Stopovers: Are there alternatives to book flights that are not available directly through the airline (but available through an online travel agent)

This year I had something that happened to me twice, that I had never seen before or thought was possible: an airline has flights for my legs that I would like to fly in, but if I try to book the entire trip, it only proposes one more trip complex with an extra leg. Meanwhile, the desired reservation is possible on an OTA website.

I suppose this could be because OTAs have access to more inventory, but this seems strange. The two examples were:

London to Yekaterinburg: I ​​flew with British Airways + S7. They are partner airlines and S7 can sell me the London-Moscow leg of the trip, but S7 was only offering me a more complex trip (something like: London – Berlin – Moscow – Yekaterinburg)

London to Longyearbyen: I booked a SAS trip with Layover in Oslo (canceled due to Covid19), but the SAS website only offered me trips like: London – Copenhagen – Oslo – Longyearbyen or London – Stockholm – Oslo – Longyearbyen

In the above cases, I booked from an OTA, but would really prefer to avoid it in the future (in one direction, my luggage would not be able to check in all the way, even if that went smoothly on the way back. I got multiple check codes- in for the same reservation, and making changes is generally much more painful if a travel agent is involved).

I managed to find another example (again, for Longyearbyen: just an example, as I'm not currently planning to fly there in September):

SAS reservation form

As you can see, only 2-stop trips are offered for the day.

But I checked 4 different OTAs, and they all offer a single-scale reservation:

  • Expedia
    Expedia booking form

  • Lucky2go

Lucky2go reservation form

Last minute booking form

Gotogate reservation form

This seems even stranger when you consider that the individual legs are actually available for purchase from SAS itself:

London to Oslo, in SAS

Oslo to Longyearbyen, in SAS

But somehow SAS doesn't allow me to buy this trip directly with them.

How common is this? Are there any other solutions besides booking through an OTA? Could I make the reservation by calling the airline directly? (and if so, would this be standard practice, or should I expect it to be unpredictable depending on the airline?)

Taiwan – Are stopovers currently allowed as of March 20, 2020 in Taipei and Manila Airport?

Yes for Manila. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1096970:

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has praised the lifting of the travel ban on outgoing passengers, except Filipino tourists, in line with the improved community quarantine throughout Luzon.

FYI: What percentage of international flights departing from Manila are canceled due to the blockade of Duterte in Metro Manila from 2020-03-15 to 2020-04-14?

Stopovers at the TPE in Taipei were possible on 03-12-2020 but I don't know the current situation (due to How do I know in advance if the immigration and Taiwanese airline flying there will accept my passport?)


Update (2020-03-23): https://www.reddit.com/r/digitalnomad/comments/fnhs89/psa_for_americans_looking_to_extend_visa_in/flapex9/:

Singapore and Taiwan are blocking anyone's transit as of March 24.

air travel: what restrictions apply to stopovers in the Schengen area?

I want to fly from Croatia to the United States. I am a US citizen. So I know I will be able to enter the USA. USA However, with the COVID-19 restriction in place, can I take a flight with scales in the Schengen area?

The exact flight I'm seeing includes going from Zagreb to Paris to New York.

I have already seen Are the stopovers included in the travel ban COVID-19 from Schengen to the USA? USA ?, but that refers to the restrictions to travel to the USA. USA

Are stopovers included in the Schengen COVID-19 travel ban to the USA? ?

CNN claims that:

The ban, scheduled to begin on Friday, only applies to foreign citizens, not US citizens, their immediate family members, and lawful permanent residents.

Returning travelers will be screened before entering the US USA And they will be asked to be quarantined for 14 days.

This is also confirmed by The Telegraph and Euronews.

No distinction seems to be made between direct flights from Europe or stopovers in Europe. The proclamation simply does not mention it.

All flights between the US USA And continental Europe has been canceled or interrupted for the next 30 days from midnight on Friday, March 13, and since most people in Europe or in transit in Europe will not be able to fly to the US. USA (since they will not be permanent residents, citizens, etc.) I would recommend consulting your airline before flying to Europe as the stage onwards may be canceled.

Regarding cancellations, Forbes has stated:

If the airline cancels your flight, according to the US Department of Transportation. USA, you will be eligible for a full stop cash refund. The European Union has a similar rule, commonly known as Rule 261, which provides refunds for any flight arriving, traveling or leaving Europe.

You can read the full proclamation on the Whitehouse website.

Are stopovers included in the Schengen travel ban to the USA? ?

CNN claims that:

The ban, scheduled to begin on Friday, only applies to foreign citizens, not US citizens, their immediate family members, and lawful permanent residents.

