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Airlines refusing check-in without return ticket

I recently heard that some airlines refuse to let you fly to Japan (from Europe), if you don't have a return ticket. Since it is possible to buy one-way tickets, I guess this is utter nonsense, but ...
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Is there a reason why airlines prevent laptops from being used during takeoffs and landings even though some allow tablets and smartphones?

Airlines like Delta and British Airways recently started allowing passengers to use tablets and smartphones during takeoffs and landings, yet they still restrict the use of laptops to within the air ...
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What is overbooking (of flights), and why do airlines all seem to do it?

I know that they want to "fill every seat." If you take this LITERALLY, then you'd want to overbook, because of the statistical percentage of "no shows." That, of course, leads to "bumping" when more ...
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Are there any airlines that allow electronic cigarettes?

Unfortunately, I am a smoker. In the 20th century things were easier and many airlines allowed smoking onboard which is almost impossible now. Anyway the electronic cigarettes were introduced few ...
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Can I listen to Air Traffic Control on a flight?

What airlines have an audio channel where you can listen to Air Traffic Control communications during the flight? Do any airlines allow you to bring a scanner or aviation radio aboard to listen ...
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Are flights actually cheaper *to book* during the week?

Last week I was eyeing up flights to Vegas from Vancouver. I had vaguely chosen the flight that I wanted. On Saturday I found that the flights I wanted weren't there, and in general, it was more ...
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How do I get compensation for messed-up flights?

Short form: the airline I'm traveling on managed to mess up every leg of my round trip (international trip), ultimately costing me most of a day at each end and also some money for expenses along the ...
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Booking flight tickets together or in separate parts?

I'm flying from A to C via B with Norwegian. Booking flight ticket from A to C costs 285.20 euros. If I buy flight ticket first from A to B and then from B to C, total price is 253.20 euros with ...
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China Airlines, safe? [duplicate]

I've got a long-haul flight booked with China Airlines (A330 and an A340) from LHR to SYD, and only after I booked it did I decide to read up on their safety record. Suffice to say I regret doing ...
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Why airline websites charge more money than discount travel websites

What is the reason that when you book a flight between 2 destinations from an airline website (aircanada.com), the prices are much more than when you book the same through a discount website like ...
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Is Jat Airways reliable?

I'm thinking about flying from Zurich (Switzerland) to Belgrade (Serbia). The Serbian national airways offers some good deals, but some searching revealed that not all customers were really satisfied ...
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With Airlines using the same programs, can I merge benefits?

I tried navigating the labyrinthine web sites for US Airways and Continental (both in the same alliance), and I gave up after the automated system made me rip my own ears off... Does anyone know ...
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How can you take advantage of an airline needing to bump people?

Relating to this question about overbooking and this one on being bumped, we know that sometimes an airline needs to bump people from the flight. In many cases when that happens, there's compensation ...
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What direct flights connect South America and Africa? [closed]

I'm curious, what airlines offer direct flights between South America and Africa and what cities do they connect?
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Will I be able to use United Airlines ticket that was paid by a credit card of my friend from USA?

I am from Europe, and I live in a country that is not listed on the United Airlines site as an option country to buy a ticket from, and I need a ticket from NY to SF (I will get to NY with a ticket I ...
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How good are Aeroflot's current safety and performance standards?

Aeroflot has historically had a poor safety record with over 100 reported accidents and fatalities running into thousands. It seems, however, that these petered out towards the mid-90s. How good is ...
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Knock-on of different airline flight being cancelled on same booking

I'm eyeying up a flight booking. First from Auckland (AKL) to Sydney (SYD) with LAN Chile. Then 3 hours later, from Sydney to Vancouver (YVR) with Air Canada. However, LAN has a poor rating for ...
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Which transatlantic airline has the most leg space in coach?

Which transatlantic airline has the most leg space in the non-business section these days? I recently traveled from Los Angeles to London Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic (Airbus 340, if I recall ...
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Historical flight data

Where can I find historical data on flights, specifically Delta international flights? I need to find out about cancellations, diversions and any other flight data pertaining to a particular route ...
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What's with the Star Alliance / SkyTeam decal planes?

On Saturday I was at YVR airport and saw what I've seen a few times before - a plane painted with a Star Alliance decal. No "Air New Zealand" or "Air Canada" or whatever, JUST Star Alliance. Then ...
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Codeshares - Can I expect the same service when buying from different airline?

Singapore Airlines (SQ) is one of the best airlines in the world to fly. It's expensive as well. However, I found that Air India also sell ticket for an SQ-operated flight, and the price is like $600 ...
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Are companies offering to obtain the EU delay compensation for you, effective?

Last year I had a flight with a Portuguese company which was delayed for one and a half day. At first they provided proper accommodation and I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The ...
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Does booking directly from an airline improve customer service in resolving problems?

In 2012 I used a third-party site to book international flights on Air Canada and had many problems resulting from missed connections (their fault). Ultimately I got no compensation and at one point ...
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Do they serve sushi on flights?

As someone who's been in Japan for 4 months I would love some sushi on flights occasionally. I usually take a special meal anyway (Hindu meal because it's tasty!). But I was wondering of there was a ...
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Flight deals from the UK

Can someone recommend a good website with flight deals from London/UK, which I could subscribe to? I mean promotions in different airlines, e.g. bmi used to have a bmifriday promotion (not sure if its ...
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Flight ticket reimbursement after Travel Warning

I've got a round-trip flight with Royal Air Maroc from Strasbourg, France (SXB) to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (OUA) on Monday, Nov 10. Return is on Dec 1. The recent turmoils in Ouagadougou have led ...
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Is it more expensive to buy airline tickets together than separate?

