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Appending MR etc seems to be a trend (ie becoming more commonplace) for air tickets/boarding passes and, particularly when names are relatively long, this might be without a space. Examples: Since very likely Aegean's custom, their staff should cope with interpreting this. The key point may be that the website you refer to does indeed recognise you ...


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The wait list system for Indian train tickets is simply a case of supply and demand - there's so many people wanting to travel and only so many seats to go around. So there are three 'booking statuses' which may be specified when you book a train ticket: Reserved / confirmed: The booking is confirmed and a seat has been set aside for you. Note that the ...


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A number of airlines will append your title (MR, MRS, etc) to your first name when they issue your boarding passes, so it appears as SURNAME/FIRSTNAMEMR. It can appear this way on the gate agent's terminal as well. I have not had any personal experience with Aegean Airline's system, so can not say with 100% certainty, but likely you are OK.


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There's a simple third option -- don't change your booking. You've booked it for a month, so it's yours for a month, it's not the host's problem if you leave before the full month is up.


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Utilize hotels.com or other "black-out date" wholesalers and discounters. They purchase rooms in bulk at a discounted rate and mark them up for a profit. As occupancy becomes scarce they will hold rooms back for the last minute premium. The room allocations they have will not be available to the hotel front desk or central reservations. Hotel front desks ...


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The catch is that if you book the tickets separately and then the flight from A to B is delayed, causing you to miss the flight from B to C, it becomes your problem to arrange for alternative transport from B to C. The airline has no obligations towards you, even if it was their own delayed flight that caused the issue. Worse still, if the B->C ticket had a ...


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Nope. Two different flights means two bookings on Ryanair. Annoying, but true.


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I'm not aware of any online booking engine that lets you book arbitrary fare constructions, so in practice you've got three options: Print out the fare construction and go to a travel agent in person. (This is what I do.) Call the airline and book over the phone. (Fiddly, because reading out and double-checking gibberish fare constructions is not much ...


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They are definitely there to entice buying and some websites have been accused of simply making them up out of thin air (I heard about hotel booking platforms but since I can't find any reference right now, I won't name names). If they are not entirely deceptive, the numbers might very well be “improved”, e.g. by counting people who have looked, say, at the ...


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It certainly can be done -- is it reasonable, well that depends on your definition ... You're going to have two major issues here. Visas You likely need visas for the places you're visiting (Russia, Mongolia, China), and they will need proof of onwards travel. You'll likely have to get a specialist to help anyway and the overall visa validity is going ...


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The only major advantage is price: it's not uncommon for a third-party site to have better prices than those offered directly by the hotel. That said, major chains are increasingly offering best-price guarantees, although these usually only mean that you can claim the difference if you spot it, not that they're actually always the cheapest option. Minor ...


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I actually think I have the perfect thing for you. I made this site to check for when any booked hotels open up, and send you an email/text when it does: Hotel Room Alerts Full disclosure obviously, I'm obviously the creator of the site. You should add all the hotels that are in that area, and when any of them have an opening, it will notify you right ...


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Missing a middle name is usually not a problem when flying, because many people commonly omit their middle names when booking as well. Since the first and last names are correct, you shouldn't have any problems.


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Yes and no. Yes, because the 10% deposit they charge indeed goes to Hostelbookers.com, not the hotel. (See this thread.) No, because you, the backpacker, don't pay any extra. You can pay (say) $20 to book via HW, in which case HW takes $2 and the hostel keeps $18, or you can pay $20 to the hostel directly and they keep all of it. I presume HW insists on ...


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Nancy and Metz and two relatively large cities, close to each other along a North-South axis. They are not big enough to support two distinct airports, two high-speed train lines (which necessarily run East-West since they come from Paris…), etc. Consequently, many infrastructure projects are built half-way between the cities, which is not really satisfying ...


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I did (Kyoto)-Beijing-Moscow-(Stockholm) last december. In Russia we travelled mostly on domestic trains of various kinds (the Trans-Mongolian have some russian cars attached in Russia which allow domestic travel), using mostly "Kupe" 4-bed compartments. We made most planning and booking as we travelled. We used the RZD web booking at ...


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Counting Nights Accommodation bookings count the nights you spend simply because that's what you need accommodation for: to sleep. This is based on the somewhat valid assumption that your main night time activity is sleeping. I understand where the confusion might arise from between day and night counts. Because nights are interposed between days you ...


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What matters here is your last statement - the fact you're booking it as a single ticket. When you book a single ticket - regardless of how many airlines you are flying - your ticket is issued by a single airline. In this case that would probably be LAN Chile (as they are the first airline you fly), although it's also possible that it would be Air Canada ...


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There's one major reason other answers here seem to have missed out: whichever airline or online travel agent is processing your booking, if you pay by credit card or debit card online then they need your address as registered with your bank to authorise your transaction. Well, technically any payment processor is supposed to use address in addition to card ...


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Basically it means you pay less money if you book the room weeks or months in advance. But note that such a rate usually means you have to pay a fee if you cancel or change the booking at any time, while paying the regular rate usually allows cancelling or changing the booking for free up to a day or two before.


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You can obtain train tickets online on the Trenitalia website. It's better because you block the seats. There is certainly a high-speed connection between Florence and Rome. It's called Freccia Rossa. It takes 1.5 hours and starts every 30 minutes. The 22nd I would do Florence-Pisa-Florence-Rome. Florence-Pisa takes more or less one hour and you have ...


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You're confused: requiring the expiration date and the 3- or 4-digit code at the back has nothing to do with being a “US credit card”. Girocard is a German payment network. It can only be used to pay for things in Germany. You can't use it in other countries, European or otherwise. Many Girocard cards are simultaneously Maestro or V PAY cards. Those are ...


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Call the airline. They should be able to find your reservation by your name and travel dates.


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As a former Flightfox 'expert', this has changed over time. For a while, if you paid and ran a contest, and they couldn't beat your price, you could request a refund (if you proved you had a lower price), and you'd get your money back. Then a few months back they changed their model and shut out most of the experts, changing the remainder to 'travel ...


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Get the best of both worlds by buying a pass. I haven't priced the European ones recently, but 5 years ago they were a huge savings, and you have total flexibility. This spring I bought UK passes and the "8 days in a 30 day period" pass was cheaper than just one leg (London to Newcastle) was at the most popular time of day. Also first class on the passes is ...


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What you're most likely hitting up against here is "Interline agreements" (not to be confused with Interline baggage). When you book multiple flights on a single "ticket", even when the flights are on multiple airlines, the ticket is issued by a single airline. eg, if you say SFO-JFK on United, and then JFK-LHR on British Airways, the ticket will be issued ...


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Firstly, not all airlines do. I booked a Philippines Air flight (through Expedia) last night that didn't require I enter my physical address. So now that we've established that, we can look at those that do, and why. In case of disaster. Some airlines ask for an emergency contact name and phone, others merely ask for your physical address. It's another ...


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This is one of the cases where a reward ticket (using your points) can carry great value. Most airlines allow one stopover or one open jaw, and some offer more (I've seen two stopovers and an open jaw for some Air Canada redemptions) for the same points. This means that my Toronto to London, ten days, to Venice, three days, back to Toronto trip cost exactly ...


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There's really only 2 ways that you're going to be able to work out if a hotel you're booking via an opaque site has features such as free wifi : If it's listed in the description. Although opaque sites are generally deliberately short on details on the hotel, free wifi is one of the things that is sometimes listed, although it depends a lot on both the ...



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