the standard price of a hotel room before any discount has been taken, usually artificially high. Rooms rarely sell for the rack rate unless the property is virtually full or a special event is taking place
the office of an air carrier that calculates fares for passengers and travel agents
the practice of returning part of an agency's commission on a sale back to the client in the form of a rebate or "discount." The trade-off is usually little or no personal/customer service. This is practiced often by " 800 " number travel sellers and others who deal in huge volume. Think carefully about who you'd rather trust for your dream vacation !
A tour operator or travel agent who specialized in services for incoming visitors. See inbound tour operators.
to recheck a reservation
the number assigned to one's reservation in an airline's computer system - can be important to know when there's trouble !
The activities that people pursue in their leisure time.
usually an overnight flight that arrives early in the morning - great when you don't want to lose precious sightseeing time at your destination
an " agent " that refers business to a travel agency in return for a commission or fee - often as part of a card mill operation. Knows little about the travel industry - be sure you know who you are dealing with !
the formal registration of a ship's ownership, and the country it is registered in ( such as Panama, Liberia, Norway, etc )
the generation of a new ticket that is exchanged for another, due to a change of plans, dates, flights, etc. May involve additional fare, penalties and fees
the moving of a cruise ship to another home port for all of part of a season, such as the repositioning of ships to Alaska for the summer. Often these cruises are excellent bargains, but will involve one-way airfare home from the port of debarkation
short for " reservation "
Regional Marketing Organization.
a cot or other bedding that can be added to a hotel room to accommodate another guest. There is often an extra charge for this
a flight to a single destination and return
Rural Tourism Center.
refers to a hotel room, the type of which is assigned at the discretion of the hotel shortly before you arrive. Usually, the rates are lower
cabin is assigned at the last moment, giving the cruise line the ability to shift accommodations as needed. Usually, you are guaranteed a minimum category of cabin, and sometimes get an upgraded stateroom at no additional cost. Most upgrades are from inside-to-inside cabins, or from outside-to-outside but occasionally an inside-to-oceanview upgrade will occur. It is not always worth the gamble though