Questions regarding prices of various objects and services (not related to budgeting a trip).

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Is the Zika Virus Outbreak Expected to Lower Cost of Flights to South America?

Numerous news sites are reporting outbreaks of Zika virus in South America. Does such an epidemic normally cause prices to lower? Logically fewer people will want to travel there and there are several ...
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Are Flights Including a Saturday Night Stay Cheaper?

Is it true that return flights are cheaper if they include a Saturday night between the travel dates? If so, what is the reason and is it cumulative? As in, do flights get cheaper if they include 2 ...
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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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Ways to minimize additional driver surcharges on car hire [closed]

When hiring a car for a holiday well in advance, it is often possible to achieve very low rates. However, especially if there is a large amount of driving on the holiday, it would be desirable to be ...
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Air Asia and Air Asia X on same flight, what's the difference?

There's a flight from KUL to MEL at night that gets into MEL the following morning. It comes up (same time, same plane, same everything) in my searches twice, however - as Air Asia, and Air Asia X. ...
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Why do children sometimes cost more than adults when booking vacations?

We are checking out some all-inclusive vacation packages, and we are noticing that in some cases our 2 year old costs more than one of us (the parents). We've found several hotels where this is the ...
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Is it true that I should delete search history and cookies when booking flights online?

I often hear that you should delete your search history, cookies and if possible change your IP when looking for flights online. The reason is that otherwise airline websites know that you're really ...
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

On a recent trip to San Francisco it was always a surprise to see what to pay in stores. It was never as simple as just adding all the published prizes. There was always a surplus of taxes. Sometimes ...
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Compare train ticket prices in Britain

I'm looking to buy some train tickets for travel in Great Britain, but I know there are many train companies in the country. Does there exist some kind of website that allows me to compare the ...
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Paid Upgrade Offer! Should I take it or not? [closed]

I am flying on Etihad from Toronto to India. I have booked a round trip for business class but due to less availability, I was only booked for business on my return flight and economy on my outgoing ...
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Will I get a lower last minute flight price in the airport itself? [duplicate]

Can I just walk in an airport and ask for a last minute flight ticket, expecting for a lower price, assuming the airline didn't fully book that flight? Even one way.
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What is the fuel surcharge?

Reading on the web about the "Fuel Dumping" trick made me aware of the fuel surcharge, one of several possible charges being added to the base price of a flight. In order to understand the trick ...
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Last minute travel, which search engine can give me best prices?

I need to make a last minute travel. Its not optional, and last minute means I have one hour to book it and will be flying next day. I need to fly within Europe. Is there a fare search engine that ...
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Does the Skiplagged web site check if round trip is cheaper?

On the Skiplagged site, I put in a one way (BCN - CLT) and the only flights under $750 were over 40 hours! The I clicked "round trip" and it gave me many 15 hour flights for under $750. Is the ...
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How do airlines determine ticket prices?

Based on the question How to find historical airfares?, I got curious. Is there a guide or resource that describes how the price of a ticket is determined? When you search you often see curious ...
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How much does it cost for a visitor visa to Saudi Arabia?

How much do individual and family visitor visa cost to Saudi Arabia?
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Why is renting a car so expensive in Iceland?

I have booked a flight to Iceland. We (me and three friends) have planned to travel through Iceland by car. However, I'm shocked by the prices. In the Netherlands, at companies like Europcar and ...
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How much does it cost to enter and leave the same station (JR line, Tokyo)

I'm going to pick an item up from someone in Tokyo. Problem is, it's about an hour away and therefore the journey is quite expensive. So he's agreed to meet me at his station on the platform so I ...
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What's the price of a Vietnamese tourist visa in Laos for an Australian national?

I'm in Vientiane, Laos and contemplating returning to Vietnam where I was about five or six months ago. That time I got my visa in Cambodia (Sihanoukville) where it cost $60 USD. I intend to head to ...
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Is there a difference in insurance coverage when booking cars through Priceline/Hotwire, rather than booking directly on the rental company's website?

I was checking the car rental prices for priceline, hotwire (as a search engine) and on individual websites. The rates don't change much but what changes is the Loss Damage Waiver fee. ...
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Travelling to Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) - Price of alcohol

I am going to Sharm el Sheikh in June and would like to check out the Naama Bay strip. What can I expect for the prices of alcoholic drinks in Egypt? I know it is a Muslim country and having been to ...
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Why does it cost significantly more for a trip from Nicaragua to NYC than vice versa?

When looking up flight prices, I noticed it costs ~ $365 roundtrip from NYC to Managua, Nicaragua and ~ $700 roundtrip from Managua to NYC. I assume there are similar situations from other major ...
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Why are hotels in Paris too expensive? [closed]

I am planning on vacationing in Paris for a few days and really have a problem with these expensive hotels. I have two options: Pay too much, at least 220€/night and stay in comfortable/safe hotel. ...
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Airlines with the most Surfboard friendly baggage policy & fees pricing?

Which airlines have the best pricing or packages for moving or carrying surf boards?
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Three-level pricing for Laos visa extension / overstaying

On my last trip I was in Laos for six or seven weeks around September/October 2013 and extended my visa three times but can't remember the strange system of charges for the service. I am sure there ...
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Is leaving airport at a stop before the final destination illegal?

