Dictionary of Travel

Sometimes there may be a lot of jargon / jargon thrown in between travelers. I thought it would be cool to put all these terms in one place, with a simple definition. I certainly will not pretend this is a complete review, but that's at least a good start. These are some of the most common expressions I think may be easily confused or misunderstood.

A la carte: This term can often be found in menus in restaurants or in the room service when referring to food. This means that each item has separate prices, as opposed to being part of a meal or package. So if the fries are "a la carte", that means you have to pay them separately.

Affiliate: A business partner within a tourist destination. For example, a hotel can have a filial restaurant. The restaurant is owned and operated by the same company as a hotel but managed by different people. Many times you eat at a hotel business restaurant, you can get a certain discount or incentive.

When a traveler combines two return trips, but with start and destination points opposite. They use a single segment from each one to achieve a lower cost. For example, the first ticket would be a round flight booked from Chicago to Dallas and the second would be a round flight from Dallas to Chicago. The traveler would use the first part of the first voyage and the first part of the second voyage. This is most commonly occurring during the week in order to avoid paying the highest price per week

Luggage Aid: This is the weight or size that your airline will allow you to bring on your flight. Usually it is a very rigid standard, so always make sure you check that you are within the permitted luggage limitations. If you switch, they sometimes charge you an extra charge or force you to remove some things from your bags.

Noise periods: Special days or time periods when no special tariffs are offered. This is usually caused by the high demand time for flights when airlines know they may be looking for more money.

Bumped: This means that the number of flight seats actually was oversold or undersold. If you are lucky and the flight is shrinking, you may get "bumped" up to first grade to fill an empty seat they have. Conversely, if the flight is oversized, there is a chance that you get "bumped" in the next flight available. One way to avoid this happening with you is to check for your flight early, as they sometimes make the decision based on it.

Source by Miranda Vollmer