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Hotel booking: Why is Agoda much cheaper than booking.com?

Booking.com uses the Agency model, this means the website is a place where hotels list their offers and booking.com gets a commission with every booking done through their website. On the other hand, ...
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"5 = 1€" for souvenirs in Paris, why do they write the price this way?

They write it this way to create confusion. This attracts more potential customers to engage with the seller, since people conclude that the price is lower than it actually is. This technique is a ...
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What’s this symbol in Europe that looks a bit like an upside-down V, or ⩘?

It's the number one, with a left-hand stroke, and is not uncommon in European countries, including France. This from Wikipedia on Regional Handwriting Variation, (including the illustration): The ...
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

A return flight from Westray to Papa Westray is a mere £21, or £10.50 per leg. It also happens to be the shortest scheduled flight in the world. Prices haven't changed since at least 2013 and tickets ...
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How close can I get to space for a reasonable price?

While not under your $10k limit, I'd nominate the Edge of Space Jet Flight in Russia which advertises that for €17500 you get: Probably the mightiest experience in the world: The Edge of Space flight ...
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Why is air travel between South American countries so expensive?

As so often with 'why' questions about prices, it is what the people are preparing to pay and what the companies can offer their services for. Part of the equation will be the taxes. Part lack of ...
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Massive price difference between broker and rental car company

It is of course impossible to say what happened exactly in your case, but in other situations where I have come across similar savings from brokers, not only restricted to car rentals, but also hotel ...
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Strange currency on websites Argentina

The dollar sign derives from an abbreviation for the Spanish-American peso, the currency from which the US dollar itself derives. Many countries use this sign for their currencies. Any use of the ...
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Is it legal for an airline to show, at the same exact time, two different prices for the same exact flight?

Of course it is legal. I can set whatever rules I like for the products I sell, including charging different prices for the same things sometimes. As long as I am not discriminating on illegal grounds ...
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Is it normal for menus to be priced in grams in Venice, Italy?

First of all, looking at the reviews for Osteria da Nico on Tripadvisor, regrettably you fell prey to a tourist trap. Regarding your question on pricing by weight: such is typical for foods such as ...
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Ethiopian Airlines tickets seem to always have the same price regardless of the proximity of the date?

Ethiopia was formerly a fully state-controlled, Marxist economy and despite slow liberalization, many sectors remain government controlled. This includes aviation, where Ethiopian Airlines has a de ...
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Why is air travel to China currently (May 2021) 4x the usual price?

There are fewer flights/itineraries. Chinese authorities have imposed a strict policy regarding international flights with quotas and circuit-breakers ("Five Ones Policy", article on this ...
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

Internal flights within Cuba are heavily subsidised by the Cuban government. Here is an image I took at Holguin airport of the sales desk for flights to Havana. The flight costs $187MN, which is $6....
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Why are international flights so much more expensive this year (2022)?

In addition to other answers... There are also fewer airplanes today, so fewer seats. And airlines are a very "supply and demand" business, so normal demand with fewer seats to sell will ...
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Why does the price keep changing after I click on a flight deal in Expedia?

I run a flight search website (Beat That Flight) in Australia that aggregates sites like this. It's one of the biggest problems. Say you're flying from Chicago to Los Angeles. There are literally ...
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The plane is half empty yet the ticket price has risen

First, the seat map may not at all reflect the number of people booked on the flight. People may be booked but not have seats assigned yet for any number of reasons. That said, airlines seek to ...
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What are the hidden fees for using booking.com

It really depends and even Booking.com does not know which is why they use the word may. Generally speaking there are additional fees that they either cannot collect or cannot calculate due to complex ...
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How can I find cheap first class flights?

This question is very broad, but it boils down to four possibilities: stumble across an "error fare" or the like - there are newsletters, twitter feeds, and old-style forums dedicated to ...
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What does i.i stand for in a menu in Costa Rica

Most likely it stands for impuestos incluidos, or "taxes included". The increase from the base amount to the "i.i." amount is 23%, which includes both the IVA (a value-added tax) ...
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What is the purpose of a round-trip ticket?

There are a couple of very different cases here: Cost Especially on longer (non-regional) international flights, a round-trip ticket usually still costs substantially less than two one-way tickets (...
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Massive price difference between broker and rental car company

In addition to Tor's explanation, this kind of differential can arise from market differentiation. Travelers who shop through one of these brokers are likely to be particularly value-minded, and ...
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How can I find cheap first class flights?

There are many different levels of "premium" classes. The most basic is that you get a glass of sparkling wine and a meal while the people in coach don't, but the seating is exactly the ...
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Are inexpensive last minute tickets a thing?

Generally not, but this can be very different between airlines and routes. Typically airlines set a price for a seat on a given flight; if the seats sell fast, they may even increase prices; if the ...
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"5 = 1€" for souvenirs in Paris, why do they write the price this way?

There are many ways you can write prices with the euro sign, all traditions out of all euro countries are acceptable. The one in the picture seems to indicate a writer who is not familiar with the € ...
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

Turkmenistan heavily subsidizes domestic flights on the state airline. The Turkmen Airlines site does not list domestic fares, but according to this article (undated, alas), the regular fare for ...
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Buying hotel breakfast without having a room?

This is common but it really depends on the hotel, so asking so generically is rather broad. In many hotels, breakfast is served in a restaurant on the property. Some rooms include breakfast in the ...
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If my passport allows me to enter a country visa-free, does that guarantee me that the entrance is free of charge or is there any exception?

No. An example of charging for visa-free entry is the Tourist Card that visitors to Mexico are required to get under certain conditions. The fee is the equivalent of around $25 USD, so fairly ...
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

AirAsia regularly discounts their flights to next to nothing for a (very) few seats. For example, KL to Alor Setar on Valentine's Day 2017 for ~$2.45 USD (actual price is in Malaysian ringitts, of ...
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Why did Oyster card charge me £43 but only gave me a credit for £5?

The terminology does get confusing. Basically, you have an Oyster card with: A "7-day Zone 1 & 2 Travelcard" on it. This gives you free travel within Zones 1 & 2 for 7 days. It is worth £33 ...
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