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Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:49 am

Does anyone know which airlines offer free transit accomodation when you arrive in your transit airport in the evening and fly out the next morning? I flew SYD-KIX-LHR in 1998 with JL and got a free night at a KIX airport hotel. Do JL still do this? Do other airlines?
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:06 am

Ummm you do realise it is not free....It was built into the cost of your ticket....

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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:17 am

While it may have been the case that it was built into the cost of the ticket it was still a return fare for far less than QF, BA and MH if I recall, just had the added benefit of the over night accomodation to break up the journey.

The question remains whether or not this is common. Assuming it was built into the price of the ticket is this something that Asian airlines routinely do on flights from Europe - Australia? I heard someone in PVG mention it about MU flights going from Sydney to Europe.
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:22 am

Malaysia does it also especially for some LAX-West Australia routes.
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:24 am

Icelandair does if you take advantage of the stopver in their country...
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:30 am

I transited DXB on EK in May of 2005 COK-DXB-JFK and had a layover of 20 hours. I was offered a meal coupon for dinner for our family of four which included 2 young children and nothing else. Upon enquiry, I was told that my travel agent had not made arrangements for my accomodation. Several fellow passengers informed me that Emirates had supplied them with a coupon in COK upon reconfirming their reservation. I happened to unfortunately call for reconfirmation at off hours and the automated message said that reconfirmations were not necessary.

Even though I had several friends and relatives in DXB, who would have put me up happily for the night, I had to arrange for my accomodation my self. Upon writing to Emirates several times, their customer service refused to change their position, blaming my travel agent. What had been a very pleasant journey up until then was damaged by Emirates attitude at DXB and by their refusal to at least apologize for the inconvenience. If the price of accomodation had been built in to my ticket price, hope that the money they saved by refusing me accomodation, goes a long way towards the purchase of the A380.

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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 5:52 am

Over 10 years ago, I flew from YVR to MNL on board Japan Airlines via Tokyo. As we arrived in the evening at Tokyo Narita and didn't depart for Manila until the next morning, we were given accomodation at Hotel Nikko Narita. Not sure if they still do this. Since then, I've been taking advantage of Philippine Airlines' non-stop YVR-MNL but I have to say it is a tiring flight particularly for those of us who can't sleep on a plane. I would much prefer the stop over in Tokyo. I'd be interested if JAL still did this.
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:04 am

JAL still does the Nikko thing, but its really based on if next connecting flight is sold out, they still try to sell seats on the original flight and give you a night at Nikko, and you have to wait till evening the next day to get to your destination. The connection could have easily been made the day you arrrived, but it was sold out the day you bought your ticket, so they provided an overnight in Japan. I do not know if they do it anymore for flights that cannot make sameday connections.
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Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:11 am

Iberia of Spain offer free accommodation for transit pax.
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:15 am

NW used to at the NRT Raddison (That they Own) U get little tickets for everything Just Bring a few thousand Yen for the Beer Machine and you are set...they must still do it for the "Misconnects" like PDX/SEA-NRT-GUM
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:25 am

A month ago i have flown with Austrian Airlines : YYZ-VIE-CAI-VIE-YYZ .
On the way back from CAI , we arrived at VIE at around 5:00 pm and our flight to YYZ was the following day at 11:00 AM .
They gave us a Hotel , a breakfast voucher and a drive to and from the Airport .
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:39 am

CSA airlines offer free accommodation for transit pax
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:48 am

ET does it. I flew to ADD a couple of years ago on transit to NBO and they put us up in a fancy hotel (including meals) on both legs. I understand they do this for any layover over 6 hours. Getting from the airport to the hotel is another story altogether though.  banghead 

Same thing happened to my mom with EK @ DXB.
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:01 am

Was just about to ask about EK. I noticed that some flights from CDG to CGK entails a layover in Dubai that stretches over 12 hours if not more. Do they put you up in a hotel ? For instance in the transit hotel at Dubai ?
I did a JAL Narita overnight stop once too. Got a hotel and a voucher for dinner. Can't remember if breakfast was included. That was a good way to break a long flight.
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:45 am

KE offers free overnight accomodation in SEL for people traveling SYD/BNE - Europe as connections don't work.
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:59 am

Summer of 2003 Iberia had such a program:

Arriving from VIE to MAD around 10 pm (with the connecting flight the next day at around 6 pm to JFK). Great hotel too (Mayorazgo). Quite enjoyable. From what I've heard this program doesn't exist any more  Sad

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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:15 am

OZ has some LONG layovers at ICN and offers rooms on-site no charge.

