Emirates flight (Long layover)

#1 May 24th, 2017, 19:42
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Hi,

Experts please advise on this. I was looking for fares from Chennai to Charlotte.(See the attachment). I have noticed that with Emirates the layovers in DXB can in most cases be 7-11 hours depending on dates etc. If there are layovers this long in DXB or in Newyork for 6-12 hours, does Emirates provide any hotel accommodation? With how cheap airlines have become, I doubt they will provide this..any thoughts?
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Some airlines do "facilitate" a stopover, with cheap offers of hotels, and assistance with visas for short visit stay, etc.

I am not aware that airlines "include" hotels for connecting flights though, as these are made up of individual flights which the traveller chooses... Long layovers can mean cheaper flights, I find.

I suggest that you might look into spending a day in Dubai, for example, and catch the next days plane, if a cheap hotel deal can be found, or even look into starting to India from New York, there may be other timed options, and you can then maybe find a cheap more convenient connection from Charlotte to New York?

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I recall long time back (2005) Gulf Air had a halt in Bahrain for 8 hours and I was given a hotel accomodation..not sure if Airlines do it now. The downside with flying to Newyork and then taking a new flight from NYC-CLT is - the baggage rules will change to "domestic" travel. It is really for my parents, so changing flights like that is not an option.
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Not if you're flying economy and the long layover was scheduled and known to you in advance. They're companies, not philanthropic institutions.
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Unlikely to get a hotel stay on a sub-1000$ flight via a MEA carrier.
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Agreed they are not for charity but what I was saying is Gulfair gave me a hotel accommodation for an 8 hour layover. There was a mini-van which picked up 3 of us and drove us to the hotel and had lunch and then dropped back. Was pleasantly surprised..anyways in 2013 when I flew with Emirates, I had a 6.5 hour layover in DXB and Emirates has a beautiful rule that if there were no earlier flights on the same route you are about to take, then you will get hotel arrangements. But the catch is if you try to choose the other flights, your price goes up or the connections are horrible with longer layovers in other connecting cities.
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Originally Posted by davef22 View Post But the catch is if you try to choose the other flights, your price goes up or the connections are horrible with longer layovers in other connecting cities.
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Qatar airways offer free stopover. Not sure if they have suitable flights for your parents.
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There seems to be a slight issue about the math involved.

I will admit on the onset, I have never transited DXB - Just O&D. (Origin & Destination) I am also rather punctilious about time events while flying. As a non-Emirates airline pax, it took me about 11 minutes to line up for passport control, and then 40 minutes to get out of the airport (51 minutes) 28 minutes to my hotel. [these are from my last trip, the best timing]

Returning back, it took me extra 15 minutes as I had a secondary scan.

On any layover <8 hours, an offer of an off-prem hotel is more stressful even for a seasoned traveler without visa-related-impediment.

You decide - An access to a business lounge, or a off-prem hotel ?
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Agreed Nycank..at this point I will be looking at other options (BA) may be.
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Originally Posted by davef22 View Post Agreed Nycank..at this point I will be looking at other options (BA) may be.
If it's your parents, I'd recommend BA - MAA-LHR-CLT No mush, No gush !
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post If it's your parents, I'd recommend BA - MAA-LHR-CLT No mush, No gush !
Yes Agreed..it seems the best and good fare in Oct- Nov ($1263).
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I also had a free hotel stopover with Gulf Air in Bahrain back in 2006. But times change...

Emirates have timed most of their flights so that you have to either exit the airport and pay for your stay in a hotel, or else you must wait it out at the transit. However, it is not terribly arduous to do so, given that there are so many shops and cafés. Every time we have flown with Emirates from Athens to Kolkata, via Dubai, we have a longish wait.

I agree with nycank that it is not worth the hassle to go out to a hotel and return back - unless you decide to visit Dubai for a few days (which is a good plan B).


Try to juggle with either the airport of departure and/or the airport of arrival, to find a better timetable.
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Usually cheaper tickets involving a long layover are false economy. You invariably end up spending more at the airport because there's simply nothing else to do and lounges get awfully old if you travel a lot. I transited once in DXB with emirates and there was a problem with the connecting flight that involved a 6 hour wait. Rather than dumping me in the lounge they put me up at the airport terminal hotel, which was good. No idea about pricing nor if it was offered to passengers travelling economy. I agree that for layovers of 8 hours or less and even without visa hassles, it's less stressful to simply camp out at the airport, taking into account travel, check-in times in a hotel etc. The one time that I didn't follow my own rule, I missed my connection at SVO due to a cab that broke down and was stuck for 17 hours.

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