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Travel Tip: Booking Stopovers & Unexpected Airline Routes

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turkeyThe next time you hear the word “stopover” when booking your flight, it might not be a bad thing.

A number of airlines are offering free stopovers in second cities as a way to get you to fly to them.

Going from Europe to the U.S.? With Icelandair you can book two nights and a hotel in Reykjavik.

There’s a similar deal with Qatar Airways in Doha and Turkish Airways in Istanbul.

But then there are the secret cities you can fly to nonstop on airlines you never knew flew there.

Want to fly from Los Angeles to Dublin? You can fly there on Ethiopian Airlines.

How about New York to Vancouver? You can fly nonstop on Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific.

Los Angeles to Sao Paolo? Believe it or not, you can catch a flight on Korean Air.

These are all flights that continue on to the home base of each airline, but they’re allowed to first fly you without restriction to those middle cities.

Often it’s less expensive, the service is better, and the flights can be less crowded.

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