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What's the difference between SkyTeam and Flying Blue?

I am going to reserve a flight with Air France and I just subscribed to the Flying Blue program (Air France + KLM). Is this program the same as SkyTeam? I mean, the miles I earn in Flying Blue ...
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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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How to process a delayed/lost baggage case?

I traveled with Flydubai today from Karachi (Pakistan) to Istanbul (Turkey). It was a transit flight via Dubai where the planes had to be changed. My wife and I were the only passengers who changed ...
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What to do if denied boarding due to the airlines' fault?

Last week, my wife and I were traveling to the United States. During the beginning of the trip, the airline agent suggested that we re-route our trip to avoid some visa-related issues in UK because ...
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Do airlines prefer closed loop itineraries to Open Jaw ones?

This is not the first time I've seen this so it seems to me that there is some reason for this. I am trying to set up an itinerary in the following fashion: Start in New York. Fly to some city in ...
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Do these airline companies offer any refund policies for when the ticket price decreases after I've made my reservation?

I spend about 500 euros a month on airline tickets from the following companies: Star Alliance: SAS/Estonian Air (the majority) Air Baltic Ryanair (rarely) I have an active account in TripIt and ...
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Flight/booking code explanation

What do the letters mean in the following output from http://matrix.itasoftware.com/search.htm search results? When I went to see a travel agent to book one of these flights, he mentioned the ...
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How to get a list of RBD Code/ CoS mapping to Cabins for an airline?

I'm trying to put some RBD codes into ITA matrix and look for a flight in a particular RBD code. My problem is that I can't seem to find a list of RBD Code to Cabin mapping for an airline for a ...
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Are airline ticket prices cheaper for some flights than others even before tickets are sold?

Using WebJet travel for looking at return flights between Sydney and Brisbane, I noticed that even when I looked as far ahead as possible (Saturday 16 September to Sunday 17 September, approximately ...
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Was this itinerary switch valid?

Note: This question is in relation to a slightly complicated scenario outlined here. You don't need to read that question to get a sense of this question. My wife and I were traveling to India from ...
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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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How far in advance is it recommended to book flight tickets? [duplicate]

Ok so I know that rule of thumb for booking flight tickets is 'earlier the better' but I am not sure how far in advance should the action be taken. I have seen many cases where the min. prices at say ...
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When and to whom should I report a minor amenity not functioning on an airplane?

I've recently run into issues with things like outlets not providing any power, seats not reclining even when they definitely should, etc. Obviously they can't fix it during the flight, so it seems ...
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Why do airlines prohibit having two infants in the same row?

If a family is travelling with infants under 2 years old, these infants will not need a seat (of course you can buy them a seat if you want), and they can just sit in their parents' laps. Given that, ...
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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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Are airlines allowed to move up the time of a flight?

I was on a flight recently where my flight was schedule for 5:50PM, but when I got to the gate, the time had changed to 5:45PM and eventually 5:40PM. While it didn't make much difference for me since ...
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Is it mandatory to have a language speaker of both inbound and outbound countries' languages onboard flights?

I always wondered, is it a must for airlines to have at least one cabin crew member who is able to speak the language of the inbound and outbound countries? I am asking this because I am thinking in ...
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Lufthansa denied boarding after coming from another delayed Lufthansa flight for 5 minutes

Travelling from place A to B with Lufthansa with intermediate stop in Frankfurt (F). We started on time from A. Expected wait time in F, 1.5 hours. The flight from A to F was bumpy and the pilot chose ...
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Why aren't conventional mercury thermometers allowed onboard?

Why do airlines prohibit carrying conventional mercury thermometers onboard? What potential this small device has to prohibit it? PS: I prefer conventional thermometers in my personal first aid kit ...
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What is a “backup” flight?

I was flying SFO-LAX-MEL on United. I had a 55 minute connection in LAX but the flight into LAX was ultimately delayed by 60 minutes. I spoke to a gate agent at SFO and she gave me a "backup" flight ...
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Is there a reason why airlines prevent laptops from being used during takeoffs and landings even though some allow tablets and smartphones?

Airlines like Delta and British Airways recently started allowing passengers to use tablets and smartphones during takeoffs and landings, yet they still restrict the use of laptops to within the air ...
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How to find an appropriate frequent flyer program?

In the last months I flew a lot with different airlines, mainly Swiss, AirBaltic, Aeroflot and AeroSvit. Now I was wondering if there is a frequent flyer program covering as much as possible of these ...
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Do airlines have the right to check Schengen visas on intra-Schengen flights?

I was flying with a minor airline called SmartWings which didn't have online check-in, on a route between Spain and Czech Republic. At the check-in desk, my friend presented his (non-Annex II) ...
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Why are flights with hotel bookings cheaper?

