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Can an airline really refuse to depart when overbooked?

I do not fly often, but when traveling home from vacation with my family yesterday, I encountered something I have never seen and I am wondering if what the flight attendants were saying was true. ...
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Buy a roundtrip ticket for two people, but second person only travels on return - is that possible [duplicate]

If I buy airline tickets for a roundtrip for two people, and the second person does not show up for the first part of the roundtrip, do airlines cancel the return ticket for that person, or can that ...
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Is there a way to find out specifically why a flight was delayed? [duplicate]

Is there some tool I can use to figure out why a flight is delayed? Specifically I'm trying to see why the 2nd leg of the flight AI 951 is delayed by about an hour nearly every day, though it takes ...
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How much transfer time for domestic flight arriving in LGA, transferring to JFK for an International Flight?

I am planning a flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Manila, departing Monday, March 13th. I want to catch the flight to Manila at 11:54 am out of JFK. The earliest flight i could find getting into jfk ...
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Ticket Price refund for missed connection

I was on a return flight with Air China leaving Australia, stopping in China and finally arriving in London. I then had a flight booked for London to Turkey. Of course the Air China flight was delayed ...
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Is Jat Airways reliable?

I'm thinking about flying from Zurich (Switzerland) to Belgrade (Serbia). The Serbian national airways offers some good deals, but some searching revealed that not all customers were really satisfied ...
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Is there a site with all airlines carry-on restrictions? [duplicate]

Every time I look at a which carrier to book for a flight I wish there was a way to go to a single resource (without visiting each carrier's site) to know at a glance which airline gives me the most ...
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Booking flight tickets together or in separate parts?

I'm flying from A to C via B with Norwegian. Booking flight ticket from A to C costs 285.20 euros. If I buy flight ticket first from A to B and then from B to C, total price is 253.20 euros with ...
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What happens if my middle name is my last name on my airline ticket? [duplicate]

I am traveling JetBlue to go to Florida from Massachussets and I realized after receiving my confirmation code that instead of my name going first-middle-last it goes -first-last-middle ... will this ...
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Airline pricing website with multiple destinations

Are there any airline pricing websites which displays prices to 5 airports from a departure location in just one search? I know I could try getting the pricing as 5 different searches, but would like ...
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How do oil prices impact flight prices?

At the beginning of 2015 we have seen an important drop in the cost of oil. While drivers could see a pretty fast difference when filling their gas tanks, I do not see any difference in flight prices. ...
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Why do airlines now charge for flying standby in the US?

Previously if you wanted to fly standby or arrived early for a connection you could put yourself on the Standby list for free. If there was room you could board in a win-win, i.e. the plane was ...
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Is there a liability limit for a carry-on bag that was forcibly checked plane-side?

On many US flights carry-on bags must be checked if the overhead bins are full. In this case the airline forces you to check your bag (for free) against your will. If an item in your bag is worth more ...
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Refund value estimation for one leg of the return journey

I had booked an DXB-AMD return journey on Spicejet through Makemytrip.com. The total cost for the booking was INR 18,132. The booking confirmation showed that out of this, INR 300 was "convenience fee"...
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How do you fly on standby without a ticket/boarding pass?

I know that when you have a boarding pass, and are just trying to get an earlier flight, you can get on a standby list at the gate and wait to see what happens. However, if you are trying to fly for ...
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Would the same name, different person 'trick' actually work with international travel?

A Canadian man is making headlines for offering his ex-girlfriend's RTW ticket. Original reddit post: Are you named Elizabeth Gallagher (and Canadian)? Want a free plane ticket around the world? ...
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What does a flight code identify?

The title is very basic but I have a three-fold question about flight codes. Who decides of a flight code, who uses it (or is expected to use it) and what does it mean? We have a couple questions on ...
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Boliviana de Aviacion (BOA) tariff codes

I am trying to book one-way tickets on BOA on Jan 13 2015 from La Paz (LBP) to Buenos Aires (EZE) from their website. Their website asks me to make a choice between 7(!) different tariff codes - they ...
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Amadeus GDS itinerary code - What does the code 908 17, 40 , 2 mean?

