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

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What does the expression 'Prepayment' mean in hotel booking terms?

I've made a booking for a weekend in Holland online via ebookers. When I completed the transaction and looked at the final receipt, it said "prepayment required" ... does that mean I need to pay at ...
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Do I need to reserve ICE train from Germany to Belgium with first-class rail pass?

I'll be travelling with a first-class Germany-Benelux rail pass, and I'm planning to take an ICE train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels (Belgium). Will I need to reserve a seat for this train? I ...
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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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Avoiding red-eye flights for long journeys

I'm not very good at sleeping on airplanes (at least in cattle class - I've never flown overnight on higher classes), and I don't fancy the prospect of sleeping for a couple of hours in an airport ...
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Booking a return flight, but from a different place

I am a bit of newbie in airline tickets booking matrix. Here is my situation: I have to travel from A -> B. But I will return like this: C -> A. B -> C travel will be land based private ...
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Rail&Fly: where to buy the reservation for City Night Line trains at Deutsche Bahn?

I have a plane ticket including a rail@fly ticket for the Deutsche Bahn (DB). I want to use a City Night Line train, which has a compulsory reservation. But where can I find this reservation option? ...
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Is it common for hotels to allow requests when booking a room?

I looked around a bit for this question and didn't see it anywhere, but it's something I've never known. A few friends and I are taking a trip soon, and I was wondering if it is common for hotels to ...
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How do I book accomodation without knowing the check out date?

I need to go to Madrid to do something (getting a visa) which may take anywhere from a day to two weeks. I need a place to stay, preferably with a kitchen, to save on expenses. This rules out hotels. ...
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Are train tickets in Hungary cheaper if bought in advance?

I will be travelling from London to Debrecen via Budapest next Sunday and I would like to know whether it's best to book my Budapest-Debrecen train in advance or directly in the station. My flight ...
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How to benefit from Hostelling International discount on Via Rail trains?

I would like to book a trip on Via Rail (the Canadian railway company) and I have seen that there is a partnership between Hostelling International and Via Rail for a 10% discount. I have searched a ...
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Internal train travel in France - cheaper on day, or when pre-booked from UK?

My girlfriend and I are getting the Eurostar train to France next month, and we need to get a connecting train from Paris to Tours. I know I can book the train in advance, but can anyone tell me if ...
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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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Why must the name on my passport match the booking details?

I've recently booked some flights using my 'nickname' instead of my full birth name that appears on my passport (Rob verse Robert). I've since contacted two airlines (RyanAir and Aer Lingus) and both ...
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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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How to deal with future uncertainties when booking an airfare

I often run into this problem on intercontinental flights. I have to book a ticket and I am not sure about the return date, which might be after 2-6 months. So I set the return date based on what I ...
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I am flying overseas and returning with my fiancee. How do I coordinate the flights so that we are together on the return leg?

In the next two months I will be flying overseas to the Philippines to pick up my fiancee. I will be booking a round trip ticket, and will need to find a way to book her a ticket on the same route ...
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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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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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If there are no planes flying into Nancy, can I schedule my own connecting flight from Strasbourg? Or anywhere for that matter?

I'm visiting a friend in March next year, who lives in Nancy, France. I've been trying to find flights from either Indianapolis or Louisville that fly into Nancy-Lorraine airport for the first couple ...
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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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Putting a hold on an airline seat

When we put a hold on an airline seat for a couple of days, it expires after a couple of days. Now, after couple of days, nobody has booked the seat since I was the one holding it and I did not book ...
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How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in the UK?

I'm trying to book a train journey in the UK for September. We are currently in April and the National Rail website does not allow me to reserve tickets such a long time (5 months) in advance. So ...
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I've three waiting list tickets with status: WL3, WL4, WL5. Will all 3 get confirmed together?

I have booked 3 tickets to Rajkot Express & its showing Waiting List 3,4,5.Will I get all my 3 tickets get confirmed & when does they get confirmed?
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Is it legal to sell flight tickets at a lower price than the airline's price?

I've heard that it might be illegal for a reseller like lastminutes.com or tui.com to sell a ticket at a lower price than the one offered by the airline itself and that the company, if it finds out, ...
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What are the tricks to get a confirmed Indian Railway travel reservation?

