Stopovers are the bane of any traveller’s existence – there’s nothing worse than being stuck in an airport for hours on end with nothing to do. In light of this, Colombia-based Star Alliance carrier Avianca, the third-biggest in South America by passengers carried, offers a stopover program which should be considered if you are heading towards crossing between the North and South American sub-continent.
For Avianca, the Colombian flag carrier centres its program around its hub in Bogota. This follows suit of other major legacy airlines who are trying to build out stopover programs which entice people to fly with them.
Avianca launched its stopover program, aptly named “Stopover Bogota” a few years back which allows visitors up to 24 hours (this used to be 48 hours but was scaled back) in the Colombian capital before continuing onward – with no additional cost to the ticket – and includes discounts on a variety of tours and experiences.
Since Avianca primarily operates as a hub between North and South American routes, it’s an ideal program for travellers from the North visiting the South and vice versa.