Dayrooms and overnight layovers
On certain tours, it's common for Go Ahead to book flight itineraries that have longer layovers—simply because this is the best or only routing that exists between one's home airport and their destination. These are most common when traveling to Iceland, Australia and New Zealand, because these countries are more challenging to get to.
If your layover exceeds a certain length (typically between 8 to 12 hours), Go Ahead will book and cover the cost of a hotel room for you to relax or sleep in for the full duration of your connection while you wait for your next flight. We refer to these as dayrooms and overnight layovers. These will almost always take place at larger international airports in the U.S. (think common layover cities), and the hotel will be located near or on the airport's property.
What to expect
If your itinerary includes a dayroom or overnight layover, we'll send you an email beforehand with your hotel details. You could have a dayroom or overnight layover on your outbound journey only, return trip only, or both ways. Most hotels have free airport shuttles which you can take to the hotel and back to the airport. These are usually located on the terminal’s ground transportation level, just follow signs for airport or hotels shuttles or give your hotel name to the information desk for assistance.
Please note that you'll likely need to pass through baggage claim and exit the secure part of the airport to get to your hotel. Because of this, it's important that you give yourself plenty of time to go through security again before boarding your next flight.
Dayrooms vs. overnight layovers
The only difference between a dayroom and an overnight layover is the timing of the flight connection. Dayrooms take place when the entire layover is on the same day, whereas an overnight layover happens overnight, meaning it will be the next day when you catch your next flight. With both of these, you'll need to factor in the extra travel time.