The process of making reservations or getting tickets in advance for a trip.

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What are the advantages of booking through a booking site instead of booking directly with the hotel?

Should I use booking.com, airbnb or any site like that? Why should I? Are there any advantages?
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Booking hostel (in Europe) without credit card?

I was looking for hostel in Vienna using portals such as HostelBookers, but when I've tried to book them, I was landing on the final page when the credit card was required. You need to put such data ...
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Can I book tickets on Easyjet with a V Pay card?

I have a V PAY card from Sparkasse (German Bank), can i use it to book tickets at easyjet? Because there is no option for V PAY but for all other types of VISA.
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What are the cheapest sites to find hostels around the world to book?

Always when I'm going to travel to someplace, I book my hostel with precedence. Actually I look only for two Booking sites: http://www.hostelworld.com http://www.youth-hostels.co.uk/ Is there a ...
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Hostels in Bratislava

How does the situation with hostels look in Bratislava? Are there a plenty of them, and there should be no problem with finding a place even in middle Summer, or might it be hard to find a free place? ...
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Inaccurate information on multi-city search on Kayak

For the coming week, I am searching for flights out of either Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto going to any of the major cities in India (Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore). Kayak allows you to search for the best ...
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Hostels in Vienna - reservation and prepaid

I'm planning to spend a few days in Vienna, in hostel, 2 person. I haven't started looking for hostel, so I have the question about the specific of finding hostel there: Do I need a reservation at ...
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How to find accomodation when your reserved accomodation appears to be overbooked or worse non existent?

I am leaving for a family holiday to a non-touristic region. Long before I made reservations for a self-catering accommodation. I paid the required 25% and was promised an extensive email describing ...
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Where can I book the Ooty-Mettupalayam train?

I've read some blogs where people explain that they had to book the Ooty-Mettupalayam toy train (Nilgiri Mountains) a week in advance. I've tried using ClearTrip, but these stations don't appear. ...
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booking.com: do I need to show printed confirmations?

When booking hotels via booking.com I used to print the confirmation from booking.com and show this printed paper in the hotel receiption. But is this necessary? Maybe it's enough to tell my surname ...
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When should I buy airplane tickets to St. Lucia (from US)?

I checked both Bing and Google travel, and the only flights I can find from the Washington DC area to St. Lucia in November of this year go through Spain and take 24+ hours. I'm not sure how often ...
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How to book a multi-part flight with Turkish airlines?

I've found some interesting flights using Matrix Airfare Search that involve Turkish Airlines. The problem is that these flights are like this: Go: MAD - DEL Return: BOM - MAD Matrix Airfare Search ...
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Not booking hostels in Europe this summer?

Background I will be travelling around Europe this summer by train (last two weeks in July, first week in August). It's the first time I've done this so I am inexperienced but I can generally ...
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What is the best approach to getting seat reservations when interrailing in northern Italy?

We will be interrailing in northern Italy late July. We would like to plan as little as possible but we have a couple of hotels and bnbs booked already so we will have to be sure to get to each one on ...
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Do the vacation packages in Expedia.ca and Aircanadavacations.com have an included tour?

As in the title, I haven't booked vacation package before. So I am getting little confused, what is really included in their vacation packages? Is it just the hotel and flight ticket? Do they have a ...
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Should I make reservations at a bar in Japan?

In Chapter 93 (part 3 of "Class Reunion") of the manga, Bartender, a customer who walks into Eden Hall informs Sasakura that he doesn't have a reservation. IIRC, I've seen this happen before too. Is ...
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Taxi in rural area: how to ensure it will turn up?

I live in a rural area and occasionally need to get a taxi to the local airport or railway station: my destination is distant (that’s why I choose to live in a rural area) the local airport/railway ...
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Is it possible to pay for a British Airways flight that originates in Ireland in sterling?

I'm trying to book a one-way flight from Ireland to the UK on the BA website. It seems that because the flight starts in Ireland, they've decided to show all the prices in euros. They also have a ...
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Paying for an on hold airline ticket without an itinerary receipt or confirmation number

I wasn't able to print my itinerary receipt in Cebu Pacific and my status was still on hold, I clicked something and my itinerary receipt disappeared. I don't even know my confirmation number so I ...
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Can I hold a flight ticket for travel to China from the USA for approximately one week?

I am going to China in August, I want to book a flight ticket online. The summer ticket is very hot, thus it is hard to get. I don't know the exact date to depart USA until next week. Can I book one ...
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Airbnb long term cancelation - no refund never ever?

I don't understand how airbnb cancellation policies work. I try to rent the same appartment for almost same dates. If I rent 01.07 - 28.07 then I have "Flexible Cancellation Policies" and "Full ...
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Changing a flight with layovers - does fee apply multiple times? [duplicate]

I'm planning a flight from Germany to the States, and a return flight a year later. Because all the booking systems I've seen don't allow for return dates more than 11 months in the future, the only ...
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Is there anyway to find out if a route has a (cheaper) code share partner?

While looking around for flights from Sydney to Sri Lanka (SYD-CMB) I narrowed down the possible connections through south east Asia. The best connection was via Singapore. By pure chance I found it ...
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How to book entire compartments on French night trains?