In the following Amadeus itinerary What does the code 908 17, 40, 2 mean? Secondly is there any Amadeus document where I can find the list of all such code and its meanings? 2 PG 133 Y 14JUL 1 ...
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Can we get full refund on cancellation of ticket if embassy closed down?

I'm a citizen of India and I bought a ticket from Austrian airlines in advance as to apply for a visa of Albania but unfortunately the Albanian embassy closed down and hence no visa. Now when I am ...
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Checking returning flights when travelling from Mexico

I'm a US citizen currently traveling in Mexico and considering going down to Colombia. I want to use a one-way ticket and leave my departure date open. When flying overseas from a US airport, the ...
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Which airlines fly from Ulaanbaatar / Ulan Bator?

Looking at getting back to London from Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator), Mongolia in mid August, and trying to reduce the price. What airlines or crazy routes might exist? Currently have found Aeroflot, ...
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Flying with toner within the EU

I will be soon flying with Ryanair from the UK and realized that I will be carrying a toner cartridge for a laser printer. Interestingly, in 2010 there was a foiled plan that involved turning toner ...
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Whats the size limit of a person to be able to fly on a specific flight? [duplicate]

My mother is flying with United Airlines, and she is about 400 pounds, but looks maybe 350 or so. She will be taking flights: Airbus A320: seat 7C Canadair Regional jet 700: seat 18B Bombardier Q400: ...
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If you're evacuated on a flight paid for by your government (eg civil unrest, volcanic ash delays), are you ever entitled to the frequent flyer miles?

This came about after a Facebook discussion over this article: Abbott government cracks down on bizarre requests for help from Australian travellers: Question 15: 15) Some travellers evacuated ...
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Can I check-in a 203 cm suitcase on a flight that starts with Japan Airlines and ends with Air France? [duplicate]

I bought flight tickets from Air France to travel from Israel to Japan and back. On the flight back, the first leg (Tokyo Narita >> Paris CDG) is operated by Japan Airlines, then the second leg (Paris ...
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How to dispose of a broken suitcase at an airport?

Recently I had to catch a flight from New Delhi to Frankfurt. On arriving at the airport, I realized that my suitcase was broken at the bottom near the wheels. Probably due to its rough handling ...
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Mobile phones must be turned off while the plane is being refueled?

Twice in the past week I've been on a flight where they've told us to turn off our phones because the plane is being refueled. This same airline let us watch movies on our phones in flight mode ...
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Amadeus GDS itinerary code - what do 050 and 010 codes mean?

I have the following itinerary from Amadeus, what do the lines starting with codes 050 and 010 mean? 1 EY1998 M 18DEC 4*DUSAUH DK1 2105 0635 19DEC E 0 332 M 050 AB 7460 ...
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Are Lufthansa rebooking fees per leg, per flight, or per ticket?

I have a 2-leg flight (through Frankfurt) booked with Lufthansa, return ticket (Economy Basic). The travel agent has informed me that the rebooking fee is 70 EUR. Is this per leg, or per flight, or ...
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Does AirBaltic require you to print boarding pass before arriving at airport to avoid extra costs?

With AirBaltic, after online check-in, can you print the boarding pass at the airport (at a kiosk)? Or ar they one of those ripoff airlines that make you pay extra if you have not printed the PDF ...
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Skipping the final leg in a multi-stop flight, will there be any immigration problems? [duplicate]

I have a flight with 3 stops, the last one in Atlanta, before I arrive at México. I was planning to stay a couple days in Atlanta, so I won't use the last connection. Since the cost to change the ...
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How can I know about the type of the airplane before booking

How can I know the type of an airplane before reservation? I want to know if it is Boeing or Airbus and the model if it's possible. Can I use websites such as SkyScanner for this purpose?
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If a passenger damages another passenger's property (accidentally) on a flight, who is responsible?

