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It's hard to understand why this can be the case without some background in how airline fares work, so lets start with a bit of background... For each route, airlines will publish a number of different fares, each with a distinct "fare code" - normally with weird names like "TANRKL", "YSJWNN" or "X34Q". Corresponding to these fare codes are "fare rules" ...


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California, USA is one place where you see these posted rates. I believe this is to comply with Civil Code Section 1863: (a) Every keeper of a hotel, inn, boardinghouse or lodginghouse, shall post in a conspicuous place in the office or public room, and in every bedroom of said hotel, boardinghouse, inn, or lodginghouse, a printed copy of this ...


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First Class on the TGV means a wider seat, power sockets, less people (so a generally quieter environment), and that's about it. Standard Premier on the Eurostar is pretty much the same, except you get a small cold dish and a cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. The difference in price is more due to demand than the actual cost of the service. ...


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No. To go between France and the UK by train, you need to cross the Channel Tunnel. Only three types of trains cross the Channel tunnel: Eurostar high-speed trains carrying passengers Eurotunnel shuttles carrying vehicles Freight trains The Tunnel will soon open to competition, but the other competitors are likely to be high-speed trains heading to other ...


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The fees are per ticket. If your flights are on a single ticket (the usual case when you book a return flight), then you only pay the fee once (i.e.: 75 for change 150 for cancel). If each flight is on a separate ticket (look at your reservation, you'll see the ticket numbers), then it is 150 and 300 accordingly.


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The only website that I know is Farecast, that now seems to be called Bing Travel. This seems to be more or less successful, as they state by themselves: According to a third-party audit of our predictive technology, we’re about 75% accurate and on average, customers will save over $50 on a typical round-trip transaction. I never used it by ...


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This is one of those areas where the answer can vary from airline to airline. There are a few "official" definitions of an "international flight", such as in the Montreal Convention and Warsaw Convention, and these define an international flight as including any domestic segments that form a part of transporting a passenger between two points in different ...


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TFL has a Fare Finder where you can figure out how much you will be charged for each journey. TFL hold a table of the optimal route between every two stations. They have defined routes by the fastest/cheapers/whatever they feel like route and that's what you're charged by default. If you go along anothor route you can touch in at the Pink Oyster card ...


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About the only difference is noted at the bottom of the page of ticket prices: Children under the age of 4 may travel without a ticket. So yes, some children get a discount, but not all. However, there is a tourist season travel ticket, for x number of days which you can purchase, for certain zones and various combos. For this, children under 11 get ...


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It can certainly be less expensive to purchase separate tickets for certain segments as opposed to the complete journey, particularly on a mixed itinerary. I would strongly advise against this unless you are a very experienced international traveler, for a number of reasons: Checked baggage - Even if the two airlines you are flying have an interlining ...


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Star Cruises operates cruises in 2013 from Keelung, Taiwan to Naha and Ishigaki in Okinawa. Their website is astonishingly disorganized, slow and flaky, but a search for cruises in July 2013 from Keelung indicates that they operate the Keelung-Ishigaki-Keelung route almost weekly in summer, with departures on July 3, 10, 24 and 31, with two-night cruises ...


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If I am reading multiple place on the Interwebs you may be out of luck. There were ferries running regular scheduled service from Taiwan to Okinawa but they apparently went bankrupt (OpenJourney confirms this as well). If one to believe Wikitravel there is an irregular service offered by Star Cruises but I can't confirm through their website this to be ...


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If you perform a search for flights on Kayak, it will sometimes show an airfare predictor in the top left-hand-corner of the results window, showing whether prices are predicted to fall or rise in the next 7 days (and therefore, whether you should purchase the ticket now or wait). This only seems to happen when enough people have searched for that route ...


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For last minute bookings buy opaque tickets online! There are a few sites for this like hotwire.com and priceline.com For what I know, airlines don't sell tickets at cheaper prices at the airport right before flights as they did years ago, because that would encourage the passengers to have this behavior. But selling opaque is a win-win situation: it fills ...


