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Congratulations, I wouldn't complain! Airlines are pretty good these days at managing their passenger load, but sometimes they might overbook a flight or make some mistake and move people around between classes. Worst case, they made a mistake (and notice) and you'll fly economy just like you booked. Best case, you'll enjoy bigger seats and fancier food.


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I'd want to hire it as far from busy big cities as possible. The idea of damaging one, even if insured, would be so upsetting. So to maximise this, you'd want to do it during term time (kids in school, less people on holiday), when there's good weather. You'll want to pick up the car outside of rush hour, so around 10am, and still have a couple of hours ...


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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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It is perfectly possible that there is no Business/First class cabin on the plane - you don't say how long the flight is. For example, British Airways flights within the UK are sometimes booked as "C" class tickets (Business), even though there is no business class - it simply means you have an expensive, flexible ticket with benefits (e.g. lounge entry). ...


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In addition to the scenario identified by Andrew Ferrier, where the cabin displayed is an artifact of the fare class and not the actual existence of those seats on the aircraft, there are several other scenarios where an economy fare can yield a premium seat, though admittedly I do not think any would apply to Avianca. -UP Fares In the domestic U.S., ...


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Downgrading a flight maybe possible. It would depend on whether your ticketed fare allows you to do that. However, you may have issues if it was bought by a company as they may have used their corporate accounts and refunds (and partials) would go there. Even if it didn't they would notice they received less corporate air miles (or equivalent depending on ...


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We all join frequent flyer programs hoping to get "something for nothing," so this isn't the answer you want to hear, but if you like to fly first class, you'll either need to fly a lot more, make friends with someone who will gift you status or SWUs, or pay for first class tickets. Frequent flyer travel, whether award seats or upgrades, is subject to ...


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One option you could consider is the Siwa Oasis. It's an isolated oasis situated in the Western Desert region of Egypt, approximately 550 km west of the capital Cairo, 305 km south-west of Marsa Matruh and some 50 km from the border with Libya. Extending some 80 km in length and 20 km in width, the oasis is one of the most isolated settlements in the ...


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After emailing the address mentioned by Peter Hahndorf in his answer (salonvip@eaai.com.ni), I learned the following from "VIP Shift Managers" on duty who answered the emails: The VIP lounge service costs US$34.50 for adults and US$11.50 for children under 12 years old. Payment is made as you enter the lounge on the day of travel. The staff in the VIP ...


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From Tripadvisor: Try the VIP service at Managua airport: This service is one of the most unique you may experienced [sic]. You'll be greeted by an Airport representative with your name on a card at the end of the jetway or on the way down the corridor. Hand them your passport, $5, and be escorted past the long customs and baggage pick-up lines ...


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If I am reading the upgrade chart correctly in order to upgrade from cheapest fair to First Class you need 50000 miles and $250 So since I don't know where you're flying from I took LAX as a starting point. The difference between cheapest fare is: $515 The first class: $1905 Yielding difference of: ~$1400 You have if you're able to use them: ~6500 and ...


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For a quick summary, there's this BAEC FlyerTalk sticky which covers quite a bit in a compact fashion. If you want the full details, your best bet is the dedicated British Airways microsite on First. On the ground, the main differences are: Dedicated checkin lines (outstations) and checkin area (Heathrow / JFK), with quicker queues than Club World More ...


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I fly regularly with the same few airlines for business (even though I always purchase standard tickets) and have noticed that maybe one in every 8-10 flights, I am upgraded in some way, whether its 'first class' on a short haul flight (larger seats) or invited to the first class lounge on longer flights without much notice. They don't directly tell me this ...


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But you feel like this is either a waste of money It's a) not your money, b) already spent , c) the airlines need the cash. or you're petite and don't like the larger seats Walk into economy, find someone you like the looks of, trade seats. If you want to be cruel, find a mother with an infant. or you want to minimize your carbon footprint, ...


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Interesting question. I think this is where social networking comes forward. I personally go for TripAdvisor and look for user comments/ratings to check things like this. I skip the noisy hostels because I'm not a night man while travelling. It takes a lot of time to check all these things hostel-by-hostel, but its worthy. However I believe there is no ...


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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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For Paris-Milano you have the option of using Thello, which is a proper night train. The trains are really Paris-Venezia, but they stop in Milano. For these, you don't really book first or second class, but you book your compartment type. You can choose between two types of compartments - Couchette or Cabin. Couchette compartments are pretty basic; ...


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Oh yeah, this is tricky, but it's arguably also tricky to pick a good hotel. Some just aren't as described. Some have construction outside. Some aren't clean. Anyway, for a hostel. I've stayed in plenty, and sometimes I want a party hostel, sometimes I don't. And by far, the best indicator I've found for this is on hostelbookers - the hostel shows an ...


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It really depends on how the "ticket" is provided to you but assuming it is an airline printed ticket rather than an e-Ticket; A lot of tickets have AGT/REF endorsements which means any refund must go back to the purchaser via the agent. However, instead of a refund, you could ask the airline to re-issue your lower class ticket and issue the difference in ...


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Summary Your scheme is absolutely, definitely, 100% impossible, because: any excess amount refunded must and can only go to the purchasor, the rich relative. So that's that. Note however that regarding the first-explained aspect of your Caper, the answer is positively yes. A primary reason (rich!) people give 1st class tickets as presents is that they are ...


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On a business trip, I'm more interested in location and security than "fun". Close to the reason for my trip, or at the very least close to major roads or transportation networks is a must. Safe to have my laptop, tablet, and other gear with me as well. Ideally a secure car park if I'm going to need a rental car. As many people will end up on business travel ...


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To answer your specific questions: My question: With what I currently have what do you think is the best way to utilize everything to get the best price, do I buy additional miles for my AA advantage program to get an anytime coach ticket and then use the 500 mile upgrades (will they let me)? You cannot upgrade an award ticket, so that option is ...


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Cable Beach Resort in Broome should tick most of your boxes. However, being a 2.5 hour flight away from Perth, it's only "close" by WA standards. Busselton and other places around the Margaret River south of Perth are another option, but you're looking at a 2+ hour drive to get to them. If you're looking something under an hour from Perth, there's a fair ...



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