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What do I lose by not booking flights through a travel agent?

I take quite a lot of flights for both business and pleasure, and although I typically book my business flights through a (corporate-mandated) travel agent, I always book my personal flights directly ...
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How do travel agents make profit?

For the past few months, I've been checking online rates and comparing them to the rates of one travel agent. Of course, there are some travel agents who charge much higher than when you'll just ...
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Become a travel agent just for yourself to get deals

Can I get better deals, free upgrades for myself if I become a travel agent? What I mean is, will becoming a registered agent automatically grant me access to deals, upgrades, good deals on car ...
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Can you buy a plane ticket from a Swedish online travel agency with US credit card?

Can I buy a plane ticket from a Swedish online travel agency with a US credit card? Or a US American Express credit card? If yes, any idea about the fee? Any input would be greatly appreciated! ...
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Orbitz vs Priceline vs Vayama? [closed]

I am purchasing a relatively complicated flight itinerary (Montreal-Paris-Krakow-Boston). Prices on Orbitz Priceline and Vayama are the same. Which should I chose? Which will let me choose seats the ...
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Accessing Travel Agent Fare Class Data

I am interested in accessing a large amount of airline ticket prices for a research project. I want to be able to access the price of an itinerary in each of the available fare classes repeatedly on ...
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Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar

I just found and booked a flight from Japan to Australia. I found the flight with SkyScanner. That site redirected me to the online travel agent airtickets.com. The flight itself is on JetStar. ...
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Can an airline change a reservation booked through Expedia?

If I book my flight through Expedia, can the airline make changes to that reservation (e.g. if I wanted to change my return date), or do I have to call Expedia directly?
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Can a group of people become a travel agent, with the purpose to get access to direct acess to professional travel resources?

At work we travel frequently. Finding the appropriate deals is always a balance between saving time and saving money. Booking through corporate travel agencies is often the most time efficient way of ...
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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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Huge difference in price between online travel agents and airline website

I often notice this rather strange occurrence when searching for fares through Kayak (it may not be specific to Kayak but it is the tool I use the most). It is that, for the same flight, there is a ...
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When booking through online travel websites, how do I know if the airline will treat multi-flights as separate trips or a single trip?

For example, this is one of the search result in Expedia for SIN-SFO flight in September: The proposed trip will have two flights, Singapore to Manila and Manila to SF. How do I know if the airline ...
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Using a Travel Agent for non-Complicated Travel

I am having issues figuring out the best way to go about booking travel for my honeymoon at the end of August (right in the middle of Labour Day weekend in order to add to the degree of difficultyl). ...
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Flight with stopover: How to find a similar flight but with 1-week stopover?

Using some website, the cheapest Tokyo→Paris flight has a 5-hours stopover in Dubai. I would like to make this stopover 7-days, so that I can visit around that place too. I can't express this ...
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If I find a cheap flight on a site that doesn't sell tickets, can I buy them online somewhere?

Recently I have learned about the one truly amazing cheap flight finding service, matrix.itasoftware.com. But it's not a travel agent, it's only a search engine. So this site gives you the full and ...
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Travel agents - can they match ITA Travel Matrix prices?

(applies to all travel agents, I'm just using FC as an example) Flight Centre - the world wide travel agent, often boasts "lowest prices guaranteed". I've had trouble getting them to actually hold ...
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Why is there a 'secret carrier' option for a flight?

When searching for a flight on kayak.com (not for me, I don't fly business), it shows a "Secret Carrier" option. What gives? Why are they unable to tell us even the code-share partner? What if you ...
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Where to get Ghibli museum tickets: JTB or Lawsons?

As I understand it, there are two options for getting tickets to the Ghibli museum: through a local travel agency before we get to Japan, or at a Lawson's convenience store after we get to Japan. I ...
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Cheapest place to buy a JR Pass

I realize that the cost of the pass itself is fixed, in yen. However, I see that travel agents often add extra costs, in the form of "delivery fees" and "processing fees" etc ($15 for delivering a ...
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Where can I find and book plane tickets on date not on destination?

I have a holiday coming up and I would like to travel with the family somewhere. I have specific wishes regarding departure and arrival times, but the destination is less relevant. Where can I search ...
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Advantages of using a travel agent [closed]

With the number of websites and services providing travel advice, information, and deals, there are a lot of resources for someone to find and book their own travel plans. For plane tickets (or other ...
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Can you go to the Maldives without assistance of a travel agency?

Organizing your travel without agents is almost always cheaper and more fun. But does that also apply for Maldives? Can I just travel to the Maldives? Do you have some tips or experiences to report?
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Is it advisable for US citizen to attempt a visit to Cuba w/o going through an agency?

I am aware of travel agencies catering to US citizens visiting Cuba, but are those services really worthwhile? If so, how does one go about vetting them?