I'm looking for tickets in despegar.com (a travel website for the American continent) and found out that a flight for just one person was about USD $350 incluiding all taxes, and I did the exact same ...
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If you're evacuated on a flight paid for by your government (eg civil unrest, volcanic ash delays), are you ever entitled to the frequent flyer miles?

This came about after a Facebook discussion over this article: Abbott government cracks down on bizarre requests for help from Australian travellers: Question 15: 15) Some travellers evacuated ...
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How to transit through Delhi without a visa?

I have read a lot on this subject on the Lonely Planet forum and it looks like the staff on ground can transfer your bags through the Delhi airport if you have a connecting flight without you having ...
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How can two airlines have the same IATA code?

I have found a peculiarity in the IATA codes used to identify airlines. Both BHAir (Bulgaria) and Heli France (France) have the IATA code 8H. Any ideas why this is and doesn't this cause problems?
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What is ticket reconfirmation and why does it exist?

I have never personally had to reconfirm the ticket, but have read that in some case you can lose a place on a flight, even if you paid for it! Where does the idea of ticket reconfirmation comes ...
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How to find an appropriate frequent flyer program?

In the last months I flew a lot with different airlines, mainly Swiss, AirBaltic, Aeroflot and AeroSvit. Now I was wondering if there is a frequent flyer program covering as much as possible of these ...
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Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland (Schengen) if I have no Schengen visa?

Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland if I have no Schengen visa? Am traveling from Cairo to Moscow via Swiss Air
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What steps can you take to avoid being bumped from a flight?

Following on from this question about Overbooking, we know that airlines will often sell more tickets than there are seats on a plane, and from time to time they guess wrong and too many people ...
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Are there any trans-Pacific budget airlines?

Are there any trans-Pacific flights from the North American countries to the Antipodean ones (Australia, NZ) that would be considered cheap or budget airlines? The only budget international Pacific ...
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Lost baggage, airline doesn't do anything

During my flight from JFK to Europe with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul 32 days ago my baggage went lost and no information about its location was available. I have also completed and sent all the ...
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Why do airlines require an address when booking?

Whenever I book tickets for a flight, I have to provide my address details, contact numbers and an email address. A contact number I understand and they'll email me confirmation to the email address. ...
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Is there a frequent flyer program catering to children?

I am with my current bank, because I have been with them since very early age. My bank is very smart in knowing that if you have been with a bank for years, you are not likely to change. I am ...
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Where can I find delay/cancelation statistics for a given airline route?

My flight got canceled yesterday and I am currently waiting for the delayed next flight. Is there any website that keeps records of airlines being delayed/canceled? I would like to know my chances. ...
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What do airlines do if the flight is canceled due to bad weather?

What do airlines typically do if a long-haul flight is canceled due to bad weather? I'm interested if they prefer to change your ticket to other date or just return the money. How can you protect ...
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Offsetting travel cost by selling luggage space?

If someone is flying internationally with just a back pack as a hand/carry on luggage and has an unused quota of about at least 50 lbs of luggage allowed, can the traveler sell this luggage quota of ...
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Do EU passenger rights also apply on flights which are operated as a code-share with a non-EU based airline?

I am turning part of my answer on question What rights do passengers have when flights in the USA are delayed?, into a new question. The EU made very elaborate passengers rights on EU-based ...
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Airline (lowcost) has changed my reservation, what are my options?

An airline in question has 3 flight a day to my destination, one ridiculously early in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one late night. Because the afternoon one was the only one convenient for ...
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Is there a site with a list of active airline discount/coupon codes?

Ideally I'm after one with an alphabetical list of airlines, and available discount codes, with descriptions, without having to click through and manually check the conditions of each one, or test out ...
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Why are flights with hotel bookings cheaper?

I booked a flight + 4 star hotel on Expedia on Thursday, arriving the following Sunday and checking out Monday, and the total cost was about $820 CAD. Yet flights by themselves cost more, about $860. ...
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How to find airline booking code before buying the ticket

Airlines usually have booking codes attached to the class: for example Economy (Y), Economy (T) etc. Is there a way to find this code before buying a ticket? Any help will be much appreciated. EDIT ...
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How to prevent the passenger in front of you from reclining without notice?

I can totally understand someone reclining his seat on a long-distance flight. On a short hop, I don’t have any sympathy for anyone using his “right” to recline his seat. The seat pitch on short ...
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Is China Airlines safe?

I live in Sydney and I have bought a flight from Sydney to Christchurch - New Zealand next month. The company is China Airlines (CI) and I got concerned when I saw some lists considering it the least ...
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What are “500 Mile Upgrades”?

On my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I see a lot of references to "500 Mile Upgrades". I don't quite understand how these work. Can someone explain what these are for (and what does the "500 ...
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Flight LH 8371 appears on flight trackers but not anywhere on the Lufthansa website. Why?

Searching for HYD-SHJ flights on the Lufthansa site doesnt yield results, nor does tracking the flight on Lufthansa. But the flight shows up on flightstats and other trackers. Any clues as to why? ...