Questions tagged [terminology]

What does a certain travel-related term mean or what's the proper name for something you can describe? On TSE many special terms relate to air travel or visas. For air travel there is a list in `tag info` here.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
15
votes
1answer
1k views

What does the flight jargon “fare class” actually mean? Is it the same as either “fare basis (code)” or “travel class”?

I just added a tag for fare-class since I saw a question about them and thought it's a frequent enough topic in air travel even though I didn't know exactly what it was. I guess it's something more ...
15
votes
3answers
5k views

Does the term “leg” have a precise meaning in air-travel?

Yesterday I was wondering about what the precise set of terminology surrounding direct and nonstop flights was. I found our previous question that covered those two main terms in detail. But I don't ...
15
votes
2answers
28k views

How big is a “semi-double” bed in Japan?

I'm looking at accommodation for an upcoming trip to Japan. A room I'm looking at quotes a "semi-double bed", a size I've never heard of. I found this question asking about "twin beds", but the ...
15
votes
1answer
83k views

Where is the passport book number and what is the difference from the passport number?

For the US department of state visa application, there is a question about the passport book number, which is apparently different than the passport number. What is that referring to? The explanation ...
14
votes
6answers
7k views

Are “tourist visa” and “visitor visa” two terms for the same thing?

I myself always use the term "tourist visa" for the common type of visa used by tourists on sightseeing visits to countries. Some people probably say "tourism visa" instead. But very often I hear or ...
14
votes
2answers
16k views

What is a business center in a hotel?

I have been checking hotels like Hilton mention they have 'Business center' in their amenities. What is a business center ? I am travelling international to Paris without laptop/cell phone. Will I be ...
14
votes
2answers
3k views

Who was or what is Týn in Prague?

In Prague there is the church of Our Church of Our Lady before Týn. I have been to the city a couple of times and I am still wondering who Týn was, or what the word means. I only found a Czech entry ...
14
votes
2answers
12k views

What does it mean when a flight is delayed due to a “tail swap”, if anything?

My flight was delayed due to a "tail swap" at the destination airport (the airport I will be flying into). Does that mean anything specific? If so, what is it?
14
votes
4answers
2k views

What is usually an American breakfast outside of the US?

A number of hotels outside of the US offer something they call an American Breakfast. What does that usually include in terms of food and beverage? I have seen this choice offered in a few countries ...
14
votes
1answer
47k views

What exactly is a “No Objection Certificate” (NOC)?

In researching a potential trip in Pakistan on Wikivoyage I came across this term which is not well explained: The visitor should be aware of the ever changing rules regarding sensitive areas and ...
14
votes
2answers
23k views

What does Flight Pending Government Approval mean?

When searching on Orbitz for round-trip flights, I see a number of results with this note highlighted in yellow when expanding Flight Details: "This flight is pending government approval." What does ...
14
votes
1answer
13k views

What exactly is unaccompanied baggage? How do I use it?

This is my first time on a flight. So pardon me for the question. My luggage weighs more than the specified limit. I read elsewhere that in order to avoid excess baggage fee, one can send the luggage ...
13
votes
3answers
3k views

Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?

This, to me strange, topic has come up a few times lately, usually about Iran not being a middle eastern country. In fact it just came up in the chat room but pretty regularly when chatting to people ...
13
votes
2answers
5k views

In Japan, what is a “Philippine pub”?

In Japan, what is a "Philippine pub" (フィリピンパブ)? I tried googling for "Philippine pub Japan", but didn't have much luck. The Japanese edition of Wikipedia has a description, but Google Translate doesn'...
13
votes
1answer
27k views

What is the difference between customs and immigration?

Maybe this is a question that should be asked at english.se in stead. I am just wondering if you can talk about "going through customs", when referring to all processes involved in entering/...
13
votes
2answers
1k views

What is Rule 240 in Air Travel?

This morning I was a little bit surfing on travel blog sites, and then I read this hint: Know about Rule 240. If your flight is delayed or you get bumped from a flight, ask the ticketing agent if ...
13
votes
2answers
422k views

When applying for an Indian Passport, how do I know if I'm in the ECR or non-ECR category?

