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

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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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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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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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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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Are flights (generally) cheaper on Friday the 13th, compared to regular Fridays or 13ths?

Given the superstitious nature of some travellers, are flights cheaper on Friday the 13th? image source from Wikipedia I have some anecdotal evidence of this, including a friend who moved ...
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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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Why is Diet Coke more expensive than regular Coca-Cola and other soft drinks in Indonesia?

Here is a photo of a menu in Bali, Indonesia: The Diet Coke is 14,000 rupiah. The regular Coca-Cola, and other soft drinks, are 10,000 rupiah. It isn't just this restaurant, the same is true of ...
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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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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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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

When searching with Google for "Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge", pretty much every result say it costs $185. Only Wikivoyage talks about a free climb (although they also talk about the one above): ...
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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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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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At what time frame is there a significant increase of the price of airplaine tickets?

I have already browsed through the various questions tagged [air-travel] and [budget]. In particular, I have already seen this question: Flight tickets: buy two weeks before even during holiday ...
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Are petrol prices in a USA state the same in every Petrol Station?

I'm wondering how petrol price works in USA in general, specifically in California. Do prices remain the same regardless of where the Petrol Station is located? Are prices fixed for every fuel ...
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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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Vayama - price quoted at booking was increased after ticket confirmation

Yesterday we booked one ticket from the U.S. to India during the holiday season. The price quoted by Vayama was very reasonable ~ $997, a real bargain for the season. 12 hours later we get the ...
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Oyster & Travel Cards

I'm thinking of purchasing an OYSTER CARD in order to get into London (King's Cross). After that, I was thinking of purchasing a 7DAY Travel Card (Zone 1 & 2) to use for my general sightseeing. I ...
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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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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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Are there subcategories of seats even within economy class?

Recently I had to travel by Singapore Airlines (Economy class). But when I tried to change the return date of my ticket, customer care office informed me that there are no more seats in my class for ...
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Why do travel sites always show per-person accomodation price on a basis of 2 travelers sharing the same room?

Most travel websites, especially those presenting deals and allowing comparison of different packages, show the price per traveler. Same case for ads on Internet and billboards in cities. When I want ...
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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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What is the “Innkeeper Rate” at a hotel?

The title pretty much says it all - I've seen rooms listed at hotels such as the Wentworth in Charleston, SC that have two prices, the "Hotel Rate" and the "Innkeeper Rate" which is lower. I've ...
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How much should I expect to pay for a 3 hour “longtail” boat ride around Ko Phi Phi Island?

Many guides offer boat rides in their "longtail" wooden boats, and many even use the same price deck, which quotes THB 1500 for a 3 hour boat ride around Ko Phi Phi Le. Note this is for a "private" ...
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How do travel agents see much lower prices?

I am looking for hotels in NYC and in LAS VEGAS. The weird thing is I am searching all over the internet, on kayak, booking the official site of the hotel etc. But I get let's say price of $1000 for ...
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Why are plane tickets more expensive if they don't include a weekend?

When I used to fly for business (depart and return within the work-week) I observed that ticket prices were much higher than if a weekend was included at one end or in the middle. I was told that it ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Is it common that hostels charge more for woman only dorm rooms?

When I was in Tbilisi (Georgia), during my one week trip, 3 months ago, I found out in some hostels the women only dorm rooms have higher prices than mixed dorm rooms with equal numbers of bed or room ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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Do US taxi rates depend on day/night or weekday/weekend?

In Norway, taxi rates are often higher during the night or weekend compared to weekday office hours. Is this true for the United States? I can't find anything about it on taxifarefinder.
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What would a Memphis to Los Angeles round trip have cost in 1963? [closed]

I'm doing research for a novel. I need to know the approximate cost for airfare (American Airlines?) from Memphis to Los Angeles, round trip anytime in 1963.
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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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Drop zones for skydiving in China

I would like to know about drop zones for skydiving in China. What is average cost here in China for skydiving?
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When to buy plane tickets to get best rates? [duplicate]

I'm planning a trip from Europe to USA, that will happen next summer. I was looking lately into purchasing plane tickets, but a lot of carriers do not offer late July/early August 2015 tickets yet. ...
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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 some hotels in Mexico charge more when there's a child? [closed]

Why do hotel charge more when there is one adult and a child, than a double adult occupancy when you are traveling to Mexico.
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Avoiding the second leg of an international flight - different rates for a return ticket?

Possible Duplicate: Do you have to take the second leg of a flight? I am in the process of booking a flight from LAX - ZUR. I found a flight for approx. 1100 USD. However, if I book that ...
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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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Negotiating with travel agents

This question is specifically for the UK travel agents, but I would assume the answer would be applicable everywhere. I'm currently preparing to book a family holiday in Europe (probably Spain, ...
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Oyster card vs Travelcard from Woking for a weekend

I'm planning on travelling into London from Woking this weekend, with a number of specific places I'm going to visit. It'll be into London (zone 1) on Friday evening, then on to zone 3, and then on ...