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My name has "Mr" appended on airline ticket reservation. Would that cause problems at the airport?

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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How to find and compare flights carried out by a specific type of plane?

I'd really like to fly with an Airbus A380. But how do I find and compare the price of flights that are carried out by specific kind of plane? I don't want to fly just anywhere; I plan to go from ...
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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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How can I book a flight plan found on Matrix Airfare Search?

When I find a flight I like on the Matrix Airfare Search, it spits out a bunch of travel agent secret codes™. If I look for the same flight on the airline's web site, I often get much higher rates. ...
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Indian Trains Wait List - will I get a seat?

After the fiasco of registering an account to book train tickets online using my British VISA card, I finally got into a position of being able to book a ticket, but what it appears to be telling me ...
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What does the "Kiwi.com Guarantee" cover?

Kiwi.com sells different kinds of connecting flights: "Connection protected by the carrier" These are the same as on any online travel agency: they include the usual support of the airline as ...
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How to read the following Itinerary

What do the abbreviations mean in the following itinerary: 2 EK 641 L 29NOV 2 KBLDXB HK1 I 1630 1905 *1A/E* 3 EK 344 L 29NOV 2 DXBKUL HK1 3 2140 0835+1 *1A/E*...
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How do I find the cheapest date to book a given hotel?

I am looking for a site or service that allows me to search a hotel (or hotels, or a specific beach/location) for the cheapest date. Most sites want you to tell them when you plan to visit. I WANT ...
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Why do hotel booking sites ask for the number of people? Does it matter how many I say?

I was planning a stay at a hotel in Chicago for an overnight layover and checking prices on the hotel's booking site (in this case the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport) for a room with 2 double beds. The ...
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How does Booking.com enforce cancellation fees when booking without a credit card?

Booking.com lets you book accommodation without a credit card in some cases: But what happens if I cancel my reservation or simply don't show up on the day of the booking? Would they send me a bill ...
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Pricing and booking mixed-class fares, with economy & premium economy combined?

So I find myself flying mixed-class fares pretty often these days, with the long legs in Premium Economy and the short hauls in plain old Economy. Some sample trips flown or planned: SYD-AKL-SFO (NZ)...
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Hotel booking sites with a calendar view, similar to flight search engines?

I was a great fan of Wotif.com's calendar view, where you could punch a place and a start date and it would show you prices and availability for all hotels, which you could then filter down by your ...
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On which trains in Japan is reservation mandatory?

The vast majority of Japanese trains have so-called non-reserved (or unreserved) seats (自由席, literally "free seats"), which do not allow reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served ...
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What are the cheapest sites to find hostels around the world to book?

Always when I'm going to travel to someplace, I book my hostel with precedence. Actually I look only for two Booking sites: http://www.hostelworld.com http://www.youth-hostels.co.uk/ Is there a ...
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Airline reservations require name to exactly match passport, but won't allow entering name that way

My sister's name on her passport is 25 characters not including spaces: 5 letters for her given name, 7 letters for her middle name, and 13 letters, including a hyphen, for her last name. (It's NOT a ...
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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 to reserve a seat with Japan Railways (JR)?

Especially for all-reserved trains, but also for others, one sometimes needs or wants to reserve a seat on a JR train, even with a rail pass. When and how can one do so?
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How to find hotels in Europe which allow for anonymous check-in?

A few years ago I've visited a hotel in Munich and was pleasantly surprised to find there was no reception as such. To get the keys you had to call a 24/7 support line, where you received a code to a ...
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I am flying overseas and returning with my fiancee. How do I coordinate the flights so that we are together on the return leg?

In the next two months I will be flying overseas to the Philippines to pick up my fiancee. I will be booking a round trip ticket, and will need to find a way to book her a ticket on the same route ...
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Middle name missing on flight reservation, API needs middle name

We are flying with Monarch, but I booked the ticket through a package holiday company and forgot to give my husband's middle name at the time of the booking (they did not ask for it). We will travel ...
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My name causes an issue with any booking! (names end with MR and MRS)

My name is Amr Eladawy. Whenever I get a ticket through an agent and they put my first name as Amr, it lands as A only in the Airlines system. That happened with many airlines and different agents. ...
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How to get a layover longer than a few hours?

I want to visit some countries my flights transit through. I live in Pakistan and flights to America often transit through the UK or Europe. Flights to Europe mostly transit from Middle East. I assume ...
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Are there any ferries from Europe to Egypt?

Are there any ferries to Egypt from Italy, Turkey, Greece or any country from south Europe?
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Is there a website that lets you shop for hotels with taxes and fees included in search results?

Every time I book a hotel online, the price increases by 25% in "taxes and fees" at checkout, compared to the price featured in search results. This does not occur when booking flights (I actually ...
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Is it always wise to book flights as soon as possible?

So I'm booking flights to go to Europe in September n October. And it's a long way off, but I've already noticed in the space of a week or so, that the prices have started creeping up. Not by much, ...
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Does the 24-hour grace period on U.S. air travel work on international itineraries?

I understand that airlines in the U.S. are legally required to offer free cancellations within 24 hours of booking. Does this apply to all itineraries that have either departure or arrival in the U.S....
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How to book this complex multi carrier roundtrip flight I found on ITA?

I am trying to book a roundtrip ticket from Chicago O'hare (ORD) to Mumbai, India (BOM). Traveling on Aug 9th and returning on Aug 24th. Now, I've been looking for several days (almost 10days!) for ...
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Must airlines warn passengers about changes of required travel documents?

