How to Book a Stopover Using Flying Blue Miles

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Taking advantage of free stopovers is one of my favorite tricks to utilize when booking award travel, but unfortunately not all airlines allow stopovers on award tickets (cough, Delta Air Lines, cough). Additionally, there are a lot of rules, which aren’t universal for all frequent-flyer programs. However, once you learn what’s allowed and what isn’t, you can redeem your hard-earned miles smarter and travel better.

What is a Stopover?

A stopover is a stop longer than 24 hours in any city on the way to your destination. The reason I like stopovers so much is because they let you see more of the world for the same price in miles. Let’s take a look at how to book a stopover using Flying Blue miles, Air France/KLM’s loyalty program.

For example, you want to go to Rome this summer, but you have a layover in Paris with Air France. You can extend that layover in Paris to a week, or even a month, then continue on to Rome on the same ticket and return home from Rome.

Can I Book a Stopover Online?

Although one free stopover is allowed on flexible fares with Flying Blue, it’s impossible to book it online. You have to call Air France to put together an itinerary. You can search for the legs you want via AirFrance.us, but the agent must build in that free segment for you. Yes, calling an airline is about as convenient as taking your shoes off in a busy TSA line, but it has to be done to make the kind of a trip you want happen.

Can I Book a Stopover on a One-Way Ticket?

No, Flying Blue restricts stopovers to round-trip award flights only. However, an open-jaw is allowed, which means you can fly into one city and return from another city, as long as both cities are in the same award region. For example, you can stopover in Paris on your way to Rome and return from Naples, Italy.

Can I Put an Award on Hold?

Say, you have called the airline and spent an hour on the phone just to see if the itinerary you want is available. However, you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger because you haven’t transferred the miles yet or you need to discuss the itinerary with your travel companion. Flying Blue lets you put an award on hold for 48 hours, and you do not have to have all the miles available in your account to do so.

Does It Cost Extra to Book a Stopover?

Air France typically charges a $25 booking fee per ticket for reservations booked over the phone. However, because bookings that include stopovers cannot be booked online, an agent will waive the phone-booking fee for you.

Is It Possible to Include a Stopover on a Promo Awards Ticket?

Flying Blue’s Promo Awards offer significant discounts, sometimes up to 50 percent off, on award flights between certain cities. Unfortunately stopovers are not allowed on these discounted tickets.

Have you booked a stopover with Flying Blue before to save miles? Where did you go?

Anya Kartashova

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  • Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
  • Foreign Fees: No
  • Card Type: Bank
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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions – as long as there’s a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

Breakdown

Earn (pt.)

Spend


First 3 months

50,000

$4,000


Travel Purchases

2.00

$1


Restaurants Purchases

2.00

$1


Coffee Shops Purchases

2.00

$1


Fast Food Purchases

2.00

$1


Alcohol & Bars Purchases

2.00

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All Purchases

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