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It's hard to understand why this can be the case without some background in how airline fares work, so lets start with a bit of background... For each route, airlines will publish a number of different fares, each with a distinct "fare code" - normally with weird names like "TANRKL", "YSJWNN" or "X34Q". Corresponding to these fare codes are "fare rules" ...


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Short answer: The pink oyster reader did function correctly, in the sense that it has registered your journey as one that avoids zone 1. However, since you used a Southern service in between your journey, you are charged a mixed Transport for London (TfL) + National Rail (NR) fare instead, which is slightly more expensive than a TfL only journey. The ...


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Simply because the fuel cost is only a very small part of the total cab fee and at least until recently, when taxis had mechanically coupled taxameters, it would probably have been much more expensive taking fuel consumption into account than what anyone could have gained by doing so. The major part of the cab fee, perhaps as much as 80-90%, covers the ...


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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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The main case where the price-per-person will be different when searching for more than one person is when there is only one seat left at the cheapest fare. In such a case, the search engine (or at least every one I've ever seen) will search for the cheapest fare where all passengers can travel at the same fare. That might mean bumping all passengers to ...


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You can't. At any point a new deal could come out. And these aren't entirely predictable either - demand to some extent is predictable, but all you need is a 'random' event - a sudden football final in an unexpected location, for example, to drive air traffic and crowds. Kayak has recently tried to predict, and they have a 'prediction' algorithm, that's ...


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It's not a guess, here is the official explanation: these itineraries require purchasing two or more one-way tickets on separate airlines, so we want to make sure everyone understands that these aren’t just regular flight options. Edit: I am very surprised this attracted this many upvotes. Try googling kayak hacker fare, it's literally the first in the ...


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he might not be able to board the plane if he doesn't have the original form of payment. I read the linked answer and it does not mesh with my experience after hundreds of flights I took in Europe, the USA, Canada and in between. Consider people flying on the dime of some company. The passenger certainly won't have the card for that. Even in the case of ...


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For most purposes, German train tickets have three price categories: local and regional trains (branded S, RB or RE), 'regular' long-distance trains (IC or EC) and 'express' long-distance trains (ICE). Your ticket is only valid for transport in the cheapest train categories (S, RB or RE). The easiest option to find only these trains in the DB route planner ...


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I phoned TfL to find the answer to this. It's simple and straightforward: The rate depends on when you touch in. Peak fares apply from 06:30 to 09:29 and from 16:00 to 18:59 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Off-peak fares apply at all other times. That is, if you touch in during those two three-hour periods, you will be charged the peak fare. ...


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I might contribute some inside knowledge since I am working for a company which contributed the software for a major cheap-flight company. Generally the prices are determined by offer and the demand BUT there is another major variable (in fact several) in the game for short-booking. Statistics show that most (80%) last-minute bookers are in an important ...


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Since deregulation in 1978 US airlines have been free to charge whatever they want, and they almost universally responded with a plethora of extraordinarily complicated fare rules and an almost infinite number of fare options designed to maximize their revenue in a highly competitive marketplace. As a result literally every time you search for an airfare you ...


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I am 99% sure it is the fare class what makes the different. Webjet is not showing the class but definitely it is one of the cheap economy classes where the ticket is non-refundable and not flexible and maybe this kind of ticket is not adding much to FF program status, also you may not get the seat if it was overbooked. The class shown for SWISS YWFFEO is a ...


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No. To go between France and the UK by train, you need to cross the Channel Tunnel. Only three types of trains cross the Channel tunnel: Eurostar high-speed trains carrying passengers Eurotunnel shuttles carrying vehicles Freight trains The Tunnel will soon open to competition, but the other competitors are likely to be high-speed trains heading to other ...


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The closest I have seen to what you are looking for is through Kayak. Based on certain criteria that it determines, tickets with multiple legs can have different booking classes. For instance, the below Delta flight YOW-LHR-YOW has a total of 4 legs each of which can be booked in either Economy or Business. The Details tab You then move to the Fares tab ...