There are tricks such as "fuel dumping" or "hidden city ticketing" which involve booking a ticket composed of several connecting flights, then leaving the airport at a stop, possibly even "hopping ...
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What are the rates posted on hotel room doors / in the lobby for?

When I'm travelling, I often see hotel room rates posted on the back of the hotel room door (typically in the US) or in the lobby, behind the check-in desk. These rates are typically eye-wateringly ...
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Is there a resource that lists online travel search engines by the trustworthiness of their listed final prices?

I tried to book a travel recently and used a price agregagator to compare values. I know often the listed prices still have extra fees on top. I picked the best price and read the travel agency ...
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Is it cheaper to book Dutch train tickets online in advance compared to paying on the day?

I am going to the Netherlands and might need to get a train. (Between Eindhoven and Amsterdam). On www.ns.nl (the large train operator that does that route), they list the price as €17.90ish. That's ...
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Stockholm public transport ticket prices for young people

It seems that a reduced price for transportation tickets within Stockholm is available for young people up to the age of 20 years. But I can't find out whether it is up to 20 (including 20) or if you ...
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Why has it become a formidable task to book an affordable hotel in Vancouver BC two weeks in advance? [closed]

I have been trying to find a hotel online in Vancouver BC two weeks in advance (for July 17), and web sites are showing 85% of rooms are taken, leaving only rooms in the $240-$550 per night range, ...
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Why do mobile roaming prices vary by the home country of your mobile phone, when a long way from home?

I can understand that if you have two mobile phones, one from (say) the UK, and one from (say) India, then the price for roaming is likely to be very different between them when you're in a country ...
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Traveling along the West Coast of the USA along U.S. 101 using public transportation

I am current living at Vancouver. I am aiming to cross the border next week and travel all the way to San Francisco along U.S. Route 101, which goes along the coast. Are there buses/coaches/trains or ...
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Why do (a lot of) people book airline ticket through agencies? [closed]

I'm not referring to travel agencies in general -- here I narrow it down to travel agencies that sell airplane tickets. For hotels, it's pretty much understandable to me, as I always prefer e.g. ...
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What kind of food is served inside the Oktoberfest tents and at what price?

I'm trying to budget a multi-day trip to Oktoberfest and I'm unable to find the tents' food menu for last year. The beers were priced at ~10EUR, as mentioned by multiple websites, but nobody seems to ...
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Why don't airlines offer last minute empty seats cheap? [closed]

There are lots of empty seats out there. Why aren't airlines selling them cheap on the day of the flight? I've seen a few anecdotal answers to this question. A lot of the answers come down to ...
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What are the future European Union roaming fees/pricing charges? [closed]

Since the legislation abolishing roaming charges was itself abolished, what milestones in pricing can we expect and when? Please no discussions, arguments for national SIM plans and packages. ...
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One-way flight much more expensive than double-way: what is the official airlines' explanation?

Interesting questions and answers about how to practically handle that weird situation have been posted here and they helped me learn more about the subject. However I have recently been almost hit by ...
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Train prices in Montenegro

Does anyone know where to find pricing and train times for trains within Montenegro, more specifically between Kolašin and Podgorica? I see train times on The Train Line but the site that it forwards ...
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Why is taxi fare (in the UK at least) the same price for 1 as for 4 people

It is something I have been wondering for a very long time, and I apologise if this question is posted on the wrong site. (Kindly direct me to the correct one if that is the case) According to the ...
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Petrol price comparison in Europe. Which resources are there?

I am planning to travel in Europe (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, maybe Italy) by car. The price of petrol can be significantly different from country to country, and sometimes even between ...
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Authentic (non-touristic) places, where Italians eat, in Verona and Venezia [closed]

I don't like very touristic places, and I don't care about the international renown of a restaurant. I do care about their local renown, since I enjoy to be among the locals. (For instance, I like ...
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Why is Mumbai - London - Dallas - Denver more expensive than Bangalore - Mumbai - London - Dallas - Denver? [closed]

I tried looking for a flight from Bangalore to London and London to Denver. Bangalore to Mumbai. 16 hour layover. Mumbai to London. London to Dallas. Dallas to Denver. ----- 48K When I searched for ...
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Is there a 'minimum daily spend' in Bhutan, and does it vary on citizenship?

While reading an article about Bhutan today, I came across this surprising bit: However, visiting the country for Australians is not straightforward. While there are connecting flights from ...
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Multi-city and multi-mode price comparison? [duplicate]

I am planning a spring break trip with my friends. We are choosing between multiple destinations and transportation methods. Are there any tools we can use to compare the costs of, say, driving or ...
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The rate is for 2 guests when making online hotel reservations

What does it mean "the rate is for 2 guests" does it mean multiply by 2 the advertised hotel rate?
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Petrol prices in New Zealand

I am driving across / up New Zealand shortly and would like some more information on petrol prices. Is there a resource available from which I can deduce what the travel cost will be approximately? ...
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How is TfL underground 'capping' calculated if I pay for multiple people's tickets?

Say I buy an underground ticket with contactless payment for myself and my partner. Do both purchases count towards the cap? Or is this not allowed?
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Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?

I decided not to renew my passport before starting this trip because passports are very expensive in comparison to my income and my low travel budget. But when asking people I find their passports in ...
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How do oil prices impact flight prices?

At the beginning of 2015 we have seen an important drop in the cost of oil. While drivers could see a pretty fast difference when filling their gas tanks, I do not see any difference in flight prices. ...