I have been an unplanned guest of NW at NRT twice. Flying from SEA to MNL or SIN. the NRT layover is 1.5-2.5 hours. Just enough time to get cleaned up, shave, check emails, stretch your legs. But if your incoming flight is late, you are SOL, because no more flights for the night.
They are very efficient though. In Business Class, they came to each passenger and told them their new connection. In my case, JAL in the morning both times. You get to NRT, the customer service counter had signs for your destination. Give you name, and you get a packet with new flight numbers, hotel voucher, meal vouchers. Bus to the Raddisson, and back the next day. Like a previous poster said, a few 1000YEN, or a CC for a beer or two is all you need, lol.
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:53 am

It really depends on the fare you are ticketed on as to wether you will be provided comp. accomodation (STPC).

Royal Brunei usually offer STPC if there is no connecting flight within six hours (doesnt mean it has to be available though). But if you are one of their discount fares - you get nothing.
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sun Mar 05, 2006 3:24 am

Quoting VTNYC (Reply 5):
I transited DXB on EK in May of 2005 COK-DXB-JFK and had a layover of 20 hours. I was offered a meal coupon for dinner for our family of four which included 2 young children and nothing else. Upon enquiry, I was told that my travel agent had not made arrangements for my accomodation. Several fellow passengers informed me that Emirates had supplied them with a coupon in COK upon reconfirming their reservation. I happened to unfortunately call for reconfirmation at off hours and the automated message said that reconfirmations were not necessary.

Even though I had several friends and relatives in DXB, who would have put me up happily for the night, I had to arrange for my accomodation my self. Upon writing to Emirates several times, their customer service refused to change their position, blaming my travel agent. What had been a very pleasant journey up until then was damaged by Emirates attitude at DXB and by their refusal to at least apologize for the inconvenience. If the price of accomodation had been built in to my ticket price, hope that the money they saved by refusing me accomodation, goes a long way towards the purchase of the A380.

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I'm sorry.. but it was up to your TA to investigate what you are supposed to do in the 20+ hours in transit. Any good TA would have asked the airline if there was some sort of stay provided for that long layover. If there wasn't - he/she could have offered alternatives.. such as a hotel for a price. If yes - well, he/she didn't check on that.

EK has no obligation to offer you accomodation if it wasn't requested in the first place. Some people prefer to stay with relatives and choose not to take up on the free stay offer. EK has no idea who is to take their hotel offer or not unless it is requested for. Plus hotel rooms has to be confirmed. It is not as simple as just calling up a hotel nearby and say, "Hi.. we've got someone here who needs a room..." They have to arrange for their 'block' booking and see what is available usually on request.

Next time, you should too ask your TA if you see a long layover - say overnight, or with over 12 hours during the day.
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:25 am

Several Years ago AF did for my family. Our itinary was MAN-CDG-DXB. The early morning flight from MAN was full (DXB flight left CDG at ~10:00am from memory). So we left the previous evening and AF provided us with rooms at the Ibis hotel at CDG.
Interestingly enough our return flight was from AUH, as the DXB service was already fully(over?) booked, and it was the worst flight I've ever been on. Stops were made at Doha and Dharan, so 4 hours after boarding the aircraft at AUH were were still on the ground 300 miles away.
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:31 am

MH offer free domestic connecting flights within Malaysia if you're travelling UK - Australia, whether or not a connecting flight is available. Not sure if this is standard or an occasional offer.

I availed myself of this and went to Langkawi for an overnight stay. I wouldn't do it again, all I wanted was a bed after flying MAN-KUL.

Having paid a very reasonable £600 or US$1050 for MAN-KUL-LGK-KUL-MEL-KUL-MAN, I'm not at all surprised MH find themselves in such a financial crisis (and it's all my fault!)
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:46 am

Quoting MainMAN (Reply 20):
Having paid a very reasonable £600 or US$1050 for MAN-KUL-LGK-KUL-MEL-KUL-MAN, I'm not at all surprised MH find themselves in such a financial crisis (and it's all my fault!)

Well I flew MAN-SYD in September last year. MH were the cheapest and they had this internal flight offer on then also. Unfortunately connection times at KUL were ~6 hours each way and the return flight was via LHR also. I declined MH's offer and paid £40 sterling more to go on SQ which offered much quicker overall MAN-SYD timings.

Love to see Langkawi though!
 
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:35 am

AY - Finnair used to offer a layover for free in Helsinki for its San Francisco passengers connecting onward to Europe and Russia.

SQ - Singapore Airlines used to offer a free layover a few moons ago for passengers enroute to Australia or India.
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RE: Airlines Offering Free Transit Accomodation

Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:45 am

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 18):
It is not as simple as just calling up a hotel nearby and say, "Hi.. we've got someone here who needs a room..." They

..of course that did not preclude the desk agent at the transit desk from picking up the phone and reserving a room for a modest $100.00. You would think that a layover that had been necessitated by EK scheduling would be better managed.

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