I'm applying for a fresh Passport from India but I don't know what "ECR" & "NON-ECR" mean: "Is applicant eligible for Non-ECR category?" [Yes] [No] I've already Graduated from University. ...
13
votes
1answer
6k views

What does the acronym “ECO” mean in discussions of visas?

I saw this term ECO used in discussions on our meta pages and didn't notice a definition though I may have just skipped it. Googling it mostly returns hits about Eco-tourism, so it seems a bit ...
13
votes
3answers
164k views

What does “Baggage: 1PC” mean on my flight ticket?

On my e-ticket for my flight with Swiss booked through Travelup.com, I see this: Baggage: 1PC Does this mean I'm only allowed hang-luggage? Or can I take hand-luggage, and check in one piece of ...
13
votes
2answers
515 views

What do “RIC” and “RE” on Armenian passport stamps mean?

I'm a Turkish student studying in Armenia and while we were crossing the land border with my Israeli friend, no one else but us got these abbreviations (I guess) written on our passport stamps (and we ...
12
votes
2answers
4k views

What exactly is a open-jaw flight?

Recently, I was looking for a flight from A to B and then a flight back from C to A. Using my English dictionary, I found that this is called an open-jaw flight. However, several native English ...
12
votes
2answers
14k views

What does “early bird rate” mean in hotel reservations?

Maybe it's too obvious, but I'm not a native English speaker.
12
votes
3answers
6k views

What is ticket reconfirmation and why does it exist?

I have never personally had to reconfirm the ticket, but have read that in some case you can lose a place on a flight, even if you paid for it! Where does the idea of ticket reconfirmation comes from?...
12
votes
1answer
2k views

What does BSCT stand for?

Apparently, BSCT is an acronym for ... baby bassinet. Somehow. Various airlines use it, for instance: Latam Air China The text only mentions the acronym like baby bassinet (BSCT) without giving ...
12
votes
2answers
689 views

What exactly are the differences between a National Park and a National Forest?

In the United States, most big national parks are surrounded by national forests. I know that you can do "dispersed camping" in the National Forest, but not the National Park, but other than that, ...
11
votes
2answers
22k views

Miles & More: What is a booking class?

I'm member of the frequent flyer program Miles & More. Now I wanted to request additional miles for a flight during summer 2011 when I wasn't yet a member. To fill out the online form, I have to ...
11
votes
4answers
55k views

What is the difference between folio and invoice in hotel management?

I was curious about the difference between folio and invoice in hotel management terms. Some hotel say invoice and others say folio. Are there difference?
11
votes
3answers
1k views

How is Timatic pronounced?

Travellers are often advised to refer to Timatic for visa information (or to ask airline staff to check). However, what is the correct pronunciation of Timatic? Is it approx Tim-a-tick, or Tie-matic (...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

Where to find out more about “ライダーハウス” / “riders' houses” in Japan?

I just learned of a very interesting kind of minimal budget accommodation in Japan principally for people on bicycle and perhaps motorbike tours called "ライダーハウス" - "riders' houses". There is an ...
11
votes
2answers
497 views

What is a Toronto Transit Commission code 299 or 506?

I heard this on the TTC (Toronto's subway system) public address system: "506 Eglinton." What is this about? Any enlightened folks out there, who may have an answer?
11
votes
1answer
187 views

Is there somewhere a glossary or introduction to the different kinds of accommodation in Taiwan including the Chinese characters?

I've travelled in both mainland China and Taiwan before, but this time in Taiwan I've noticed a lot more Chinese words and characters than I was aware of are used for different types or accommodation, ...
10
votes
5answers
11k views

What do these different hotel rates mean?

I was looking at a hotel room that I might what to book and when I looked at the rate details and this is what I found: Tue 09 Jun 2015 - Wed 10 Jun 2015 $ 161.00 USD per night Wed 10 Jun 2015 - Thu ...
10
votes
3answers
486 views

What's the travel insurance definition of a war zone?

