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To calculate the price of a ticket, we first need to know a little about how air pricing works. A ticket is a single, complete contract for one journey. It can contain up to a maximum sixteen flights. Each flight on the ticket must be paid for ("covered") by exactly one fare. A fare is a price that the airline offers on a city-pair, for example, London-New ...


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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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Yes, seriously, although the US$65 "royalty" is actually included in the US$200 "daily package fee". However, that's the group rate (3 or more people), you get socked another $40/30 per person if you're traveling solo/duo, and another $50/night/person if you're visiting when it's neither midwinter nor monsoon (March-May, Sep-Nov). Bhutan explicitly wants ...


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There are many things that airlines used to do that they can no longer do because customers have so much more information than before. 30 years ago, what people presented themselves as doing pretty well matched with what they were doing. But over the years, folks have learned (and shared with others) how pretending can save a lot of money: one way ticket ...


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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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For starters it is not a "minimum spend", rather it is the base rate per day for tours. It covers your government taxes, accommodation, three meals, guide services and transport. If you are doing some more specialized like white water rafting, climbing, etc there is a supplement. If you are wanting to stay in upscale hotels there is a supplement. The ...


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Promoting a comment to an answer - it's actually really really complicated! There's a reason why even Google can't give you an answer quickly, and why multi-city quotes can take such an age to run.... The best explanation I've come across of why this is, what goes into the complexity, what work there is in finding out the prices etc is given in this ...


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The Internet was a game changer in many businesses and the travel agency world is no exception. Nowadays people can easily (this is arguable) find the cheapest price in a quick search; therefore, agencies need to present the best price to be able to sell since that's a key factor. How can they do this? (These are assumptions based on general commercial ...


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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 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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I went there solo for 5 days in 2007, as part of a backpacking trip, and it's like this: You contact a tour agent ("operator") and explain that you just want to see the sights for N days. (Many of their tourists hire porters for serious mountaineering.) You will be quoted the minimum rate of $200/day or whatever. If the rate is different or the reply ...


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Unless you're an Indian, Bangladeshi or Maldivian citizen, you are unable to enter Bhutan without going through a Bhutanese tour agent - either directly or via a tour agent in your own country. You will not receive a visa otherwise. These tour agents are the ones that effectively "ensure" that you will meet the minimum spend as per Bhutanese tourist ...


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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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It's not clear. As far as I know, nothing has been ruled out or abolished, it's just that announced dates for vote/approval for new measures slip and nothing has happened yet. There were no further mandatory price cuts planned in the current regulation after the ones that took place last year and therefore no strict timeline. But the idea is still in the ...


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'Expensive' is relative. That said, a quick search on https://book.cartrawler.com saw me get prices for under 500 euros for ten days. Still not very pleasant, but better than 1100 euros. Your question is really asking why Iceland is so expensive, as the relatively high cost of things in Iceland is not limited to just car rentals. Numbeo shows that the cost ...


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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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There are several factors going on. Airlines have whole departments dedicated to revenue optimization, and to figure such things out. Among the factors that play a role here: Last minute fliers tend to be in some kind of urgent situation, and thus are more willing to pay higher fares. Airlines already have a contingent of people to fill empty seats: ...


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There are different ways to determine the price of a ticket and it depends on different factors. Every airplane has a different cabin(Y,Z,X,D...) and classes(first, business, economy...). Usually every cabin has a yield price, which is the amount of money the airline knows it has to make on every seat on that particular cabin to cover the operating costs. ...


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For an overview of prices in Europe: http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/adac-im-einsatz/motorwelt/benzinpreis_ausland.aspx http://www.avd.de/wissen/infothek/rund-um-den-kraftstoff/benzinpreise-in-europa/preise-fuer-superkraftstoff http://www.anwb.nl/vakantie/reisvoorbereiding/brandstofprijzen-europa (Dutch) http://www.fuel-prices-europe.info/ (English) For ...


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Munich native again. Of course all tents serve typical Bavarian food. The food can be roughly divided into two categories: warm dishes and proper starters/desserts as served in any Bavarian restaurant and Brotzeit, a German/Bavarian classic consisting of bread or Brezn (pretzel) with various spreads, hearty toppings and often accompanied by some kind of ...


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I've worked in airlines and the process is as follows: Airlines buy or rent some planes. They also have permits to flight at a given date and time over some route. They cannot just grab some plane and fly whenever and wherever they want. If a jet costs as much as USD 150 million, and in 24 hours they can fly it for only 15 hours, the rest of time it must ...


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I will give you some practical reasons: Book now, pay later - this option is universally available at agents; very rarely available at the website. I use this all the time when I need to show a reservation (for example, as part of visa requirements) but do not want to commit to buying a ticket. Corporate accounts - a majority of agent's business is ...


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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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There are a number of websites where you can check the evolution of fuel prices. Taking a random result from Google yields this one. With a rough daily price you can then use an online tool such as numbeo to compute and estimate of tour fuel consumption, using miles-per-gallon-type (mpg) metrics, and thus an average price for your roadtrip. The fuel ...


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As for France, you can have a look at this governmental site which gives you petrol prices depending on your location and type of fuel : http://www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr/ You can even set your itinerary and see which gas stations you'll encounter along the way : http://www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr/itineraire/


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Many people buy fully refundable flexible tickets because they are not sure of their travel plans until a day or two (or less) before the flight. Such tickets are about three to four times the price of the cheapest ticket in the same class of travel. If you are going to sell very cheap tickets a few hours before departure, many people holding full flex ...


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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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Super 95 prices per liter for February 2015: France: 1.37 EUR Netherlands: 1.63 EUR Belgium: 1.40 EUR Germany: 1.38 EUR Italy: 1.65 EUR At least for Germany I can confirm the prices are still the same right now (end of March 2015). source: http://autotraveler.ru/en/spravka/old/fuel-price-in-europe-02_2-2015.html



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