Case: Booking of flight ticket from Belgium to Namibia for family with minors in Jan 2018 for flight scheduled on Aug 1st 2018. New regulation on birth certificates requirements for minor introduced ...
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Bought a ticket with Finnair, didn't enter my middle name

I'm travelling from Amsterdam, to Bangkok, via Helsinki. Bought a ticket with Finnair. I filled in the web form, and as it said "One first name is enough" (as also laid out here), I foolishly didn't ...
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Middle name missing on flight reservation, can I still fly?

As per passport my name is Manish Kumar Ahuja, but by mistake I book a ticket with the name of Manish Ahuja. My middle name is not on the ticket. Can I fly on this ticket? Because the airline can't ...
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How do I buy an open jaw ticket for this itinerary?

If I search for AMS-BUD 12/20/16 BUD-CDG 1/6/17 then KLM/Air France offers do not even appear. If I search for AMS-BUD 12/20/16, return on 1/6/17 then the cheapest offer is on KLM on the way out and ...
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Where to book Indian train tickets online?

I've read that trains in India are very busy and its best to book in advance. So where is the best website to book online? I've found the site www.cleartrip.com and www.makemytrip.com - both of which ...
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Flight with stopover: How to find a similar flight but with 1-week stopover?

Using some website, the cheapest Tokyo→Paris flight has a 5-hours stopover in Dubai. I would like to make this stopover 7-days, so that I can visit around that place too. I can't express this ...
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Which Standard Visitor visa should I apply for? [duplicate]

My husband is in UK on a 3-month Business visa. Now I want to apply for a visa to visit him for 7-10 days. What visa should I apply for? I don't have a marriage certificate but do have an affidavit ...
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Am I entitled to a refund on a non-refundable booking that has been cancelled by the hotel

I made a non-refundable hotel room booking through hotels.com. The hotel has contacted me to inform me that they will not be open for business during my stay because of the Coronavirus. I know I made ...
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How I find the BA-equivalent booking reference for an American Airlines-managed reservation?

Note: I do this regularly, so I am looking for a faster option than calling the airline on the phone - I'd like something I can do online. I have booked a reservation with American Airlines on aa.com....
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What exactly does "nights" means when you book? Is it number of night you are going to sleep, or simply days you are going to stay?

For example, suppose that I'm going to travel London and will arrive at 10am, 1st December. And will stay a week, means will leave 10am, 8th December. Technically it's 7 nights, but also 8 days. ...
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Travelling by train in mainland Europe, will I save money by booking my tickets early?

My wife and I are planning to travel by train from Nice to Budapest over the course of 2 weeks, stopping at a number of towns and cities on the way. We'd prefer the flexibility of booking our tickets ...
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Knock-on of different airline flight being cancelled on same booking

I'm eyeying up a flight booking. First from Auckland (AKL) to Sydney (SYD) with LAN Chile. Then 3 hours later, from Sydney to Vancouver (YVR) with Air Canada. However, LAN has a poor rating for ...
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Are some airline routings unbookable?

This is a generic question, but first my specific situation. I want to fly from Maputo, Mozambique (MPM) to Portland, Oregon (PDX). The cheapest flight I can find online for this itinerary is about $...
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What are the advantages of booking through a booking site instead of booking directly with the hotel?

Should I use booking.com, Airbnb or any site like that? Why should I? Are there any advantages?
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If I have bought X tickets, do I have X hand baggage allowances?

If I have bought 3 tickets for the same flight, can I bring three times the cabin allowance allowed per ticket? The way I see it I am doing the airline a favor Related: Is it prohibited to lie down ...
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Visa for France - showing actual hotel booking?

I am in UK planning to apply for Schengen visa via French Embassy. The application document requirements for the visa states that you are required to submit: Proof of Hotel reservation confirmation ...
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Is advance booking required for ferries from China to South Korea?

We already have a question about prices of ferries from China to South Korea, my question is: can I just show up at the port and buy a ticket for the same-day ferry or do I have to book it in advance? ...
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Is there anyway to find out if a route has a (cheaper) code share partner?

While looking around for flights from Sydney to Sri Lanka (SYD-CMB) I narrowed down the possible connections through south east Asia. The best connection was via Singapore. By pure chance I found it ...
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What are the cheapest ways to get a flight booking out of China needed for my visa application from here in Mexico City?

I've been in Mexico for a month and a half and I'm currently heading to Mexico City to apply for a Chinese visa since I already have a flight back to China but my previous visa expired. China ...
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What is Airbnb's contractual obligation in cases where something is wrong with your booking?

I've stayed a few times with Airbnb hosts and everything went great. However I can't help but wonder what would happen in situations where: The house owner is unreachable, so I can't make use of my ...
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Book a return flight a year in advance

Is it possible to buy an airline ticket that has me returning to my country after a year being abroad? I can't seem to book a flight that far in advance online.
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Are there any sites that let me book 7 or more multi-city flights?

I have a project that is requiring me to travel to seven different locations and I need to find a travel site that will allow me to book more than six multi-flights in order to accommodate for this ...
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When does Allegiant Air add flights?

I've been trying to buy Allegiant Air tickets for an August 20 trip for several weeks now and every time I check their website I see the following: Displaying all available flight dates. Now ...
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