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night stop problem with srilankan airline :(

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night stop problem with srilankan airline :(

Dear friends!

I booked a return ticket of Malaysia of srilankan airline through a travel agent for my honeymoon. However on return travel agent booked me flights with 26 hrs transit in between. He said that you will be given free hotel by airline. So i paid him the amount.

Recently i email srilankan airline just to confirm about free hotel and they replied you will NOT be given free hotel as ur transit exceeds 24 hrs..

Please suggest me what should i do now?? i have no interest in taking transit in srilanka but flights are not available.

If there is no workaround & i have to buy a Hotel on my own please suggest some cheap hotels within 100 usd and will i be given VISA on arrival for transit?? what is the visa feees

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1. Re: night stop problem with srilankan airline :(

Hi there,

Stupid miscommunication, blame the agent!

You get a free 30-day visa on arrival being a Pakistani national. Affordable and reasonably reviewed hotels not far from the airport are Ramada airport (free shuttle service), Tamarind Tree and most hotels/guesthouses in Negombo.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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THanks for replying.

is it possible by any means that Airline provide me hotel treating me as the passenger with less than 24 hr transit.. and i can spend rest of the time on airport.. i mean has any one ever managed to do some workarounds??

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3. Re: night stop problem with srilankan airline :(

Hi Mr Genius

For 26 hours, you could stay at a hotel or guesthouse in Negombo and

have a rest and a look around the place. Negombo has some interesting features and is not a bad place - quite interesting really - and could be a happy end to your honeymoon. Accommodation and food costs are not that bad.

Given that the airline has already stated that they won't give you a hotel your chances of getting one don't look great so why not make the most of an unwanted situation ?

Good luck


Edited: 20 November 2010, 11:55
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4. Re: night stop problem with srilankan airline :(

You can pay a small amount to Srilankan for a hotel for transit less than 48 hrs. I read an article about this while doing a Google search. The fee starts 10 usd.

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