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How To Get A Free Hotel On Your Long Layover

I’m still not over it. How could I have flown around the world so many times, endured excruciatingly long layovers, and never even heard of this perk? Some airlines, it turns out, will provide you with a free hotel accommodation (sometimes including transportation and breakfast) when you have a flight with a long layover in the airline’s major hub city. Basically the airline is serving up a free mini vacation in between your flights! Naturally, it’s not something airlines are necessarily publicizing (and what constitutes “long,” however, varies per airline), but many will accommodate you when asked.

 

I discovered this fantastic travel secret when, to save myself over $100, I had booked a flight with a 13-hour layover in Tokyo. The plan had been to leave Narita International Airport and go into the city for dinner and dancing via the train, then find a cheap hotel to shower and rest at before heading back to the airport. You can imagine my amazement when ANA Airlines handed me a complimentary hotel stay, complete with a free shuttle to and from the airport, when I checked in for my flight!  

 

I took advantage of this free hotel stopover again on a trip to Bali, which I booked through Eva Air with a 24-hour layover through Taipei on the return flight. As before, no hotel was offered during the booking process, but when I called and requested one, Eva Air promptly reserved a room for me. Eva Air also provided complimentary breakfast and a free private taxi to and from the airport. With such service, I vowed to always take flights with long layovers.

 

Below are airlines that arrange free accommodation with a long layover. Make sure you call ahead to request the hotel reservation because restrictions do apply. If you’ve experienced the same with these or other airlines providing a free hotel on a long layover, please share!

 

Air Canada at Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver

Air China at Beijing

China Eastern Airlines at Shanghai

China Southern Airlines  at Guangzhou

Korean Air  at Seoul

Japan Airlines  at Tokyo

Ana Airlines at Tokyo

Emirates at  Dubai

Ethiopian Airlines at Addis Abeba

Etihad Airways at Abu Dhabi

Eva Airways at Taipei

Gulf Air at Bahrain

Malaysia Airline  at Kuala Lumpur (Put in an accommodation request through their Facebook page)

Sri Lankan Airlines at Colombo (Book your hotel in advance by sending an email to reservations@srilankan.com)

Thai Airways at Bangkok

Qatar Airlines at Doha

 

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23 Comments

  • Zeina Atamis

    11.03.2017 at 07:07 Reply

    Turkish airlines needs to do one in Istanbul 😂😂

  • the Fashion Matters

    11.03.2017 at 15:01 Reply

    I didn’t know that how cool!

    THE FASHION MATTERS- Travel & Fashion blog
    -here from #GLT

  • Anna

    13.03.2017 at 15:25 Reply

    I had no idea! I’ll definitely check this out! Love from GLT <3

  • Gabriella Sheffield

    16.03.2017 at 04:29 Reply

    Amazing! Can’t wait to take advantage of this!

  • Erika

    25.03.2017 at 03:55 Reply

    What?! I had no idea about this! Great tip. Thanks!

  • Thivy Michelle

    25.03.2017 at 04:04 Reply

    Wow that’s pretty awesome. I’ll definitely keep this in mind for future references! Love from GLT <3

    Sincerely,
    Thivy Michelle
    http://www.thivymichelle.com

  • Therese

    25.03.2017 at 04:07 Reply

    This is a great tip!! If ever I do have a long layover gonna try and ask for hotel. Thanks!

    Xo, Therese
    http://www.mayreese.com

  • Maria Jesus

    25.03.2017 at 04:13 Reply

    OMG! I didn’t know about it. I’ll do it next time I have to fly somewhere.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers from Argentina 🙂

  • Jamie Gajewski

    25.03.2017 at 05:14 Reply

    OMG! Mind blown. Amazing. GLT Love!

  • Rachel Elyse

    25.03.2017 at 06:32 Reply

    Great post! I love long layovers because it gives me a chance to see a little bit of a country I might not plan an actual trip to, and I just flew China Eastern to Shanghai and we paid for a hotel!! Granted we got a great room for only $40 but had we known we could get a free one….. next time for sure!!

  • annette richmond

    25.03.2017 at 17:44 Reply

    This post is BOOKMARKED!! I’ll be traveling through Asia for a year so I will for sure be looking into how to take advantage of a mini vacation. Thanks for sharing!

  • Aarti Kamath

    21.06.2017 at 17:35 Reply

    This is definitely good information. I knew of a few of these airlines giving free hotel stays (didnt know of many!). The thing is, above 9 hours of layover, they ought to give us free accommodation.

  • Esther Lee

    21.06.2017 at 18:24 Reply

    I found out about this *after* I chose not to book a flight with Air Canada because they had a long layover in Toronto BOTH ways. Had I known before, I could have saved myself some money on the flight!

  • Mina

    21.06.2017 at 19:05 Reply

    Awesome! In October I’ll fly with Royal Air Marroc and I have a long layover in Casablanca, so I will definitely contact them to try this. Thanks 🙂

  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad

    21.06.2017 at 22:22 Reply

    This is awesome!! I took a long layover flight through Vietnam (with Vietnam Airlines) and although I made a good day of it, I never knew you could do this! I’ll definitely look into it next time and see if it’s offered.

  • Perri

    22.06.2017 at 06:47 Reply

    OMG! A million times thank you for these tips.. I will always make sure to double check from now on out… AMAZING!
    Perri
    http://www.princeandthepear.com

  • Alina

    22.06.2017 at 10:24 Reply

    I can add to the list – Turkish Airlines provides hotels for long layovers and free food for, I think, 4 hours, in Istanbul. There are even articles on how to score better hotels in Istanbul via this program 🙂 I’ve stayed twice like this, once in the city center, once near the airport.

  • Bidisha

    22.06.2017 at 13:51 Reply

    Wow! This indeed a great find. I had no idea.

  • Chiera

    22.06.2017 at 14:56 Reply

    What a neat trick! If only I had known this years ago!

  • Alexxa

    23.06.2017 at 09:34 Reply

    Bookmarked! This is so incredibly useful! I haven’t been to any of these stops (other than Canada cause that’s home) but would love to! Free hotel in Sri Lanka? Yes please!

  • Chloe

    23.06.2017 at 12:56 Reply

    I didn’t know about this! I booked a flight to Melbourne with China Southern Airlines through Guangzhou but didn’t plan a layover because I didn’t want to pay for a hotel!!!! Now I see this I’m kicking myself for not doing it!!

  • Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate

    23.06.2017 at 13:20 Reply

    Wow, really?!? I’m going to have to check into this on my next long haul to Europe/Middle East/Asia. Definitely a cool perk!

  • Lindsay Lobb

    30.06.2017 at 08:50 Reply

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before. So good to find any individual with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this website is something that’s wanted on the internet, someone with just a little originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

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