Reader fauxblogger asked,
Which foreign airline mileage programs permit tag flight to/from [North American] gateway city to [North American] home city on a single award when redeeming its own program’s miles?
I think I understand what fauxblogger is asking. This reader wants to know what mileage programs allow stopovers on award tickets.
The reason they asked the question the way they did is that American Airlines — up until April 8 last year — permitting stopovers on international award tickets, but only in the North American gateway city. In other words, the city you arrived or departed North America in/from. You could fly back to the gateway city, say you lived in Dallas and landed in Dallas from abroad. And ‘stopover’ there. Instead of ending your itinerary you would add another domestic flight, say to Los Angeles to Honolulu, for no extra miles.
But you can do this with any program that allows stopovers.
(Separately, a ‘tag flight’ is actually a 5th freedom route, usually a short flight, like flying United from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City. They’re not really asking about a tag flight, as much as an ‘extra’ flight beyond the city they really want to return to.)
- Alaska Airlines allows stopovers even on one-way international awards.
- United allows stopovers on roundtrip international awards
- Aeroplan allows stopovers on roundtrip international awards
So while American and Delta no longer do, it’s still possible to use North American frequent flyer programs and leverage them in this way. ANA, Flying Blue and JAL Mileage Bank allow stopovers. Korean Air does as well.
Thus the “free one-way” is far from dead.