Questions tagged [fares]

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Why are one-way plane tickets more expensive than return tickets?

It seems like one-way tickets are always more expensive than buying round-trip. But what if I have two destinations? For example I would like to go on the following itinerary this March: London -->...
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How to find historical airfares?

Is there a way to find out how much it would have cost to buy a particular airplane ticket at some point in the past? For example, how could I find out how much it would have cost to buy a one-way ...
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Pink Oyster reader did not reduce the fare correctly?

Yesterday I traveled from Hayes & Harlington to Tooting Broadway avoiding zone 1 and tapped on the pink reader at West Brompton. The Oyster card is linked to a 16-25 Railcard and the entire ...
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How can flights operated by the same company have such different prices when marketed by another?

On SkySkanner, I see: Virgin: LHR-SAN (via DTW) and return (via SLC), "operated by Delta": £580 Air France: exactly the same flights, "operated by Delta": £956 ...and there are other combinations ...
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Last minute flight bookings - better to book online or at the airport?

We had a question here earlier on booking flight tickets in the weeks running up to holiday season, which covered ground on what happens to flight prices over the period. What I'm interested to know ...
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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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Is the price per person affected by searching a flight for more than one person?

When I search for a flight for more than one person I usually search the flight for one so that I can easily have the total amount per person. I wonder if there are cases in which searching for more ...
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How, specifically, can I travel between Taiwan and Okinawa by sea?

This is a followup to a previous question of mine where we established that it is possible to travel between the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan. So now that we know that it's possible, and because ...
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How to buy a ticket from France to the United States if the person flying won't have any proof of payment?

My friend lost his cash and bank cards while traveling in France. Now he wants to come home, and I am going to buy him a plane ticket. I have seen questions like this one, that say that he might ...
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What is the difference between Eurostar first class and French TGV first class?

I've checked the costs of first class travel by high speed train in France and to UK. According to pictures, first class seats in the Eurostar and TGV look similar in terms of legroom and width, while ...
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How can I tell a Deutsche Bahn train has a supplementary charge?

My tickets for Gamescom came with free public transport tickets. While the Gamescom website reasonably clearly explains where they can be used, I failed to find if the train I have to take is of the ...
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Airline fares - meaning of “plus fare difference” for refund

Lufthansa airline offers the "Economy Flex" fare. The listed advantages of this fare are: Rebooking possible plus fare difference Refundable except 70 EUR plus fare difference What does the "...
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Huge difference in price between online travel agents and airline website

I often notice this rather strange occurrence when searching for fares through Kayak (it may not be specific to Kayak but it is the tool I use the most). It is that, for the same flight, there is a ...
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How do you know if you have found the cheapest air fare on a given route?

I have learned that spending quite some time on searching for a the best fare for a trip can be quite rewarding. It isn't uncommon that I save 1000 Euro on a trip, simply by going through various ...
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Where can I find air-fare predictions?

Yesterday I saw a documentary where some showed software that predicts developments in airfares. Similar to weather and traffic predictions a user would get a prediction of price developments when ...
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Is it more expensive to buy airplane tickets around Christmas?

Do airlines charge you more if you book a trip around Christmas for a trip that is happening in, say, august? I am currently looking for tickets and the price seems to have gone up quite a bit in the ...
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What are 'hacker fares' at a flight search-engine?

What are hacker fares on kayak.com? I was looking at the filters and couldn't find either in the FAQ or anywhere as to what hacker fares are all about.
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Will Amtrak honor a saver ticket from an earlier station when other saver tickets are sold out?

I'm buying a train ticket on the long-distance Amtrak Empire Builder train that runs Chicago-Milwaukee-...-St. Paul-... I'm traveling from Milwaukee to St. Paul. All the saver tickets are sold out. ...
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At what time frame is there a significant increase of the price of airplaine tickets?

I have already browsed through the various questions tagged [air-travel] and [budget]. In particular, I have already seen this question: Flight tickets: buy two weeks before even during holiday ...
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What discount options are available for domestic air travel in Japan?

In order to visit some faraway places like Okinawa or (northern) Hokkaido, but also because the Shinkansen can be very expensive (especially without a rail pass), one sometimes needs or wants to book ...
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How do peak/off peak times work on the TfL network with the Oyster card?

The section on TfL's website dealing with peak and off-peak times specifies the times but it doesn't specify if those are considered when card holders touch in or when they touch out. Say, I board a ...
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Why is taxi fare (in the UK at least) the same price for 1 as for 4 people

It is something I have been wondering for a very long time, and I apologise if this question is posted on the wrong site. (Kindly direct me to the correct one if that is the case) According to the ...
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Split ticketing to CDG on Paris's RER

I will be spending a day in Paris with a friend, arriving by train into Gare du Nord in the morning, and flying out in the evening. However, my friend leaves from Charles de Gaulle, and I leave from ...
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What is the different between standard on-loan Octopus card and tourist Octopus card in Hong Kong?

I will be travelling to Hong Kong next week and octopus card seems like a must for hassle free trip. However I discover on the website there are standard on-loan octopus and tourist octopus. However ...
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Unlimited-ride pass on San Francisco BART

Most public transit networks I have used offer a so-called day pass, weekly pass or similar ticket that allow unlimited rides during a limited time, on the whole system or on certain zones in case of ...
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Why don't travel site allow comparing airline fares for an unaccompanied minor?

We are sending our son to the east coast for part of winter break. My wife shopped for tickets using the flight aggregators we normally use, but they don't seem to allow searches for unaccompanied ...
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How can I buy an economy ticket one-way from Tahiti to Easter Island?

