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The bigger question is how would they know? People buy plane tickets all the time for all kinds of reasons. You are not required to tell an airline why you are flying, only when and where (so they can sell you a ticket). Airlines do vary ticket prices but they generally do so proactively and less reactively. There is lots of info out there on how they set ...


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If you check your ticket, it will say something like 'all passenger must be at the gate and ready to board x minutes before the scheduled time, or they forfeit their flight'. I have seen times required between x=10 and x=60 minutes, but never less than 10 minutes. In other words, if you miss this limit, it's your own problem, and they don't owe you anything. ...


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Yes, there were many, many indicators that Thomas Cook was in financial trouble, from analyst downgrades to their share price and their bond rate. But the company had been in financial trouble for years, being slow to address its competition as its bread-and-butter businesses were stagnating. They hadn't paid a dividend since 2011. In terms of operational ...


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They aren't! You are typically going to be sitting down and getting very limited exercise. On a long haul flight of 12 hours, based on a 2000 kcal/day requirement, the average person will burn in and around 1000 calories. A conservative estimate for the calories in that small breakfast picture would be around 300, and that's a New York to London flight, ...


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Ryanair is working almost strictly point-to-point. With a very few exceptions, they simply don't do connecting tickets, which saves them all the hassle and costs with accomodating people who missed their connection and so on. I can't comment on the profitability of this approach, but the fact that most low-cost carriers work this way is an indication that it ...


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It tells them that you're most likely not travelling for business. The common airline-industry knowledge states that most business travelers will leave during the early part of the week and return home on Thursday or Friday in order to spend their weekend at home. If you're willing to stay over the weekend you're probably (or so the thinking goes) travelling ...


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Codeshares usually work in that way, that an airline buys a number of seats on a flight operated by another airline. In your example, both Virgin and Air France bought each a set of seats from Delta, which they can now sell under their own flight number, within their own fare rules and fare scheme. Depending on how many seats they bought and already have ...


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They might consider special ordering a bland meal from Qatar Airways (insert "aren't normal airplane meals bland?" joke here): Bland Meal (BLML) - This meal is for customers who prefer light and easily digestible foods that are low in fat and help prevent gastric discomfort. It may contain: Low-fat food items such as boiled meats, soft vegetables, mashed ...


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The airline has no obligation towards a passenger who doesn't have the right visa. Any airline that flies internationally will have a clause in their conditions of carriage that says it is the passenger's own responsibility to have the right travel documentation. They reserve the right to deny you boarding if you're lacking a visa you need, but that is in ...


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I think most people choose between airlines based on the cost of airfare, and not the quantity or even quality of in-flight meal service, therefore airlines are not incentivized to compete on those. Then their goal is to serve food that is just good enough for the majority of passengers. Increasing portions to satisfy the hungriest passenger on every ...


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This will almost certainly not cause you any issues, and if it does they are problems with will be able to be fixed very easily by the BA staff. There is no requirement to append "MR", "MRS", "MS" or similar to the name on a ticket, although it still does occur sometimes. Both the versions with and without the title are completely valid. In this case the ...


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If you used a card, dispute it with your card provider, attaching the order and cancellation confirmations as evidence.


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You can always buy at the current price, for whatever reason. The airlines already anticipate that you have an urgent need when you book short notice, so typically the prices go up as the departure date approaches (unless the flight is super empty and they want to fill seats) My wife had to change a flight because a close relative passing away. The airline ...


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While it may be hard to say for certain without going through the court system, "political unrest" seems to be generally considered an "extraordinary circumstance" for the purpose of EU delay compensation. For example, the UK Civil Aviation Authority's "Am I entitled to compensation" page, under "Examples of extraordinary circumstances," includes "political ...


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The person ultimately responsible for ensuring a traveler's paperwork is in order is the traveler him- or herself. This goes for the validity of the passport or other travel document proving identity, the securing of visas or other authorizations, the meeting of health requirements such as immunizations and obtaining documentation thereof, the securing of ...


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This BBC article has a panel outlining the rights of UK customers regarding this: If you are on a package holiday, you are covered by the Atol scheme. The scheme will pay for your accommodation abroad, although you may have to move to a different hotel or apartment. Atol will also pay to have you brought home if the airline is no longer ...


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If disputing the charge with your card issuer doesn't work (or maybe even if it does,) you might want to consider filing a consumer complaint against the airline with the U.S. Department of Transportation. All carriers operating flights to, from, or within the United States are required to have a customer service plan that meets at least the minimum ...


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So anyhow, we reached there 2 min prior but were advised that the flight already left and the gate was closed. Say the flight "departure time" is 10:40:00 You simply can't arrive very close to that time. You have to arrive before the "gate closes". That's that. The time the gate closes is indeed given on the boarding pass stub, and elsewhere in many ...


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Nothing to stop you taking your closet as long as it fits in a suitcase or box which fits within the size and weight limits of the airline. But unless it is a special design or a piece of furniture that has a high personal value, I would not bother. Better take those things you can not buy where you go and do not pay for extra luggage, (but that is my view ...


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The below applies to UK customers only, with other answers able to cover other countries TC has operated in. For package holidays: Any package booked through Thomas Cook is protected by ATOL. You are able to get a full refund through them. Do not go to the airport unless you have booked yourself onto a new holiday yourself. Flight only If you have only ...


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You could proceed in two different ways: Make three separate bookings: one for your daughter and two for you. You end up with three bookings DFW-BUD-DFW. Make two separate bookings: one for you two for the flights on which you will be travelling together, and one for you for the flights on which you will be travelling alone. You end up with two bookings: ...


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Here is the official Cathay Pacific seating map (pick 77H from the dropdown, there are multiple different models). As you can see, seats do not line up across the aisles, although the gap is slightly less pronounced towards the front of the each economy cabin section (near rows 40 and 60).


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The best option is: buy you own food (in advance). Airlines have different options, and non-spicy is often a default (but there are other extra options): nobody wants to give children too spicy food. And spicy in general is not so good for air travels. Unfortunately, it seems to me that often they forget such options, or it is far worse than the normal ...


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This could never work with the way airline tickets are currently sold, and here is why: You rarely tell airlines who you are before you have already been offered a price and are in the middle of the booking process. Most people search for tickets through third/fourth party travel agencies or even huge search engines that trawl all the airlines and agencies....


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You will be able to access shops in domestic area of LED, but not Duty Free ones. You will only have access to domestic departures area in St. Petersburg airport. Of course, flight from LED to OVB is domestic. Then in Novosibirsk you will transfer to International waiting area with possibility of Duty Free shopping.


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As Doc described in his excellent answer, This will almost certainly not cause you any issues But if you are still nervous about this, you can call the travel agent and ask them to add the MR suffix to the reservation as a name update. Most airlines have a distinction between name changes (where you rebook the ticket to a different passenger) and name ...


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I (and many other travellers) regularly wear battery-powered bluetooth headphones on flights out of Heathrow (and many other airports). If you take a look around the cabin on any longhaul flight you will see numerous people wearing QC-35s. These kinds of premium noise cancelling headphones are specifically designed for air travel. If you want to be sure ...


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The best way I've found to make this kind of booking is either: Get a travel agent to do it for you, they can "link" separate tickets and arrange seating, or Decide which airline you want to fly, call the airline booking line, and work through it with them on the phone. The travel agent option is probably a lot less headache than talking to an airline ...


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What signal will "a trip with an overnight stay on Saturday" give to the airlines and how would they possibly react? Almost none at all. The accepted answer used to be correct maybe 15 years ago, but much less so today. Prices are set by complicated revenue optimization systems that apply data mining on booking behavior and patterns, historical data, ...


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