travel glossary

Travel Glossary

Airport Check In Counter - A location in the air terminal designated for passenger and baggage check in.
Airline Locator Number - A unique confirmation number issued by an air carrier when a reservation is booked.
Baggage Allowance - Amount of baggage a passenger may transport without having to pay extra charges. This allowance is determined by each air carrier.
Boarding Pass - A paper document issued to the passenger that allows boarding on a ship, plane, train, or other form of transportation.
Business Class - The class of service between first class and coach class, most commonly offered on international flights as a popular alternative to the more expensive first class.
Cancellation Fee/Cancellation Penalty - The amount charged when a traveler cancels a reservation.
Change Fee - Fees collected by the airlines when a passenger makes changes to a restricted or penalty ticket.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - Optional car rental insurance that reduces or eliminates the renter's liability or damage deductible should there be damage to the rental car.
Commuter Carrier - air carrier that operates smaller aircraft and provides service to airports that cannot support large jet equipment.
Concourse - The area in an airline terminal where the gates are located. Many airports have multiple concourses.
Confirmation - The acceptance and acknowledgment of a reservation by a travel supplier.
Confirmation Number - The code assigned by to a travel itinerary that identifies the passenger and gives the Customer Service Representative an easy way to locate all the traveler's information.
Connecting Flight - Air transportation arrangement that requires a passenger to change planes before reaching their final destination.
Destination - The point at which a trip ends.
Direct Flight - A flight that does not require a passenger to change planes although there may be intermediate stops. Also known as a through flight.
Double (DBLB) - A hotel room for occupancy by two people which may contain a double, queen or king-size bed.
Double Occupancy Rate - The rate for a room shared by two people. The rate is quoted for the room and not on a per person basis.
Drop Charge - An additional fee that is often charged by a car rental company when the customer rents a car in one location and returns it to another location.
Economy Class - Also known as tourist or coach class.
Estimated Flying Time - Estimated flying time between departure city and destination or connecting point.
Equipment - Type of aircraft.
Fare Rules - To distinguish one fare level from another, the airlines assign special purchasing rules and restrictions. Generally, the lower the fare, the more restrictions a fare has (such as 21 day advance purchase or Saturday night stay or travel on a certain day of the week).
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - The government agency responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in the United States; functions include airline security regulation and enforcement, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance and pilot licensing.
Frequent Flier Program - A membership program offered directly to the traveler by the air carrier enabling members to accumulate miles (points) and redeem them according to the terms and conditions of the air carrier.
Gate - The area in an airport where passengers board a plane.
Guaranteed Reservation - A lodging reservation held for a passenger's late arrival, usually secured by a credit card obligation to pay even if the traveler never arrives at the hotel.
In-flight Service - Entertainment, meals, beverages and miscellaneous items available during a flight.
Internet fare (also referred to as a Webfare) - Typically a highly restricted fare the airline offers only on the Internet for a limited period of time. When looking at an Flight Search Results page, Internet-only fares are marked with a red dot. Please review the restrictions carefully before purchasing.
Itinerary - The complete schedule of a trip.
King Room - A room with a king-size bed.
Layover - The amount of time a connecting passenger has between flights, before reaching the final destination.
Limited Mileage Allowance - The number of miles included in the car rental rate before additional per mile charges are accessed.
Mileage Charge - Charge made for each mile a rental car is driven beyond the established limited mileage allowance for the rental rate used.
Minimum Stay - A fare requirement that requires the passenger to stay for a designated period of time. (Example: one week, or over a Saturday night).
Multi-Leg Trip - A journey from point A to point B to point C, and back to point A.
Multiple Airport City - A term used to describe a city or metropolitan area that has more than one major, commercial airport. (Examples: Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway, New York JFK and New York LaGuardia, etc.).
Nonrefundable Tickets - "No money back" purchases. Although nonrefundable tickets cannot be returned for a refund, the cost of an unused nonrefundable ticket may be applied to future travel. The airline may charge a change or reissue fee for modifying a non-refundable ticket.
Nonstop - A flight that does not stop between point of departure and destination.
Occupancy Tax - The tax levied by many cities on a hotel stay. In addition to local taxes, there may be a set tax per room or per person added to the hotel bill.
One Way Ticket - A flight that starts in one location and ends in another location, without returning to the starting point.
Origin - The point at which a trip begins.
Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) - A per passenger airport tax authorized by the US Congress for upgrading and expanding local airport facilities. Currently, the tax can amount to no more than $3 for any one airport and no more than $12 for any single itinerary.
Penalty - The amount charged for canceling or changing a reservation.
Proof of Citizenship - A government issued document that establishes the traveler's nationality to the satisfaction of a foreign government. It may be an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, or a passport.
Proof of Identity - A government issued document that establishes a traveler's identity. Proof of identity may be a driver's license, birth certificate, or a passport.
Refundable Fare - Refundable tickets can be returned for a refund to your credit card and allow you to make changes without paying a penalty.
Regional Carriers - Airlines serving specified areas or regions of the country.
Restricted Fares - Special fares available only for specified times of day, or days of the week.
Restricted Travel Dates - Specific period during which specials fare or rates apply.
Room Tax - State or local tax charged on hotel stays.
Round Trip - A journey from point A to point B and back to point A. Different from a multi-leg trip.
Special Services - An airline term that designates a passenger who has special requests, such as requiring assistance boarding or departing the aircraft, or special meal requirements.
Ticket - When completed and validated, the electronic ticket or paper ticket becomes a contract for transportation between a carrier and a passenger.
Travel Protection - A combination of travel insurance benefits and emergency hotline services, designed to give you protection for your travel investment, health and belongings while traveling.
Unlimited Mileage - A rental car rate that allows the renter to drive an unlimited number of miles without additional mileage charges.
Visa - A validating document placed in a passport by a foreign government, indicating that the traveler's passport has been examined and the passport holder may travel to that specific country. Not all countries require visas.
Webfare (also referred to as an Internet fare) - Typically a highly restricted fare the airline offers only on the Internet for a limited period of time. When looking at an Flight Search Results page, Webfares are marked with a red dot. Please review the restrictions carefully before purchasing.

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