Some travel insurance companies have clauses stating that they won't insure travel to a war zone. What's their definition of this? The best I could find was Wiki's list of ongoing military ...
10
votes
2answers
376 views

In Mongolia, what kind of vehicle is a jeep?

In Mongolia, what is meant by a jeep? I assume it is referring to a general type of vehicle, not the US car brand, as Lonely Planet refers to Russian made jeeps at one point. Is it merely a four ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

What is “cattle call seating policy”?

In a Facebook thread about Amtrak trains I saw a user comment complaining about Amtraks cattle call seating policy. What is this?
9
votes
3answers
3k views

What's the deal with “stamping” US visas?

I see many questions here refer to a US "visa stamp", or "getting a visa stamped" for the US, and I often find it difficult to imagine what is going on with this stamp. Is it the visa sticker itself ...
9
votes
3answers
5k views

What are the differences between terminals and gates?

My wife is a little concerned since she will have to fly by herself soon, and she just wanted to know what are the differences between the two?
9
votes
2answers
4k views

Are the terms “visa denial”, “visa refusal”, and “visa rejection” used in the same standardized way in countries that use English?

Recently I've learned that at least in the UK there is what seems to be an official distinction between two of these terms (though I can never remember which). Apparently one means you did something ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

What does the author mean by 'back to back' and 'hidden city' ticketing hacks?

At this link about travel hacks what does the author mean by this? Back to back and hidden city ticketing. Sometimes airlines will charge far more for tickets to that do not include a Saturday night ...
9
votes
1answer
9k views

What is the meaning of the expiration date on a Delta voucher?

My parents were issued vouchers for a specific dollar amount towards future travel on Delta as compensation for volunteering to switch to a different flight in an overbook situation. The vouchers have ...
9
votes
1answer
432 views

What are transit visas?

What is the purpose of a transit visa, under what circumstances is is it required, and what happens when an individual arrives at an airport without one?
9
votes
1answer
11k views

Meaning of the “Have you ever been refused entry or deported from any country, including Singapore?” question

I was denied a visitor visa for Singapore (reason unknown). Now when asked: Have you ever been refused entry or deported from any country, including Singapore? do I check Yes? In other words, ...
8
votes
3answers
6k views

What's a “trip kitty”?

On some organized tour operator's sites, I see tour prices listed with a +amount labelled as "kitty" or "trip kitty" like this one. What is a "trip kitty"?
8
votes
2answers
850 views

Can I overstay a UK visa? Can I apply for an extension?

My uncle has a visa valid for six month which was issued in April. And he is intending to visit UK in around 1st of October which is apparently 10 days beforehand of expiry date. the question here ...
8
votes
2answers
774 views

What are frequent flyer awards?

I read stories such as http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/11/30/flyingblue-promo-awards-december/ . Now I understand that such stories are something to do with flying the same airline or ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

Why does my boarding pass read “APIS OK”

I flew from Turkey to France on a direct flight. When I checked in, I saw the boarding pass given to me read "APIS OK". I thought APIS was a program of US immigration, mostly for passengers to the US....
8
votes
4answers
4k views

For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?

Even though I travel a lot I've never had an e-visa. I just found out at least some countries that issue e-visas do not then attach a full page version of the visa into your passport when you arrive. ...
8
votes
2answers
798 views

Schengen Visa : What does the information mean?

Recently I have got a Schengen visa with this information : Visa validity : 7-7-13 to 7-12-13 Duration of stay : 90 days Number of entries : multiple Visa category : C . Can anyone please explain ...
8
votes
1answer
18k views

STATI Schengen : What does it mean

I am going to Europe for my honeymoon. My entry and exit is from Rome. My Visa says Stati Schengen, Type C. I understand Type C is for short term travel. Can anyone help me understand Stati means ? ...
8
votes
3answers
20k views

Specific Meaning of Restricted Usage Road on Google Maps

Searching for driving directions using Google Maps, I found a number of instructions which are labelled Restricted Usage Road. Another couple of Google Searches says this could mean any of a number of ...