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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There is no such set of rules. Period. Most airlines have a yield management department (sometimes called revenue management). The whole purpose of this department is to figure out how to set ticket prices to get the maximum revenue out of each flight. A lot of that is done manually (which is why they need a whole department for it, and often not a small ...


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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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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 ...


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Just a simple (and possibly obvious) observation. Airlines want to make a profit. They have expenses for each passenger, slightly lower expenses for each empty seat, and income from each sold ticket. How much do they charge? As much as they think they can get away with. They must charge no more than the competition, and no more than the reservation price of ...


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Imagine that you manage to sell all those seats 100% of the time. Wouldn't that mean that you're undercharging the market if that were the case? If the supply is meeting the demand perfectly, then it means you're either incredibly lucky, or much more likely it means that you're undercharging the market. Also, there is a second factor. The airline ...


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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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Tips to rent for cheaper Last time I went I rented with SADCars. Compared to North American prices I still found it expensive, not to mention the horrifying price of gas (2.5CAD/L), but a much more palatable alternative to the more established companies. They rent some old cars with high mileage, some not very pretty, but mine did about 2000km without ...


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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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this is a very complex topic involving some very advanced CS algorithms and different factors. long scientific papers have been written on the subject. the simple explanation is that its a marketplace/ auction and prices are influenced by supply and demand. the basic price is related to airline costs such as equipment and fuel, taxes, airport fees. both ...


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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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