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Oct
21
comment Is there a car-rental scheme that works worldwide?
It's not really clear what you are asking for. Driving regulations, insurance, etc. vary worldwide, according to local customs and laws. So I very much doubt there will be a universal scheme that allows you to drive anywhere without the initial agreement being 100s of pages. What exactly are you asking for?
Oct
21
comment Do I need a UK Visa with an Italian stay permit?
Downvoted for no demonstration of any research or provision of any details. What nationality are you?
Oct
19
comment Belgium, road closure A11?
This question is far too specific to be of long-term value. If it were broadened to "how do I find out road closure issues in Belgium?", it might be of more future value.
Oct
15
comment Taking a 14-hour layover in Doha
This is at least 3 separate questions. I think you should split them out.
Oct
15
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
@ISAE most situations? Not really true. A large number of tickets sold are cheap tickets that are non-refundable. Generally, only "full price" tickets are refundable, and they tend to be expensive.
Oct
12
comment Beijing 72 hours visa question, when travelling to another location and then travel back to europe with another Beijing stopover
Where are you travelling from? Precisely what kind of visa do you have?
Sep
17
comment Why does the airport insist that I show up hours before take-off
Foreign from where?
Sep
13
comment What do I lose by not booking flights through a travel agent?
Ah, OK. Open/flexible tickets - sure - you can change/cancel these whenever you like anyway. But they are typically the most expensive ticket type.
Sep
13
comment What do I lose by not booking flights through a travel agent?
Burhan, I assume he must be buying consolidated seats as discussed in some of the answers above, and therefore have already paid for them himself. I very much doubt any airline would allow him to hold a seat for two weeks on their inventory.
Sep
13
comment What do I lose by not booking flights through a travel agent?
Also, how long does the agent give you the hold for?
Sep
13
comment What do I lose by not booking flights through a travel agent?
Most US airlines will allow you to hold the ticket for 24 hours before paying when booking through their website. I know, for example, that American Airlines does this.
Sep
12
comment What do I lose by not booking flights through a travel agent?
Ayesh K, agreed. That's always been my concern - if I'm specific about what I want/need, the travel agent can't offer me much, as their only real advantage is a greater "diversity" of flights.
Sep
11
comment What do I lose by not booking flights through a travel agent?
OK - I should have been clearer and pointed out that in most cases I'm pretty confident that I already know what I want - I've looked for it on matrix.itasoftware.com or similar. Will the travel agent get me a better price in many cases, or any other non-obvious benefits?
Sep
9
comment Traveling with two passports
I've downvoted you as it's not clear what your question is.
Aug
29
comment Visiting Helsinki during 5h wait between flights
A taxi from the airport to the centre of town was about €35 one-way when I did this trip the other day.
Jul
17
comment Fastest way to travel between London and Sheffield by train or airplane
This website gives an indication of the Doncaster-London travel time on the train: thetrainline.com/train-times/doncaster-to-london-kings-cross
Jun
9
comment How to find airline booking code before buying the ticket
Not sure if there's a 100% consistent way, and it depends how you are booking it. In my experience, if you are booking with the airline, some show it on their website, and others don't.
Dec
28
comment Is “gutter oil” a problem in any other country besides China?
This question appears to be off-topic because it's not clear what the relevance is to travel.
Nov
13
comment How to redeem an American Airlines voucher?
I'm pretty sure you will need to involve an agent to redeem it. Whether you'll have to mail it I'm not sure (it probably has a unique number on it?), but at the very least I'm pretty confident you'll need to call them.
Oct
25
comment How long to get from Covent Garden to Heathrow?
Most of the terminals are 5-10 minutes walk from the relevant LHR express station. However, Terminal 5 adds 4-5 mins on to the 15 minute figure you quoted, and Terminal 4 is even worse, as you have to change to another train at T1-3. So remember to factor that in.