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Pink Oyster reader did not reduce the fare correctly?

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 ...
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How can flights operated by the same company have such different prices when marketed by another?

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, ...
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Are taxi drivers in Bangkok expected to round up the taxi fare to the nearest multiple of 10 THB?

According to TripAdvisor, in taxis, "both Thais and local ex-pats commonly round up the fare (i.e. 51 baht fare rounded up to 60 baht)." As ฿7 is equivalent to US$0.22, I wouldn't worry about it much.
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Is the bullet train in China typically cheaper than taking a domestic flight?

This depends a lot on the specific route: let's look at a typical example: Shanghai to Shenzhen. In early February that's about $93 for most trains and you can get one way flights at around $94, so it'...
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How can I tell a Deutsche Bahn train has a supplementary charge?

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)....
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Who counts as a pupil or as a student in Germany?

It is difficult to give a short and consistent English translation of the German words Schüler (here, translated as pupil) and Student (translated as student). The English words pupil and student are ...
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Why are fifth freedom flights more often discounted than regular flights?

Airlines offering these fares operate outside their "normal" market and into a foreign market in which they typically have very little market share or assets. Also the flights are typically ...
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What discount options are available for domestic air travel in Japan?

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 ...
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Airline fares - meaning of "plus fare difference" for refund

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 ...
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What's the upside(s) of paying for a fare lock on a fully refundable flight ticket, if any?

The "lock fare" option is useful if you want to keep your bank account balance/credit unaffected. A refund can take a while to process so you might be without that money for a week or so ...
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How can I tell a Deutsche Bahn train has a supplementary charge?

"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....
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Optimum fares for transportations inside and around Barcelona (metro/trains)

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 ...
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How often do airlines change fares that are already filed?

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 ...
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Should I book a two way flight instead of one way although I don't know when I will return?

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 ...
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Fare difference when changing a return flight midway through the trip

Fare difference calculations generally work by comparing fare classes. If you have (say) a class Q fare, and there's a free Q seat that matches your existing fare conditions (minimum stay etc), there'...
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Why is there a ticket office /after/ the ticket barriers?

An excess fare is payable according to this operator's typical conditions of carriage for various transgressions of the ticket actually used: (Summary) Travel in the right train(s) and the right ...
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How to buy a ticket from France to the United States if the person flying won't have any proof of payment?

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 ...
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What is the different between standard on-loan Octopus card and tourist Octopus card in Hong Kong?

Note: It's not a confusing title, because it's a question, so that means there has to be something to answer. Some background to what the Octopus is Octopus is a stored value card that was invented ...
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How can flights operated by the same company have such different prices when marketed by another?

There's also that factor that many airlines and aggregators adjust prices by your search history. Example: I got a price much higher than one I had seen before. I closed the tab (but not the browser)...
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Does the taxi waiting time impact the taxi fare when taking a taxi from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)'s taxi stand?

Yes, it does. Though: The waiting time refers to the time the taxi spent waiting (or moving very slowly) in traffic and lights (after the flag is down), but not the time it wait for the passengers to ...
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Can I "park" the value of a non-refundable airline ticket?

It seems (from United Airlines' website) that you may cancel your current reservation and make changes to it for the next year from the date of issue Can I cancel my reservation on united.com? ...
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Split ticketing to CDG on Paris's RER

So, a lot of the discussion revolved around whether Mobilis zones 1-5 gives access to CDG by RER or not. There is a lot of conflicting information, to the point that you can even find a page on the ...
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Something weird is going on, why is google flights much cheaper?

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 ...
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Train fare 4 Euros higher for travel to airport than to its two adjacent stations

is it legal? Almost certainly yes. To be more certain you'd have to specify the jurisdiction, but it is often up to the commercial operator to determine their pricing strategy and that is often based ...
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Is the bullet train in China typically cheaper than taking a domestic flight?

https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/transportation/plane-or-train.htm claims that the price comparison bullet train vs. flight depends on the length of the journey: Airplane Bullet Train ...
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Pricing and booking mixed-class fares, with economy & premium economy combined?

I was trying to figure this out today and happened to stumble across a solution that is almost certainly a bug, but gets me what I want and what you want, and hopefully continues working for some time....
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