I booked a flight + 4 star hotel on Expedia on Thursday, arriving the following Sunday and checking out Monday. The total cost was about $820 CAD. Yet flights by themselves cost more, about $860. I ...
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What happens when an operating air carrier goes bankrupt for a flight that was ticketed through another carrier?

This question was prompted by mts' recent question What happens to plane tickets in case of airline bankruptcy? Many airlines today are part of a global alliance of airlines and/or have interlining ...
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When my flight is cancelled in EU, can I insist that the airline arrange a hotel for me?

The Short Version My flight within the EU is cancelled and I am stranded in a city. The airline offers me an alternative flight the next day, which I accept, necessitating a night in a local hotel. ...
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How are safety standards enforced in an airline which is not IOSA certified?

I'm considering booking a flight with WOW Airlines and since it's the first time I hear about it I did some research on google and I find mostly good reviews. However, while looking for the safety ...
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One-way flight much more expensive than double-way: what is the official airlines' explanation?

Interesting questions and answers about how to practically handle that weird situation have been posted here and they helped me learn more about the subject. However I have recently been almost hit by ...
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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 is so difficult to fly across the 2-year old threshold with (some) airlines?

I found it almost impossible to get acceptable tickets to fly with my daughter if she reaches 2 years old during a round-trip. Their website (I'm talking about 2 European companies, one low cost and ...
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What differences are there between First Class and Business Class on BA long-haul?

Later this year, I'm travelling First Class with BA longhaul (It's a miles reservation, I'm not that rich!). I've travelled Business (Club World) with them before, but I'm curious about what ...
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Checked baggage size limits

I am going to be flying Emirates, which limits checked baggage to 30kg, but doesn't appear to have specific size limits for luggage. I am going to be buying some new luggage and I would like to ...
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Canada Low Cost Airline

Are there any low cost airlines that operate within Canada and fly out of Vancouver? As a European I have very limited knowledge of flying within the US and Canada. I am struggling to find any, ...
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Most Significant Carrier rule for cabin luggage

Does the Most Significant Carrier (MSC) rule apply to cabin luggage including carry-on and personal items? Is there anything to do in order to take more than one airline in the route normally allows, ...
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Have any airlines ever banned anyone for exploiting hidden city or throwaway ticketing?

On a related question Jim MacKenzie writes that: If you did this a lot, it's possible an airline might ban you from flying it Likewise another question mentions that: if you ditch they have the ...
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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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What happens if I have checked-in bags and decide not to board my connecting flight on return?

I have a 3 stop return flight plan from ICN (Seoul) scheduled in a few months. I opted for this flight plan due to the discounted price it was offered at. The plan is ICN -> DTW -> MSP -> FNT. DTW is ...
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Are there any non-stop flights from Asia to Brazil?

I'm wondering if there is any non-stop flight from Asia to Brazil (for example, Bangkok to Sao Paulo). It's surprising that I couldn't find anything from Asia to Brazil so far, specially now with all ...
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Does GOL Airlines Allow a personal Item in addition to a carry on?

Seat Guru says GOL allows a personal item such as: Bag or backpack with personal items They point to this GOL page for more information but I find nothing to substantiate that. Does GOL actually ...
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Any website that gather ongoing and upcoming strikes amongst airlines?

A few weeks ago how to buy a flight ticket from Boston to Paris. I had to choose between Air France and Delta. Luckily a few friends of mine lives in Paris warned that Air France pilots had issued a ...
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The penalty for changing an airline ticket is per leg or per ticket?

I am wondering what happens with my penalty with a ticket were I am almost certain I will need to change the date of one of the middle legs and subsequently changing all the legs which follow, for ...
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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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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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Compensation for flight change made by the airline

I have a flight from São Paulo (Brazil) to Auckland (New Zealand). It's a long flight but I choose Qantas because it had the best duration for the money. This flight was going to take 19h40, and now ...
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Difference between electronic ticket and paper ticket?

I know that almost all tickets nowadays are considered "electronic" tickets, though I've seen that most airlines will charge a paper ticket fee if they have to issue you a paper ticket. Considering ...
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How to declare value of checked in luggage?

In case of lost baggage, based on what does the airlines calculate value of lost baggage (and reimburse)? The replies to this question suggest buying insurance, but if one doesn't want to do that is ...
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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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Do any airlines have bans on children from certain passenger sections?

Do any airlines have bans on children riding in certain passenger sections? (As opposed to banning them from the cockpit) I think I've heard about it before, but possibly as something proposed and ...
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Can I skip the last leg of my domestic return flight? [duplicate]

I've seen some comments on 'hidden city' ticketing, but am not sure if what I'm considering falls under that description. My original tickets were MKE-CLE-IAD and back IAD-CLE-MKE. The airline (...
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Flight booked but card not charged

On Friday I booked a flight with AirBerlin and paid with PayPal. The ticket was issued correctly (I received the booking and ticket numbers and an invoice) but they payment has been stuck in Pending ...