Questions tagged [travel-agents]

Professionals in the business of organising trips and selling travel services.

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Refunding a flight ticket, bought via third party

I am planning to fly from Dubai in November. I haven't bought a ticket yet. I got a $100 gift coupon from a friend to buy ticket a specific third-party agency/aggregator, that I would like to use soon....
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Location in ocean furthest from any land. Are there any established organized travel options for a tourist?

As far as I know the point in the world's oceans furthest from any land is located in the Southern Pacific, roughly halfway on a direct line from the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia) in the west ...
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Is there any advantage of using a travel agent in this day and age? [duplicate]

Now that you can get great offers and deals on hotels or flight/train tickets on multiple websites and apps, is there any added advantage of going through a travel agent. Do they have any cheaper ...
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Is myflightmart a scam?

I checked this answer and it has privacy policy phone number & address registered to the same name. However, I'm still suspicious. They have far cheaper tickets via chat or over the phone ...
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Do travel agents have to advise and check the visa status including transit visa before selling a ticket?

We have bought tickets via a travel agent. The flight was from US to country X via Canada. Upon check-in, 24 hours before the flight, I have learned that I have to have a transit visa if I am having a ...
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Where can I find and book plane tickets on date not on destination?

I have a holiday coming up and I would like to travel with the family somewhere. I have specific wishes regarding departure and arrival times, but the destination is less relevant. Where can I search ...
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Which OTA offers PDF invoices with configurable addresses and bills for seating?

This is something that is definitely possible on the high street but I've struggled to find online. I need to book a flight with British Airways and I need the airfare and seat reservation costs to ...
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Booking flights for people on Fiverr and Upwork - is there a way to use my credit card to make bookings?

I have just started using sites like Fiverr and Upwork to plan trips for others. So far I have just produced itineraries, but some people would like for me to book trips for them. I have traveled ...
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Flight booked through Expedia transit issue

I recently booked a two way flight through Expedia. The flight is from country A to B, both of which I can enter with no problem. Each of the flights has connections. In my first flight I connected in ...
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How to best respond to a request to send a passport scan by unsecured email?

It is not uncommon for travel or holiday accommodation companies to ask for a scan of your passport by email. Sometimes local laws require them to keep a record of the passport numbers of all visitors....
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How to vet an overseas travel agency

I am an American planning a trip to Vietnam, and I was planning to book through a travel agency located in Vietnam. In researching the travel agency, I found a lot of reason to feel good about the ...
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What are “consolidator” fares in airline travel?

Can someone explain what "consolidator" airfares are in the airline travel world, and how they differ from "normal" airline fares?
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How can I verify my AirAsia booking made via an online travel agent on the AirAsia website?

I booked a flight from China to Thailand using an online travel agent and have the air reservation number, E-Ticket number, and Airline Confirmation Number. I want to verify this on AirAsia's website ...
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Trying to change return ticket date on group flight but travel agency is being difficult and airline reroutes to agency

I'm a member in a student chorus that's going on tour to Hungary. Our director/the university booked and arranged the tour through a travel agency. I wasn't sure I'd get to join but about a month ago ...
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Help organizing one round trip one direct trip international flights sitting together [closed]

I plan on going to a travel agent if I can’t figure this out on my own as I would like to keep the flights on the cheaper side and have always booked flight on my own. But anyways, for context, my ...
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Can travel agents “reissue” tickets?

Story A friend once missed an international flight (USA => MidEast) because he mistook the flight number for the flight time on his itinerary. His flight number was something like "430", and his ...
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Are there any travel agents forums? (experts in corporate travel US market)

Does anyone know any travel agents forums and groups that I can ask very technical questions? I am looking to find answers on BSP/ARC and Sabre/Galileo commands regarding an exchange process.
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How does Expedia manage to sell a room significantly cheaper than the hotel itself?

I was recently booked in to the Hyatt Ziva All Inclusive in Puerto Vallarta booked direct through the Hyatt website. The room rate was approx. $650 per night. This evening, I was casually browsing on ...
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Become a travel agent just for yourself to get deals

Can I get better deals, free upgrades for myself if I become a travel agent? What I mean is, will becoming a registered agent automatically grant me access to deals, upgrades, good deals on car ...
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How do I recognize a scam website?

Inspired by How to get my passport back to me in Michigan from a travel agent in California, when he wants me to buy his services? I feel we should have a canonical place to deal with these. While not ...
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Booking date change difficult due to technical problems, who is liable? [closed]

Short version: I tried to shorten an existing hotel reservation, booked and prepaid through a large travel site, a day before the "free change/cancellation" period runs out. They tell me the hotel has ...
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How can a travel agent issue cheap tickets just a few hours before a flight?

Update: After asking this TA whether he is a 'consolidator' he said he didn't know this word (apparently). Anyway I will accept Kate's answer for now as no one else has given a better answer. ...
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Finding local train ticket agents/offices in China.

