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

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Do I need to book a taxi before arriving at Paris La Défense?

Next Thursday near 9 AM, I might have to take a cab from La Défense metro station to go to a district which is outside the subway zone. According to this PDF file (in French) about Paris La Défense ...
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From booking to boarding: What is typically the shortest time to book a flight until boarding?

I haven't seen or heard of airlines selling ad-hoc tickets in a truly last-minute fashion. Rather last-minute typically refers to a time-window of less than 2 weeks in tourism. What is the shortest ...
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Could you actually get in trouble if you don't stick to the transport and accommodation stated in your visa application?

For some countries to apply for a visa you must provide proof of: Travelling to and/or from the country, sometimes the document even specifies flight ticket. Accommodation booked, sometimes just the ...
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On which trains in Japan is reservation mandatory?

The vast majority of Japanese trains have so-called non-reserved (or unreserved) seats (自由席, literally "free seats"), which do not allow reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served ...
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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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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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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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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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What does “no booking fee” mean, for HostelBookers?

Hostelbookers.com says that they charge "no booking fees", but I've heard that hostels don't receive the 10% "deposit" they charge. Is this 10% really a booking fee?
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Can I change our assigned seats on our TGV Atlantic train itinerary?

I have just purchased train tickets for 2 travelling from Paris to Irun in June and was not given an option to choose or change our seats. Is it possible to do this with an existing reservation? The ...
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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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If I have bought X tickets, do I have X hand baggage allowances?

If I have bought 3 tickets for the same flight, can bring three times the cabin allowance allowed per ticket? The way I see it I am doing the airline a favor Related: Is it prohibited to lie down ...
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Is it Reasonable to book Ferries from Santorini to Mykonos in Advance?

We are looking to travel from Santorini to Mykonos by boat in the second half of June in a group of 5 - 10 people. Due to the relative clarity of information available online, the boats offered by ...
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Can you book hotels on a prepaid credit card worldwide?

I tend to stay at smaller boutique hotels or local apartments when I visit a city but recently due to some credit card issues I will need to depend on prepaid Visa. But I noticed when I try to shop ...
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Can I use a document other than a passport to book Russian railways tickets online?

When buying a train ticket (domestic or international) on the Russian railways Website, it asks for the Details of an identity document: the document type and document number. In "Document type", one ...
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Booking Roomettes on Amtrak

My wife and I were planning on travelling from Albany to Chicago aboard the Lakeshore Limited Amtrak train. The price differential between 2 seats and a roomette was minimal so we thought we'd buy the ...
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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 advanced booking required for ferries from South Korea to Japan

We already have a question about ferries from South Korea to Japan, but my question is can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advanced? I ...
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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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Do the Beijing-Tianjin high speed trains often get fully booked?

Situation: Me and my co-traveler will arrive at Beijing Capital Airport on 11:55 on May 2, 2016 and plan to take a taxi to Beijing South Railway Station and a high speed train to Tianjin. (This seems ...
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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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Until when can you (for a fee) change a UK advanced purchase train ticket?

As detailed on the National Rail Enquiries page for Advanced Purchase tickets: Advance fares are valid only on the date and train shown on the ticket and are non-refundable. You can change the ...
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Seat availability on DB ICE train Brussels - Cologne

I'm thinking of taking my family (5 of us in total) from London to Cologne just before Christmas, travelling by Eurostar to Brussels then DB ICE from Brussels to Cologne. But, I read an account from ...
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Is advance booking required for ferries from China to South Korea?

We already have a question about prices of ferries from China to South Korea, my question is: can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advance? ...
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Is there any service to make budget bookings on Internet?

Some people ask me to help booking their trips. They ask me because usually I found cheaper flights and hotels. So the question is not if exists any flight or hotel booking site as Kayak, Trivago or ...
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Is the polish railway system very fragmented?

I just want to book tickets from Zgorzelec to Wroclaw. I spend my whole night on it, yet in vain. It seems that this country has many railway companies and they do not cooperate at all------you ...
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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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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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Can I get a cheaper one-way flight by booking and cancelling a flexible return leg for a refund?

I’m looking to book a one-way flight from the UK to a European city. The airline [I don’t think it matters which one specifically; this question is really about the principle] wants to charge around ...
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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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Last minute reservation of hostels in France

I've arranged a inter rail, with couch surfing as solution to sleep in the night. Lets say I have an inconvenient, and I need to reserve a hostel on the same day for the night: is it easy to find a ...
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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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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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Airbnb long term cancellation by host?

I'm a college student looking for 6 week housing in NYC this coming winter and have found a private bedroom on Airbnb. While I understand the cancellation policy for guests, I am nervous that my host ...
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How can I buy advance tickets for Anne Frank House?

At this writing (20 July) the earliest dates I can find for advance tickets to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam are in September. Do they really sell out that far in advance? Or is this some glitch ...
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Is a train reservation required or optional on ICE in the Netherlands and Germany?

I and my wife will be traveling on a EuRail pass in a couple of weeks. I am aware that many fast trains in Europe, including the ICE International, require a supplement and sometimes a reservation. We ...
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Is it common for travel agents to ask for credit card scans?

Have noticed when booking tickets myself that a couple of travel agents scan the back and front of the credit card that I would use to make a payment. And I have heard the same when friends have made ...
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Online seat reservations with a JR-Pass

I am planning to travel to Japan and have recently bought a JR-Pass. I am looking into making free seat reservations for some of the trains beforehand, but could not find a way to do this. I did ...
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How to find hotels in Europe which allow for anonymous check-in?

A few years ago I've visited a hotel in Munich and was pleasantly surprised to find there was no reception as such. To get the keys you had to call a 24/7 support line, where you received a code to a ...
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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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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 a train ticket in Sri Lanka in advance?

I am planning a trip to Sri Lanka in December (early December) and wanted to book the InterCity train from Colombo to Kandy and then from Galle back to Colombo. From my research, it seems one cannot ...
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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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Family booking of 35-40 people on Indian Railways - is it possible?

We are planning to travel in a group of 35-40 people. Can I make a railway booking in bulk for all of them in one go (I'm already a registered member at IRCTC) ?
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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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Which Indian trains have shorter booking period?

Most of the long distance trains in India have bookings opened 90 days before the train ride. There are some that have a shorter period available. Which exact Indian trains have reservations open ...
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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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Should I book my train connections in advance in China?

I will be travelling in China this July. My trips will be Beijing - Shanghai Shanghai - Hong Kong Hong Kong - Tianjin I have read a lot about the train situation on Seat61 and am thinking about ...
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How does Booking.com enforce cancellation fees when booking without a credit card?

Booking.com lets you book accommodation without a credit card in some cases: But what happens if I cancel my reservation or simply don't show up on the day of the booking? Would they send me a bill ...
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My lost credit card was used to book a hotel room in my name

I lost some of my belongings, including a leather bag, credit card, laptop, etc. As I realized my card is missing, I called the credit company and closed that account, but before that happened, ...