Free stopover hotel stay + transit visa
Have an extensive layover in Doha? Fly Qatar and receive a 2hr 45 minute tour of the city. This deal is strictly on a first come, first served basis and has limited departure times.
Long journey ahead? You could do the hard slog and catch a couple of zzzs at the airport in between flights, or you could strategically extend that layover a day or two to break up the journey and tick another city off your list.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a luxurious getaway of high-rise, domed mosques and exquisite palaces. Browse its extensive and expensive mall offerings, take a relaxing dip in its cool waters or catch your breath as you gaze upon its desert expanse.
Muscat feels like Dubai did before it was developed. The essence of the city is tradition, and it boasts few high-rise buildings, but entrances with its sandy beaches and whitewashed mosques. Like Dubai it features high-end waterfront restaurants, hotels and malls, fit for the rich and famous.
You could spend your layover blitzing through another city, but if you’d prefer to use it as a wind-down before you return to reality, Doha offers a laidback transit stop. Its highlights include museums, a seaside promenade, parks and luxury islands.
From the moment you step foot in this chaotic city, you’ll be enraptured by its colourful market bazaars, ornately adorned mosques and winding laneways. Similar to Dubai, Istanbul is a city that never sleeps, and you’ll find there’s no shortage of activities and late-night food outlets whenever you choose to play.
Singapore is an enviable stopover point, and that’s not just because it has one of the best layover airports in the world. The city is easily accessed by public transport from the airport, is highly walkable and offers a unique cityscape of gardens, high-rise, temples, luxury condos and hawker food stalls.
Thailand’s glorious capital is a chaotic city of temples, rivers and shopping malls. Take the time to cruise down the river, eat from hawker stalls, scale its numerous temples and shop at the night markets which line the pavements and wheedle their way into every space imaginable.
Once known as the Paris of the Middle East, these days Beirut is less romantic and more good chaotic fun. Like Dubai it feels both European and Middle Eastern, and a modern landscape and rich art scene thrive among ancient ruins and religious traditions.
Hong Kong is the kind of stopover that you can make enroute to other Asian destinations or on the way to places such as London or Rome. This territory is so tiny that it can be covered in a few hours – though it really is worth a longer visit!
The capital of South Korea is impossible not to fall in love with. Bursting with excitement, Seoul’s futuristic landscape comprises shopping malls, rooftop parks, restaurants and clubs that never seem to close.
Australia, naturally, is one of those 51 countries. So why not take advantage of this policy if you’re landing in this metropolis anyway? In three days you can cover the main sights including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and, if you play your cards rights, even the Great Wall.
Use our table of popular airlines and destinations to help you decide who to fly with and where to make that ultimate stopover.
|Destination||Airline||Possible stopover options|
|Europe, North America||Air China||Shanghai, Beijing|
|North America||Air New Zealand||Auckland|
|North America||American Airlines||Los Angeles|
|Europe||Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong|
|Europe, North America||China Southern||Guangzhou, Beijing, Wuhan|
|Europe, North America, South America, Africa||Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo (flights to South America), Nairobi (flights to Africa)|
|Europe, North America, Asia||Garuda Indonesia||Jakarta, Bali|
|North America||Hawaiian Airlines||Honolulu|
|Asia||Jet Airways||Singapore, Mumbai|
|South America||LATAM||Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Lima, Sao Paulo|
|Europe||Malaysia Airlines||Kuala Lumpur|
|North America||Philippine Airlines||Manila|
|Europe, Africa||Abu Dhabi, Doha|
|Europe, Asia||Singapore Airlines||Singapore|
|Africa||South African Airways||Johannesburg|
|Africa||Turkish Airlines||Istanbul, Singapore|
|North America||United Airlines||Los Angeles|
|Europe||Virgin Atlantic||Hong Kong|
|North America||Virgin Australia||Los Angeles|
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