We are a couple of seniors who do not travel well on long-haul flights. We are hoping to find an airline that offers a stopover for one night each way - from Melbourne to London and return from Amsterdam to Melbourne - without exorbitant extra charges. Is this feasible?
- J. Lilley, Koondrook, Victoria.
A stopover is an excellent idea and there are low-cost deals around that make good sense. My pick of the airlines with one-stop flights to both Amsterdam and London would be Singapore Airlines (singaporeair.com), which offers a Singapore stopover starting at $148 for two, valid from April 1 this year to March 31, 2012.
The price includes your hotel room, airport-hotel-airport transfers, free rides on the SIA Hop-on Bus, which travels in a loop around most of Singapore's major attractions, and admission to several of those attractions, including Jurong Bird Park, the National Orchid Garden, Sentosa Island Resort and Singapore River Cruises. You'll also get discounts on shopping, dining and sightseeing tours and attractions listed in the SIA Boarding Pass Privileges program.
If this sounds like too much to take in on a one-night visit, you can extend. To find out more about this offer, Google "Singapore Airlines Stopover". A cheaper option is a night at Singapore's Changi Airport in the Ambassador Transit Hotel, where a double room for a six-hour period costs $S76.51 ($58). I stayed overnight at the Ambassador in Terminal 3 last November and it was quiet, comfortable and great value.
Flying with Emirates (emirates.com) is another alternative. Its rates for a Dubai stopover start at $US108 ($106) a double, which gives you a hotel room and airport-hotel-airport transfers.