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Flight Layover - Does Airline Cover Hotel?

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Flight Layover - Does Airline Cover Hotel?

My other half and I are planning on a last minute trip to Tokyo this coming December.

In the past we usually have flown direct flight, but it looks like all the flights that we are considering have at least one stop over.

I noticed some flights have as much as a 17hr lay over (fly into Charles de Gauelle in Paris).

I havent flown on a flight with such an extended lay over, but was wondering in situations like this do airlines usually provide hotel?

Also, I am assuming if we were to fly into Paris and wanted to leave the airport - We would need to deal with customs and immigration when coming back/leaving , is this correct?

Thanks in advance
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No, the airline will not provide accommodations for the lay over. Are you booking with an actual airline or an airline reward program?

And yes, if you want to leave the airport, you will have to go through customs again.
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"It depends".

Most don't, but some do - Korean Air will pay for a hotel (i.e. Japan via Incheon/Seoul) as long as certain rules are met, mostly along the lines of you took the shortest layover available, the layover is more than a certain number of hours in length (8? Don't quote me on that) and you aren't in the absolute cheapest ultra-special-sale fare class (regular economy is okay).

I have a ~20 hour stay approved on KAL's account at the Grand Hyatt on the way back from Japan early next year.
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My 20hr layover transit hotel in China will be covered by the airline. Tokyo to Guangzhou to Toronto.
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Raggie wrote:
Sep 11th, 2018 10:13 pm
My 20hr layover transit hotel in China will be covered by the airline. Tokyo to Guangzhou to Toronto.
Did your agent arrange this? I have never heard of such arrangements from airlines unless you make separate hotel bookings and charge it to your flight ticket (as you can with rental vehicles)..
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 8:44 am
Did your agent arrange this? I have never heard of such arrangements from airlines unless you make separate hotel bookings and charge it to your flight ticket (as you can with rental vehicles)..
For Korean Air, the airline has its own team that handles this.

There also seem to be a few other airlines that do something similar, never tried any though.
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chillychin wrote:
Sep 11th, 2018 9:41 pm
My other half and I are planning on a last minute trip to Tokyo this coming December.

In the past we usually have flown direct flight, but it looks like all the flights that we are considering have at least one stop over.

I noticed some flights have as much as a 17hr lay over (fly into Charles de Gauelle in Paris).

I havent flown on a flight with such an extended lay over, but was wondering in situations like this do airlines usually provide hotel?

Also, I am assuming if we were to fly into Paris and wanted to leave the airport - We would need to deal with customs and immigration when coming back/leaving , is this correct?

Thanks in advance
I assume given the long layover in Paris you are flying Air France? Or at least ticketed by them for the transatlantic portion.

Air France does not provide free hotels for long layovers even in business (possibly in Le Premier).

I flew AF last December and had a similar stop over in Paris. We rented a car and drove to our hotel (booked a hotel for the day in central Paris).

When you check in for the flight in Toronto be sure they only check your luggage through to CDG (so you can retrieve it). I forget their policy but some airlines and also depending on airport are willing to check your bags through as long as your layover is less then 24 hours or along the lines of 8/12/14/16 hours. Anyone I know who whose had a long connection like that tends to get their baggage misplaced if they chose to check it through to the final destination.

I’ve never had long wait times through Paris for immigration -in or out.
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Manatus wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 9:32 am
For Korean Air, the airline has its own team that handles this.

There also seem to be a few other airlines that do something similar, never tried any though.
Oh yes, you can add hotels and rental cars when you buy your ticket at Air Canada too.
My question was basically asking if the hotel was part of the airfare because there is a 20 hr layover or separate like other airlines.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 12:26 pm
Oh yes, you can add hotels and rental cars when you buy your ticket at Air Canada too.
My question was basically asking if the hotel was part of the airfare because there is a 20 hr layover or separate like other airlines.
For me at least, at no point did I choose or pay for the hotel. It's not listed anywhere on my travel itinerary or anything like that. Essentially what happened was after booking the flight, I forwarded my receipt/itinerary to the airline and asked if I could get a hotel, and they said sure (in a more formal way).
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 8:44 am
Did your agent arrange this? I have never heard of such arrangements from airlines unless you make separate hotel bookings and charge it to your flight ticket (as you can with rental vehicles)..
It's common among some Asian airlines. Most of the Chinese airlines offer hotel stays if the layover is over x hours and it looks like the Korean airlines do as well. The hotel sometimes differs depending on seat class. I know that China Eastern even had a service desk for this at the Shanghai airport. That said, my parents use a very experienced travel agent to book flights to Asia so they always get the inside scoop so I'm not sure if it is advertised or publicly known. For sure, I don't expect that kind of service from Air Canada or anything.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 8:44 am
Did your agent arrange this? I have never heard of such arrangements from airlines unless you make separate hotel bookings and charge it to your flight ticket (as you can with rental vehicles)..
China Southern Airlines offers this for layover over 8 hrs.

https://www.csair.com/en/tourguide/tran ... modations/
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Emirates offers free hotels for layovers in dubai over 8hr and under 24hr.

You will have to book with them directly vs. travel website.
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McKinsey wrote:
Sep 13th, 2018 4:53 am
Air Canada does offer this as well:
https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/hom ... pover.html

Not really useful for those departing from Canada however.
Wow, new to me, and I travel a lot, thanks.
When the layover is long, I always decided to stay a few days but the 6 to less than 24 hours is pretty good. Any idea what hotels they offer? Or where there is a list? Can I choose my own?
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