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How do airlines determine ticket prices?

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....
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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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Why is taxi fare (in the UK at least) the same price for 1 as for 4 people

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 ...
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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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Is there a 'minimum daily spend' in Bhutan, and does it vary on citizenship?

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'...
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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 true that you can receive emergency care in the UK completely free of charge?

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 ...
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Compare train ticket prices in Britain

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 ...
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Why don't airlines offer last minute empty seats cheap?

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 ...
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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

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 '...
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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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What are the rates posted on hotel room doors / in the lobby for?

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 ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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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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