"Just look up my PNR in your GDS and make sure it's not a red-eye flight. Oh, and that price is too high, it's shoulder season after all, don't make me call the consolidator myself!" Does this sentence sound like code to you? No worries, we got you covered. Here are 15 words, which you've probably heard while traveling, yet did not know their exact meaning.
1. Add-on – Extras you add on your reservation, such as excess baggage or an upgrade.
2. Base fare – The cost of your airfare prior to taxes and surcharges, and respectively, the explanation why a ticket before taxes and fees is $50, and after - $650.
3. Blackout dates – The dates, when specials and promotions will not apply. Such periods can include Christmas holidays or Spring break.
4. Boutique hotel – Small, yet prestigious hotel, with services tailored to a particular crowd. The French Riviera or lake Como are two examples of locations, where one might come across boutique hotels.
5. Consolidator – A travel business, which has direct contracts with major airlines. A consolidator may reserve or buy seats in bulk at a lower price with intent to resell them at a different price.
6. EU Regulation 261/2004 – Flight delay compensation regulation, outlining common rules to be applied in cases of long delays, cancellations or overbookings. It is also the legislation, which is used by ClaimCompass’ legal team in securing compensation.
7. Gastro-tourism – Basically, traveling for the food. Sure, that could include Instagramming your food as well.
8. Global distribution system GDS – An international system, primarily used by travel professionals to search in an extensive number of databases of suppliers and air carriers. The most popular ones are Sabre and Amadeus.
9. Hub – A hub city is an airlines’ home of sorts. For example, Air France’s hub city is Paris.
10. Layover – The time and money you spend duty-free shopping at the airport, while waiting for your connecting time.
11. Net fare, net rate – Meaning the price already includes any commissions and surcharges.
12. PNR – Passenger Name Record, often referred to as a “booking number”. It is a unique number, usually a combination of letters and digits, which contains specific passenger data.
13. Red-eye flight – An overnight flight. More often than not, flights which take place between 9PM and 7AM.
14. Shoulder season – A period, during which prices are at their average midpoint.
15. Suite – A kind of hotel room, which resembles an apartment, offering a common area such as living room or a kitchen corner.