What does a certain travel-related term mean or what's the proper name for something you can describe?

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Why does an airline include “seamen” in its list of special requests?

I was trying to book my ticket on-line with PIA when under the special request section I saw the request for a "seaman". What would be your best guess as to what this service entails? This site ...
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What is overbooking (of flights), and why do airlines all seem to do it?

I know that they want to "fill every seat." If you take this LITERALLY, then you'd want to overbook, because of the statistical percentage of "no shows." That, of course, leads to "bumping" when more ...
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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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Difference between AAdvantage “points” and “miles”

When I review my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I notice that I am accruing both "points" and "miles". Both appear to play a role in determining my elite status, but I can't seem to find the ...
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In Aviation terms, what is a Ground Stop?

This week Boston Logan Airport had a Ground Stop issued, and with the network outages across America, some airlines had them too. What is one?
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What exactly is a open-jaw flight?

Recently, I was looking for a flight from A to B and then a flight back from C to A. Using my English dictionary, I found that this is called an open-jaw flight. However, several native English ...
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What is “cattle call seating policy”?

In a Facebook thread about Amtrak trains I saw a user comment complaining about Amtraks cattle call seating policy. What is this?
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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 countries are “Muslim countries”?

In the question about drinking beer in Dubai it arose that the term "Muslim country" can be seen as one where the laws of the country are affected by the rules of the religion (like Dubai), whereas ...
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Is there a website for figuring out who secret carriers / super saver fares are with?

I've seen both on onetravel and kayak now, where it describes flights as: "Secret Carrier" or "Super saver fare" eg: Seven months ago, I asked on this site what that meant, as it was new to me. ...
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STATI Schengen : What does it mean

I am going to Europe for my honeymoon. My entry and exit is from Rome. My Visa says Stati Schengen, Type C. I understand Type C is for short term travel. Can anyone help me understand Stati means ? ...
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What does “MO” mean after the name of a US city?

There are some places in US, that contain "MO" in their names. For example, Columbia, MO; Kirkwood, MO; Saint Louis, MO. So, what does MO mean?
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Is there any “leg bag” for traveling safely?

I'm looking for "leg bag" for traveling where I can put my iPhone, money and documents? I need something I can wear under my jeans, to avoid to be pickpocketed.
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What does “copy of itinerary” mean when applying for a Schengen visa?

The Italian consulate website says under requirements for a Schengen visa: Applicants for short term visas (up to 90 days) must also present an itinerary of their trip. What does this ...
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What exactly are the differences between a National Park and a National Forest?

In the United States, most big national parks are surrounded by national forests. I know that you can do "dispersed camping" in the National Forest, but not the National Park, but other than that, ...
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What is ticket reconfirmation and why does it exist?

I have never personally had to reconfirm the ticket, but have read that in some case you can lose a place on a flight, even if you paid for it! Where does the idea of ticket reconfirmation comes ...
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Miles & More: What is a booking class?

I'm member of the frequent flyer program Miles & More. Now I wanted to request additional miles for a flight during summer 2011 when I wasn't yet a member. To fill out the online form, I have to ...
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What's the travel insurance definition of a war zone?

Some travel insurance companies have clauses stating that they won't insure travel to a war zone. What's their definition of this? The best I could find was Wiki's list of ongoing military ...
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What's a “Redress Control Number”?

When booking a flight reservation recently, I noted it had a non-compulsory field asking for a Redress Control Number for your reservation. I gather this is somewhat related to the No Fly list, but ...
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Is there a official classification for turbulence?

This winter I was on a flight in Europe during a huge winter storm. That's why the pilot announced for the flight that we will have some medium turbulence during the flight. However, it wasn't really ...
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In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?

In a recent question somebody asked about a layover without mentioning how long the stop would be, thus implying it might perhaps be understood whether layover generally refers to a stop not requiring ...
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What is Rule 240 in Air Travel?

This morning I was a little bit surfing on travel blog sites, and then I read this hint: Know about Rule 240. If your flight is delayed or you get bumped from a flight, ask the ticketing agent ...
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How big are “twin” beds in Japan?

It's been my experience that "twin" sized beds in Japanese hotels are quite a bit bigger than what we would call "twin" here in the US. How wide/long are they exactly?
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What's a “trip kitty”?

On some organized tour operator's sites, I see tour prices listed with a +amount labelled as "kitty" or "trip kitty" like this one. What is a "trip kitty"?
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What's “border surfing”?

In the comments of a recent answer, which had mentioned the detention of hikers by Iran, one of the people referred to "border surfing". What is border surfing? Edit: I'd rather not have to link to ...
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What is a global number?

If you look at GoSim's rates (or the rates of other international sim cards), you can see that it has both a US and a global number. What is a global number? Is it the number you dial internationally ...
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What does it mean when a flight is delayed due to a “tail swap”, if anything?

My flight was delayed due to a "tail swap" at the destination airport (the airport I will be flying into). Does that mean anything specific? If so, what is it?
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Green card lottery - what does it mean? [closed]

I see some advertisement about something like Green card regularly. What does it mean? Is it a real lottery with prizes or just another spam in the web? How can it be that a country just gives a ...