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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? ...
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Are some airline routings unbookable?

This is a generic question, but first my specific situation. I want to fly from Maputo, Mozambique (MPM) to Portland, Oregon (PDX). The cheapest flight I can find online for this itinerary is about ...
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Is there information if a given airline at a given airport is using a jetway or a bus to board?

I am not particularly a fan of boarding a plane with bus that drives you from the terminal building to the airplane. I know that most low cost airlines use busses for boarding. So then I could ...
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Amadeus GDS itinerary code - what do 050 and 010 codes mean?

I have the following itinerary from Amadeus, what do the lines starting with codes 050 and 010 mean? 1 EY1998 M 18DEC 4*DUSAUH DK1 2105 0635 19DEC E 0 332 M 050 AB 7460 ...
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Book a return flight a year in advance

Is it possible to buy an airline ticket that has me returning to my country after a year being abroad? I can't seem to book a flight that far in advance online.
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Do airlines block out a large section of seats online?

A family friend tried to book a last minute holiday for their family but when they tried to book online they couldn't get seats together. When he rang the airline up they had no problem putting them ...
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Why does luggage need to be rechecked across two American carriers?

I recently booked someone from HNL to XNA on one reservation (one PNR). When he was at the airport trying to check-in his luggage with United Airlines to his final destination the agent told him that ...
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Routes to Oceania?

I've looked into pre-orders for the 787 Dreamliner before, but so many of them are delayed or not active or not on scheduled routes, I thought I'd ask here. United was meant to have a route from ...
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What happens if I check in to a flight online, but then miss the flight?

Back in the old days, you checked in for a flight when you arrived at the airport. The airline then could see that someone was missing, and give your seat to someone else. Now, if I check in for a ...
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My visa period start on arrival, would they let me get into the plane?

I have a question, I applied for the Schengen visa through Germany, on the form they ask me when I'd arriving (to Germany) and when I'd returning. they take this exact date as the visa period. I ...
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Whose responsibility is update to meal preference?

I recently booked a ticket on Delta for a 15+ hour flight through a travel website. Due to dietary restrictions I specifically chose my meal preference in that ticket. This never got updated with ...
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How do you fly on standby without a ticket/boarding pass?

I know that when you have a boarding pass, and are just trying to get an earlier flight, you can get on a standby list at the gate and wait to see what happens. However, if you are trying to fly for ...
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Can it be worthwhile buying connecting flights on LCC like Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, or Transavia?

In principle Low Cost Carriers (LCC) like Easyjet, Ryanair, or Vueling offer 1 leg journeys alone. Still they offer some interesting "connecting" opportunities. Especially if you start combining ...
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Are there any airlines that offer WLAN?

Today I had a really long flight. A friend of mine mentioned before that there will be WLAN (wifi) on board of this airline on long-haul flight. I couldn't really believe it and indeed, there was no ...
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Middle name missing on flight reservation, can I still fly?

As per passport my name is Manish Kumar Ahuja, but by mistake I book a ticket with the name of Manish Ahuja. My middle name is not on the ticket. Can I fly on this ticket? Because the airline can't ...
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How are safety standards enforced in an airline which is not IOSA certified?

I'm considering booking a flight with WOW Airlines and since it's the first time I hear about it I did some research on google and I find mostly good reviews. However, while looking for the safety ...
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How to decrypt fare conditions?

The Fly Emirates airline (and many other airlines too) has a very cryptic way of displaying the fare conditions: CHANGES ANY TIME PER TICKET CHARGE EUR 75.00 FOR REISSUE/REVALIDATION. ...
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Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?

There was a time when queues at post offices and banks etc were counter-specific. Eventually it was widely recognised that a penning system (a Single-Line queue), or ticketing systems and such like, ...
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A ticket or a receipt?

In the old days (when I used to travel) a ticket was a piece of paper. It had some substance. Now there is a multitude of names (and perhaps there was before as well although I feel more uncertain ...
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How do I redeem airline vouchers when booking through a website?

So, I got bumped from a United flight a while back (last April to be exact, so I'm nearing the one year mark). As part of the voluntary bump, I got a $400 voucher to be used towards purchasing ...
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Differences between China Southern and Cathay Pacific

I am flying to China from Melbourne to Sanya either by Cathay Pacific or China Southern. China Southern will give me a shorter layover, but it might not have the same service. Is there anything ...
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Which airlines fly from Ulaanbaatar / Ulan Bator?

Looking at getting back to London from Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator), Mongolia in mid August, and trying to reduce the price. What airlines or crazy routes might exist? Currently have found Aeroflot, ...
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Checked baggage size limits

I am going to be flying Emirates, which limits checked baggage to 30kg, but doesn't appear to have specific size limits for luggage. I am going to be buying some new luggage and I would like to ...
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Earning miles using hidden ticketing?

If you buy a 'hidden ticket' and fly from destination A to C with a stopover at point B (and you will leave the airport at destination B with a unused B to C leg), can you still accrue miles from the ...
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Is India's Jet Airways considered a budget airline?

Is this airline run like a discount airline? Less legroom, restrictive baggage policies...? Or is it standard?
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Which has better in-flight entertainment for a 7-year old and a 4-year old? KLM or Emirates?

