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Based upon what you wrote, you are getting ripped off. It means you are the victim of a con. A UK emergency travel document is issued to British citizens only. They will never issue an emergency travel document to a foreigner. That's the job of the foreigner's country. Issuing a UK work permit (or UK visit visa) at the UK border (or airport) flat out does ...


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This is not only completely legal, it's how all hotels work. They have a published check-out time, which will vary between hotels but is usually somewhere between 10am and 1pm. if you wish to stay longer, you need to request either a late checkout (which may be free, or may be charged, depending on a number of factors), or pay for an extra night. In my ...


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You travelled with your daughter to Russia on Russian passports, but your daughter is a New Zealand citizen with a New Zealand birth certificate. I assume that you have a valid New Zealand visa entitling you to re-entry into New Zealand. You made the assumption that your daughter's New Zealand birth certificate would entitle her to re-entry into New Zealand, ...


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There are several reasons why such internal policies exist: Your institution may get a discount on certain services of the travel agent if it buys enough from the agent By having a contract with a reasonably-priced travel agent, they make sure that no employee books the flight with a very pricey agent or with a travel agent that happens to be a relative of ...


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The last time I booked a room with a seemingly ridiculous discount rate from Expedia, I think it was around 85%, I asked the hotel manager how the hotel manages to operate with so low income. Expedia is likely to have different agreements with different hotels, but in this case the hotel was actually paid the normal price and Expedia was obviously trying to ...


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Hotels have revenue management departments that seek to maximize profit for the hotel by selling rooms at different prices through different sales channels. The hotel may well have sold the room to Expedia for that price (actually, less than that price, since Expedia needs to take its commission) (or, as Tor-Einar Jarnbjo notes, Expedia could be taking a ...


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This is perfectly normal. Checkout times at hotels are usually between 10:00 and 12:00 and you need to pay something extra (sometimes for the next night, sometimes less - depending on hotel rules) for overstaying. Most hotels offer their guests to leave their luggage for free for the rest of the day. So in this case I would check-out of the hotel in the ...


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Sounds like a consolidator. They buy the tickets from the airline and assign them to the actual flyer at the last minute. They typically have a contract with the airline for a set number of seats per flight, so they may lose money some days and make it other days. The airline does this because they know that they will get a certain revenue no matter what. ...


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Travel agents are normally required to inform you of changes to material circumstances. Those would be things like: change of flight time, change of seats, change of airports, change of layovers, change of booking class, etc. Reminding you to check in would be merely a courtesy, as they've already warned you about it at the time of booking. Therefore the ...


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It depends on many factors. Many people find that booking cruises with travel agent gives you a lot better deals (e.g. on board credit). But still a lot of people book directly with the cruise line: to have full control. With a good travel agent (which known you), you may get a lot less surprises: e.g. hotel not on touristic center of a city, etc. But it ...


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If a travel agent or someone in an allied industry needs a copy of your passport, you can always send an image with redacted information. This is an example from the Home Office site... As can be seen, information which is exempt is blotted out (blue rectangles). It shows, yes, you are a British citizen; yes, you have a current passport, and yes, it was ...


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One thing that stood out immediately to me (and it was mentioned by Gayot) is that emergency travel documents are given to citizens for travel to their country of citizenship and not to a foreign country. There are some exceptions (like refugees and asylum seekers - but these do not apply to you). I have been flown in to another country for interviews ...


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You will probably not like my answer but I believe that Expedia is right. They hold no responsibility for you to be able to enter in a country. There is a simple reason for that. They don't have the capability to check whether you are allowed to enter a country with or without a visa and if you are entitled for such a visa in case one is required. This is ...


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Do not use that site. It is most likely a scam to collect credit card information. If you already booked there, you should: Check with your bank and see what transactions have been made. Check with the airline and see if a booking has actually been made in your name. And if any of that does not check out: Block your credit cards immediately, and get in ...


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Can travel agents “reissue” tickets? Yes, they can get them reissued. Even the customers can. That agent didn't trick the airline, he/she tricked your friend into believing this was something special when your friend had already paid a higher price for the initial ticket. Your friend had a ticket which had no penalty for a change in date even after missing ...


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All the answers so far seem to miss an important point: Your university might be legally required to do that. Specifically, above a certain amount of money, in many countries, public sectors organisations have to go through a specific procedure (call for tenders) to procure goods and services.


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I can't list all possible things you might lose by not booking through travel agents, but I know one or two for sure, in regards to cheaper prices. Airlines do sell seats in bulks, same as in manufacturers sell goods in bulk, these bulk seats will be cheaper and customers to these bulk seats are travel agents. This type of seats are called consolidated ...


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As is evident with the recent case of the Australian deputy prime minister, it is possible to renounce your New Zealand citizenship. Therefore, even though a New Zealand birth certificate may provide a strong suggestion that your daughter still holds this citizenship it is not proof. For example, she could have renounced it if she is of legal age. ...


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On your inital question: You can apply for a visitor visa with validities as long as 10 years (although individual visits are limited to a shorter duration). Note that while a visitor visa would be valid for attending an interview, you would have to convince the visa office that you intended to return home after the interview, then apply freshly for a ...


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Something not mentioned so far is the fact that the ticket booked through the travel agent may be refundable, where the ticket from the online vendor is most likely not refundable. A number of years ago when I traveled on behalf of a government agency this was the case. We often booked flights that were one or two hundred dollars more than the cheapest price ...


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The Internet was a game changer in many businesses and the travel agency world is no exception. Nowadays people can easily (this is arguable) find the cheapest price in a quick search; therefore, agencies need to present the best price to be able to sell since that's a key factor. How can they do this? (These are assumptions based on general commercial ...


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Yes, the airline can make changes to a ticket issued by a 3rd party. Whether they will make changes is a different matter. In general, the ticket is deemed to be 'owned' by whoever booked it - generally either the airline itself, or a 3rd party travel agency. That party is the one that has been paid to issue the ticket, and is generally responsible for ...


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Without the full details it's impossible to say for sure, but it's very feasible that this refund was correct. Firstly you need to take into account the fact there was almost certainly a change/cancellation fee. Most airfares (even refundable ones) have them, although the amount can vary dramatically depending on any number of factors including the airline, ...


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Employers often require it for a variety of reasons (see What reason does an employer have to mandate all travel booking be via the same travel agency? on The Workplace). Some advantages for the traveller include: If something goes wrong, it may be up for the travel agent to solve (depends on what goes wrong and why, of course). Travel agent will bill ...


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When asked to send any sensitive information electronically, when the recipient is not going to be willing or able to engage in complicated security measures, I typically put the file in a secure location that I control, like Dropbox, and send a link to that file. When the recipient has confirmed receipt, I remove the contents. Anyone who intercepts the ...


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Skytravelagent (STA) is (from what I can gather) the go-to travel agent of Vielfliegertreff, the German-language equivalent of Flyertalk. They specialize on mileage runs, "creative ticketing" and so on (according to their own description) and from what you read in the forum I would go as far as trust them. The catch is that STA is Germany-based and the ...


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