<12 hour stopover - can it be done?

Old Jan 19, 20, 11:51 am
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<12 hour stopover - can it be done?

Iím looking to book flights from Gla/Edi to east coast USA in May. In the past Iíve used Gatwick/ Heathrow as the departure airport and returned back to Edi or Gla. Iíve then separately booked a one way to Gatwick or Heathrow the evening before and we have stayed over before catching our flight next morning. The reason for this has been that weíve had more than one failed connection and numerous near misses despite leaving circa 4 hours between flights. It simply became less stressful to do it this way and it was also nearly always cheaper than a round trip from Scotland.

this time, however, starting from London is proving more expensive so I thought I could book from Scotland on a late evening flight for the morning connection next day and still achieve the overnight stay. I couldnít manage it online (multiple combinations available but nothing with an overnight stop) so I called BA to ask them to price it. I was a bit surprised to be told Stopovers within the UK are longer allowed unless departing from somewhere outside the UK. Is this correct? I couldnít find anything in terms and conditions or on the website and when I asked for a pointer to this ďruleĒ I was told itís not publicly stated as ďthat just leads to people finding ways round themĒ.

Any thoughts ? - I did HUACA and got virtually the same answer but as I was asked for my exec club number Iím guessing there may be a record of the call.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 11:56 am
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AFAIK, a stopover is 24 hours (except some fares in the US, where it's 4). So should be doable. Did you try to book a multi-segment itinerary rather than a return?
For the record, my next two flights to the US involve overnight layovers in LHR (but I do not depart from Scotland).

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Old Jan 19, 20, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by scottish minnie View Post
Iím looking to book flights from Gla/Edi to east coast USA in May. In the past Iíve used Gatwick/ Heathrow as the departure airport and returned back to Edi or Gla. Iíve then separately booked a one way to Gatwick or Heathrow the evening before and we have stayed over before catching our flight next morning. The reason for this has been that weíve had more than one failed connection and numerous near misses despite leaving circa 4 hours between flights. It simply became less stressful to do it this way and it was also nearly always cheaper than a round trip from Scotland.

this time, however, starting from London is proving more expensive so I thought I could book from Scotland on a late evening flight for the morning connection next day and still achieve the overnight stay. I couldnít manage it online (multiple combinations available but nothing with an overnight stop) so I called BA to ask them to price it. I was a bit surprised to be told Stopovers within the UK are longer allowed unless departing from somewhere outside the UK. Is this correct? I couldnít find anything in terms and conditions or on the website and when I asked for a pointer to this ďruleĒ I was told itís not publicly stated as ďthat just leads to people finding ways round themĒ.

Any thoughts ? - I did HUACA and got virtually the same answer but as I was asked for my exec club number Iím guessing there may be a record of the call.
On an international connection, 12 hours between flights is not a "stopover"; it's a "connection." And there's a big difference between the two.

I suggest that you call BA back, and ask if they can sell you a ticket with an overnight "connection" in LON, not a stopover. Or, you might look at other airlines that offer non-stop service to the U.S. from EDI/GLA. Just Google ""EDI airport wiki," and "GLA airport wiki" to find each airport's Wikipedia entry. Then, click on "Airlines and Destinations" to find the airlines that fly to the U.S. from each of those airports. (If you want to collect Avios/tier points, look for service on oneworld member AA. And if Aer Lingus serves either EDI or GLA, try pricing a trip on them: Aer Lingus serves several U.S. cities from DUB.)
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Old Jan 19, 20, 12:16 pm
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Absolutely possible to leave glasgow the night before and then fly on from london the following morning. Since the one flight a day i have 'home' from heathrow sometimes leaves before 8am i have to overnight.

Try the flight selection as multi city and put in the respective dates.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 12:44 pm
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Old Jan 19, 20, 12:52 pm
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No need to call BA at all. Easy to do online and you can then have a choice of your EDI-LHR and LHR-USA flights and see the relative pricing before choosing.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 4:35 pm
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Didnít think of multi stop - doh! Will try that and see what it yields.
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