I am trying to price flights for a South Pacific trip. Easter Island can be reached from either Santiago, Chile, or Tahiti. Flights from island to island within the South Pacific (eg Fiji to Samoa or ...
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When does the 24 hour layover rule apply?

I understand that most airlines have a 24 hour stopover rule which states that on an international flight if the connecting time at the intermediate point is less than 24 hours, it will count as a ...
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Optimum fares for transportations inside and around Barcelona (metro/trains)

I'm looking for the best prices for getting around Barcelona. We will be traveling as four adults and one kid (16 y.o.) and we have accommodation in Barcelona city center for ten days. Also we would ...
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How can I work out the price of a UK bus fare online?

I find it vexing and confusing that, while I can get a price for any train ticket, coach ticket, plane ticket, taxi fare etc., there's no obvious way to look up the price of a bus ticket. First - who ...
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Is it legal to sell flight tickets at a lower price than the airline's price?

I've heard that it might be illegal for a reseller like lastminute.com or tui.com to sell a ticket at a lower price than the one offered by the airline itself and that the company, if it finds out, ...
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Why are USA to Europe round-trip airfares more expensive than Europe to USA round-trip airfares?

I travel to Milan about three times a year from San Francisco. I have never understood why the round trip flights are almost double if you originate in the US? For example, Milan-SFO-Milan in June ...
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Longest possible single-fare journey in London Fare Zone 2?

I've noticed that it is theoretically possible to perform an almost complete circuit of London by rail without leaving fare zone 2 and without having to swipe in / swipe out with an Oyster card ...
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Is there some other train than Eurostar to go from Lille to London?

Is there a cheaper/slower alternative to Eurostar between Lille and London?
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Should I book a two way flight instead of one way although I don't know when I will return?

I am flying Germany->Singapore in April of 2017. I will be staying until September or October. I don't know the exact return date yet and probably won't know until July/August. Should I only buy a ...
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Roissybus - No more child fare, but how about baby?

Does a baby pay for Roissybus? I understand the child fare is no longer available, but how about a baby?
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Denver to Regina (or why is it so expensive to fly to Canada?)

I would like to fly from Denver, CO to Regina SK in March (specifically to Regina on March 24 and returning to Denver on March 26). I've tried the normal travel search engines (Kayak, Expedia, etc) ...
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How to decrypt fare conditions?

The Fly Emirates airline (and many other airlines too) has a very cryptic way of displaying the fare conditions: CHANGES ANY TIME PER TICKET CHARGE EUR 75.00 FOR REISSUE/REVALIDATION. ...
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Finding **cheapest** fares from a country to country/city/airport (including non-guaranteed connections)? [duplicate]

I've recently spent some time finding the cheapest fares for my journey and that got me thinking. Essentially I'm traveling UK <-> Tallinn (Estonia) anytime within the next 4 months for a week. ...
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What is the cheapest way to travel from North to South island in New Zealand?

After some search I found the following fare for sail crossing: Wellington to Picton Thursday, 22nd January 2015 - 2 Adults Picton to Wellington Sunday, 8th February 2015 - 2 Adults With a van NZ$...
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Why is there a ticket office /after/ the ticket barriers?

At several larger UK train stations, I have noticed that there is a ticket desk beyond the ticket barriers. This is the case, among other places, in Reading and Birmingham New Street. The desk is ...
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Internal train travel in France - cheaper on day, or when pre-booked from UK?

My girlfriend and I are getting the Eurostar train to France next month, and we need to get a connecting train from Paris to Tours. I know I can book the train in advance, but can anyone tell me if it'...
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TFL Journey planner that optimises for price? Or at least avoids zone 1?

There are many journeys in London that are cheaper when avoiding zone 1, avoiding national rail and using buses for some or all of the journey. Is there a good manual method of finding such routes or ...
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Which airline/alliance have cheap children's fares?

Most airlines charge almost adult fares to children over 2. I have twins, who turned 2 last year and looking into ticket prices, really hurts. I know of airlines in South America that charge per ...
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Greyhound: When will advance fare increase?

I want to buy a Greyhound ticket for early November (and return ticket for near the end of the month). I know what the price is if I buy the tickets now, but I may need to wait. I know if I wait too ...
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Strategy for cruise tickets: book now or last minute?

I'm interesting in a Caribbean cruise in June (it's now late March). Prices seem to be higher for June (e.g., $249 lowest 3-night. Carnival) vs May ($199 lowest Carnival). Does anyone know if the ...
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In San Diego County do Compass cards automatically max out at a day pass rate? Should the total costs of rides eclipse that of a day pass?

I know that in the SF Bay Area these days if you use a Clipper card to pay fares and the total number of fares paid to a particular transit agency amounts to the cost of a day pass for that agency the ...
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Cheapest flight “from any city”

NB the suggested dupe has no working answers. note that the answers here so far are fabulous and work in 2018 I was just looking at flights from "North America" to ICN (Seoul, Korea); I observe that ...
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“Any Belgian Station” destination on the Eurostar

Does the "Any Belgian Station" destination on the Eurostar imply unlimited Belgian train travel (naturally excluding Intercity-Express and Thalys) within 24 hours of arrival/departure of my Eurostar ...
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What is the meaning of “Marine Fares” regarding airline baggage?

The terms of an airline company regarding their checked baggage rules refers to two concepts: Piece and weight. A section of the "weight" concept mentions "Marine Fares of Economy Class". What does ...