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6 Things To Remember While Booking Tickets Online

Date:14-10-2013 11:40:32 read:2
Category:Holiday-->Travel

We have all become so dependent on the Internet these days, that when it comes to travel plans, we book our flight or railway tickets ourselves, research about the destination ourselves, book hotels ourselves, and do almost every other activity with the help of the Internet. For those who travel frequently and like to make individual or customized plans, this is the easiest way of getting what they want, at the prices they want. However, there are still many people who are new to all of this, and don’t know how to move out of the conventional method of booking trips, tickets and holiday packages via travel agents and companies. Here are some tips to help them overcome this problem.

1. Plan in advance

It is good to go for impromptu weekend trips every now and then to experience some thrill and adventure. But when it comes to long holidays and family vacations, it is best to plan well in advance, at least when there are flight tickets involved. This is because the sooner you book your flight tickets, the higher will be the discounts. Most airlines recommend booking international flights at least 3 months in advance for you to get good deals. The same applies on all travel websites too, offering cheap travel fares.

2. Compare prices

Whether you are booking flight tickets, or hotels, it always helps to compare prices. This is because airlines often differ in pricing in terms of the amount of luggage allowed, and in case you have less luggage anyway, then you could go by a flight, which allows lesser luggage and is cheaper, instead of one that allows more luggage. So always check out why there is a difference in the fares, and if the factors don’t affect you in anyway, then you can always choose to go by a cheaper alternative. Similarly for hotels, check what kind of services they have. A hotel without the services of laundry, television, Internet and the likes will definitely be cheaper than one offering all of these. But if you don’t need these services in the first place, and are only looking for a bed to sleep on, then go for a cheaper option. In other words, do not blindly follow names and ratings, and do full research before booking things online.

3. Look out for special facilities

When booking tickets online, always check whether meals are included in the ticket or not. Similarly, when traveling with kids, check whether the airline is giving all the proper facilities that you may require. This is because sometimes those booking tickets online are not given the same facilities as those booking tickets otherwise. This may sound a little difficult to comprehend, but such things often happen when the mediator website (the website from where you got your tickets at a great deal) only books the number of tickets with the respective airline and forgets to tell them how many kids will be traveling. So the airline is clueless about the passengers on those booked seats being kids, and puts the blame on the mediator website saying that they did not pass the right information.

4. Find out about refunds and other policies

Always read through the refund and other policies of the website or the agent you are booking your tickets from. Many times people feel that the rules for all agencies are the same, but that is not the case really. So it is best to go through all the terms and conditions well beforehand, so that in case you have to cancel your tickets for some reason, you know how much money is coming back, and you don’t lose all of it in the process of cancellation.

5. Check out validity and expiry dates

Just because you are tempted with a travel or airfare deal doesn’t mean that you book it instantly. Always check how long the deal is valid for, and if there are any rules and regulations or terms and conditions with respect to the time period in which you are supposed to make use of the deal. People often don’t check the validity period or the expiry date of a deal or a ticket, whether it is plane tickets, or tickets to some sight seeing place, and land up losing all the money they spent.

6. Confirm your train bookings

In some railway networks of the world, just purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat as such. It means that you are on the waiting list, and in case someone cancels a previously made booking, you will be allotted a seat. So always check this beforehand to know whether you have a confirmed seat or not, or else you might have to travel standing. Or you might not be allowed on-board at all, because a non-confirmed ticket even on the travel day automatically stands for a canceled ticket, the money for which will be reimbursed in your account on its own. Do go through all of these details well beforehand.

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