineblueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4523 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2981 times:
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Quoting ht (Reply 9):
Is there any specific airport you are looking into for a stopover ?

I was looking at JFK/EWR out of BRU, for Thanksgiving, and I finally found some decent fares on AA, but then AA screwed me over... So back to square one I am, but I'm also waiting for the final dates from the relatives these tickets are for anyway.

I've got a gazillion miles to spend but they insist on paying their own way. Maybe I should resell award tickets after all. Probably less hassle.


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