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The last time I booked a room with a seemingly ridiculous discount rate from Expedia, I think it was around 85%, I asked the hotel manager how the hotel manages to operate with so low income. Expedia is likely to have different agreements with different hotels, but in this case the hotel was actually paid the normal price and Expedia was obviously trying to ...


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Unfortunately the only person responsible here is you. You knowingly booked separate tickets with a very tight connection, and you lost the gamble. Finnair has nothing to do with this, they promised to get you to Bangkok and they did. Expedia has nothing to do with this, they sold you a perfectly valid ticket. And you not checking in on time for the ...


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You misunderstand what a flight ticket is. You didn't rent seat 22A from city X to city Y, free to do with it as you like, absolutely not. What you have at hand is a contract between the airline and you which has certain conditions binding each party. The airline is bound to transfer you between certain points (edit: at a certain time) and for this you ...


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Hotels have revenue management departments that seek to maximize profit for the hotel by selling rooms at different prices through different sales channels. The hotel may well have sold the room to Expedia for that price (actually, less than that price, since Expedia needs to take its commission) (or, as Tor-Einar Jarnbjo notes, Expedia could be taking a ...


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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 it was a split ticket, your only option is probably travel insurance. Many policies will cover the cost of a new ticket in the event of a missed departure up to EUR 500-800, often at zero excess. Quite often the airline is happy to just put you on standby for the next flight at no extra charge, but it is usually at their discretion.


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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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Yes, the airline can make changes to a ticket issued by a 3rd party. Whether they will make changes is a different matter. In general, the ticket is deemed to be 'owned' by whoever booked it - generally either the airline itself, or a 3rd party travel agency. That party is the one that has been paid to issue the ticket, and is generally responsible for ...


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Expedia customer service hasn't been very helpful to you, but I would suggest you continue to call and email, asking for managers or higher ups. Generally staff will attempt to dismiss the issues, but when passed higher it is more likely to be sorted. Phone: If you have previously called Expedia's customer services and your issue has not been resolved, you ...


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According to Expedia's FAQ Major Airlines If your travel plans change and you need a different flight than what you originally booked, please consider the following: The airlines will assess a fee for most changes to your flights. The change fee varies, but a typical change fee is $150 for within the United States, and $200 for ...


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I think depending on the departure locale, this can definitely cause you problems checking in. For instance, if you are departing from a busy airport in India such as Mumbai, you may not gain entry to the airport if the guard doesn't think your name matches between the check-in list and your passport. Whereas, if you are departing from a British Airways hub ...


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What appears to be an official UK government web site has a form for getting a (post-dated) passport in your new name up to three months before the ceremony. The person who will conduct the ceremony has to sign, too. [Link updated using @phoog comment]


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Expedia buys hotel rooms in bulk from many chains and many individual hotels. They get a good price from the hotel - a really good price - because the hotel gets guaranteed income for that room - and they can pass all or some of that price difference to you - but that means Expedia is on the hook to sell it. Everyone is trying to maximize revenue, and it ...


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I believe both your questions can be answered by visiting Cruise Critic. If I guessed correctly and you're on the Holland America, Amsterdam, say, then choosing Amsterdam Deck 3: Lower Promenade Deck Plan, you'd see something like this: Where HH is described as: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views) (HH) An alternative view is available on ...


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No, not all airlines give you a checked baggage allowance built into the ticket, the obvious example being Ryan Air: What is my checked baggage allowance? Each passenger can purchase up to 3 checked bags of 20 kilos. Emphasis mine. Side note: plan on booking holiday through expedia will they bring up checked baggage and so forth is this ...


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Expedia and Google work differently, but this has little to do with "secret" information. First of all, the main difference is that Expedia is an online travel agent, while Google Flights is a flight search engine. What that means is that Expedia (or booking.com, or other online agents) will actually sell you the ticket: You pay Expedia, you get the ...


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Looking at Expedia the word 'booked' refers to what you, the customer does, makes a request, and 'confirmed' to what the provider does, acknowledging your request and agreeing to honor it. Of course, for absolute certainty, visit the site's Customer Service portal and hit the Contact Us radio button to email, or call 1-866-310-5768 (local, toll-free) or +1 ...


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I work in this industry for one of the major GDS software giants and this is extremely common (I've personally fixed bugs around this area). The legacy code in the software is just not user friendly and what you described happens all the time and in some cases worst things happen (ie someone who's first name is Princess has had no name show up at all with ...


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Just another thing that hasn't been mentioned: when you browse the hotel's own website, they are not competing with anyone else, at least at the same time -- you are already on their website, they only have to have a reasonable enough price. Through Expedia, customers will prefer the lowest price rooms, so hotels can't charge as much as they would otherwise.


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The reason to enter your Global Entry PASSID in the airline's booking system would be so that you can qualify for TSA PreCheck when you depart from the US, with expedited security screening (no taking off your shoes, etc). Your PreCheck status has to be shown on your boarding pass (having the Global Entry card itself does not help). However, Qantas is not ...


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There are many ways to process a credit or debit card transaction. One of them is an offline transaction without the customer being present. For this, the 16-digit number plus the CVV are sufficient and the SecurCode system is not used. So you can be charged in such a case. Also, Expedia or the hotel may pre-authorize the charge before your arrival. In ...


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There was no way to contact the hotel as the phone line has been disconnected. Instead, I called Expedia who were extremely helpful. They amended the bookings (actually had 2 with that hotel) with the small price difference for another similarly-rated hotel nearby. No cancellation fees were due. One oddity of the system is that the itinerary did not ...


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The problem with buying airline combination tickets is that most of the time, you (the traveler) is solely responsible for any missed flights that may arise as you are supposed to reach the boarding gate in time regardless whether the previous flights are delayed or not. That is the main reason I don't purchase airline combination tickets from third party ...


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As it's not unusual for a new passport to be issued between the time a ticket is purchased and the actual flight, it shouldn't be a problem. Carry both the old and new passports with you, just in case you're questioned about it when you check in at the airport. Your passport number is not on your ticket, it's in your passenger record and having both ...


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Yes, you can settle with the property (hotel) directly using any means they accept. Credit Card, Cash, Check, Points.


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Yes. You can also pay cash. The actual credit card will be used only for no-show fees, and to screen fake bookings.


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Certain large travel agents negotiate consolidator fares with airlines. The link is a few years old but I don't think there is anything significantly out of date: A consolidator will have a contract to sell private fares at a lower price than the published fare. If there's a printed ticket, only "bulk" generally appears on the receipt. They generally ...


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