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Travel Reservation

Tips for a Hassle-Free Trip

Start with the basics. 

Anyone who wants to enjoy a hassle-free trip has to start with the basic concern of any traveler - how to handle travel reservations.  Here are a number of tips that may help:

§      Decide on a travel plan - specific destination, how many days, what activities, etc. The attention given to this first step will ensure smooth sailing in making the travel arrangements.

§      If the destination is a foreign country, make sure all information that would be needed in making reservations are on hand.

Airline Reservations

§   If booking on online, use a reservation site where ticket prices for all airlines are shown so a comparison can be readily seen.  If booking for more than one person, check also the ticket price for both a single passenger and multiple passengers. Some airlines quote different prices.

§      If notification of your reservation is done by e-mail, make sure that the ticket price quoted is the same.  Sometimes, some airlines claim the airfare booked earlier is no long available.

Hotel Reservations

§      Ask if the rate is a flat rate or per person.  Ask how many beds are in the room and what the size is.  Make sure to finalize a rate before getting off the phone.

§      Ask about tax rates that would be added.

§      Will breakfast be included with the price of the room?  What time is it served and what is included.

§      Are there guarantee and cancellation policies? Most hotels require guarantee for reservation with a credit card.  Will they ask a check deposit?

§      If this is a standard reservation, make sure there is a confirmation number.