Many airlines allow a stopover on their award tickets. This is a unique advantage to using miles and points, as a stopover (a layover with an unlimited amount of time) does not increase the price of an award ticket. This essentially gives two destinations.
The concept is a little confusing for newbies but we made an infographic to help.
This infographic will go over:
- What is a stopover?
- What is an open-jaw?
- What are the uses?
- What are the different mileage programs’ rules for stopovers and open-jaws?
An infographic by Drew and Caroline at Travel is Free
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An Introduction to Airline Alliances – An infographic by Drew and Caroline at Travel is Free
Stopovers and open-jaws can be as long as you want assuming the tickets are still bookable. Meaning, tickets are often only bookable a year or so in advance. If you’re hoping to stopover for longer than that, it’s just not possible. Although, airlines may be able to change some details, like dates of travel, for a free.
Want to learn more about stopovers? Here are some great posts:
- List of Airline Stopover Rules
- Airline Stopover and Open-Jaw Rules with Pictures
- How to Book Stopovers on United
- ANA’s Stopover Rules
and of course, the self-proclaimed, best post ever: