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

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How can I book a flight plan found on Matrix Airfare Search?

When I find a flight I like on the Matrix Airfare Search, it spits out a bunch of travel agent secret codes™. If I look for the same flight on the airline's web site, I often get much higher rates. ...
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What does “sleeps” mean in holiday cottage/appartment descriptions?

I am searching for accommodation. And I found many "sleeps" options. Does that mean the number of beds? This is another example:
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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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What is the city center of Paris?

We are planning to go to Paris. We want to know the normal (and not expensive) places to book an hostel or an airbnb? I know for sure that these places won't be in the city center, but we want to ...
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what does the number of guests mean in hostels?

I want to book an hostel, we are two (two friends) so we need two beds in a room I found this room what does the number of guests mean? how many should I select? we just need the hostel to sleep, ...
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Why would a company want me to book a flight via a travel agent if it is more expensive?

I am trying to book a flight. My university usually asks that we book a flight via a travel agent, but the prices he gives me are about $50 higher than the prices I can get by online booking in the ...
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What happens if you cancel your credit card used to secure a booking?

If you reserve a hotel on say booking.com and cancel the credit card (this is very common for certain kinds of travelers...) used and then do a no-show how will they charge the (usually) one night ...
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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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Miss my flight on purpose [duplicate]

At the end of this month I have a flight from St. Lucia to New York and then New York to Phoenix where I live. There is a 24 hour layover in New York so I figured I would stay an extra day. In order ...
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Fully refundable flights from India to South Africa economy class

From a previous question it seems there are fully refundable tickets. Are such tickets there in economy class also ? I tried some options on akbartravels.com but in most flights two-thirds costs ...
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What are the pros and cons of booking flight tickets from Hotwire or Travelocity?

I plan to travel to the US from India this August. I'm sure I'll go and, while searching for cheap airfares online, I found most of the sites showing almost identical fares. A friend of me, however, ...
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Changing EasyJet reservation: what happens to my Extra Legroom surcharge?

On EasyJet, to bring a personal item on board in addition to a cabin bag, I had to select an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat (with a surcharge). If I change my reservation to another flight, will I ...
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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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Can't find the provider I booked a holiday with [closed]

I have booked a holiday and can't remember which company I booked with. I have a reference number starting with NIB. Can anyone advise me at all?
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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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My name has “Mr” appended on airline ticket reservation. Would that cause problems at the airport?

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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How I find the BA-equivalent booking reference for an American Airlines-managed reservation?

Note: I do this regularly, so I am looking for a faster option than calling the airline on the phone - I'd like something I can do online. I have booked a reservation with American Airlines on ...
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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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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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How to combine two Tatkal tickets booked using one account?

As per Indian railways rule on TALKAL quota only 4 adult passengers allowed to book train ticket. Using my registered irctc ID I have booked first ticket for me and my wife and booked second one for ...
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How do I buy an open jaw ticket for this itinerary?

If I search for AMS-BUD 12/20/16 BUD-CDG 1/6/17 then KLM/Air France offers do not even appear. If I search for AMS-BUD 12/20/16, return on 1/6/17 then the cheapest offer is on KLM on the way out and ...
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How to book accommodation in Japan when all websites are fully booked?

Japanese people tend to all take their holidays at the same time, so some periods (Golden Week, Obon, Silver Week) are extremely busy, with zero availability for most touristic cities on all booking ...
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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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Is it possible to change the flight itinerary of one ticket on a package deal? [closed]

Me and two of my girlfriends are planning an all inclusive vacation to Mexico. Unfortunately one of my friends can only come later during the trip. We have not purchased the tickets yet but were ...
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Can I book a train ticket on IRCTC as a non-Indian citizen? [duplicate]

It seems like you're required to have an Indian identity card or something. Is it possible, if you don't have one, or must you use another site?
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How to reserve a seat with Japan Railways (JR)?

