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Simply because the fuel cost is only a very small part of the total cab fee and at least until recently, when taxis had mechanically coupled taxameters, it would probably have been much more expensive taking fuel consumption into account than what anyone could have gained by doing so. The major part of the cab fee, perhaps as much as 80-90%, covers the ...


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i have never been in a country where the taxi fare changed depending on the number of passengers. If there are seatbelts for 3 passengers, you can take 3 passengers. Some countries charge for bags, others only if there are a lot of bags or the driver handles them. In general, the weight of the passengers is rather small compared to the weight of the ...


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That is 600 lbs (~ 43 stone) more than the original ride for 1 person. Quite a significant increase, which has got to affect the fuel consumption of that taxi cab noticeably. You are mistaken there. The weight of the car is really a very minor part of the fuel consumption and an even more minor part of the total costs of running a car. So for ...


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Surcharges for Extra Passengers Here are two counterexamples. In both Italy and France, if I recall correctly, taxis charge extra when the number of passengers require one to seat on the front seat next to the driver. Furthermore, a surcharge can be applied when the customer requires a car with more than 5 seats (including the driver). Note that the concept ...


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The transport authority website states that children under 4 travel free on all buses. (I can't find the information in the anemic part of the site that's translated into English.) I don't see any mention of an exception for the airport buses (Roissybus, Orlybus). Children under 10 get a half-rate only in certain (common) conditions: when you buy a book of ...


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Even in the UK there can be additional cost of additional passengers. This is from guildford council's Taxi Fare Procedure (http://www.guildford.gov.uk/media/14270/Item-4-1---Hackney-Carriage-Fares-App-1---Taxi-Fares-Procedurepdf/pdf/pdf15_1.pdf): In addition to the charge per mile, we will apply an extra charge for each passenger carried in excess of ...


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Airlines will charge what they think customers will pay, and that price fluctuates over time and for various commercial factors, including demand, cost of supply and other factors. I often travel to the 3rd nearest airport (2 hours drive away) to save sometimes upwards of £1000 when taking the family on holiday. Always looking at nearby airports - both ...


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My guess, because it varies from one airline to another, even for airlines in the same country. There is usually some sort of a nationwide limit, then the airlines can go more restrictive on defining "unaccompanied minor". For the airline I work for, a passenger between 5 and 12 years old is considered UM, while another neighbor airlines set the limit to ...


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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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I phoned TfL to find the answer to this. It's simple and straightforward: The rate depends on when you touch in. Peak fares apply from 06:30 to 09:29 and from 16:00 to 18:59 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Off-peak fares apply at all other times. That is, if you touch in during those two three-hour periods, you will be charged the peak fare. ...


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The prices I see for Denver to Regina on your dates (526 USD on Air Canada, via Calgary) are similar to what I find for flights of similar profiles in Europe and Japan, so this is not a Canadian thing. For example for Bordeaux to Copenhagen (Air France, via Paris) I find 565 EUR (611 USD), and for Aomori to Fukuoka (ANA, via Osaka) I find 59100 JPY (482 ...


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TL;DR - for almost all cases, all trains which permit seat reservations need to be with the same TOC to get a cheap deal Advanced Purchase tickets on their own are always for specific trains. When you get your ticket, it'll have 2+ parts, one for the route, one saying what trains you have to take (and normally your seat too). In some cases, the ticket will ...


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Under the Delta Pay With Miles program, you can purchase Delta flights with a combination of miles and money, but you need to have one of the Delta co-branded American Express cards and purchase your tickets directly from Delta in order to do it. So, if you still have that Delta Gold AmEx, you can do this. The eligible cards are the Delta SkyMiles Gold ...


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Its not a myth. Its simply a case of supply and demand and well, economics in general. If demand increases, and supply remains the same (you can't build hotels quickly) then prices will go up. They do go up. To give you a simple example of this, I am booking hotels in Amsterdam for a technical conference in November and I am not finding any available ...


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There's no special system for sub-1 hour travel. It's the same search algorithm, and the same rules. In that sense, use your usual favourites. However, there is a big difference: you may find that many online travel agents will be reluctant to issue a ticket at less than one hour to departure: it leaves them with little time to sort out any problems if the ...


