Professionals whose business is to organise and sell trips

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Job Interview in London Requires Me to Wire Transfer Funds to the Travel Agent

I was told that I can have a visitor visa to UK, is this legitimate? I have received an invitation letter and a job offer, and I was contacted by the appointed travel agent to prepare all related ...
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Why would a company want me to book a flight via a travel agent if it is more expensive?

I am trying to book a flight. My university usually asks that we book a flight via a travel agent, but the prices he gives me are about $50 higher than the prices I can get by online booking in the ...
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Kicked out of hotel in morning when booking through booking agency (asked to pay for extra day)

I am from UK, I went to travel agent website and booked holiday (flights + hotel), today is the last day and my flight is 22:30. In the morning we went to the city to have some lunch and when we came ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to best respond to a request to send a passport scan by unsecured email?

It is not uncommon for travel or holiday accommodation companies to ask for a scan of your passport by email. Sometimes local laws require them to keep a record of the passport numbers of all ...
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Are there “traditional” travel agents receiving requests online for ITA fares?

I found a really nice fare in ITA. I cant get that price in any of the usual flight search engines. I tried hipmunk with its extended search capabilities (maybe I didnt explore them to the max) and I ...
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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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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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Flight booked through Expedia transit issue

I recently booked a two way flight through Expedia. The flight is from country A to B, both of which I can enter with no problem. Each of the flights has connections. In my first flight I connected in ...
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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?
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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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Is it common for travel agents to ask for credit card scans?

Have noticed when booking tickets myself that a couple of travel agents scan the back and front of the credit card that I would use to make a payment. And I have heard the same when friends have made ...
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If I find a cheap flight on a site that doesn't sell tickets, can I buy them online somewhere? [duplicate]

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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Booking a Vietnam Tour through a Vietnamese operator - what to be aware of?

Myself and my partner are planning a two week trip to Vietnam from the UK As part of this we've contacted a bunch of tour companies for possible itinaries and quotes. (We're aware that doing it alone ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does it make sense to try and negotiate prices with UK-based 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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A refund that I think my agent wants to cheat me on

I got a return ticket of Turkish Airline from Lagos to Chicago using an agent called ST. KINGS CROWN TRAVELS. I paid #269,248 and left for Chicago on 2nd Nov 2015. I got to chicago and then had the ...
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How to vet an overseas travel agency

I am an American planning a trip to Vietnam, and I was planning to book through a travel agency located in Vietnam. In researching the travel agency, I found a lot of reason to feel good about the ...
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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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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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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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Travel agent took payment now wants more money or canceling flights?

I have an issue whereby I had flights booked with Delta through a travel agent flying from Sydney Australia to the US and back again. My situation changed whereby I needed to alter my flights and fly ...
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Can Travel Agents get a better booking than say Expedia?

If I go to a travel agent, then can they get me a better connection than online travel booking sites like Expedia?
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Is there a website where I can buy wholesale travels?

I want to travel with my friends and family but a want to travel agency price.
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What are “consolidator” fares in airline travel?

Can someone explain what "consolidator" airfares are in the airline travel world, and how they differ from "normal" airline fares?
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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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South African Travel agent wants to see my passport - I live in the UK [duplicate]

My friends in South Africa are purchasing a round trip plane ticket for me in December 2015. I'll be flying from London to Durban and back to London and their travel agent wants to see my Passport. I ...
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No refund on cancellation of air-ticket by Travelgenio [closed]

QUESTION: What should I do in the following circumstances? The ticket is booked for 21st April so, I am asking for suggestions/answers to deal with this situation. I am facing a problem in the ...
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Is it possible to use US/UK agents (sites or people) for flights to and from third party countries?

For instance I'm in NZ and want to travel to say US/UK or even other countries. I can of course use NZ agents to plan/book this trip. But not having traveled overseas in the past 4 years I'm not sure ...