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No, you do not need a US visa. You only need a US visa if you intend to stop or change planes in the US. (This visa-free overflight is the same for any other country. For example, I've flown over Russia on my way from Tokyo to Paris but I did not need to obtain a Russian visa.) In the event that the plane needs to make an emergency landing in the US, there ...


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Airlines, in conjunction with airports, set a minimum connection time (MCT) for combinations of flights at a certain airport depending on a number of factors, such as whether one is international and the other domestic. The airline will offer you any flight that meets MCT and typically shows flights with either the lowest total duration or lowest cost first. ...


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Well, it just doesn't work like that. No, they will not re-sell your ticket because even though you cancelled part of your itinerary, your ticket likely still has value. They are two different things and your ticket is still yours. The value remaining on your ticket is the total of the ticket prices of the cancelled segments. If you purchased a non-...


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An answer relevant to UK residents: use your UK-issued credit card. If you purchase an airline ticket with a credit card issued by a UK bank, the bank is liable to you for any breach of contract by the airline (including if it goes into bankruptcy). This follows from Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, 1974. To emphasize, because of some confusion in ...


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The "minimum stay" is only important before you buy the ticket, or when you change a plane ticket. You would not be able to buy a ticket without your itinerary meeting the relevant requirements. The "minimum stay" requirement is part of the technical construction of a plane ticket. It means the minimum time at the fare destination you must spend, according ...


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In addition to the information from the other answers, to overfly the US, the airline will have to pass your information to the US CBP according to Secure Flight. Since November 2010, Secure Flight has conducted watchlist matching of passenger information against the TSDB for all covered U.S. and foreign flights into, out of, and within the United ...


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I'm afraid you can stop hoping, because with current airplane technology, direct flights between East or Southeast Asia and South America are effectively impossible. The maximum practical range of today's best planes hovers around 8,000 nautical miles. The longest flight ever flown commercially anywhere was Singapore Airlines' Singapore-Newark service at ...


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In general, as long as the box meets the size and weight restrictions for carry-on luggage, you can bring it into the cabin. Luggage restrictions generally do not concern the material from which the luggage is made.


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Speculation. You booked a TLV-MEX fare on BA on the understanding it was refundable. The standard refundable or partially refundable economy booking classes on BA are Y, B and H, the cheapest of those, being H. A sample TLV H fare on matrix is fully refundable: REFUND WITHOUT PENALTY PERMITTED AT ANY TIME This half-round trip fare is $830, plus YQ ...


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This tends to vary by country. For example, from Air New Zealand: Can I take knitting needles and/or crochet hooks onboard? Answer: You are able to take knitting needles and/or crochet hooks onboard if travelling domestically throughout New Zealand. If you travel internationally you are able to take them onboard out of New Zealand but if ...


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My mother took knitting needles often as she traveled internationally, for something to do when sitting - even quite recently (last couple years). She mentioned that she has had less trouble, and was less often asked to dig them out of her bag and show them, when they were at the top of her bag and visible (and entangled in yarn), instead of packed down ...


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As you are not of an age of majority (ie, an adult); you can avail the special services Emirates provides for young travelers: Can my child travel alone on an Emirates flight? Yes. Emirates has two categories of service, with separate conditions and requirements, for our passengers between the ages of 5 and 16 who are travelling unaccompanied by ...


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Yes. If you are approved for Global Entry (the standards around criminal history are more stringent than for Precheck alone), you will receive a Known Traveler Number that you may supply with your airline reservations and you will be eligible for Precheck (assuming you're flying a participating airline, at a participating airport, and you aren't randomly ...


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Acording to ECTAA there is no regulatory protection against airline failure in Europe: PASSENGER PROTECTION AGAINST AIRLINE FAILURES When a tour operator or a travel agent goes bankrupt, there are financial guarantees in place to protect passengers, under the EU Directive on package travels and in the framework of the IATA Passenger Agency ...


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Matrix allows you to do a month long search: You'll have to search a month forward each time.


