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It depends on where you are where you want to go But before that, keep in mind that check-in closes on average 30-40 minutes prior to the flight departure, luggage drop-off one hour before and security will take, in the best-case scenario, 15 minutes. (Although 30-40 is more likely.) You simply can't go through security before you board your flight! ...


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Minutes. All airlines still sell walk-up tickets, where you simply rock up to the airport and ask "a ticket for the next flight, please", although you will usually pay through the nose for the privilege. In the case of standby tickets, you may not even be able to purchase the ticket until check-in has closed, which may be as little as 30 minutes before ...


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According to this resource (in German) you can book max. 3 months in advance. The online booking system internally regards that as 92 days: Frühestmögliche Buchung Fahrkarten können frühestens drei Monate vor dem Reisetag gekauft werden, im Onlineverkauf ist die 3-Monats-Frist mit 92 Tagen festgelegt. Hierbei wird der aktuelle Tag mitgezählt, ...


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German railway tickets can usually be booked online 91 days in advance, see this page under "Terms and conditions" for flexible tickets. Discount offers may have different conditions: Pre-sales deadline: From 91 days until shortly before departure There are some exceptions however. If e.g. a timetable change is scheduled and the new timetable is not ...


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The rule of thumb is that children count as soon as they need their own beds. Baby sleeping in same bed or in a cot? Doesn't count. Preschooler in a rollaway bed? Counts. Obviously there is wide variation on this on a country, state, city and hotel policy level. In particular, as far as fire codes are concerned, a person is usually a person regardless ...


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Cheap international air tickets are generally not refundable. You will get some airport taxes back (probably less than 100 USD) minus an administration fee. Alternatively you might get a voucher that you can use towards a future flight on the same airline. It depends on how you buy the ticket. As a rule of thumb a fully refundable ticket will be about ...


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In the process of flying, there are different steps. The first is the booking, but there are others, mostly checking in and boarding. If you want to fly with your friend, when booking a flight, you should make sure you book the same flight (i.e. same day, same time, and usually same flight number). At least you will go to the airport at the same time and ...


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You can, from a travel agent or by phone to the airline (or at a ticket desk). However, the "PNRs" [passenger name record---the database record of your journey] will be split anyway so you and your friend will be on separate bookings. It is not possible for a single PNR to contain different flights for different people. The PNRs can be "linked" together so ...


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The main advantage of Thalys over Intercity trains is speed: 1h10 for a Thalys vs 2h10 for an Intercity on that route. And you have a reserved seat. Regarding ticketing, the point goes to the Intercity, as you say correctly. On the other hand, if you board the Intercity in Brussels you will be sure to have a seat. I have traveled several times on that ...


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Between Paris and Tours you can either take a TGV (highspeed train) or an "Intercités" (classical train). Both are cheaper when booked in advance. The full fare for a 2nd class TGV ticket is 65 EUR. Booked in advance it can be as cheap as 25 EUR. For Intercités the range goes from 15 EUR to 36.20 EUR. You should also know that TGVs can sell out. If you are ...


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No, advance booking is not required, you can generally walk up and buy tickets. This applies to both the slow ferries and the hydrofoils on the primary routes (Busan-Fukuoka, Busan-Shimonoseki). Of course, this assumes there is availability on the ferries, but outside absolute peak travel seasons (Golden Week etc) this is unlikely to be a problem, ...


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It happens in quite a few countries, even in the USA. It depends on the card processing bank that the merchant is using. Some request that the merchant document validity of the card in "card not present" transactions. You find it most when a charge is done manually, such as sending your card details to a Travel Company or hotel and then they process the ...


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This was quite common earlier, the number of such occurrences has decreased now. Due to the large volume of transactions that irctc website caters to, some of the transactions fail. In your case, the communication between the bank website and irctc must have timed out. You will receive a refund for this. However, the services charges will be deducted. It is ...


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I am positive there is no possibility to change seats easily (and searching the help on voyages-sncf returned no result). Once you made a reservation, this is not easy to make any change to it. I do not have any reservation right now to try harder to change the seat but recently I cancelled my booking and made a new one just to get a different seat. So that ...


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This sounds like you are booking into a trip that many members of your company are going on, perhaps meetings or conference or company gathering? If this is the case, then perhaps your company has booked a block of tickets and seats for the group and you are only booking/buying one of those seats for your self. Once you have your tickets purchased for both ...


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"Usual" sales opening To complement other answers, indeed the sales start exactly 90 days in advance on most trains - TGV and Intercités as @audionuma quoted. Be careful though, some trains like regional ones have specific fare policies that include different starting dates, and that depends on each region (e.g. I tried on the PACA TER website and I could ...


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This page (in French) from SNCF http://aide.voyages-sncf.com/toute-laide-train/je-prepare-mon-voyage/informations-pratiques-horaires-trafic-gares/ouverture-des-ventes mentions that the opening of sale is usually three months in advance. It basically says that the opening of sales for TGV and Intercités trains begins three months before the travel date. On ...


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From experience I say 3 months, but not sure whether that is 90 days regardless of length of the months, or same day of the week or same date regardless of month. You will have to check out a few trains and keep an eye out just before the expected period. The one exception I have seen on this rule is the Eurostar, which allows a 4 month early booking, ...



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