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The airline industry pretty much lives on the concept of "Publish Fares". These are fares that are available through all sales channels - through the airlines website, through travel agents, through third-party websites, and everywhere else. This means that the same fare is available to business travelers (who are likely willing/able to pay more for a ...


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Skyscanner! Enter in the 'from' part, eg, LON (London, any airport) is what I used to put when I lived there. Delete the 'to' part, leaving it blank. Select the dates you require, from and to. Click search. It will then display a list of countries by price. Select the country of choice, and it'll show cities in that country, by price. This is often ...


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In the UK, one major thing you lose by not using a travel agent is ATOL protection. This may not be relevant if you're not booking hotels though the agent (did you recieve an ATOL certificate?). But if you do and the airline goes bust while you're away ATOL will: ...make sure you can finish your trip and return home. If your holiday is booked but you ...


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We went to the Maldives from Sweden this summer. I checked out prices of regular flights and it was more expensive to just fly in then to buy a package from a tour operator so when it comes to the Maldives I would say that tour operators is the cheap option. However - if you are nearby anyway (India?) it may be different.


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I can't list all possible things you might lose by not booking through travel agents, but I know one or two for sure, in regards to cheaper prices. Airlines do sell seats in bulks, same as in manufacturers sell goods in bulk, these bulk seats will be cheaper and customers to these bulk seats are travel agents. This type of seats are called consolidated ...


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So the answer is: yes, you can, if you really want to. In practice, though, it makes little sense. The Maldives are explicitly set up to discourage independent travellers. The only places you can go without a permit are the capital Male, which is pint-sized and notably lacking in all the things that make the Maldives great (white sand beaches, clear ...


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ITA uses "published" fares, so any travel agent should be able to book them. However, make sure that you've correctly set the "Sales city" to be a city in the country where you will be buying the ticket, as ticket prices can vary depending on where you purchase them. So if you set the sale city to be SFO, it's possible that an Australian travel agency will ...


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I am 99% sure it is the fare class what makes the different. Webjet is not showing the class but definitely it is one of the cheap economy classes where the ticket is non-refundable and not flexible and maybe this kind of ticket is not adding much to FF program status, also you may not get the seat if it was overbooked. The class shown for SWISS YWFFEO is a ...


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There is no absolute answer to your question but in general you will get a better price booking yourself. The lowest price would be to book locally at the last minute but for a honeymoon, people usually want more predictability. Going for one of the travel sites give you the most options which often leads to better prices. Regardless, try several because ...


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The only way to fly there cheaper is to string separate flights together. I.e. from Australia it's possible to get there for just over £500 GBP return by flying: Melbourne→Malaysia • Malaysia→Sri Lanka • Sri Lanka→Male. Obviously, this is going to be a headache, and the you have the hotel costs. I'm sure the answer above is on the money. So to speak.


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This is one of the cases where a reward ticket (using your points) can carry great value. Most airlines allow one stopover or one open jaw, and some offer more (I've seen two stopovers and an open jaw for some Air Canada redemptions) for the same points. This means that my Toronto to London, ten days, to Venice, three days, back to Toronto trip cost exactly ...


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ITA's site allows you to search "published" airfares. These are airfares that are available to all travel agencies, including all websites - so in theory you should be able to book them on any on-line travel booking website, including the airlines website if your flights only cover a single airline. However there's two things that can cause issues. Many ...


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I don't know about the services these agencies provide, but visiting from Mexico is fairly straightforward. All you need is a plane ticket. WikiTravel Americans in Cuba article provides more details and some of the risks involved.


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If a travel agent or someone in an allied industry needs a copy of your passport, you can always send an image with redacted information. This is an example from the Home Office site... As can be seen, information which is exempt is blotted out (blue rectangles). It shows, yes, you are a British citizen; yes, you have a current passport, and yes, it was ...


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Have a look at ExpertFlyer, their premium subscription plan offers the following features: Airfare prices are available in the currency of your choice Shows all published airfare prices between two cities Airfare prices displayed for one-way, round-trip and Around The World (RTW) fares Shows both booking class and fare basis code Specify a ...