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They are worthless. Happened to me some years ago, drove to Miami, walked in the airport, just to find the counters closed; at the neighboring counter they told me that they filed for bankruptcy this morning. I had to buy a new ticket from another airline (for an arm and a leg, of course). Note that if you bought the ticket through a provider (like kayak, ...


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AA reserve seats in coach for their frequent flyers. They provide most, but not necessarily all of these for payment if the passenger does not qualify by status. These are the preferential seats such as aisle seats near to the front, main cabin extra seats or exit row seats. All the seats available for free are no longer available and you must pay if you ...


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Of all the search engines known to me, it can be done with Kiwi. Say I want to fly to Madrid from anywhere in Central + Eastern Europe, I can choose Madrid as my destination and a circle encompassing approximately my suitable departure airports as shown below. Only look to the list on the left as I could not make out any sense in the prices shown on ...


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Keep the following in mind: never, anywhere in the world, do you need a visa simply for flying over air. I repeat, nowhere in the world. You do need to provide extra information to the airline.


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Is going via Australia or New Zealand not an option? Qantas 27 runs direct from Sydney to Santiago, Chile every other day, while LAN Chile 800 runs the same route daily with an intermediate stop in Auckland, NZ. There's also Air New Zealand 30 that flies from Auckland to Buenos Aires, Argentina, but it's Fri-Sun-Tues only.


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It is all about (unsurprisingly) economics. An airplane (which is very expensive) only makes money when it is flying, so airlines have an incentive to get them in the air as quickly as possible. Technology has allowed for quicker planing/deplaning of passengers. Further, many things that required a lot of paperwork (thus slow and inefficient) are now ...


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I do it all the time! I find that people are less weird about it if you bring circular needles. Just in case - find the flight regulations for your country of origin and your destination. Print them out so that if someone gives you trouble you can just hand them the regulations. I've heard this referred to as the "Flying Granny Clause" (lol I'm 29 and a ...


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I had to do something slightly similar once with some half-empty suitcases that would have large heavy things piled on top of them while moving house. What worked quite well for me was to take large, sturdy, readily available bag-like things such as: Heavy duty bin bags Duvet covers, large pillow cases Sleeping bag liners ...open them out to get a lot of ...


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You need to have that printed boarding pass and a valid ID, e.g. a passport. That's all. Source: Personal experience. I fly Ryanair several times a year.


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No, officially it is not possible to receive a passport check stamp for both flights. Source: I tweeted Ryanair if you could get the passport check stamp for both flights if one had two flights the same day and they were fast to respond that no, unfortunately not. That being said, I would for sure try and ask at your first departure if they would ...


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How did you calculate the refund due? Did they tell you a specific amount or have you done your own calculations? If you did the math, did you take into consideration that cancelling the return portion of a round trip ticket will cause the original flight to be re-priced as a one way ticket, which is often higher than half a round trip. This would cause ...


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In the United States, there is some protection if you used a credit card (not debit card), as part of general protection against failure to deliver goods and services as promised. In the USA, yes, but only if you paid by credit (not debit) card, the credit card bank is still solvent (in the current financial crisis, a major airline bankruptcy could push ...


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I thought there might be some dedicated packing material for doing this and there is this on Amazon as an example, but it doesn't look very practical. However, there are some super cheap airbeds around which your friend might be able to find from somewhere like Aldi. Just partially inflate enough to fill the suitcase. The added bonus is he could use it at ...


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Minimum Connection Times are not freely published anywhere to my knowlege. A subscription to a site such as expertflyer is required. That site accesses MCT via a GDS interface. The only way I can think of emulating this, is to perform queries on ITA Matrix specifying a maximum connection time with the /maxconnect flag and then performing some sort of ...


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It depends on who is at fault for you not being able to claim. If it is the airline's fault, so they didn't load the bags / bags got lost / bags didn't make a connection etc, you must speak to the airline staff or their ground handler before leaving the baggage hall. They will get you to fill out a form about your bag (size, colour, make, identifying ...



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