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An "Opaque" booking is one where you don't know the exact details of what you're booking until after you've made the booking. The most common form of opaque bookings are for hotels, but they also exist for flights. There two general formats of booking sites for opaque hotels - those that work on a "bidding" concept, and those that have a fixed price. ...


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I found a a link with useful experiences of doing this: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/online-travel-booking-bidding-agencies/1170662-bidding-air-tickets-priceline.html I won't summarise since the links is 5 years old. However, it did encourage me to try a few experiments myself. I have a US gift card with a few dollars on it so could use that to make some ...


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There's really only 2 ways that you're going to be able to work out if a hotel you're booking via an opaque site has features such as free wifi : If it's listed in the description. Although opaque sites are generally deliberately short on details on the hotel, free wifi is one of the things that is sometimes listed, although it depends a lot on both the ...


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Opaque flights, in the US at least, are far less common than opaque hotels - however they do still exist. The most common companies that do them are the same as for hotels - Pricelist ("Name your own price flights") and Hotwire ("Hot Rates"). Some other websites do them as well, including Expedia and Kayak, however they normally don't have a separate ...


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No there is not a way to add any more filters as long as you are still using their opaque feathers and that means that you could very well end up getting long layovers and many connections. A few tips to getting a good deal: 1st, unless you really just want the cheapest possible way to getting from one place to another without any regard to any possible ...


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I googled "secret hotels" and easily found a bunch. Here are two: http://www.travelocity.com/Promotions/0,,TRAVELOCITY%7C5301%7Chotels_main,00.html http://www.lastminute.com/site/travel/hotels/deals/top-secret.html The going rate seems to be a 50% discount, or so. This is steep, but will still not likely beat regular B&Bs, or AirBNB.


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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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