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We've compiled a list of airlines that offer FREE perks with their layovers. If you're up for being flexible on your next vacation, you may be able to take advantage of some of these offers.
Turkish Airlines may offer the best perk of all! Up to two nights of a complimentary hotel stay in Istanbul with a free stopover. To be eligible, your layover must be at least 20 hours in length and you have to reach out to the airline directly 72 hours before departure with further information about your journey. You can learn more through the link below to their website. Who wouldn't want a practically free vacation to Istanbul!?
Icelandic full-service airline, Icelandair makes it easier than ever to add a stopover in the land of 'Fire and Ice'. You can add up to seven days of a stopover at no additional cost. Making for a trip to two locations for the price of one. Icelandair's website offers great tips on what to do during your stopover and where to stay.
Luxury Qatar Airways not only offers the most breathtaking first-class experiences but also offers perks with its stopover program. With a stop in Qatar's capital city, Doha, you can grab overnight accommodation for just $14 for one night, or $74 in total for up to four nights. You can even upgrade to a 5-star experience for $22 for one night or $108 for four nights. There are many more options available such as luxury all-inclusive or luxury beachside stays.
UAE airline, Etihad offers "a layover on us" with opportunities to enjoy a free stopover in Abu Dhabi with a complimentary 3-star hotel stay for up to two nights. You can also opt for a premium stopover package which includes up to 40% off 4 and 5-star accommodations for a more luxurious experience. Abu Dhabi is a great city that's also within reach of popular Dubai.
Portuguese airline, TAP often offers some of the most competitive fares to Europe, and they also offer an awesome stopover program, where passengers can opt for a one to ten-day layover in Portugal's two iconic cities, Lisbon & Porto. You'll also have access to exclusive discounts on dining, tours, public transport cards, and accommodations in either city.
For Addis Ababa layovers from eight up to 24 hours, Ethiopian Airlines will arrange free transit connections and a complimentary hotel stay at Ethiopian Skylight In-Terminal Hotel to help you rest and rejuvenate before your connecting flight. You must obtain a transit/entry visa to Ethiopia to take advantage of this perk.
Air Canada offers a free stopover program in Toronto. You'll be able to explore the bustling city for up to seven days at no additional cost, and there are tons of tips on Air Canada's website for how to spend your trip.