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You don't need much to visit Cuba, most Americans get in via Mexico or another country in Central America and then just get the next plane. Border control in Cuba will not stamp your passport, so there is no evidence that you have ever been there. Instead you have to fill out a Tourist Card, which allows you to stay in the country for 90 Days. Keep in mind ...


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The biggest difference between doing it yourself on an airline's website and going through through a travel agent is less flexibility. The travel agent's reservation system shows them how many seats in each fare class, allowing them to build your booking flight by flight. The airline system uses algorithms that cover many possibilities, but not all. So an ...


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They know, don't worry about them. Its you who're kept in the dark. This is usually something I expect on Hotwire or Priceline, didn't know Kayak started doing that too... The idea is that you give the requirements, and they tell you "we have a ticket more or less fitting your requirements, but we will only sell it for you at this price if you let us not ...


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According to Expedia's FAQ Major Airlines If your travel plans change and you need a different flight than what you originally booked, please consider the following: The airlines will assess a fee for most changes to your flights. The change fee varies, but a typical change fee is $150 for within the United States, and $200 for ...


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Yes, the airline can make changes to a ticket issued by a 3rd party. Whether they will make changes is a different matter. In general, the ticket is deemed to be 'owned' by whoever booked it - generally either the airline itself, or a 3rd party travel agency. That party is the one that has been paid to issue the ticket, and is generally responsible for ...


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I see two different questions. 1. How can I book a Tokyo→Dubai→Paris flight? A simple stopover such as this can be found and booked using the multi-city itinerary option on consumer sites like Hipmunk or Kayak. For more complex searches across multiple dates and connection points, I prefer to use the ITA Matrix Airfare Search, although ITA is not a travel ...


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You might already know that travel agents usually rely on providers. Travel agents are customers of these companies. These companies also have offers directly to companies, so that is probably what you are looking for. As far as I know, mostly large companies are customers, I suppose it is due to the cost of implementation, even though theoretically it ...


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Condor fly to Malé from Frankfurt (am Main) and has pretty decent rates. So if you fly from Europe, then it's cheaper to get there than on most packages I've seen in catalogues. Still, I would also like to ask the for your experience what to do next, when I get there.


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I planned my trip to Sri Lanka without agencies. I found tickets with Condor Airlines with 1 stop in the Maldives. I have never been before at the Maldives, so I decided to stop for 5 days in Malé. So I have 5 days to explore Maldives as an independent traveler. I can tell you, that there is no problem for you to plan your trip to Maldives without agency, ...


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My friend just went to Canada earlier this year and then flew to Cuba. No hassle, no tourist agency required. Depends what sort of traveller you are, but I definitely wouldn't bother with an agency when there are such easy flights from other countries. (Fun fact: the flight he was on was the first I've ever heard of that allowed smoking on board!) ...


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This is more complicated than you make it out to be. A travel agency needs certain permits and insurance. That costs money. You'll also be acting as a middle-man, taking payment and using those to purchase services from a third party (airlines, hotels etc.). Just handling the money is going to cost (credit card processing is quite expensive). Then, some ...


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Travel agents typically use something called a “global distribution system” (there are three or four major GDS and several smaller ones) but I think some online sites also rely on them so that's not the whole explanation for the lower price. It's also possible that your travel agent is affiliated with a tour operator (TUI, Thomas Cook, etc.) and gets ...


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Generally, if you already have the actual ticket number (generally 13 digits long), you're pretty safe; Issuing the ticket is usually the last step in the reservation process as far as I know. If you only have the PNR number / booking reservation number (6 characters, mix of digits and letters), I wouldn't be so sure. But anyway, to be 100% sure, I think ...


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You should be able to sign in somewhere on their site, like you said, but I guess the other solution is to simply contact Jetstar. I'd try twitter these days, after past experience with their customer support. Providing the flight details, your name, the booking source and the date of travel should be enough, although if airtickets gave you a booking ...


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This will be treated as a single trip (leg), because you are actually booking a flight from SIN to SFO with one stop. So you can (and are expected) to check-in for both flights all the way to SFO. If there would be two separate "boxes" with these two flights, then they would be treated as two separate legs in the booking.



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