Quick Guide to Award Ticket Stopover Rules

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I decided to throw together a quick graphic comparing stopover and open-jaw rules for the most commonly earned airline miles for US travelers. I can’t say how useful it will be, but hopefully it can be a quick guide to go with my more in-depth award ticket stopover and open-jaw master chart.

If it’s useful I can add all airlines to the graphic to show which program is the most generous with their award ticket routing rules.


How To Use It?

Simply follow the airline you want to compare around the circle to find out how many stopovers and open-jaws are allowed.

In general the airlines in the inner part of the chart (smaller circles) are more restrictive and the airlines on the outer part (larger circles) are more generous with more stopovers and/or open-jaws possible on award tickets.

I should also note that the loop represents a roundtrip award flight. The number of stopovers and open-jaws allowed are per roundtrip award ticket.

Check Out My Other Award Booking Tools:

Airline Award Chart Comparison

Hotel Award Chart Comparison

Airline Transfer Partner Master Guide

Hotel Transfer Partner Master Guide

Master List of Stopover & Open-jaw Rules

Master List of Airline Award Change & Cancellation Fees

Guide to Award Ticket Stopovers and Open-jaws


In either case it was fun to create and let me know what you think. If you want to see other graphics created share your ideas in the comments below!

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Rand Shoaf

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.

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