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We just created https://bookwithmatrix.com, a site that lets you simply copy and paste the itinerary from ITA Matrix and get links to the major OTAs (online travel agents) where you can make the booking. As jpatokal mentioned, for the most complex fares you may have to talk to a travel agent, but this looks at the fare construction and tries to build the ...


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Thanks for everyone's advice! Decided I'll use put the ID Card on domestic tickets, and use the passport for the Tajik Train to Kazakhstan


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We don't do specific recommendation on this site, so the best we can do is give you some ideas of places to look for cheaper accomodations. For purposes of expensive accomodation, you can consider the centre of Paris to be the 1st Arondissemont, essentially the centrepoint of this map. Anything in the area of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel ...


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"Number of guests" means the number of people who will be staying in the room. A "guest" in this context is a customer of the hotel.


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It's usually a number for how many people the place can accommodate. It's NOT always an indication of the number of beds. (Dictionary defintion - number 7 in this case): to accommodate for sleeping; have sleeping accommodations for For example, a 2 bedroom apartment I'm staying in during August sleeps arguably 8, but only has 4 beds - a double, a ...


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You are two guests; select "2" in the drop down. Usually his number will indicate how many beds in a dorm or other shared facility are reserved for you -- the remaining beds will be allocated to other guests. In the case of tents or private rooms, it also helps the hostel know how many you need. If you select 3 people for a 2-person tent, the hostel will ...


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Large travel agents have 24/7 assistance numbers. If you end up stranded at 2am on Sunday, they can get you rebooked, find a hotel room, etc. Most organizations are simply unable or unwilling to provide that support. OTA's (online travel agents) such as Expedia and Travelocity are notoriously bad at pointing a finger at the airline or hotel, while the ...


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IF in UK, something called ATOL protects all purchased tickets. IF in a backward place like the usa; One suspects that, in the case of 'a problem', they know which building to burn down and who gets a visit from 'BigVinnie' and the 'boys'. Additionally, someone's brother-in-law is probably involved somewhere...


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Something not mentioned so far is the fact that the ticket booked through the travel agent may be refundable, where the ticket from the online vendor is most likely not refundable. A number of years ago when I traveled on behalf of a government agency this was the case. We often booked flights that were one or two hundred dollars more than the cheapest price ...


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The Extra $50 25$ -> additional profit for the travel agent 25$ -> the one who referred you for that agent [ PS : 25$ figure, Roughly Taken ]


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At many universities this is recommended but it is rarely a requirement, for the reasons listed in the other answers. However, there are downsides to booking via a travel agency, e.g. if you need to rebook the flight back while you are at the conference. You then need to contact your travel agency to do that for you, and they may ask that you make a payment ...


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All the answers so far seem to miss an important point: Your university might be legally required to do that. Specifically, above a certain amount of money, in many countries, public sectors organisations have to go through a specific procedure (call for tenders) to procure goods and services.


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Another reason - they think the time you would be spending looking for cheap flights is worth more than the price difference.


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On top of the other answer by DCTLIB... You haven't specified where you are and where is 'your' company, but there might be tax or financial book-keeping reasons. E.g. if the company is in EU they might require a proper VAT invoice to properly book it (and maybe get a VAT refund). And some vendors, especially in US, are unlikely to provide that. Using a ...


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There are several reasons why such internal policies exist: Your institution may get a discount on certain services of the travel agent if it buys enough from the agent By having a contract with a reasonably-priced travel agent, they make sure that no employee books the flight with a very pricey agent or with a travel agent that happens to be a relative of ...


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According to The Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 4.—(1) Every person of or over the age of 16 years who stays at any premises to which this Order applies shall, on arriving at the premises, inform the keeper of the premises of his full name and nationality. (2) Every such person who is an alien shall also— (a)on arriving at the ...


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Since you have a 24 hour layover, there should be no real issues with missing the flight, you would simply be listed as a no show on the next day's NY to Phoenix flight and the airline pockets the fare.


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You've found one reason why it's important to check many different websites if you want the cheapest fare. In this case, Travelocity has offered you an itinerary from CCU-SCE for INR 60144, while on Kayak the same itinerary redirects to Gotogate, where it costs INR 74068. There are two big differences between these itineraries. One is the plating carrier, ...


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Tip: Only use search engines to find out who flies between the city pairs and use the airline website for actual booking, you will have a much better selection. I happen to know Qatar has free-to-cancel tickets and on a random date it was actually cheapest on Kayak so I checked Mumbai-Johannesburg on qatarairways.com and the fares / cancel fees in Economy ...


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In answer to the pre-booking bit of the question (and specifically ticket delivery) - DSVN now offer e-tickets, which can be printed out, and probably even shown on a mobile screen, although I didn't risk the latter. With that in mind, it's probably best to prebook tickets if you can, it guarantees you a seat on the train you want to be on. If you're ...


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i found a way that seems very reliable and is entirely online, for bookings made by AA: First, have tripcase (owned by Sabre) link to the AA-created itinerary: Go to tripcase.com (you might need to create an account and log in) Click Create New Trip Enter a name for the trip in the pop-up box and click Create Click Link a Booking (on the upper right) ...


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In other words: is there a policy that a document used in a train booking must also be acceptable for entry and exit from Russia? No, there is no written policy for that. The only thing you should be aware of is the conductor during the board check validates your document and ticket. The document number and your names in it must be the same as in your ...


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I think in theory you can. But you must present same ID to the conductor as you've used to book a train. In practice chances are pretty high that you would be denied boarding by the conductor if you try to use something that does not look like a passport. Overall, it's highly recommended to have your passport with you at all times in Russia. Especially if ...



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