Returning travelers will be screened before entering the US USA And they will be asked to be quarantined for 14 days.

This is also confirmed by The Telegraph and Euronews.

All flights between the US USA And continental Europe has been canceled or interrupted for the next 30 days from midnight on Friday, March 13, and since most people in Europe or in transit in Europe will not be able to fly to the US. USA (since they will not be permanent residents, citizens, etc.) I would recommend consulting your airline before flying to Europe as the stage onwards may be canceled.

Regarding cancellations, Forbes has stated:

If the airline cancels your flight, according to the US Department of Transportation. USA, you will be eligible for a full stop cash refund. The European Union has a similar rule, commonly known as Rule 261, which provides refunds for any flight arriving, traveling or leaving Europe.

You can read the full proclamation on the Whitehouse website.

air travel: how can I find the cheapest stopovers between two airports, for a specific date or range of days?

Let's say I will be in some city on May 5 and in some other city on May 12. I would like to visit another city and around May 8 until May 12, but I have no preference as to what city it is.

How can I find the cheapest flight (and preferably the cheapest flights) that go through x-> y -> z, where y is chosen according to the price? In other words, how can I find the cheapest stopover between two airports, for a given date or a range of days?


I tried to use Kiwi.com as shown in the following screenshot, but with that search there is no guarantee that the first "Africa" ​​will be the same as the second "Africa" ​​(and in practice normally not it is).

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Stopovers – What can I do at the Hong Kong airport for 13 hours?

Issue:
I have a 13-hour stopover on December 15, 2019. I had planned to leave before, but now I don't think I should take a chance.

So far I have found the following:

  • Airport lounges (but appear to be restricted to certain types of credit cards) (I have never used an airport lounge before)
  • Regal Hotel (not sure if it is in security) (A little expensive)
  • Movie theater

Question:

What can I do at the airport?interior security) for 13 hours?
Or something to spend my time / shower / or maybe sleep.

Stopovers – Connection in Dusseldorf (first time)

On November 1, I will have my first flight connection (actually, actually) in Dusseldorf, for this reason I am quite stressed about it and would like to ask some questions. I will travel with a hand luggage that I will carry in the cabin and I am a citizen of the EU (Italian). My flight is in a single reservation, with Eurowings.

EW9827 09:15 Milan Malpensa – 10:50 Dusseldorf

60 minutes connection

EW9732 11:50 Dusseldorf – 13:40 Krakow

I would like to ask how the transfer works in Dusseldorf: I read many topics about this, but I would like to ask again (the flight may be in the same Terminal or in different, it seems that it would be A or B). It seems to be very easy after getting off the bus / plane, but I'd love to hear from someone. Since I will go from Schengen to the Schengen flight, I suppose I will not have a passport check (and also a security check?) While I transfer and can go directly to the next door? Is it enough time?

Since the reservation is made with a single ticket, will Eurowings somehow "wait" for me if there will be a small delay? Or will I have some protection? I booked a ticket with the SMART fare but I can't read anything about this specifically.

Stopovers: eligibility to spend the night free since Turkish Airlines canceled the return flight and booked me the next day

To travel in December at reasonable costs I booked my flights from several stops as follows:

All flights booked with the same ticket number and the same airline (Turkish Airlines)

  1. AMSISTBOM
  2. BOMISTBRE

Return flight (BOM to BRE) was booked for December 27, 2019. However, I just received an email from Turkish Airlines stating that the flight has changed.

Flight changes

As noted, the flight is now scheduled to fly from December 28, 2019. I arrive at IST on December 27 and, since the flight is scheduled for the next day, can I spend the night? I am flying to and from Europe and I wanted to know if I have some passenger rights here.

Now unfortunately I have to request a e-visa And you want to know if, in the worst case, you have to book an overnight accommodation due to rescheduling or will the airlines handle it for me?

stopovers – Is it possible to transfer between terminals at the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport without leaving the air side?

This is a question for people who know the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) well.

In a couple of months, I'm flying to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport from Johannesburg in ELAL, arriving at 7.10 am in Terminal 3 (according to Google).

Then I need to fly to Bucharest that same day. The flight I would like to take departs at 9.55am, Wizz Air, from Terminal 1.

I intend to travel only with hand luggage.

My question is: can I make a transfer to take the Wizz Air flight without having to leave the airport and return?

I need to know this because if I have to leave the airport and return, I risk losing my Wizz Air flight due to the amount of time that security can take in TLV. Opinions on feasibility if do leave and re-enter, given my time constraints, are welcome.