Flight stopovers: Two trips for the price of one

Two trips for the price of one

Low- or no-cost flight stopovers offer great value

(Getty Images/Mark Tipple)

(Getty Images/Mark Tipple)

Most travellers avoid flights with stopovers like the plague. But some carriers are turning a nuissance into a perk by promoting low- or no-cost stopovers that let travellers visit two destinations for the price of one. For instance, consider flying the Edmonton-Reykjavik-London route. All Icelandair flights stop at its hub outside Reykjavik, and for no extra fee, you can enjoy up to seven days of the country’s natural beauty en route to Britain’s bustling capital. Interested? Here’s four more to consider for your next trip.

Cook Islands

Vancouver ••• ✈ Avarua ••• ✈ Auckland Air New Zealand also serves many South Pacific nations. On many routes, opt for a no-fee stopover to snorkel amongst tropical fish in the Cook Islands before heading out on the New Zealand Wine Trail.

United Arab Emirates

Toronto ••• ✈ Abu Dhabi ••• ✈ Mumbai Etihad made its name thanks to luxe service and cuisine, but it also offers discounted hotel stays in the UAE capital so you can sandboard in the desert before your yoga retreat on the shores of Goa.


Montreal ••• ✈ Amsterdam ••• ✈ Nice KLM offers one no-fee stopover in Amsterdam for travellers whose routes take them through the city.En route to the beaches on the Côte d’Azur, you can tour the Dutch city’s canals and get your art fix at the Rijksmuseum.


Ottawa ••• ✈ St. John’s ••• ✈ Dublin Westjet is encouraging travellers to tack on a Newfoundland visit en route to Ireland. Stay for up to seven days for just $22.60, the cost (including HST) of the airport improvement fee.

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