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Flight tickets: buy two weeks before even during holiday seasons?

There is a common story that airline ticket prices rise significantly if you buy them less than two weeks before departure. And that any time before that will yield standard prices. Is that advice ...
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Is it fair to buy a return ticket I know I will never use just because it's cheaper?

I am planning a trip to Asia and then back to Rio. The thing is that I am traveling on flexible dates, so I am thinking of buying a one way ticket to Hong Kong, and I was planning to do the same when ...
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Someone else is booking international ticket for me using their credit or debit card. Do they need to be present physically at the time of check in?

If someone else is booking international ticket for me using his credit or debit card, does he need to be present physically at the time of check-in? Suppose I am coming back from Singapore to my ...
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Boarding a train in India at another station

I have booked a ticket on a train from Mumbai to Chennai and boarding at Pune. Since my schedules have changed, I will be in Mumbai on that day. Can I board the same train in Mumbai in my own ticket ...
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London on public transport: what kind of tickets to use?

I'm visiting London for a couple of days, and planning to use public transport while there. What kind of ticket(s) would it make most sense to use? Do I get the most value out of single tickets, day ...
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Do airlines have to check the visa status before selling a ticket?

My daughter bought a ticket for a flight with a layover in Emirates (from Dallas, Texas to India). She had a stop of 48 hours in Dubai. When she was checking in in Dubai for Delhi, she was informed ...
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My last name is not the same on ticket as on passport; rest of details are same

I'm traveling from JED Saudi Arabia to Singapore by Saudi airlines. My last name doesn't match the passport. But all other details are same, e.g. passport no., DOB, etc.
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Can I skip my train leg booked with a KLM flight?

I have a flight booked form Cairo to Amsterdam Schiphol via KLM and then a Thalys train from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels. As Brussels is not my final destination anyway I want to intentionally skip ...
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Airplane ticket booked under my middle name

I use my middle name pretty much everywhere. At work I used to book travel myself and would always book under my first and last name. We recently hired an admin who booked travel using my middle and ...
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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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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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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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Last minute flight bookings - better to book online or at the airport?

We had a question here earlier on booking flight tickets in the weeks running up to holiday season, which covered ground on what happens to flight prices over the period. What I'm interested to know ...
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Booking travel tickets for visa without paying?

I am in the process of filling the forms for my wife and daughter (Chinese) to travel with me (British) to the UK for a short holiday. On the government advice located at http://www.ukba.homeoffice....
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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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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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Is it okay to board only the second flight of a return ticket? The return ticket is much cheaper than buying one way [duplicate]

I was browsing flight price at Singapore Airlines website, and a one-way flight from SIN to SFO cost this much: That's quite expensive. I tried browsing around and found that a return flight from ...
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Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?

Airlines usually either don't allow the transferring of tickets to another person after they've been purchased, or they do it at an extremely inflated price. What is the reason for doing this? One ...
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What is the best method of purchasing a ticket with an open return date?

I’ve been doing some research on traveling to South America and staying for an extended period of time (working vacation). The usual sources for flight info (Kayak, Expedia, Hipmunk) don’t have any ...
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What to do when you can't print your boarding pass?

I just use web checkin for my flight tomorrow. After that I should have printed my boarding pass. However, I realised that this is not possible. So what can I do now? I have already checked in, but no ...
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Who pays for the return ticket when a country refuses entry?

If I am on a tourist visa, and refused entry into the intended touring country, then who pays for the return ticket? I would assume I will have to. But if I have no money of any kind, then what ...
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What happens if you arrive in Malaysia with a one-way ticket but are asked for proof of onward travel?

As we know, most countries require that visitors have a return or onward ticket as a condition of entry. But often, depending on where you're from and which country you're visiting, you won't be ...
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Where can I find the restrictions and easements that apply to a given UK Rail Ticket?

UK rail ticketing isn't always the simplest thing in the world, but the basics aren't too hard to learn. There are broadly tickets valid at any time of the day, those available only outside of peak ...
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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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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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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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Does browsing ticket sites in incognito mode and/or from different IP's result in cheaper ticket prices?

I stumbled across a discussion yesterday where industry insiders share tips relating to their respective fields. Someone who works in e-commerce stated : "When purchasing items on the internet (...
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Is there a way to check that the conditions on your plane ticket are actually what your travel agent said they are?

