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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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The main case where the price-per-person will be different when searching for more than one person is when there is only one seat left at the cheapest fare. In such a case, the search engine (or at least every one I've ever seen) will search for the cheapest fare where all passengers can travel at the same fare. That might mean bumping all passengers to ...


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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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You can't. At any point a new deal could come out. And these aren't entirely predictable either - demand to some extent is predictable, but all you need is a 'random' event - a sudden football final in an unexpected location, for example, to drive air traffic and crowds. Kayak has recently tried to predict, and they have a 'prediction' algorithm, that's ...


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They are unusual in the West, but there are some airlines that offer cheaper seats when booking for multiple people. In particular, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific both offer "GV2" and "GV4" fares, available only to groups of 2 or 4 passengers respectively. For example, in this randomly Googled travel agent page, the single passenger price for a ...


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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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Since deregulation in 1978 US airlines have been free to charge whatever they want, and they almost universally responded with a plethora of extraordinarily complicated fare rules and an almost infinite number of fare options designed to maximize their revenue in a highly competitive marketplace. As a result literally every time you search for an airfare you ...


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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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I am 99% sure it is the fare class what makes the different. Webjet is not showing the class but definitely it is one of the cheap economy classes where the ticket is non-refundable and not flexible and maybe this kind of ticket is not adding much to FF program status, also you may not get the seat if it was overbooked. The class shown for SWISS YWFFEO is a ...


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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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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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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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On the page for excess baggage charges there's a separate section For seamen traveling within Europe which strongly suggests that's what your "Marine" refers to - a seaman.


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Since privatisation in the 80s/90s UK bus services are run by a vastly complicated array of private companies with overlapping and disparate jurisdictions, journeys, fares and services. Local services are run by many, many companies, often with overlapping routes. Sometimes the same route will be run by two companies! There are also national services ...


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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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Have a look at ExpertFlyer, their premium subscription plan offers the following features: Airfare prices are available in the currency of your choice Shows all published airfare prices between two cities Airfare prices displayed for one-way, round-trip and Around The World (RTW) fares Shows both booking class and fare basis code Specify a ...


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According to cheapair.com, the price starts to skyrocket 30 days before the departure date. Quoting it, [Within 29 days] the increase began to accelerate and once you were within 14 days the fares really shot up dramatically. Their graph:


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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