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Questions tagged [bookings]

The processes of making, modifying, checking, cancelling, and disputing reservations for accommodation, tickets, etc in advance.

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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Hotel booking sites with a calendar view?

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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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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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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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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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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How to get a combined ticket in IRCTC (Indian Railway)

Suppose I want to go from Station A to Station C but Station C is not a stoppage of some train say train 01, so I can get a combined ticket from station A to Station B through train 01 plus Station B ...
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Plane booking - owner changed her name after getting married

In many countries, the wife takes the husband name after getting married. Let's say that a woman changes her last name, but she had a booking using her previous last name. She also has a marriage ...
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How flexible are Chinese tourist visas? [duplicate]

I'm considering travelling with my sister (both British citizens) from the UK to China later this year. Mostly likely we would fly into a big city (Beijing/Shangai) and travel around somewhat from ...
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Do I need to pay in full for hostel reservation to show proof of accommodation for a Schengen visa?

I am applying for a Schengen visa to travel to Germany and one of the requirements is showing proof of accommodation. I booked all my hostels via hostelworld.com, but only paid the non-refundable ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul

I want to book a Kyoto-Tokyo Shinkansen ticket for a trip in 10 days, because Shinkansen will be very crowded and probably impossible to board without a reservation. How can I book it from Seoul? ...
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Airline Booking for French Schengen Travel Visa

I am applying for a Schengen visa from the French embassy/consulate in DC. This visa will be for a duration of 15 days, for the purpose of tourism. I have collected all my documents (hotel bookings, ...
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How to book a flight if my passport doesn't state my gender?

I am asking on behalf of my friend. My friend doesn't have a gender (in other words they are gender-neutral) and on their new passport their gender is represented as X (indeterminate/unspecified). ...
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Is there a guarantee that flightfox.com will be cheaper than other booking methods?

Recently, I tried to use flightfox, as I have read that they are much cheaper than other websites. Before proceeding with my booking however, I was faced by the fact that I had to pay a $49 fee before ...
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Why would a company want me to book a flight via a travel agent if it is more expensive?

I am trying to book a flight. My university usually asks that we book a flight via a travel agent, but the prices he gives me are about $50 higher than the prices I can get by online booking in the ...
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What steps can you take to avoid being bumped from a flight?

Following on from this question about Overbooking, we know that airlines will often sell more tickets than there are seats on a plane, and from time to time they guess wrong and too many people ...