On the night trains in France, the so-called "Intercités de nuit", you have three comfort classes: reclining seats, 6 berth sleepers and 4 berth sleepers. The railway company SNCF is advertising ...
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Do these airline companies offer any refund policies for when the ticket price decreases after I've made my reservation?

I spend about 500 euros a month on airline tickets from the following companies: Star Alliance: SAS/Estonian Air (the majority) Air Baltic Ryanair (rarely) I have an active account in TripIt and ...
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Is it possible to aggregate different hotel bookings in one search?

When you search for a hotel in a given period and for some reason that period is a special period, finding a hotel can be tedious. If for example the first day a hotel is full, you often will get a ...
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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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When should you order tickets for an intercontinental flight when the return date is several months after the initial flight?

I have to fly from Norway to Hong Kong. This will take place near the end of August, and the return date will be the 22. December. When is it optimal to book tickets? How many days before the flight ...
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How should one go about organising a skiing/snowboarding holiday for a large group of people?

I try to go skiing every year with my university, however this year I want to do something a little different. I know a lot of people, and in turn they know some others, who want to go skiing this ...
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Are there any sites that let me book 7 or more multi-city flights?

I have a project that is requiring me to travel to seven different locations and I need to find a travel site that will allow me to book more than six multi-flights in order to accommodate for this ...
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For Burlington Trailways buses, is advance booking helpful and needed to be sure of a seat?

Later this spring, I will probably travel by bus from Mount Pleasant to Iowa City (I'll be arriving by train from Denver). According to Burlington Trailways, there is a ticket counter at the Mount ...
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How far in advance is it recommended to book flight tickets? [duplicate]

Ok so I know that rule of thumb for booking flight tickets is 'earlier the better' but I am not sure how far in advance should the action be taken. I have seen many cases where the min. prices at say ...
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What does '48 hours before departure' mean?

I was advised that I have to confirm my flight 48 hours before departure. What does that mean exactly? '48 hours before the departure' is just a "point" of time, not a period. I don't think it means I ...
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What are UK “rail appointed travel agents”, and where can I find one who'll sell me a ticket?

I've come across a rather interesting looking discounted fare for a UK rail journey. The slight snag is that I can't seem to buy it on the website of the train company that is offering it. Instead, ...
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No confirmation email from Ryanair - how to get a response?

I postponed a Ryanair flight by one week from 2013-01-28 to 2013-02-04 CET. This cost 50 EUR plus price difference, which I can see online on my credit card bill. However, the Ryanair booking system ...
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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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Peru: Can I reserve the hostels on the same day I arrive in a new city?

I'm planning to have a trip around in Peru and I was wondering if I can just reserve the hostels on the day I arrive in a new city or if I should call them a few days before. I'm traveling in April. ...
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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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Is it possible to change second leg of a flight online?

Let's say I'm taking Lufthansa from US and then to a third country. But the thing is that I want to stay in Germany for a few days. I know that travel agents can change one leg of a journey. Is it ...
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When booking a hotel via an opaque site, is there any way to increase the chances of getting free wifi?

Following on from my question on last minute accommodation deals in Australia, I ended up booking something about 20 minutes before boarding my flight, which didn't leave a lot of time for research... ...
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How difficult is train travel in Italy?

We will be in Italy (for the first time) this week! :-) Our itinerary is: 17th - 20th Venice 20th - 22nd Florence 22nd - 22nd Pisa (quick view of the Leaning Tower) 22nd - 26th Rome So as you can ...
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What does “early bird rate” mean in hotel reservations?

Maybe it's too obvious, but I'm not a native English speaker.
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Indian Trains Wait List - will I get a seat?

After the fiasco of registering an account to book train tickets online using my British VISA card, I finally got into a position of being able to book a ticket, but what it appears to be telling me ...
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Flight with stopover: How to find a similar flight but with 1-week stopover?

Using some website, the cheapest Tokyo→Paris flight has a 5-hours stopover in Dubai. I would like to make this stopover 7-days, so that I can visit around that place too. I can't express this ...
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Is Willer Express reliable?

I'm organizing few days in Japan and I would like to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto during the night. In a previous question I asked for a good connection. I finally decided to use an overnight bus. ...
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Where to book Indian train tickets online?

I've read that trains in India are very busy and its best to book in advance. So where is the best website to book online? I've found the site www.cleartrip.com and www.makemytrip.com - both of which ...
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How do hotel cancellation, prepayment and currency changes combine?

I was looking on booking.com to book some hotels for our trip next year. Quite a few deals have free cancellation until 1 day before arrival, which is always useful. However most of them also have a ...
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Where can I book rooms from others' cancellations?

I'm trying to spend a night in Iwaki, Fukushima province, but tripadvisor.com is telling me there's no rooms available there for the night I want (September 10 to 11). I assume that most people going ...
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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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US Roadtrip: book hotels long in advance, short notice or day itself

We're planning to do a roadtrip during may 2013 in southwestern USA. I'm wondering what's best way (read cheap without too much hassle) to book our hotels/motels for the trip? A few dollars more or ...