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First of all, looking at the reviews for Osteria da Nico on Tripadvisor, regrettably you fell prey to a tourist trap. Regarding your question on pricing by weight: such is typical for foods such as meat (e.g. a steak) or especially seasonal fish but very untypical for regular courses (such as e.g. a Pizza). You can find the menu of a reputable Italian ...


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First, the seat map may not at all reflect the number of people booked on the flight. People may be booked but not have seats assigned yet for any number of reasons. That said, airlines seek to maximize their profit, not to fill the plane. If someone is booking a flight at the last minute, there's a decent chance that particular flight is important to them,...


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You can get a dramatic reduction in price without sacrificing comfort and safety by selecting a Paris suburb that has good Metro connections... Saint-Cloud is a short walk to 'Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud' metro station and a quick search locates decent hotels starting at about EUR 85. La Défense has its own metro station and a quick search locates brand ...


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I've worked in the hospitality industry for 18 years in the United States so I can answer this with some knowledge. Most states require a hotel to post their "Maximum Possible Rate" on the back of the guest room door. This is to keep a hotel from "price gouging" in the event of a natural disaster or even from discriminatory practices, (charging someone of a ...


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If the plane is half-empty, then it stands to reason that the airline wants to make as much money as possible from anyone who does now decide they need to take that flight. That way, they can attempt to recoup some of the "lost" revenue from those un-used seats. You might be thinking that the airline should reduce the price of the seats, to encourage more ...


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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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As Calchas says, you might get the best price by negotiating with the hotel directly. If you tell them that you do not need room service -- or only need it once a week -- you may be able to get a significant discount as labor is one of the highest marginal costs for a hotel. The same goes for waiving breakfast, if they have it. Also, you should try to ...


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Depending on the country, long stays can be exempt from various taxes. This is an example for Texas, but I believe it is also the case in many (all?) other US states. Permanent Residents (30-Day Rule) Guests who occupy a hotel room for 30 or more consecutive days are considered permanent residents and are exempt from hotel tax. There can be no ...


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Depends. If you consider low-cost airlines, those usually price each segment individually based on demand for that specific flight, so whether you include a Saturday evening or not should not change the total price. On traditional airlines, there are usually different fares for one-way and return trips (and multi-city, open jaws, etc.). Their traditional ...


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Same tickets. No difference in service. There is a difference in service between the budget and the flat bed class, but no difference otherwise. As you point out, the A330 suggests AirAsia X and the fact that it's a flight over 4 hours also suggests that; so it's an AirAsia X flight, whatever they're saying it as. Judging by the general quality of their ...


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The graphic you have displayed is not a good indicator that the flight is full; that is an indicator of how many people have pre-selected seats. It is also normal for prices to increase as the date of departure nears - as you have to pay a premium for last minute tickets. You are also arriving and departing the same day; which is normally an expensive ...


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Besides the other explanations given, the cheapest fares typically have advanced purchase restrictions such as being bought 7 days in advance of flight. As you approach the day of flight these fares start to become ineligible for purchase, and less restrictive, more expensive fares must be bought.


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I was searching for a room with booking.com, and when it displayed results, it included shared rooms. And just under the "order by" pane, there was a pane with a text and link: Clicking this link filters out shared rooms.


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While there doesn't seem to be hard evidence of airlines offering different prices bases on cookie/IP identification of site visitor, the possibility of this shouldn't be dismissed either, especially considering visitor tracking methods employed by advertisers on the internet, for example. Using Incognito mode on your browser, preferably coupled with an ad-...


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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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If KLM wants passengers to fly with them from Dusseldorf to Boston, they have to compete with other carriers flying the same route. In this particular situation, they are obviosuly trying to underbid the German no-frills airline 'airberlin' operating on the same route, even with some direct flights, starting their round-trip tickets at around 550€. If you ...


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First up, this is a bit dodgy and I'd suggest perhaps just paying the fare... As for the technicalities - you won't be able to tap out with Suica at the same station on JR, you'd need to go to the attendant and ask them to do it manually. If it's 2 hours after you tapped in, they may ask questions. You can buy paper 'platform tickets' to see off people at ...


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Today I went to the consular office of the Vietnamese Embassy here in Vientiane to ask them. Whether you want a one-month or three-month visa, the price is the same: $60 USD to pick up your passport after three working days. $70 USD for express service - pick up your passport the following day. I asked the staff there if the prices are the same at the ...


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If you ask for a one way, it will only show you a one way. Buying a round trip and throwing away the second half is frowned upon by airlines, as are many of the other ways SL suggests. Caveat Emptor


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It happened to me--or I did once not take the second leg of a two leg trip. I left country A with a transfer in country B for final arrival at country C. My visa for country C was not issued, while I did have a visa for country B. So I just got off the flight in country B. As it turned out, and unbeknown to me, the airline then canceled my return booking ...


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Having been down this road before, I would carefully weigh the potential hassle vs. the cost savings. Having to change hotels (or even rooms in the same hotel) in the middle of a vacation (when you should be relaxing) or a business trip (when you should be focused on your objective) can be extremely distracting and inconvenient. While it may, in some ...


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Yes, NSB offers 'minipris' tickets starting as low as 249 NOK (about 27€) for any distance on the Norwegian railway network. They can be bought up to 90 days in advance, are only valid for the booked train and cannot be changed or refunded. There are usually only a few tickets available in the cheapest allotment on each train and then the price increases ...


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In general the rule about airfares is that they're illogical and unpredictable. The way not to go crazy is to view them a bit like playing the stock market: You never really know which way they'll go, but most of the time they go up. Sales or special offers are just one particular variation on this. If you already know that you're definitely going and when ...


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Not the expert in this field, but in my opinion, prices will not go down. Oil prices went down big time, and ticket prices didn't change a bit. Other epidemics in the past few years did not end up making ticket prices lower. What happens is, people are scared to go to Latin America, fine! airlines will simply make flights less to that part, and see where ...


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The rates depend on the contracts between service and network providers. These will of course vary based on the companies involved and depend in part on the expected amount of traffic set down in the contracts. It's like any other business deal, higher volume tends to make for lower prices per unit, especially as the overhead (administration cost etc.) per ...


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I used to have long hotel stays, and I can confirm you that it's possible to get a significant discount for long stays. Usually, I would book the first week online, and then have a word with the hotel manager a couple of days before departure. Hotels which are not in the top of a given city usually can't fill all rooms, so they will rather give you a ...


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How competitive is the sector? You are booking a code-share flight with Delta, so you'll actually be flying on Delta (it says "operated by Delta"), and since Delta is a US based airline flying out of Amsterdam, they may have different costs for that segment. A quick search finds that there are only two daily non-stop flights from AMS to BOS, and they are ...


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To give a precise answer you will have to compare the fine print of both insurance policies and those will likely be different from car rental company to company and website to website. However indicatively I found the following to be the case: Protection: It is possible that the insurance of the rental company covers car parts that are not covered by ...


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According to three different websites, the pricing is as following: $2 per day to extend a valid visa $10 per day to extend an expired visa It is possible that there is a $1/day option somewhere but I couldn't find any records of it.


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