The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL WISDOM - SARAH NI­CHOL­SON

Any­one who has planned a trip knows there’s a dic­tio­nary of jar­gon used in the travel trade. Though most trav­ellers un­der­stand ETA is the es­ti­mated time a plane will ar­rive, the rack rate is the of­fi­cial ad­ver­tised price of a ho­tel room, and a stopover is that short stay en route to the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, there are terms that be­fud­dle the av­er­age jet­set­ter. Ex­pe­dia Aus­tralia’s di­rec­tor of tours and trans­port, Demi Kavaratzis, says “learn­ing the lingo’’ shouldn’t start af­ter trav­ellers head off, but at the be­gin­ning of the plan­ning process when re­search­ing flights, tours and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“Brush­ing up on travel terms, which we ad­mit can be con­fus­ing at times, can help you feel pre­pared and con­fi­dent when book­ing your trip,” she ex­plains. “For ex­am­ple, when fly­ing, the city pair are the de­par­ture and ar­rival air­port codes writ­ten on the itin­er­ary, and code­share is a busi­ness ar­range­ment between air­lines which means trav­ellers might book with Qan­tas but travel on an Emi­rates air­craft.”

Here are more terms ev­ery trav­eller should know.

1 Pax: the num­ber of peo­ple in­cluded in a ho­tel, flight or tour reser­va­tion.

2 In­ter­line travel: the busi­ness ar­range­ment between air­lines where pas­sen­gers buy a multi-leg ticket – more than two flights within one city pair – and while each sec­tor is op­er­ated by a dif­fer­ent car­rier, lug­gage is checked to the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

3 RELOC: the air­line record lo­ca­tion, a book­ing ref­er­ence that usu­ally con­sists of a six-char­ac­ter code made up of let­ters and num­bers. It holds all the in­for­ma­tion re­lated to a trip and lets fly­ers check in elec­tron­i­cally.

4 Min­i­mum con­nect­ing time: the min­i­mum min­utes al­lowed between two flights as stip­u­lated by the air­line. Three hours is a good guide when build­ing a be­spoke itin­er­ary. When not fol­lowed, the car­rier isn’t obliged to reac­com­mo­date trav­ellers should there be a missed con­nec­tion.

5 Open-jaw ticket: a re­turn flight when the ar­rival and de­par­ture cities at the turn­around point are dif­fer­ent. Say you fly into Lon­don and out of Paris, mak­ing your way between the two places.

6 6 Share Share trans­fer: trans­fer: when a group of un­con­nected guests trav­els in the same mini-van or bus between air­port and ho­tel, with mul­ti­ple stops along the way. A pri­vate trans­fer is ex­clu­sive and quicker.

7 Day use: when guests can oc­cupy a ho­tel room for a few hours dur­ing the day, with the day rate a price quoted for ar­rival and de­par­ture on the same date. It’s help­ful for those seek­ing some­where to go the af­ter­noon be­fore a late flight.

8avail­abil­ity: Free up­grade based on a bet­ter ho­tel room than ini­tially booked, but only pro­vided if am­ple space in the next room cat­e­gory is avail­able.

9 In­stant pur­chase: when full pay­ment is made at the time of book­ing a ho­tel. Though it’s of­ten a great amount, the amount is gen­er­ally not re­fund­able.

10 Stern: the back of the cruise ship, which is handy to know when choos­ing the po­si­tion of a cabin. Bow is the front, aft to­wards the rear, for­ward near the pointy end, port the left side, and star­board the right.

11 Ten­der: a smaller boat, typ­i­cally a lifeboat, used to ferry cruise pas­sen­gers from ship to shore in des­ti­na­tions where port fa­cil­i­ties can’t ac­com­mo­date the larger ves­sels.


A ten­der fer­ries pas­sen­gers to shore in the Cay­man Is­lands.

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