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

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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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Is there a flight search engine that combines flights from different airlines?

Is there a search engine that considers "mix&match" flight combinations? My current problem: I need to go from FRA to YLW (Frankfurt/Germany to Kelowna/Canada) on July 29th, and arrive no later ...
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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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Visa for France - showing actual hotel booking?

I am in UK planning to apply for Schengen visa via French Embassy. The application document requirements for the visa states that you are required to submit: Proof of Hotel reservation ...
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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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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 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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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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Middle name missing on flight reservation, API needs middle name

We are flying with Monarch, but I booked the ticket through a package holiday company and forgot to give my husband's middle name at the time of the booking (they did not ask for it). We will travel ...
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How to book this complex multi carrier roundtrip flight I found on ITA?

I am trying to book a roundtrip ticket from Chicago O'hare (ORD) to Mumbai, India (BOM). Traveling on Aug 9th and returning on Aug 24th. Now, I've been looking for several days (almost 10days!) for ...
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Pricing and booking mixed-class fares, with economy & premium economy combined?

So I find myself flying mixed-class fares pretty often these days, with the long legs in Premium Economy and the short hauls in plain old Economy. Some sample trips flown or planned: SYD-AKL-SFO (...
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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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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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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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Knock-on of different airline flight being cancelled on same booking

I'm eyeying up a flight booking. First from Auckland (AKL) to Sydney (SYD) with LAN Chile. Then 3 hours later, from Sydney to Vancouver (YVR) with Air Canada. However, LAN has a poor rating for ...
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Travelling by train in mainland Europe, will I save money by booking my tickets early?

My wife and I are planning to travel by train from Nice to Budapest over the course of 2 weeks, stopping at a number of towns and cities on the way. We'd prefer the flexibility of booking our tickets ...
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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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Travel site that found the lowest-price tickets from your current location

Some time ago I had a bookmark to an awesome travel site, which I've lost. I'm hoping someone else used it. The site was very minimal. You told it where you currently are, and it showed you the ...
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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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Is it always wise to book flights as soon as possible?

So I'm booking flights to go to Europe in September n October. And it's a long way off, but I've already noticed in the space of a week or so, that the prices have started creeping up. Not by much, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 aa.com....
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What exactly does “nights” means when you book? Is it number of night you are going to sleep, or simply days you are going to stay?

For example, suppose that I'm going to travel London and will arrive at 10am, 1st December. And will stay a week, means will leave 10am, 8th December. Technically it's 7 nights, but also 8 days. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul

I want to book a Kyoto-Tokyo Shinkansen ticket for a trip in 10 days, because Shinkansen will be very crowded and probably impossible to board without a reservation. How can I book it from Seoul? ...
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Is there a guarantee that flightfox.com will be cheaper than other booking methods?

Recently, I tried to use flightfox, as I have read that they are much cheaper than other websites. Before proceeding with my booking however, I was faced by the fact that I had to pay a $49 fee before ...
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How to choose where and how long to have my layover

I would like to make a stop from the west coast of the United States to NYC, then to Berlin. I may just stop in NYC for a few days, or for up to a week -- I'm really not sure at this moment. Is ...
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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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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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Are there any ferries from Europe to Egypt?

Are there any ferries to Egypt from Italy, Turkey, Greece or any country from south Europe?
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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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Booking flight tickets together or in separate parts?

I'm flying from A to C via B with Norwegian. Booking flight ticket from A to C costs 285.20 euros. If I buy flight ticket first from A to B and then from B to C, total price is 253.20 euros with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where to find ITA Matrix listed prices for MDE to CTG?

On ITA Matrix I found a flight from Medellin to Cartagena for US$36 using Avianca's airline. But when I go to Avianca's website, it doesn't show this price (US$89). I'm fairly certain it's updated, ...
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Was this itinerary switch valid?

Note: This question is in relation to a slightly complicated scenario outlined here. You don't need to read that question to get a sense of this question. My wife and I were traveling to India from ...
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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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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 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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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?