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This is not only completely legal, it's how all hotels work. They have a published check-out time, which will vary between hotels but is usually somewhere between 10am and 1pm. if you wish to stay longer, you need to request either a late checkout (which may be free, or may be charged, depending on a number of factors), or pay for an extra night. In my ...


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Based upon what you wrote, you are getting ripped off. It means you are the victim of a con. A UK emergency travel document is issued to British citizens only. They will never issue an emergency travel document to a foreigner. That's the job of the foreigner's country. Issuing a UK work permit (or UK visit visa) at the UK border (or airport) flat out does ...


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This is perfectly normal. Checkout times at hotels are usually between 10:00 and 12:00 and you need to pay something extra (sometimes for the next night, sometimes less - depending on hotel rules) for overstaying. Most hotels offer their guests to leave their luggage for free for the rest of the day. So in this case I would check-out of the hotel in the ...


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One thing that stood out immediately to me (and it was mentioned by Gayot) is that emergency travel documents are given to citizens for travel to their country of citizenship and not to a foreign country. There are some exceptions (like refugees and asylum seekers - but these do not apply to you). I have been flown in to another country for interviews ...


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You will probably not like my answer but I believe that Expedia is right. They hold no responsibility for you to be able to enter in a country. There is a simple reason for that. They don't have the capability to check whether you are allowed to enter a country with or without a visa and if you are entitled for such a visa in case one is required. This is ...


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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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On your inital question: You can apply for a visitor visa with validities as long as 10 years (although individual visits are limited to a shorter duration). Note that while a visitor visa would be valid for attending an interview, you would have to convince the visa office that you intended to return home after the interview, then apply freshly for a ...


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There really isn't a "travel agency" price anymore. Travel agencies get a commission (small) for everything they sell at retail prices. They don't buy cheap and add on profit margins. Travel agents can avail themselves to industry pricing sometimes, but that is only for themselves and usually is dependent on how much they sold for that company the year ...


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Short answer, to echo the other answers: it's entirely legal. Checkout time is checkout time, typically anywhere from 9am - 1pm (0900 - 1300). Depending on the situation, you may be able to extend this to within an hour or so of check-in time (typically 3pm), and a late checkout may or may be free. Factors which affect the situation include: what the ...


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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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Skytravelagent (STA) is (from what I can gather) the go-to travel agent of Vielfliegertreff, the German-language equivalent of Flyertalk. They specialize on mileage runs, "creative ticketing" and so on (according to their own description) and from what you read in the forum I would go as far as trust them. The catch is that STA is Germany-based and the ...


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Yes. Propeller Travel will do this. (But note that Propeller Travel levies a fee for their ticketing service.) I am also aware of a few employees at BA who will accept ticketing requests by email, so it is worth making friends with your local airline ticketing staff. The ITA Matrix, powered by QPX, uses some very sophisticated pricing algorithms to find a ...


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Without the full details it's impossible to say for sure, but it's very feasible that this refund was correct. Firstly you need to take into account the fact there was almost certainly a change/cancellation fee. Most airfares (even refundable ones) have them, although the amount can vary dramatically depending on any number of factors including the airline, ...


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TL;DR; Hotel was right (I was wrong) - to pay for one extra day was most appropriate solution. As an addition to the above answers there is a long discussion in comments around was it legal to keep my belongings (this is what I was looking for). In one of comments @piet.t refers to the hotelkeepers liens article. Hotelkeeper’s liens allow a ...


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If you have a good travel agent they are likely to think about options you have not thought about yourself, know alternatives for routes from your home town and they may well know more about your destination than you do yourself. And when you build up a relationship with a travel agent, they get to know what you want and accept and which alternatives they ...


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Sounds like you're being pretty prudent already. Additional measures I can think of are try to pay with a credit card if you can, make sure your travel insurance covers a situation like that, and check that the business is a registered agent. There's usually an agency that overseas travel agents, you can always query for their standing. A single bad review ...


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I'm sorry to hear about your travel woes but I would imagine they are in the right both legally and business ethically: https://www.expedia.com/p/info-other/legal.htm INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL You are responsible for ensuring that you meet foreign entry requirements and that your travel documents, such as passports and visas (transit, business, ...


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Consolidators buy seats in bulk from various airlines and then re-sell the seats, usually through travel agents, at a discount. Because they buy seats in very large quantities, they get much lower fares and even adding on their margins provides an airfare that is often lower than the airline's best internet fare. But these come with conditions, one of the ...


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It is possible that the travel agent may have more options - but it depends on too many factors: The sector you are flying and the date of your travels (if it's during a busy holiday season and between a popular route - say New York - London, then travel agents may reserve blocks in advance) The airline you are flying on. Your itinerary - especially if you ...


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There is one thing missing from the other answers: In every hotel I ever stayed in (in total about 50), they tell you in person what the check out time is while you check in. They tell you even if you don't ask. If you book through a website or a travel agency doesn't matter, the one telling you about checkout times is the person who checks you in at the ...


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You don't need to surrender your passport, you need to just show a copy of the page where it has your name and photo. This is to make sure your name is spelled correctly on the reservation, and frankly this is common practice across most travel agents. They do not want to risk you not being boarding because of a spelling mistake or reversal of the family ...



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