Which has better in-flight entertainment for a seven-year-old and a four-year-old? KLM or Emirates?
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Refund of USA taxes and Passenger Facility Fees due to itinerary change?

USA travel. Initial round trip itinerary DTW/DCA/LGA EWR/DTW. DTW/DCA leg was canceled by the airline and revised at no charge. Revised itinerary DTW/LGA EWR/DTW Any ability to get a refund of the ...
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What's the best way to use American Express Membership Rewards points for travel to Paris?

(Please advise if this is in the wrong SE and I'll refile it) I have a large quantity of American Express membership rewards points and a plan to go to Paris over the end of year holidays. I don't ...
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What does a flight code identify?

The title is very basic but I have a three-fold question about flight codes. Who decides of a flight code, who uses it (or is expected to use it) and what does it mean? We have a couple questions on ...
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Flying with toner within the EU

I will be soon flying with Ryanair from the UK and realized that I will be carrying a toner cartridge for a laser printer. Interestingly, in 2010 there was a foiled plan that involved turning toner ...
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Does AirBaltic require you to print boarding pass before arriving at airport to avoid extra costs?

With AirBaltic, after online check-in, can you print the boarding pass at the airport (at a kiosk)? Or ar they one of those ripoff airlines that make you pay extra if you have not printed the PDF ...
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Why do airlines now charge for flying standby in the US?

Previously if you wanted to fly standby or arrived early for a connection you could put yourself on the Standby list for free. If there was room you could board in a win-win, i.e. the plane was ...
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Can I estimate the real or final price of a plane trip?

I am not so sure that LCC are really "low cost". The hidden fees, usually tend to increase the total price to a similar or even higher value than one for a flight on a regular airline. I had some ...
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Are there any non-stop flights from Asia to Brazil?

I'm wondering if there is any non-stop flight from Asia to Brazil (for example, Bangkok to Sao Paulo). It's surprising that I couldn't find anything from Asia to Brazil so far, specially now with all ...
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Can I see which seats are available on a British Airways flight before I book?

Some airlines (for example, American Airlines do this) offer a seat availability checker so you can see which seats are currently booked on a flight - there are limitations, since some seats might ...
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Is there a website for figuring out who secret carriers / super saver fares are with?

I've seen both on onetravel and kayak now, where it describes flights as: "Secret Carrier" or "Super saver fare" eg: Seven months ago, I asked on this site what that meant, as it was new to me. ...
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Cancel airline reservation on hold

I was planning a trip through Aerosvit Airlines. Since I was unsure of my final itinerary and the cost for the particular flight (using sites like Kayak) looked like it was about to skyrocket in ...
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Boliviana de Aviacion (BOA) tariff codes

I am trying to book one-way tickets on BOA on Jan 13 2015 from La Paz (LBP) to Buenos Aires (EZE) from their website. Their website asks me to make a choice between 7(!) different tariff codes - they ...
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Are Lufthansa rebooking fees per leg, per flight, or per ticket?

I have a 2-leg flight (through Frankfurt) booked with Lufthansa, return ticket (Economy Basic). The travel agent has informed me that the rebooking fee is 70 EUR. Is this per leg, or per flight, or ...
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How many children can one adult take with them on a plane?

Are there any limitations on how many children can one adult be responsible for on a plane? This is a useful piece of information in general, but in particular I am thinking about WizzAir at the ...
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Mobile phones must be turned off while the plane is being refueled?

Twice in the past week I've been on a flight where they've told us to turn off our phones because the plane is being refueled. This same airline let us watch movies on our phones in flight mode ...
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What does BAG at the beginning of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Customer and Product Record mean?

As in: --- BAG --- CUSTOMER AND PRODUCT RECORD 1 LASTNAME/FIRSTNAME ... Does it mean something like Beginning of Document? I think that they are using standardized coding for this ...
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My flight was just canceled two weeks before the date

Expedia just informed me that my flight with Ukrainian International Airlines was canceled. I'm flying from NYC to Kiev. This is an important business trip and I ordered tickets 2 months ago. Expedia ...
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Finding promotion codes for travel - a website?

Quite often airlines (Eg Air Canada), or tours (eg Big Bus Tours San Francisco) specify promotion codes as an option to get a discount. Where do people get these codes from? Are there websites with ...
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Which airline/alliance have cheap children's fares?

Most airlines charge almost adult fares to children over 2. I have twins, who turned 2 last year and looking into ticket prices, really hurts. I know of airlines in South America that charge per ...
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The penalty for changing an airline ticket is per leg or per ticket?

I am wondering what happens with my penalty with a ticket were I am almost certain I will need to change the date of one of the middle legs and subsequently changing all the legs which follow, for ...
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Can I fly in a cargo airplane? [duplicate]

Is there a way to fly on a cargo plane as a passenger? Any airlines offer such an experience? I know there are some seats at the front of cargo planes, perhaps these can be used?
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Why is plane boarding done at the last minute, with everyone suddently queueing at the gate?

Every time I come to the airport and arrive to the boarding gate, the same scenario occurs. All passengers are sitting in the area, until boarding is announced. Then, mostly everyone queue up. I ...
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Is Spirit Airlines's $9 Fare Club worth it?

Has anyone tried Spirit Airlines's $9 fare club membership ($60/year)? What do you get with your membership, and what makes it worth it?