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When can flights be booked? Tickets go one sale twice a year on a fixed day common to all airlines. For example, tickets for flights from March 27 through October 29, 2016 all went on sale at 9:30am on January 27. The day when tickets go on sale is announced a couple weeks beforehand. The old system of selling tickets only from two months before departure ...


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The fare difference is the difference in price between the ticket you bought and the one you have after cancellation. One case is when you cancel your entire ticket, so the difference is zero minus price paid. I'm sure they won't give you a fare credit for a negative difference, so you will get what you paid minus 70 EUR. The other is that you cancel a ...


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They are unusual in the West, but there are some airlines that offer cheaper seats when booking for multiple people. In particular, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific both offer "GV2" and "GV4" fares, available only to groups of 2 or 4 passengers respectively. For example, in this randomly Googled travel agent page, the single passenger price for a ...


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i have never been in a country where the taxi fare changed depending on the number of passengers. If there are seatbelts for 3 passengers, you can take 3 passengers. Some countries charge for bags, others only if there are a lot of bags or the driver handles them. In general, the weight of the passengers is rather small compared to the weight of the vehicle,...


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That is 600 lbs (~ 43 stone) more than the original ride for 1 person. Quite a significant increase, which has got to affect the fuel consumption of that taxi cab noticeably. You are mistaken there. The weight of the car is really a very minor part of the fuel consumption and an even more minor part of the total costs of running a car. So for example ...


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Surcharges for Extra Passengers Here are two counterexamples. In both Italy and France, if I recall correctly, taxis charge extra when the number of passengers require one to seat on the front seat next to the driver. Furthermore, a surcharge can be applied when the customer requires a car with more than 5 seats (including the driver). Note that the concept ...


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"Supplementary charge" might not be the best way to put it but the text as a whole is reasonably clear. Basically, that ticket (like many other tickets in Germany) is not valid on long-distance trains. On the DB timetable search results, you can find out whether a train is a long-distance train by looking at the "Products" column. All ICE and IC trains are ...


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The card which you have seen is the T-10 (http://www.tmb.cat/en/sistema-tarifari-integrat/-/ticket/T10), which costs €9.95 and is valid for 10 journeys on the metro, buses and trains, including up to two changes (eg train to metro to bus, or bus to metro, but not metro to metro). These are valid for more than one person to use simultaneously, as long as the ...


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tl;dr: Fares are typically adjusted on major routes every few days to every few weeks. I assume you already know a little about how airline price calculation works, but if you do not, you may want to take a look at an admittedly rather lengthy answer I wrote describing the interplay between fares and availability. Published fares can only be amended about ...


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There are Open Tickets for that but are generally quite expensive for the flexibility. It is easiest to buy the cheapest return-ticket which has a change fee, usually $50-$100, plus potential fare difference. A one way ticket is also possible but often countries now require passengers to have return tickets to be admitted through immigration. Not sure if ...


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TFL has a Fare Finder where you can figure out how much you will be charged for each journey. TFL hold a table of the optimal route between every two stations. They have defined routes by the fastest/cheapers/whatever they feel like route and that's what you're charged by default. If you go along anothor route you can touch in at the Pink Oyster card ...


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Even in the UK there can be additional cost of additional passengers. This is from guildford council's Taxi Fare Procedure (http://www.guildford.gov.uk/media/14270/Item-4-1---Hackney-Carriage-Fares-App-1---Taxi-Fares-Procedurepdf/pdf/pdf15_1.pdf): In addition to the charge per mile, we will apply an extra charge for each passenger carried in excess of ...


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Airlines in Europe usually ask for your payment card at the airport if and only if the cardholder is travelling. I routinely book flights for my parents (directly via the airlines' webpages, never via reseller) and so far there has always been an option to indicate whether the cardholder was travelling or not. Note that some airlines (Lufthansa if I remember ...


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If I am reading multiple place on the Interwebs you may be out of luck. There were ferries running regular scheduled service from Taiwan to Okinawa but they apparently went bankrupt (OpenJourney confirms this as well). If one to believe Wikitravel there is an irregular service offered by Star Cruises but I can't confirm through their website this to be ...


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