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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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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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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. If you had booked the entire trip as ...


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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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I use both depending on the situation. When I use an aggregator it is only booking.com and airbnb. Outside these two I book directly through the primary site. Booking.com has three features I like very much. Often you can cancel your reservation without cost up until 24hours before arrival. This especially interesting if you would like to wait for a ...


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You can find a document that describes the requirements for transiting the UK on the website of the UK Home Office. In general, Indian citizens DO require a visa to transit the UK, however there are a number of exceptions. The two that are potentially relevant to you are : (b) a valid visa for entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United ...


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For international flights, the magic number is usually (but not always) 24 hours. If your flights are less than 24 hours apart, it's a "transit" or a "layover" and it's free; if it's over 24 hours, it's usually "stopover" and you may need to pay extra. Note that these terms are not always used consistently and it's not always 24 hours; I've seen up to 72 ...


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I don't understand what "logic" has to do with it. Placing a hold means that no one else can book the seat for the period of the hold. It is a short-term reservation. So if there are five remaining seats on a flight and you place a hold on one, the airline can only sell or reserve four. After 24 hours or whatever the hold is, you lose your privilege and the ...


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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 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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Ugly situation. Some ideas: Befriend a specific taxi driver which is reliable (I think at the given time in the early morning there will be no rivals, it is more a convienience problem). Be independent with other transportations. If you do not want or cannot afford a car, a motorbike, a scooter: Some people I know of drive 40 km (25 miles) with a bike. Ok, ...


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It'll be up to the hotel and sometimes, the discretion of the person on the front desk. Sure, sometimes your name is enough. Sometimes showing the app is enough (and should be). But there's that small chance you'll get that one clerk who wants everything done by the book and insists on seeing your printed reservation. So if you want to avoid hassles, ...


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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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No, this will not work. Buying a return ticket and only using the first leg of it will certainly work - just make sure that you don't skip any of the legs before the one(s) you intend to use to avoid the ticket being canceled. However what will not work is trying to book a refundable fare class for the return, and then obtaining a refund for that leg. The ...


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Have a read of the How to Book Indian Train Tickets from Outside of India section of Seat61. It details exactly what you need to do to get an account (depending on the credit card you plan to use), how to get it verified, and then information on booking the tickets. It's fiddly, takes a couple of days, but I can confirm that it works as I used it last ...


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Of course you can, at least you can try. Hostels are small businesses that don't work by strict rules. And why should they not take your reservation on the same day? There is always the chance that they are full, but then you stay somewhere else and come back the next day if you really want to stay at that place. I think in 20 months in Latin America, I ...


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Over the past year, one of the most effective response methods I've found is to tweet the company's twitter account. Many big companies and certainly several airlines have social media monitoring set up now, and will try to 'take it offline' to prevent public airings of discontent on twitter (no company wants to risk their name trending for a bad reason). ...


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You should probably check with the companies themselves about specific refunds if the price drops after you book, since I can't answer for every single airline. That being said, here are a few general things to keep in mind with refunds such as these. From experience, I can almost guarantee that Ryanair doesn't offer such a program. Ryanair rarely offers ...


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DB Bahn is the group that manages passenger travel within Germany, and is responsible for the managing, ticketing, servicing and running of all German Intercity-Express, EuroCity, Intercity and Regionalbahn trains, and many commuter-oriented urban Stadtschnellbahn (generally abbreviated as S-Bahn) networks within Germany. The group also handles the ...


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In China, the EEB (Exit-Entry Bureau) branch of the PSB (Public Security Bureau) works together with local police to keep track of foreigners in the country. When you stay in a hotel, the hotel is required to forward your passport details to the local police. If you stay in a private residence, you are required to register yourself in the household register ...


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You might check the prices as of now for a similar period (e.g. looking for rooms as if your trip was in a month), and see how they evolve during the next weeks/months. Having done a part of the trip you're planning last year, I'd say: Book every night on National Parks as early as possible: there is less accomodation on offer than demand would like to ...


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Yes, it is worth purchasing Amtrak tickets as early as possible. Amtrak does practice yield management, although it is not nearly as sophisticated as the airlines in this regard. Fares will increase closer to the date and time of travel. Equally importantly, however, Amtrak has a relatively generous change policy in that if your plans change, you only need ...


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It should be enough. Your confirmation from the on-line booking site would include all the required: it will note that the hotel confirmed the reservation, it will detail the required information about the hotel, and will also include a receipt showing proof of payment. It will also include your name on the reservation, and on the receipt. The idea is to ...



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