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No, this is totally "normal" airline behaviour. I never completely understood the rationale behind this policy. It seems to have something to do with that one-way tickets are the normal fare and on round trips reductions typically apply. If you need to travel on very short notice, the return is sometimes just the double of two one-way trips.


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If you change the ticket at "ANY TIME" then there will be a $75 fee - however that doesn't mean that it will only cost you $75 to make the change. In addition to the change fee, most airlines will also charge you for the "fare difference" for your new flights. The fare difference is the difference between the price you paid for the original dates, and the ...


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All depends on the contract between the reseller and the airline. Without knowing the details about those contracts, it's impossible to say anything whatsoever. And remember that the price a reseller pays to the airline is often considerably less than the price they charge you, the end user. That's their profit. So they're often quite capable of offering ...


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You can use a combination of "classical" trains and ferry. Take a local train from Lille to Calais. Walk or take a taxi to the ferry terminal. Cross the channel by ferry to Dover. Take a bus from the ferry terminal to the train station. Take a train to London (plenty of options). A detailed description with up-to date information is available here: ...


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Unfortunately that's how it is. You can look at this site for clipper info and what can be loaded on it, but it seems that you have already. Here's the info about BART fares. You can buy the "High Value Discount" tickets in person in several places, you don't have to order it by mail necessarily. These are central locations which you undoubtedly are going to ...


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I might contribute some inside knowledge since I am working for a company which contributed the software for a major cheap-flight company. Generally the prices are determined by offer and the demand BUT there is another major variable (in fact several) in the game for short-booking. Statistics show that most (80%) last-minute bookers are in an important ...


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Oh online! I mean, it depends how much time you have, but even when I flew into Dusseldorf last year, I trained to Cologne, hopped on a net cafe terminal and found a cheap flight from Cologne to London for that evening. I've heard of upgrades at the airport, and certainly you can buy and change tickets, but I've yet to hear of anyone claim that they're ...


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I think the answer is the 4th of july. If you check for airfares to Frankfurt, Manchester, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, or even Tokyo. You'll see the same pattern, of sudden high fares in that period. Americans apparently like to leave the country during their independence day. Check one week before and one week later and suddenly the prices are lower.


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Basically it boils down to the fact that Eurostar can move you between Paris and London, whereas TGV cannot. It's not about the “extra cost” of Eurostar versus TGV or what Eurostar comfort is worth as this is not a choice available to anybody. Speculating a bit, there are many things that might contribute to make Eurostar expensive: Use rights for the ...


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Balearic Islands Transport (Transports de les Illes Balears - TIB) provides an extensive network of public buses throughout Mallorca and also operates the single line Palma Metro. EMT Palma de Mallorca (Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca) is responsible for bus services in the City of Palma and its surroundings. The website, in English, ...


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A regular Oyster card requires a £5 deposit which is refundable if you hand the card back. It has to be bought in London or ordered to a UK residential address. A visitor Oyster card can be bought in various locations outside London or delivered internationally. There is a £3 non-refundable charge (plus delivery if applicable). Both cards give access to ...


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You may actually be asked to pay this amount if you ask for a room at the reception. It happened to me once in Hong-Kong. We had 2 nights booked over the internet, and wanted to extend our stay. The manager at the reception advised us to go to an internet cafe round the corner and do the booking there...


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From Kayak's help page on prices: Although we try hard to find accurate prices, sometimes we don't. Fill out the form below, and it will alert our programmers so they can investigate the problem. With your help, search results will get better for everyone. Kayak is not a perfectly 'live' search site. It's as close to live as they can manage, but ...


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Many airlines do offer discounted tickets for children between the ages of 2-12 and fares are typically 2/3rds to 3/4ths of a full adult fare. Because the number of tickets is limited and airlines offering such rates on various routes aren't the same, the best advice I can give is to try a search on travel sites like SkyScanner, Travelocity, Orbitz et al ...



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