Especially for all-reserved trains, but also for others, one sometimes needs or wants to reserve a seat on a JR train, even with a rail pass. When and how can one do so?
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Reservation for multiple room in hotel - different check-in time

I have made a reservation on a Hotel in Tokyo for 2 rooms (one for girlfriend/me, the latter for another couple). Since we are not traveling together I expect the other couple to arrive at the Hotel ...
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Hostel wants my Credit Card security code via email, is this legit?

Why would a hostel I book through HostelWorld want my credit card's security code (on the back)? Are they going to use this to charge their own deposit and essentially mess around with bookings ...
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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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Why is renting a car through a broker cheaper than directly through a car rental company?

I have noticed that renting a car in some countries through a broker is ridiculously cheaper than directly through an agency. For instance, I am travelling to Macedonia for a road trip and would like ...
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How do I buy a double ticket for myself?

I want to travel conveniently from Darwin to Sydney. For an empty seat next to me, I am happy to purchase another ticket. Do airlines allow a passenger manifest with two similar names ? Am unable to ...
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Can I book a room on Motel 6 with a prepaid credit card? [duplicate]

I'm gonna be travelling to the US and I'm gonna stay in one of those Motel 6 in Connecticut. Can I book it with a prepaid credit card, if yes, how can I do it then?
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How to find and compare flights carried out by a specific type of plane?

I'd really like to fly with an Airbus A380. But how do I find and compare the price of flights that are carried out by specific kind of plane? I don't want to fly just anywhere; I plan to go from ...
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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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Hotel booking sites with a calendar view?

I was a great fan of Wotif.com's calendar view, where you could punch a place and a start date and it would show you prices and availability for all hotels, which you could then filter down by your ...
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Are onsen attached to hotels available to non-staying guests?

I noticed Japan's most beautiful onsen (hot springs) are attached to hotel. What is the common way of onsen experience in Japan? Are they available to book for those who don't stay on those hotels ...
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What are the advantages to booking a hotel via an online travel agent, rather than directly? [duplicate]

What are the advantages to booking a hotel via an online travel agent, rather than booking it directly with the hotel? Is it price, trust, convenience or something else?
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Possibility of travelling having registered passport information inside 72 hours

In the UK, apparently you need to register your passport information at least 72 hours before arrival. Unfortunately, I didn't get an e-mail from the airline to remind me so I've only just done it ...
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Panama Canal Partial Tour

Do you know if we can just go to the Isla Perico (where most operators start) and chose an operator for a Canal Partial Tour without booking in advance? Or do you know where I can find that kind of ...
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Booked a room 5 months ago, now hotel lowers the price, what can I do?

About 5 months ago, I booked a room in a hotel for my honeymoon (via the hotel website). During the booking process, I was notified that there were only 3 rooms left and that the price provided was ...
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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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When should I book my hotel if prices are inflated due to a major event?

My problem: I recently booked a business trip about three months out, noticing slightly too late that there's a huge event (Formula 1 race) happening in town the previous weekend and all the remotely ...
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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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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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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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Change of boarding point on Indian Railways [duplicate]

i have booked my online ticket through irctc.co.in from Mumbai to chennai, but i forgot to change the boarding point to pune. will my seat will be empty when i board at pune. or else any procedure is ...
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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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How to find all flights scheduled between a pair of cities? [duplicate]

I am waiting for someone to fly in this week, but have no idea when they are arriving and can't contact them. I looked online and found flight trackers, but they only show flights already "en route" ...
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Iran changes to foreign bank cards/online hotel reservations after sanctions lifted?

There are a couple of things that make travelling to Iran a bit harder. I was wondering if the following now has changed because of the end of sanctions: using bank cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) ...
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How flexible are Chinese tourist visas?

I'm considering travelling with my sister (both British citizens) from the UK to China later this year. Mostly likely we would fly into a big city (Beijing/Shangai) and travel around somewhat from ...