What's better than one holiday? Two holidays! At Flight Centre we have noticed a growing trend for travellers to break up their holiday with an additional holiday at their stop over destination, so we created 'Double Dip' options (even 'Triple Dip'!) to make it easy.
Not only does the stop over add to your overall enjoyment, but it also helps to break up those tiresome long haul flights. To help you double up your next holiday we've complied ten of the best stopover options for you.
1. New York via Hawaii
For most Australians, the journey to the Big Apple typically includes a flight via Los Angeles, but this will soon change. In June Hawaiian Airlines will begin non stop flights from Honolulu to New York's Kennedy (JFK) airport. This new addition means us Aussies can opt for a sun soaked holiday in Honolulu on Hawaiian's regular services from Sydney, followed by the ultimate city adventure in New York. Or reverse it; consider a big trip to the Big Apple followed by the ultimate wind down in Honolulu.
2. New Zealand with a South American flavour
Competition is intense on the Trans Tasman routes, which are now serviced by Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and a host of highly rated international airlines including Emirates, Aerolineas Argentina and Lan Chile. In addition to flying to NZ, travellers taking off to Santiago with Lan can enjoy another holiday at their stopover in Papeete or Easter Island.
3. London via the Maldives
There are literally dozens of ways to fly to London. If you don't mind taking the scenic route, Emirates offers some attractive itineraries with stopovers in Singapore, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Male and Dubai. Male is of course, the capital of the Maldives. Is there a better place to top up the tan on the way to the UK?
4. Paris via Reunion
Similarly, if you're travelling to Paris and in need of some beach time, consider Air Tahiti Nui or Air Austral. Air Tahiti offers flights from Sydney to Papeete and on to the French capital.
5. Rome via Dubai
While many travellers still fly to Europe via Asia, Emirates' and Etihad's rapid growth in recent years has really put the Middle East on the stayover map for Australians. Passengers taking off with Emirates can stopover in Dubai on the way to or from Rome or other European and UK destinations.
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6. LA via Fiji
The quickest way to get to Los Angeles is, of course, the direct route to Los Angeles International Airport. But there's also a host of indirect options for travellers to consider. Fijian carrier Air Pacific, which flies from several Australian cities, offers connections from Nadi to Los Angeles and other North American destinations, including Vancouver.
7. Bali and Phuket combined
Choosing between beautiful Bali and exotic Phuket is a common dilemma for many Aussie travellers. To make the decision easier we've created an airfare deal that includes both dream destinations at an attractive price. The itinerary begins with a flight from Australia to Bali, via Singapore, then on to Phuket and back home to Australia via Singapore.
8. Kenya via Korea
Australian travellers taking off on an African safari should look into flying with Korean Air, which offers flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. They offer non-stop services from Seoul Incheon to Nairobi! Now there’s a double holiday jam packed with culture.
9. Las Vegas via Hawaii
Travellers taking off to Las Vegas can really hit the jackpot when it comes to stopover options along the way. In addition to taking the traditional route to LA with V Australia, Qantas and others, Aussie travellers can choose to get beached in Hawaii by flying Hawaiian Airlines and stopping over in Honolulu.
10. South Africa via Abu Dhabi
If you're planning a trip to South Africa, there are plenty of flight paths to consider, in addition to the direct route from Australia. Examples include flights with Etihad via Abu Dhabi, and Air Mauritius via Mauritius plus stop over options in Singapore, Kula Lumpur and Bangkok.
Ask your local Travel Consultant to book you an extra holiday within your holiday on 133 133.