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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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46 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!

  • Brianna

    21.04.2018 at 03:26 Reply

    Super good to know! Totally not surprised that there are no US-based airlines on that list! They’re all so stingy!

  • Shelley

    21.04.2018 at 04:03 Reply

    I can’t believe I didn’t know about this! (FACE PALM) – I usually purposely book long layovers, so that I can experience more places on my trips, but to get hotel and transfer for free – um, amazing! Thanks for the tip!!

  • Neha Kulshrestha

    21.04.2018 at 04:13 Reply

    Yes this is a fantastic way to double up your vacation. We took advantage of this on Emirates flight with a 16 hour layover in Dubai. We did explore a bit of Dubai and enjoyed it. Looking forward to more. But didn’t know about this list of airlines. Thanks for sharing.

  • leanne

    21.04.2018 at 04:25 Reply

    This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. Definitely bookmarking this list!!

  • Soujanya

    21.04.2018 at 05:12 Reply

    I remember spending a night in a 5-star hotel, paid for by an airline when my flight was delayed. There are so many wonderful services that we don’t know of. Thanks for bringing it out !

  • atravellersfootsteps

    21.04.2018 at 05:24 Reply

    I wish I knew this earlier

  • Anisa

    21.04.2018 at 06:58 Reply

    That is amazing! I had no idea about this. Now to plan a trip to take advantage of it!

  • Nailah

    21.04.2018 at 07:41 Reply

    I am about to check this out for the first time. I booked a flight on Qatar Airlines and just after I made the reservation I heard about the free layover program from another traveler. Spending the night there next week with a free hotel stay. Wish I had more time in Doha, but excited I’ll at least have a few hours to wander around and then have a nice bed to sleep in.

  • Lena

    21.04.2018 at 09:12 Reply

    This is actually incredibly helpful! By the way, I think Turkish airlines also offer that for a layover in Istanbul.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Viola

    21.04.2018 at 09:15 Reply

    Is this for real?! Omg I never knew! I can’t wait to try. Thanks so much!

  • Christina Holthuis

    21.04.2018 at 12:03 Reply

    That’s so cool, totally bookmarked! Will be extremely helpful, thank you so much! And amazing photos <3

  • Louise

    21.04.2018 at 19:26 Reply

    Omggggg why did I not know/try this sooner?! lol I’ve had a number of overnight layovers in Toronto, Vancouver, Seoul, etc….and sometimes stayed up the entire night or paid for a hotel out of pocket! Geez. haha
    Thanks for sharing this very valuable information!!

  • Sandy

    22.04.2018 at 10:58 Reply

    OMG I thought it was only when an airline overbooked that they’d offer someone to volunteer for a complimentary stay and new flight the following day but I had no idea about this! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Emma Shaw

    22.04.2018 at 22:14 Reply

    Such a helpful article, thanks so much for sharing! A free hotel can make such a difference for those looooong layovers! 🙂

  • Tal Bright

    23.04.2018 at 13:59 Reply

    That’s really useful! Thank you for sharing. Will save the list for me next long flight

  • Sandy P.

    28.05.2018 at 07:41 Reply

    Turkish Air will give you a hotel room or a city tour but I think it needs to be a 12 hour layover in Istanbul.
    Egypt Air gives city tours or hotel rooms for layovers longer than 6 or 8 hours (I can’t remember but probably 8hours) in Cairo.

    • admin

      28.05.2018 at 17:20 Reply

      Awesome! Thanks, I will be updating the list!

  • Nat Cole

    31.05.2018 at 21:06 Reply

    Great thanks for sharing this information>

  • Maria Kinetz

    06.06.2018 at 01:03 Reply

    Thank you soooo much! Got a pretty long layover in Taipei. This post is big help! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Jen

    05.07.2018 at 01:50 Reply

    Thanks for this list!! Do they usually book a hotel near the airport? Wondering if it’s worth it to book a hotel on my own if their hotel will be far from the city center (my layover is in taipei)

    • admin

      05.07.2018 at 16:50 Reply

      Hey! So the hotel we were provided in Taipei was actually only a 10 min taxi from the city center, and about an hour from the airport. There was public transport available, but because of our short time in the city, we decided to not try and learn it that day and detract from our exploring time. Once we were in the city center, We were easily able to walk to each place we wanted to go to. I am not sure if it will be the same hotel we were given. I recommend talking to a customer service rep at the airline. Also keep in mind, when you take the hotel they offer there is free transportation to and from the airport, plus free breakfast! (At least in my personal experience) Again I would check with an airline rep. Enjoy and safe travels!

      • Jen

        06.07.2018 at 01:14 Reply

        Thank you so much!!

  • Jenny McPherson

    18.07.2018 at 06:19 Reply

    Hi, Vietnam airlines also offers free tours and hotel room for layovers for return Sydney flights due to long layovers.
    Last year we had it in both directions and they also provided free visa all you need to do is bring along 2 passport photos for each layover. I think their rule is layover longer than 7 hours. Check their website.
    This year we have chosen a flight to Europe that goes via Hanoi so will get this layover agin on the return to Sydney as it is a 18 hour layover. .

    Make sure you ask travel against or if you book online then calll airline. Easy as….. jenny

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