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How to improve the chances of getting a free ticket from a “Blue Girl” at the Bayreuth Festival?

Later this year (in August) the world's prominent classical music lovers will converge in a sleepy little Bavarian town for the annual Bayreuth Festival. Source: By Rico Neitzel - http://www.rizi-...
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Why do people scan their Intercity / Sprinter tickets twice (on entry and exit) in Amsterdam?

I notice that people seem to scan their tickets twice, on entry and exit, on the NS system (Intercity / Sprinter) in Amsterdam. Since the officials scan your ticket on the train, what's the purpose of ...
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Are flexible airline tickets ever worth it?

I'm currently doing some research on cheap tickets between Europe and China. Since my return flight is more than 6 months from now, I'd appreciate the possibility to change the date. However, while ...
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What is the penalty for staying less than a minimum stay?

I have booked the following flights on KLM: Buenos Aires - Amsterdam fri 4 nov 16 Amsterdam - Barcelona wed 9 nov 16 Barcelona - Paris wed 16 nov 16 Paris - Buenos Aires ...
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Is it possible to buy a ticket where the luggage cannot be checked to the final destination?

My brother recently flew on a flight from the USA to Africa involving three flights on three different airlines. When he checked in, the agent told him that it was impossible to check the bag all the ...
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Is there anywhere at Melbourne Airport to buy a Myki?

I've had a read of the Wikivoyage page for Melbourne airport, and discovered the much much cheaper way into the city via the 901 bus to Broadmeadows then the train. However, in order to do this route,...
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Websites to buy complex air tickets

Okay. I'm looking for a complex round ticket. Like travel from point a - to point B (stay for 2 days) - then to point C (stay for 2 days) -then to point D (Destination, stay for 2 weeks) - then ...
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How can I tell a Deutsche Bahn train has a supplementary charge?

My tickets for Gamescom came with free public transport tickets. While the Gamescom website reasonably clearly explains where they can be used, I failed to find if the train I have to take is of the ...
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Why do I have to show my ticket stub when entering an airplane?

Here's the situation: I have just had my ticket scanned at the gate and happily walk through the long gateway toward the plane, giddy to get on board, because I even after all these years I love ...
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E-Ticket vs Itinerary vs Booking Reference

What are the differences between these three? Why do they send you three different identifying codes?
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How does Disney World work?

We're looking at spending a day at Disney World in early December but the size of the place is mindboggling - I read that it contains four theme parks. Does one ticket cover all four internal theme ...
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Changing passenger name on an Indian Railways ticket

I have booked a ticket on IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) for me and my brother but now even my sister is willing to travel but we are not getting tickets for her. So my ...
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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 would Boarding Time be a whole hour before Departure Time?

After checking in online with Singapore airlines I received a boarding pass. This shows a departure time of 4:15pm but a boarding time of 3:15pm. Surely they are not going to board the flight an hour ...
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Why do return flight costs vary depending on the country of origin?

I had planned for my wife, daughters and I to take a holiday from our home in China to the UK for a few weeks in July. Usually, when people visit us in China from the UK, the cost is around £450 to £...
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How can I buy an e-ticket for Netherlands train if I don't have a Dutch bank account?

I wanted to buy a train ticket today from the Dutch railroad website. It all worked fine, but when checking out, I was asked for my bank details and it seems that you can only pay if you have a Dutch ...
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How to deal with too short transfer interval?

I got on the flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo via Beijing, and on the stopover, the scheduled time difference is 70 minutes. However, while the first flight arrived at the scheduled time, it took ...
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How can I have “will call” Greyhound tickets picked up without a photo ID?

A good friend's daughter is in a bad way. Not to get into too many irrelevant details, but... She was sent to Arizona to dry out, ended up getting ripped off and is currently living in a shelter. ...
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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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On TGV (or other French long-distance trains), can you take the earlier/later train?

Last year I had a ticket on a certain TGV. I arrived let due to getting a coffee. I got on the next TGV, an hour later. I figured I'd have to buy a new ticket on board. Surprisingly, the chef said, ...
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Open gates on the Paris Metro

I took the Paris Metro today, and the gates were open at my entry station, with the ticket validator not accepting tickets. I walked through the gate with my ticket, and assumed that that would be ...
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What do these warning/restriction codes in air tickets mean?

I bought airline tickets for a trip and received an email with these codes: NONREF/0VALUAFTDPT/CHGFEE What do they mean? I don't think they are specific to the airline's system (United), that is,...
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What is an open ticket?

When speaking of an airline ticket, I have heard the term open ticket which has to do with dates not being fixed I believe. What exactly is an open ticket? How do you get an actual flight from one? ...
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How can I find out which platform my train leaves from in Brussels Midi?

Tomorrow I'm arriving on the Eurostar in Brussels at 19:11. I have a train to Cologne I'm meant to catch at 19:28. I'm pretty nervous about making this connection as I have a ton of heavy luggage and ...
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Buying a return ticket for a child flying with different parent

My girlfriend, our daughter and I will be flying from Montreal to Italy. I'll fly directly there with my daughter, which is 3 years old, and stay a couple of weeks. My girlfriend will first stop in ...
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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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Are flights actually cheaper *to book* during the week?