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There is no "extra money". The BHX-FRA-WDH fare is priced as a single entity and represents just one of many different fares sold for any particular flight. No single fare class represents "The Fare" for that flight, they are all calculated using formulas that are designed to: fill the plane, cover costs of operations and make a profit. So they aren't ...


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As far as I know, Delta, like most other airlines, doesn't give customers the option to directly buy tickets with a combination of miles and cash. The closest option I know of is that you can use money to buy miles (see the "SkyMiles" tab on the Delta home page). You could buy the additional miles that you need, then book the flight using miles only. ...


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I am going to assume that the itineraries are exactly the same except for the price. There are many, many ways to cover a given flight itinerary with a valid set of fare components. The computational difficulty in the problem is finding the lowest allowable combination by price. My guess is that basically the pricing engine in the first instance was not ...


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Yes, it is usual, at least in Japan. Note that even in Europe you can't book too early. Although regular airlines such as JAL and ANA operate on a similar schedule than other international airlines (i.e., tickets go on sale about a year in advance) for international routes, low-cost airlines operate on a tighter schedule. For example, Summer 2015 tickets at ...


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If the airline is a "traditional" one then most likely there are a number of rates entered in the GDS and what you are after are those. Typically a GDS rule has something like a start date, an end date, days of the week, number of stopovers allowed etc. You can search on matrix.itasoftware.com for a given route and a given carrier direct and get a one month ...


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Fare prices are not infinitely flexible, even though it may look that way when you are trying to buy a ticket. Each airline publishes a finite number of fixed fares on a given city pair in its public tariff. The tariff is then distributed to every travel agent and every online travel agent and every other major airline in the world through a system called a ...


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TL;DR: It's complicated. Here's the baseline scenario: Flights from A via B to C, operated by airlines 1 and 2. If you buy a ticket from A to B, airline 1 gets all the money; if you buy a separate ticket from B to C, airline 2 gets all the money. To merge the two as a connecting A-B-C flight, there are three basic options: Interline. Two airlines agree ...


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You might be out of luck. Although the RATP, Aéroport de Paris and Paris Info websites mention different prices for the ticket (11EUR the first two and 11.60EUR the latter), they only mention one price. Moreover, the Paris Info website says that there is a unique fare (tarif unique in French): Roissybus est une ligne de bus sans arrêt entre le centre de ...


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An employee of Reading Buses answered my question: Thank you for your enquiry regarding our smartcards. If you are not a frequent traveller then you can opt for our E-Purse Card. It doesn’t save you money, however will save you having to keep looking for correct change. Can be topped up online, with the driver or the shop. This can also be ...


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Could well be illegal price-fixing - in other words, a cartel. US airlines face a price-fixing probe amid allegations that they colluded to keep fares high. The US Justice Department confirmed that it is investigating some carriers over "possible unlawful coordination". The Business Travel Coalition welcomed the move by the Department if ...


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In reality, the meter makes it hard. We have the technology, but it most countries Taxis are highly regulated, and you pay for the car by the meter. Published notices display the fare and tariff structure. This is generally law, however you can come to an arrangement with the driver and have the meter off. In Australia, there are small differences between ...


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About your question on whether it is “possible to search for dates when the cheapest fares apply”: SNCF offers a “best price calendar”. After you select stations and an approximate date of travel, you get a calendar with a price for each date, which is the price of the cheapest ticket still available on that date. Selecting a date shows you the train details ...


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According to Cheapair.com's analysis of 1.5 billion domestic airfares over almost 5 million trips the answer is no, it is not more expensive to buy at Christmas simply because it is Christmas. The price fluctuates considerably with a sweet spot of cheap stability seen "one to four months out". You may well have seen the price increase, but given the ...


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To answer your question, there is a way to "buy a series of one way tickets that would follow the first itinerary?" I created Stopover Search Engine that does exacly this. You combine several one-ways to create custom itinerary and get to use stopovers as additional destinations. Often cheaper then Round Trips but not always. I wrote a blog post ...


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The answer to your question is complicated. Almost all major carriers will offer discounts on some routes in some directions to children under 12 under some circumstances. It is a matter of what the market demands (or will tolerate), not what the airline feels like. For instance for a while British Airways earlier in the year, offered children free travel ...



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