I am in China and want to buy a train ticket neither online nor at the station but from a travel agent that is able to issue such tickets. How do I find a travel agency that issues Chinese train ...
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Why do employers use BCD Travel for bookings? [closed]

Why do employers require booking through an agent such as BCD Travel? It seems like such a waste of money at $45 per booking, even for something simple like a rental car. Are they getting a discount ...
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Are travel agents required to pass on any phone calls they receive from the airline?

I booked my family holiday through a travel agent and my return flight was with Ryanair. In the document I received from the travel agent it stated that if I didn't check in online I "would be charged ...
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How to get my passport back to me in Michigan from a travel agent in California, when he wants me to buy his services?

An agent who was supposed to get me a visa to Saudi Arabia is not returning my passport. He wants me to send him extra money or buy his services, to mail my passport. I am time constrained, as I have ...
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Can you go to the Maldives without assistance of a travel agency?

Organizing your travel without agents is almost always cheaper and more fun. But does that also apply for Maldives? Can I just travel to the Maldives? Do you have some tips or experiences to report?
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How to know whether a travel agent issues tickets instantly?

I apologize for a rather long explanation but it is necessary to understand the issue. To begin, we know that the most reliable way to buy the ticket is directly from airline. But this is not always ...
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Refused boarding to New Zealand because I couldn't demonstrate I'm an NZ citizen. What are my options?

I bought tickets through a travel agent in New Zealand for my daughter, who is citizen of New Zealand as well as Russian, and myself. We travelled to Russia using Russian passports but the travel ...
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USA travel visa chennai [closed]

Please recommend reliable travel agencies for USA travel visa. We are planning to invite my uncle & aunt (mom sister) for holidays, thanks
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Negotiating prices with airlines?

I'm traveling Toronto -> Chicago -> Tokyo -> Havana -> Toronto, all immediately after each other. Skyscanner and Google Flights both (surprisingly) say that it's CHEAPER to do three separate 2-way ...
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What's a reasonable booking fee percentage in a Thailand travel agency?

I want to book a bus through a travel agency in Bangkok, Thailand and the agent quoted me a 20% booking fee. For booking through a travel agency for bus, train or other tickets, what's a reasonable ...
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When booking flights/holidays through sites like Expedia, what does the email say?

I'm planning a holiday to Spain via Expedia. I was wondering, what does the confirmation email tell you? It will be my first time booking a holiday by myself as I usually do it through an agency ...
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Can I skip first segment of multi-airline ticket? [duplicate]

I want to book a ticket through an online travel agent which combines two airlines. The flight itinerary is A-B-C and C-B. Segment A-B is operated by airline company A1 and segment B-C-B operated by ...
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How and where do travel agents see much lower prices?

Sometimes the prices I get from travel agents are cheaper than website like kayak and similar. What database do travel agents use?
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What are my rights if there is an air ticket error on the travel agent's side?

What are my rights if there is a ticket reporting error on the the travel agent's side? For example, what if I buy a ticket from airtickets that also includes baggage, but when I check-in at the ...
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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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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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Why does CTRIP only offer lap-child from 0-2 for international flights?

I recently purchased international tickets on China's largest booking agent CTRIP. I had previously searched with skyscanner and google flight (matrix) to determine the best prices. I then input the ...
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How do days and nights in travel package work?

Looking at travel packages like this. I am wondering, how does a '8 days 6 nights' package work? Where is the missing night? Is the missing night in the flight towards the destination?
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MCO and EMD-S- How to use [closed]

Hi Travel Professionals! (this question is addressed to travel profedsionals) I am looking to better understand the process of filing MCO (Miscellaneous Charge Orders) vs. filing an EMD (electronic ...
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Can Travel Agents get a better booking than say Expedia?

If I go to a travel agent, then can they get me a better connection than online travel booking sites like Expedia?
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“EQP” on air ticket confirmation via a travel agency

I recently booked a flight through a travel agency and I found this section in my booking confirmation they sent to me. What does "EQP is 'Open'" mean? I did confirm outwards and return legs with them ...
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Can you buy a plane ticket from a Swedish online travel agency with a US credit card?

Can I buy a plane ticket from a Swedish online travel agency with a US credit card? Or a US American Express credit card? If yes, any idea about the fee?
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What are some reputable 'high risk' merchant account providers? [closed]

I am in the planning process of starting my own travel agency business. I periodically will have to charge client's credit cards for hotel upgrades, flight class upgrades, taxes etc. I thought I would ...
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Purchase tickets, Prague to Brazil, but using Bank Transfer

I am Brazilian in Brazil, but I need to buy a flight ticket for a festival participant that should come from Prague to Brazil. The question is: Where can I find some system or travel agent based in ...
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Is there any way I can book separate airline's tickets on single ticket, without the help of travel agent? [closed]

I want to know if only travel agents can book connecting flights of different airlines on a single ticket or is it something anyone can do. If so how? Say there are two flights A and B operated by ...
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Who can access one's flight itinerary?

Someone with experience in a travel agency or who works at an airport may be able to answer my question. My ex-girlfriend works with the airport authority. Last time I traveled, she surprised/...
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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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Why is there 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 ...