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To calculate the price of a ticket, we first need to know a little about how air pricing works. A ticket is a single, complete contract for one journey. It can contain up to a maximum sixteen flights. Each flight on the ticket must be paid for ("covered") by exactly one fare. A fare is a price that the airline offers on a city-pair, for example, London-New ...


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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, Agoda uses the Merchant model in addition to the Agency model, meaning that in some cases they actually buy the hotel rooms from the hotels directly (in bulk), ...


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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 variant of bait and switch: First, customers are "baited" by merchants advertising products or services at a low price, but when customers visit the store, ...


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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 numeral 1 — This numeral is sometimes written with a serif at the top extending downward and to the left. People in some parts of Europe extend this stroke ...


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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 are available on-the-spot. I'm not sure if any other route can beat that price while being just as consistent.


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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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Yes, seriously, although the US$65 "royalty" is actually included in the US$200 "daily package fee". However, that's the group rate (3 or more people), you get socked another $40/30 per person if you're traveling solo/duo, and another $50/night/person if you're visiting when it's neither midwinter nor monsoon (March-May, Sep-Nov). Bhutan explicitly wants ...


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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 sign without further specifying the currency is therefore ambiguous, which is why ISO currency codes exist. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign and ...


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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 competition. And likely there will be no cheaper alternatives by other transport that are enough competition for the airlines to lower their prices. In Europe, ...


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For most journeys, only one train company can cover that route, so there's no comparison involved. For your journey from London to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the only option is to use Virgin Trains East Coast. When there are multiple companies, you can check using "National Rail Enquiries" which can search all the companies. A good example is London-Birmingham, ...


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Is the claim true? Will the hospital discharge you without presenting any bill? Yes, the claim is true, in part: Treatment in A&E departments and at GP surgeries remains free for all. Summary of changes made to the way the NHS charges overseas visitors for NHS hospital care However, subsequent treatment is not free: 4.3 The current list of ...


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There are many things that airlines used to do that they can no longer do because customers have so much more information than before. 30 years ago, what people presented themselves as doing pretty well matched with what they were doing. But over the years, folks have learned (and shared with others) how pretending can save a lot of money: one way ticket ...


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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 meat (e.g. a steak) or especially seasonal fish but very untypical for regular courses (such as e.g. a Pizza). You can find the menu of a reputable Italian ...


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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 facto monopoly on domestic flights. Hence fares are both high and fixed: it's a legacy of state control and there's no competition. That said, it may ...


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It's definitely not the same thing. There are two 'routes'. One is along the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. Same height as the traffic and trains. (source: Wikipedia) The other is over the 'arch' of the bridge, which is the one you pay $185 for. You get safety lines, can't take anything up with you (including cameras, I gather) and you have a guide. ...


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California, USA is one place where you see these posted rates. I believe this is to comply with Civil Code Section 1863: (a) Every keeper of a hotel, inn, boardinghouse or lodginghouse, shall post in a conspicuous place in the office or public room, and in every bedroom of said hotel, boardinghouse, inn, or lodginghouse, a printed copy of this ...


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There is no general VAT in the US but various sales taxes, which means that there isn't a single tax rate that shops could easily include in all prices. Depending on the location, there could be a sales tax from the state, county, city or even other institutions (transport authorities, etc.) so you cannot even set a price and print labels for a state or a ...


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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 maximize their profit, not to fill the plane. If someone is booking a flight at the last minute, there's a decent chance that particular flight is important to them,...


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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 $6.67CUC or so (the form of Cuban currency that can be converted into other currencies). This works out at £4.46 or €5.33 (about $6 USD).


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I've worked in the hospitality industry for 18 years in the United States so I can answer this with some knowledge. Most states require a hotel to post their "Maximum Possible Rate" on the back of the guest room door. This is to keep a hotel from "price gouging" in the event of a natural disaster or even from discriminatory practices, (charging someone of a ...


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This very likely violates the airline's terms. ("Illegal" might be putting it too strongly.) For example, here is the relevant passage from United Airlines' Contract of Carriage. J) Prohibited Practices: Fares apply for travel only between the points for which they are published. Tickets may not be purchased and used at fare(s) from an initial ...


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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 € sign, using three 'horizontals'. This may also indicate he is not familiar with other parts of the writing traditions in Paris. Or (as noted in comments and ...


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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 (except award tickets purchased with points/miles.) I have encountered many instances where a one-way ticket was actually more expensive than the entire round-...


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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 Ashgabat-Balkanabad is 38 Turkmen manat (TMT). That's around US$10.80 at official exchange rate (3.5 TMT:1 USD), or under US$9 at the black market rate (4.2 in Jan ...


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From an airline staff member, as long as you do not have checked-in luggage to be delivered at the final destination and the sectors are within the same country then it is hard for the airlines to figure that out (they don't care actually). How will the airlines find out? Sometimes, at some airlines, in some sectors there will be an airline representative ...


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If you try and use the contactless Oyster twice in a row (ie to let a second person through on your card) for a trip from A to B, it'll error. You're required to touch out first before you can touch in again, and then the first person wouldn't be allowed to travel as they've touched out at A. Source: TFL official site: Number of people using an Oyster ...


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I went there solo for 5 days in 2007, as part of a backpacking trip, and it's like this: You contact a tour agent ("operator") and explain that you just want to see the sights for N days. (Many of their tourists hire porters for serious mountaineering.) You will be quoted the minimum rate of $200/day or whatever. If the rate is different or the reply isn't ...


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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 course). They do charge a credit card processing fee for most cards, so it will run you about the cost of a big Mac (in Canada or the US).


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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 price and others may not. Guests that do not have breakfast as part of the package, can pay for breakfast separately and non-guests can simply pay the price too. ...


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It used to be advantageous to buy round-trip tickets, and of course it's less work to do so since you only have to pay for the ticket once. For some travel, such as overseas travel, on some airlines it's still cheaper to do a return flight or an open-jaw flight (e.g. Toronto-London, Paris-Toronto) instead of buying each leg on a separate ticket. One ...


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