This came up after listening to a Rick Steves podcast on travel. He and I have both apparently wondered - when the passenger in front suddenly reclines their seat and nearly decapitates your laptop - ...
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Is there Spanish assistance for connecting flights within the USA?

My parents, who are from Mexico, want to visit the US but they only speak Spanish and they are worried about getting lost trying to get to the connecting flight. We have thought about booking a direct ...
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Lost baggage, airline doesn't do anything

During my flight from JFK to Europe with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul 32 days ago my baggage went lost and no information about its location was available. I have also completed and sent all the ...
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What does BAG at the beginning of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Customer and Product Record mean?

As in: --- BAG --- CUSTOMER AND PRODUCT RECORD 1 LASTNAME/FIRSTNAME ... Does it mean something like Beginning of Document? I think that they are using standardized coding for this information; ...
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Can I listen to Air Traffic Control on a flight?

What airlines have an audio channel where you can listen to Air Traffic Control communications during the flight? Do any airlines allow you to bring a scanner or aviation radio aboard to listen ...
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Can I discard part of a multi-city (not layover) ticket? [duplicate]

My destination is B. My origin is A. I can buy a multi-city ticket from A->B->C which is cheaper than just A->B. Note that this is a multi city trip and not just a layover at B. My question is if I ...
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May an airline change the aircraft from the scheduled one?

In a recent flight between Istanbul and Madrid, the carrier (Turkish Airlines) changed in Istanbul the aircraft that should get to our destination before leaving. They argue that it happened due a ...
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Why's it useful for airlines to enforce the “non-changeable” fare? [closed]

I refer to the comment of user Relaxed under this answer: It's also useful to enforce the “non-changeable” fares which is another price discrimination strategy. Please explain? What's the user ...
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Do I have to purchase tickets with the airline's credit card to get the benefits?

I'm planning a trip with my family and would like to take advantage of the benefits on my wife's Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage® World Mastercard but purchase the tickets with another card. The ...
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What are “500 Mile Upgrades”?

On my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I see a lot of references to "500 Mile Upgrades". I don't quite understand how these work. Can someone explain what these are for (and what does the "500 ...
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Why Airfares vary from One Airline company to another? [closed]

I tried to book a ticket in British Airways but because of the 'Fare' i opted Fly emirates. I know this might sound dumb, but is it due the availability of 'Gas' in particular nation. For example if i ...
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Missing Flight Check In

I arrived at the check in desk 5 minutes (literally) late for 'check in' and was given the standard 'nothing we can do' speech. Well, what can I do? How would writing a letter to the airline ...
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Does British Airways allow the use of KneeDefenders? [duplicate]

Yesterday a United Flight from Newark to Denver was forced to divert to Chicago's O'Hare airport after a fight broke out between two passengers over the use of a knee defender. Does anyone know if ...
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When's the best time to fly with kids [closed]

I'm about to take my son on a trip overseas, should I book a early morning flight or book a afternoon flight ? Taking in the time difference we would arrive at his bed time if we took afternoon flight
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What does “M” signify in Emirates Economy flight

I have got my Economy class flight tickets in Emirates, and the booking class is "M". I have heard this signifies something. Please could someone throw some light on this?
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How to buy one airplane seat and reserve adjacent ones?

On an overnight flight from Boston to Chile 4 or 5 years ago, I ran into a situation I hadn't encountered previously. My seat wasn't great and the flight was perhaps half full, so I tried shifting to ...
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Is it possible to sit at a seat of higher class, for free, after boarding a flight? [duplicate]

I referenced How can I get a different seat after boarding a flight?. Herein, suppose that many seats of higher class (eg Premium Economy or Busines Class) are empty after boarding. Also, suppose that ...