It is notoriously difficult to get an Indian Railway ticket reservation especially during festivals and summer. Now, people use tricks like booking the ticket for a less popular station after your ...
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Middle name on ticket and passport but not in system — missed flight

I booked a ticket for my aunt to visit me, from Vietnam to the U.S. via Korean Airlines (booked through orbitz). There is my aunt's middle name on the ticket and on the passport. However, at the ...
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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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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 there a hotel search engine which allows one to exclude shared rooms?

The main big hotel search websites I know: http://www.booking.com/ http://www.hotels.com/ http://www.laterooms.com/ list many "hotels" which also sell single beds in dorm rooms. Try searching for ...
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France Rail Pass, seat reservations to travel within France

I bought a France Rail Pass, "9 days within 1 month" (single country) My itinerary is Paris Lyon Grenoble Chamonix (I want to go to Chamonix from either Lyon or Grenoble) Nice (pop out to ...
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can I add one more passenger in return flight of a round trip

I want to book a round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Detroit. But, while returning my wife and kid will be travelling with me, too. Is there any way I can book the returning flight including my ...
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Passport information needed when booking an international flight

I tried booking a flight online and encountered some problems after entering all my information so I contacted a customer service agent online. She was in the process of making the booking for me, ...
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What to do if denied boarding due to the airlines' fault?

Last week, my wife and I were traveling to the United States. During the beginning of the trip, the airline agent suggested that we re-route our trip to avoid some visa-related issues in UK because ...
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Is it necessary to book a hotel in advance in Baguio, Philippines during May/June?

I am about to make my first trip to Philippines. As it is the low season in most areas, my plan is to travel around the country without a fixed schedule, searching for accommodation on the spot. I'll ...
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In Taiwan, must you reserve train tickets in advance, or can you buy tickets a few minutes before trains are supposed to depart?

Specifically, I am taking the train from Taipei to Keelung, getting off at Badu and going to Pingxi, and then returning at night. Do trains tend to sell out in Taiwan, or should I be OK purchasing my ...
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What is the best time to book the car train to Livorno?

I have been meaning to take the car train to Livorno. I always seem to start to late. Should I book now for next summer, or will the fee drop at some stage between now and then?
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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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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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How do I find the cheapest date to book a given hotel?

I am looking for a site or service that allows me to search a hotel (or hotels, or a specific beach/location) for the cheapest date. Most sites want you to tell them when you plan to visit. I WANT ...
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Visiting the Vatican around Easter

I will be traveling to Rome with a friend for Easter 2016 (25th March – 30th March). We would like to be able to visit the Vatican to see the art and St. Peters Basilica (not for religious purposes, ...
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Can I add passengers later for free to my booking for the DFDS Dover-Calais / Dunkirk ferry?

I am planning to travel from the UK to France via one of the DFDS ferries. Currently we only know that there will be two of us, but there is a chance that a third and a fourth person might accompany ...
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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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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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Trains in Vietnam

I am going to Vietnam in August and was wondering does anyone have experience with the train system? There will be four of us so we are thinking soft cabins as they appear to be four berth. Is it ...
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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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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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Buying train ticket from Bucharest to Constanța online?

I am going to Bucharest in the middle of September, and I want to goto Constanța by train. By using the Internet, I've found there should be quite a lot of train rides going there. However, I am used ...
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Liability of passenger on airline ticket purchased by another person

I am an entertainer and a promoter purchased a first class ticket on AA for me to travel within the USA with their credit card and 3 months later I am being billed due to fraud. According to AA the ...
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Can I skip the last leg of my domestic return flight? [duplicate]

I've seen some comments on 'hidden city' ticketing, but am not sure if what I'm considering falls under that description. My original tickets were MKE-CLE-IAD and back IAD-CLE-MKE. The airline ...
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Can the grace period for a non-refundable ticket be leveraged to get a lower price?

When an non-refuntable airline ticket is booked on many web sites, I think the ticket must be paid for within 24 hours or it's automatically cancelled. If the price went down or didn't increast "too ...