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Why does Kayak have a a 'secret carrier' option for a flight?

When searching for a flight on kayak.com (not for me, I don't fly business), it shows a "Secret Carrier" option. What gives? Why are they unable to tell us even the code-share partner? What if you ...
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Is there a flight search engine that combines flights from different airlines?

Is there a search engine that considers "mix&match" flight combinations? My current problem: I need to go from FRA to YLW (Frankfurt/Germany to Kelowna/Canada) on July 29th, and arrive no later ...
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Why do airplanes not use two regular 3.5mm jacks?

I'm flying this Friday again and can't find my two-to-one 3.5 mm jack adapter and I was wondering why did they decided to go this way? One like this: I know why they were using the two prongs, ...
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Are there still any “Fly as much as you like” air passes for the U.S.?

Back in 1993 I had a ticket called 'Delta Air Lines Travel America Standby Airpass' that allowed me to take an unlimited number of flights on Delta Airlines within a 30 day period. 60 days were ...
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Compensation for missed connection due to delay with same airline but separate bookings

Long story short, I had to fly from A (in Spain) to C (in the UK) and I booked two separate flights with the same budget airline, so the actual route was A (Spain) -> B (UK) -> C (UK). The first ...
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What rights do airlines have to deny boarding due to immigration issues? [duplicate]

So I just stumbled across this account of a traveller which I can imagine to be pretty distressing because I myself have had a rather close call not too long ago. I was travelling from Singapore ...
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Can a child still visit the cockpit during flight?

As a kid one of the highlights of any flight I took was the short visit to the cockpit and chat with the pilots. I have very fond memories of asking about all the gauges and lights, what would happen ...
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What’s the point of flight ticket cancellation charges?

Many airlines sell tickets with fare rules that include a “cancellation penalty” if the ticket were to be cancelled prior to departure. It seems to me that this mostly applies to the economy class ...
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What's the difference between 'Redress Number' and 'Known Traveler Number'? Do I need both for TSA PreCheck?

I recently obtained a Global Entry card and on the back is the PASSID number that I understand is also my Known Traveler Number. When I recently tried to record my KTN with an airlines it asked for ...
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What happens if you miss a connecting flight?

What happens if you book tickets through an airline or travel agent, but on the travel date miss a connecting flight (either because the first flight was delayed, or because immigration/security took ...
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Getting a refund from TAP Air Portugal related to COVID-19

My international conference in Europe this May has been canceled due to the COVID-19. I have a ticket, purchased from TAP air Portugal, from Toronto, Canada to Lisbon. Because it is a non-refundable ...
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Airline refuses to issue a refund, keeps stalling

I booked tickets with Viva Air from Medellin to Miami (I was in Colombia at the time). The flight was in August and I booked it May 4th. I found different (better) flight so I cancelled it within 24 ...
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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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Which airlines provide free stopovers?

I have heard that British Airways provides free stopover in London i.e. a flight by British Airways via London costs the same as two separate flights from departure city to London and from London to ...
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How can I determine which airlines are relatively safe?

The world is full of different airlines ranging from ones with proven track records of safety and security to ones with old, poorly-maintained planes that are falling apart. Are there any resources ...
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Where can I find delay/cancelation statistics for a given airline route?

My flight got canceled yesterday and I am currently waiting for the delayed next flight. Is there any website that keeps records of airlines being delayed/canceled? I would like to know my chances. ...
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How to fly on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

Sooo, the new Dreamliner has had its inaugural flight. The first flight was from tokyo to hong-kong. In a bit of competitive fun, a friend and I are trying to beat one another to ride it (he beat me ...
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Can my brother from Australia buy a flydubai airline ticket for me?

I live in Dubai and plan to visit my country next year. I don't have credit card here and I want to buy flydubai tickets. Also I am from Bangladesh. Can my brother from Australia buy a ticket from ...
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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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Cheaper Spirit flights at the airport?

Spirit Airlines flights are apparently cheapest to book at the airport. You still have to book in advance for the best fares, so it means making an extra trip to the airport. What I've read seems to ...
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I need to fly today, where can I search for options?

A friend of mine needs to fly today. All typical aggregated booking sites don't allow searching for today. Anyone know where it is possible?
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Does any airline in the world allow air travel without government identification?

It seems that pretty much every airline requires at least one form of government identification for flights, even if it's a local flight within a single country. Does any airline in the world form an ...
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What is overbooking (of flights), and why do airlines all seem to do it?

I know that they want to "fill every seat." If you take this LITERALLY, then you'd want to overbook, because of the statistical percentage of "no shows." That, of course, leads to "bumping" when more ...
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How do I buy a double ticket for myself?

I want to travel conveniently from Darwin to Sydney. For an empty seat next to me, I am happy to purchase another ticket. Do airlines allow a passenger manifest with two similar names? Am unable to ...
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How can laypeople investigate airlines' allegation of 'extraordinary circumstances'?

Some airlines allege 'extraordinary circumstances', e.g. to deny liability and shirk compensating under Recital (14) of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004: (14) As under the Montreal Convention, ...
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How does “Fuel Dumping” work?

Recently, I saw a lot of blog post, forum posts etc on Fuel Dumping. For me it seemed like you can book a flight with high fuel charges, and then add another unrelated leg to the flight that you not ...
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Is it OK to dress as a stewardess on a flight?