Last week I was eyeing up flights to Vegas from Vancouver. I had vaguely chosen the flight that I wanted. On Saturday I found that the flights I wanted weren't there, and in general, it was more ...
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UK train with declassified first class coach due to overcrowding - any recourse for 1st class ticket holders?

Apparently it's half term this week, so the train I took into London today which is normally very full was absolutely heaving. (Why GWR decide to put a 5 coach train on for the first off-peak service ...
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When the Edinburgh tram isn't running, is there an official alternative from the airport?

Yesterday, I went to get the tram from Edinburgh airport into the city. I bought a £5 single ticket, boarded the tram that was about to depart, and sat down. Some time later, a member of tram staff ...
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Will TfL's plan to close all Tube ticket offices affect (US) tourists?

Transport for London are trying to close all Tube ticket offices and move staff into ticket halls—whether or not that is a good idea is another question. Ticket offices, however, are obviously staffed—...
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Which Oyster card should I get as a foreign visitor to London?

My 10 year old daughter and I will be in London 4-7 May, landing at Gatwick in the evening from Stockholm, then staying at a hotel near Acton railway station. I have found a route from the airport to ...
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London public transport: Is it possible to buy a paper ticket for a single journey?

From what I understand on the TFL site, there is no option to simply buy a single one way ticket. This seems odd to me and I want to make sure I'm not missing something. I will only be in London ...
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Is a card without name valid for Deutsche Bahn online tickets?

Deutsche Bahn requires travellers with online tickets to select some form of identification. For non-Europeans, the only practical option seems to be a credit card, and the website asks for the name ...
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How can I buy train tickets within the UK from abroad?

Is there a machine pick up system like in other countries? Will it take foreign credit cards (Mastercard or Visa of course)? If so, in what locations are these accessible? Otherwise, how can I get ...
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Do empty tatkal quota tickets get allotted to wait-listed passengers?

This question is specific about indian railways. I've a train today evening. My ticket status is RAC33 and I don't think 33 cancellation are gonna happen in the next 8 hours. However, 73 tatkal quota ...
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Indian Railways-Online Reservation Rules

I booked an online ticket for traveling on Indian Railways for a Short Distance Journey, but my ticket was not confirmed at all and is on the waiting list. Can I travel with the waiting list ticket ...
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What is the difference between i-ticket and e-ticket in India's online train ticket reservation?

What is the difference between i-ticket and e-ticket in India's online ticket booking? When we book online train tickets in India through the Government website of www.irctc.co.in, we have a option ...
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Identification on German trains

I am a student from South Africa travelling to Germany in around a month and want to book my train tickets on the Deutsche Bahn website. Since I'm a bit hesitant to order tickets delivered by mail (...
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Round trip vs two one-way tickets?

Is there any substantial disadvantage to booking two one-way tickets, versus a round trip ticket? Booking vacation travel with family of four for winter, from Northeast US to Mexico. Round trip is ...
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Difference between after departure cancellation and no show

In the fare rules for a flight I found that there is a 200 AED charge for a cancel and refund after departure, and 400 AED for no show. How does this work/what are the refund rules here if I miss the ...
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What disadvantages in not queueing early to board Ryanair flight?

When a flight is about to board, many people queue at the gate long before it opens, even though seat numbers have already been assigned. What disadvantages are there in sitting until the gate is ...
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Is it a good idea to order a ticket for the London Eye in advance?

On the official site of London Eye, you can buy online tickets that are 10% cheaper than tickets book directly at the location. If I buy a standard ticket, do I have to specify a date or even a time ...
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What's the best way for foreigners outside of the UK to get to an English Premier League game?

I recently got a bonus from my company and want to fly to England for a weekend to watch some soccer. It would be great to go to a big game, however I know getting my hands on tickets can be really ...
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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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Can I fly via a third city on a second ticket?

I want to fly from A to B and have found a connection that is considerably cheaper (or otherwise more convenient) if I first fly from A to C and then from C to B on separate bookings (i.e. purchasing ...
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Do I pay for my ticket when I purchase it online or do I pay when I go to the airport on the day of the flight?

I've never bought a ticket so I am not sure how it exactly works. Do I actually pay for the ticket when I'm reserving it online? Or do I pay for the ticket when I go to the airport?
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One-way tickets into the US and Canada?

So I have a series of weird flights I can use to get to Bangkok from London with a stop in Vancouver, where it may actually be cheaper for me to fly to Vancouver, bus down to LA/San Fran, and then fly ...
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How do I get the 'Paris Visite' ticket?

Where can I buy the Paris Visite ticket? (I live in Brazil). Also, how do I calculate whether it is going to be cheaper than just buying single tickets?
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Transport in Berlin with a single ticket

I'm going to stay 2 nights in Berlin. Since I have no experience with German language neither with subways, I'm afraid to be lost. Also (believe me, is true) I don't have a smart-phone (with Google ...