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

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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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Paying for AirBnB bookings with another person's credit card

I wish to book AirBnB accommodations for an overseas trip. Unfortunately, the charge would put the credit card balance over the limit. I can have another person pay with their card but I'm not sure ...
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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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German hotel: Is a booking confirmation following a request binding? Charges and legal action mails.

I booked a small hotel (small due to non-availability of regular hotels) in Mannhiem, Germany and I could not go to the conference because I was physically not fit and had to go to the emergency for ...
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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is AirBnb's contractual obligation in cases where something is wrong with your booking?

I've stayed a few times with AirBnb hosts and everything went great. However I can't help but wonder what would happen in situations where: The house owner is unreachable, so I can't make use of my ...
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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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This United Airlines schedule seems unreasonable (layovers too short?)

It is turning out to be a complex trip, but I'm trying to find a flight from Santiago to Osaka in October. I found the following relatively direct, pretty cheap flight, all bookable under United: ...
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I've heard there are only two back-end solutions for airfare search. Does this mean I only need to search on two different sites?

I recall that in the past there were basically two big backends (Saber and something else) for all the online search engines, so you really only needed two search on one site from each group (choosing ...
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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 it'...
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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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Book ahead in Bali?

We are going to Bali and Lombok at the end of July. Some colleagues told us not worry about booking hotels or B&Bs in advance, others said the complete opposite. We do not need luxury or "popular"...
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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 price,...
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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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Registering at hotel, one person does not have proper ID

I am trying to book a hotel in Oxford, UK. I have been informed by my travel agent that the Holiday Inn needs my partner's exact name on their passport or drivers license, she has neither, any ...
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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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If I overpaid a travel agency for a ticket, can I claim some money back? How?

I reserved a ticket with an agency, at that time the ticket was at $750 and I paid it for the reservation, but I didn't receive a confirmation from Emirates that my ticket had been booked. Just a week ...
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What does the ticket status RLWL2/RAC4 means on India railways tickets?

I have booked the ticket from Mumbai to Jaipur and I got the ticket with RLWL2/RAC4. What is its physical meaning? Do I will get the seat? I did search lot on the internet, but what all describing 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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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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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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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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Is there a hotel search engine which allows one to exclude shared rooms? [duplicate]

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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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 ...