My client is not a stewardess. Her man has a stewardess-attraction, and normally it's no problem, but when they fly together she feels jealous. I'd like to advise her, "the attraction is part of him; ...
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Flight departed from the gate 5 min before scheduled departure time. Refund options

This was Alaska Airlines flight from SJC to LAX. We ran later than we usually do on our way to flights and so we ended up reaching the gate 2 min before the scheduled departure time. On our way from ...
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Can I bring a single shot of live ammunition onto the plane from US to UK as a souvenir?

I’m on holiday in the US and I’m planning on going to shoot some guns at the gun range. As a souvenir, I would like to bring a single shot of ammo (maybe a 9mm or something small) with me to the UK, ...
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What happens with code share tickets when an airline becomes insolvent?

There are a few questions about airline insolvency, however none of them address codeshares. Given the increasingly likely scenario of one or more airlines folding in the next year, what would happen ...
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What are the “rules” for multi-city flights?

As I understand things, airlines generally give discounts for round-trips that consist of a flight from A to B followed by a flight from B to A. How does this logic work for multi-city flights? As ...
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How to insure checked luggage?

I know that you are not supposed to put valuables into checked baggage, but in some cases it is necessary. For example if you have large valuable items that do not fit in carry-on or if you have ...
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How to find out which airlines have a MITA?

While researching Air Passes, I recently found out that there is something called a MITA which stands for Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement. According to the rules for the Gol Brazil Air Pass ...
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Can I decline an alternative ticket handed at an airline's check-in counter in case of an emergency?

Often I book a return ticket with a transit, and then ditch only the route from the transit to the destination of the return flight. In other words, I get off at the transit place only in the return ...
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Airline policy when a passenger is refused entry in both departure and arrival countries

Before departure the airline staff may check your passport stats to ensure you wont be rejected to enter the arrival country. However, in some case Immigration office of arrival country will reject ...
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Are there low cost airlines to travel within the US?

I'm from Europe where there are a lot of low cost airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, etc... But these operate mainly in Europe. Then, my question is if there are airlines which provide cheap flights ...
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Delayed international baggage held by customs

This is a strange situation I am in. Due to flight delays, I was rerouted into the US through a different airport. My initial route London-->Philadelphia was changed to London->DC->Philadelphia. ...
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What's with the Star Alliance / SkyTeam decal planes?

On Saturday I was at YVR airport and saw what I've seen a few times before: a plane painted with a Star Alliance decal. No "Air New Zealand" or "Air Canada" or whatever, JUST Star Alliance. Then this ...
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Planning to travel to Israel, what happens if Israel declares war on Iran?

I'm planning my second trip to Israel (being there Sep/2011), to visit my girlfriend's relatives again in February 2013 and stay a month there. This time we are planning to go with four people and we ...
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Trick to breaking down air routes

For example, last year I was looking at Bogota, Colombia to LON. This was quite pricey, but it turned out if I bought separate tickets - Bogota to Orlando, Florida, and then an Air Berlin flight to ...
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The best in flight meal option for those suffering from reflux

Someone who is suffering badly from reflux, they are on a very boring diet that excludes everything spicy, fried, fat etc. What is the best option to choose from for the in flight meals that one can ...
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Are there airlines that offer upgrades on-board?

You can always request an upgrade to a higher class before you board, you can use your miles or pay and get your ticket upgraded to business/premium class then you will be issued a new boarding pass. ...
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What is an effective means for complaining to an airline and having my complaint properly addressed?

A bit of context to the question: I took a flight this Saturday with Iberia and my checked-in baggage was lost. I had all my clothes there so I had to buy some and according to the Passenger Rights I'...
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Why does China Eastern airlines still fly daily to Prague? [closed]

The Czech Republic has been keeping their borders shut for more than a month now and likewise China closed their borders to all foreigners back in March. However mysteriously there is a daily flight ...
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Does EU compensation apply to flights where the departure airport closes check-in counters during protests?

(Fortunately I am not among the affected passengers) There are protests being held in Hong Kong International Airport right now. In response, The Airport Authority closed all check-in counters before ...
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Scared that I won't fit in plane seat [duplicate]

I am a size 24 top. Size 26 bottoms (uk sizing). About 300lb. I am losing weight but I have run out of time before a few plane trips. I don't want to miss out of such fantastic opportunities but I am ...
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How can you take advantage of an airline needing to bump people?

Relating to this question about overbooking and this one on being bumped, we know that sometimes an airline needs to bump people from the flight. In many cases when that happens, there's compensation ...
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Will airlines compensate me if my entertainment system is not working?

In long haul flights, if I get a seat and after take off I found out that entertainment system is not working, I asked a flight attendant to change my seat but she apologized because there are no ...
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Can I simply apply for a chargeback on my credit card if my flight was cancelled and I'm unable to reach the airline?

As explained in a relevant question, my flight with Condor [from Frankfurt to Prague] was recently cancelled. I've emailed them asking for a refund 5 days ago, but so far received no response. Today ...
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Same destination, same departure airport, same departure hour, different flights

I have booked through different agencies a flight from the Tokyo Haneda airport to Munich Airport, Germany. The two different agencies have given me, based on my requirements, two tickets, but I did ...

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