When I buy my plane tickets there's often certain things I want such as: Ticket valid for 12 months No fee for return date changes Stopovers in both directions Now it seems that these days your E-...
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Am I going to have trouble flying with a reversed name on the ticket?

I'm flying to Peru with my girlfriend next week and I realized that her name is incorrect on the reservation. Instead of Sally Marie Jones it's Jones Marie Sally. We're flying into Houston, then ...
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How do I search for connecting point-to-point flights?

There are often situations where buying two separate one-way tickets from A to C via B is cheaper than buying a normal multi-leg ticket. This can be especially useful with airlines such as Ryanair, ...
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Can I get from Gatwick airport to London by Oyster card?

I read many contradictions as to whether one can use a Oyster card from Gatwick Airport to central London. What is the most time efficient way to go from Gatwick to "Old Billingsgate" ( Monument tube ...
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What is preferable, Eurail Pass or Buying Pass on the spot?

I plan to visit 3 countries in Europe during May: Paris, Italy and England ( in that order). I will be staying in each country for 1 week; at the end of the week I will be moving on from a country to ...
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With an Advanced Purchase UK train ticket, what happens if your train is cancelled?

There are broadly three different kinds of UK train ticket available, Anytime (valid on any train), Off-Peak / Super Off-Peak (valid on trains outside of peak hours), and Advanced Purchase (valid on ...
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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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If I book a return journey with Wizzair and miss the first flight, can I still take the return flight?

I have booked a Wizz Air ticket at January (RT 17-31/JAN) from the Netherlands to Bulgaria, but due to school I have to change the booking. What I noticed was that the rebooking fee is ridiculously ...
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When to book tickets from travel sites rather than airline sites?

When booking plane tickets, I generally buy directly from the airline's website (as it is often the lowest or near-lowest price for the destinations I travel between). However, I know there are many ...
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Is there a Paris equivalent of London's Oyster Pay-As-You-Go?

When travelling around London, I usually follow the standing advice and use an Oyster pay-as-you-go card for my tube/bus/train/dlr journeys. It works well, as I can load some cash on every so often, ...
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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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Do airline pricing systems use “tickles” as data?

Of course, airline "pricers" (humans or now computer) use every sale to decide and determine what the price for a flight is going to be on a given day, as the flight approaches. I'm curious whether ...
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Are there still any “Fly as much as you like” air passes for the U.S.?

Back in 1993 I had a ticket called 'Delta Air Lines Travel America Standby Airpass' that allowed me to take an unlimited number of flights on Delta Airlines within a 30 day period. 60 days were ...
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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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What does “SSSS” on my boarding pass mean?

When I checked in for my American Airlines flight from Costa Rica back to the States, I noticed that my boarding pass had "SSSS" printed across the top left corner. Nobody else in my party had this ...
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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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Can I get a Tallinja card on arrival at Malta airport?

I gather that as of summer 2015, Malta has introduced a stored-value card for use on buses, much along the lines of London's Oyster card or Hong Kong's Octopus card. The Maltese version is called a ...
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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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OV-chipkaart or GVB day pass for within Amsterdam travel?

I have read Can I use the OV-chipkaart to get from Schiphol to the center by train? and Is it possible to recharge an OV-chipkaart without a Dutch banking card? and Train and tram tickets in Amsterdam?...
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Can I get refund from IRCTC?

I am going to travel from Manmad to * *, we are 4 people out of which 1 got his ticket confirmed through the IRCTC portal for Indian Railways though other 3 are under CKWL/TATKAL waiting list. We all ...
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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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Traveling Amsterdam-Brussels with KLM ticket on Thalys - When / where does my ticket get stamped?

I purchased a ticket to Brussels via Amsterdam on KLM, with the Schiphol to Brussels-Midi portion on the Thalys. The return portion of my itinerary is on Air France several days later. This was done ...
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Do I need a bus/train/plane ticket out of Thailand in order to get a Visa-on-Arrival?

Someone told me I need a ticket out of Thailand in order to enter. I am traveling to Thailand, on March 18th. I have a Ticket from Bangkok to Sweden booked for June 4th. I will be staying in ...