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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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No experience specifically with the UK, but in general, commissions paid to travel agents are both low and fixed, which makes negotiating a bit pointless. For example, if they sell you a $1000 flight ticket, they might get 2% ($20) as commission. Even if you manage to cut that in half through negotiation, they lose half their incentive, and you only save ...


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Booking with a single airline puts the onus on them if a leg is delayed so long that you miss a connection. If you book a journey on multiple airlines (eg to China and then within China can easily make a change of carriers a good choice) then if you make the bookings yourself separately you may not be covered for a missed leg in the case of a delay. Subject ...


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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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Some travel agents have negotiated fares with airlines, which means that they get specific prices at which they sell the tickets, these prices can be much lower than the prices online. As for your questions as to how flight agents make profit - there are two common ways. Firstly the airline gives flight agents commission on the tickets you sell, which is ...


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Having consulted for a few travel agencies, here is some insight: The bigger the agency, the more discounts they get on tickets. This means that the more the agency is popular, the more the airlines are willing to give them a rate because they sell out their allocation. Some agencies reserve (block) slots in advance which gives them a discounted price. ...


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The short answer - Not really. Good perks come with sales. Travel agents qualify for discounts on a number of items, like flights, cruises, hotels. But these discounts are usually applied to full fares or rack rates, so with the discount their cost is often the same as the discounted internet rate you and I get. The only difference is with their discount ...


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Unless the online agency's card processor prohibits them from accepting credit cards from outside Sweden, there should be no issue with using your card. These days most online businesses accept cards from around the world, but occasionally you find a business with restrictions. As to the fee, you need to contact your bank or card issuer and ask what their ...


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One thing that I get from a travel agent that I have yet to find from an airline website is ticket reservation without paying for it. In other words, I want to hold a seat for me now, because I might be traveling on future date X; lets say its four days from now. If tomorrow I decide to cancel my trip, I can cancel and then do the refund process through ...


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A few years ago (online) travel agents would pretty much always offer lower price than the airline on its website (e.g. British Airways). At some point it seemed to change though, and now many airlines (including BA), but by no chance all, make sure that their online prices are not worse than the agents. I am not sure what is American Airline's approach. ...


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Flight booking websites tend to push connecting flights via hub, even if there are also multiple direct flights between your airports. For instance, check your favorite website trying to book a return flight between Zurich and Frankfurt. At least five direct flights daily are offered by Lufthansa alone, in both directions. However many booking sites will ...


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My answer is short and simple: when I tried to buy a ticket for my forthcoming flight on date X/Y/Z (other dates was less convenient) there was already no tickets by airline. However one of travel agents have one remaining ticket (with almost the same price). So sometimes travel agents can give you more possibilities.



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