Vaccines are meant to mitigate the risks of contracting serious diseases when travelling abroad, and also that of bringing diseases with you when you return.  There are many sources of information regarding travel and vaccinations but with certainty, a good travel agent would provide correct and current data.

Always keep your routine vaccinations up-to-date as preparedness for travel.

Baggage allowances vary among airlines. Usually one (1) carry-on bag and one (1) personal (carry-on) item are allowed free of charge.  You may be required to pay for your checked bags; this is often (and more consistently) the case.

The airlines’ websites would be the best source of such information but your travel agent would be as effective and even more so for itineraries which involve different airlines and aircraft types.

Once a reservation is made and booking reference obtained, ticketed or not, you will not be able to add another person; another reservation must be made.

Please have your flight information at hand when doing so, to ensure that the correct dates/flights are booked.

Airfares are subject to change so there is no guarantee that it will be the same fare as the original reservation.

One cannot recommend against doing this. Such practices may make you aware of any change that may have occurred with your flight.

Most airlines facilitate online web-check completions usually within 24 hours of the scheduled flight departure times. This process is effectively a reconfirmation and will usually result in the completion of your flight Boarding Passes (including seat assignments, as applicable). Having pre-issued your Boarding Passes can provide you with priorities for expediting your airport check-in process.

Non-Stop Flights take you without a stop or layover to your final destination. Such flights tend to be more expensive.

Direct Flights can have at least one stop on route to your final destination. The flight number will remain unchanged but there can be a disembarkation to facilitate a change of aircraft; fueling of the aircraft; or a standard transit security procedure for that airport.

Connecting Flights will have more than one flight number and require a change of aircraft and/or airline in order to connect and complete the travel itinerary.

Checked bags are usually tagged through to your final destination if you are traveling with the same airline. If you have connected flights with more than one airline, you will more than likely be required to collect your baggage upon your arrival, and check-in again with the next airline. Your travel agent can advise if you should make a request at the airport to have your bags tagged on to the connecting carriers. However, there is no firm rule in this regard as security procedures can dictate such facilitations accordingly.

Your travel agent will be best qualified to advise you on this; indeed this is information that should be committed to you.

This is not always the case; each country has its own rules regarding passport validity for persons entering their country. As a general rule, you should have at least six months validity on your passport before you travel. Since these requirements can be amended without notice, you should ask your travel agent who will be best qualified to advise you on this.

Until you have had your tickets issued you can cancel your reservation at any time. Once ticketed though, most airline tickets don’t allow for refunds; as well, name changes are not permitted. Generally, unless the fare rules restrict, you are able to alter the dates of travel; this is subject to availability and will incur fees as well as fare differences should the new fare be higher than the original fare.

Please seek professional guidance from your travel agent at all times for such matters.

Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, lost luggage, flight accident, extensive delays and other losses incurred while traveling. One should make certain to know what exactly is covered by each policy.

Travel insurance isn’t mandatory but is strongly recommended.

The cost varies depending on the duration of your stay and your destination.

An effective travel insurance plan should also include contact information for active support in the places that you will be visiting.

Your travel agent can provide you with more information.

Flights should be booked as early as possible in order to have the best chance of obtaining the lower airfares. You must be certain of your travel dates as penalties and fare increases are likely to apply should you wish to make changes after ticketing.

When making a reservation, the following information is needed:

  1. Your intended dates of travel (please try to be certain of these dates)
  2. The main city or the name of the airport that you are travelling to (and from)
  3. The number of persons travelling (ages of any children/infant/senior adult)
  4. The full (and correctly spelt) names of persons travelling, as stated on their passports

This is generally not permitted. A one-way ticket can be purchased only IF any of the following applies:

  1. You have a connecting flight on to another country
  2. Your travel documents specifically permit you to do so e.g. Student visa, Seaman’s visa
  3. You are a resident or citizen of the country being entered

A minor (age 2 – 11 years) must be accompanied by an adult when travelling.

Most airlines offer an ‘Unaccompanied Minor Service’ (UM) which allows a minor to travel with the airline’s representative in the absence of a parent or guardian. This service comes at an additional cost and stipulated conditions must be met. Each airline’s UM policy can vary.

Contact your travel agent or the airline for relevant information.

Yes, senior citizens can obtain discounted airfares but not on all airfares and not with all airlines.

In some countries certain ticket taxes may be exempt for senior citizens as well.

It is important that you state that the person is a senior citizen when booking so that applicable discounts may be correctly applied.

You can either do so by telephoning the airline’s call centre; by completing the application on the airlines website; by visiting the airline’s sales office; or sometimes you can do so at the airline’s service desk at the airport.

The basic information required for enrollment is: full name; date of birth; mailing address and email address of the enrollee.

For online enrollments, security relevant questions/answers may be required in order to facilitate accessing your account online. You may even be asked to update your travel profile by stating your seating preferences; meals preferences; etc.

Airlines are generally hesitant to announce flight delays and cancellations. Such notices tend to be made at times when they are obliged to do so.

It is essential that you provide a mobile phone number and an email address when reserving your flights so that the airline is able to inform you of schedule changes, in particular.

There are a few flight-tracking websites where you can check the current status of ‘active’ flights. Some of them will allow you to set up a temporary account to receive email alerts of active-flight status changes. Hopefully you will select a travel agent that will engage such a facility for you.

Once a ticket has been issued the airline has a contractual obligation to assist with changes. Your travel documents should provide their contact information or else the airline’s website will.

Tickets bought directly with the airline can only be supported by the airline for processing changes.

Travel Agents can only access and attend to tickets that they issued.

Travel dates, times and destinations can be altered for any kind of changeable ticket type. There are usually costs for changes made post-ticketing.

In accordance with the specific fare rule, a change penalty will generally be applicable; an increase in fare is also likely.

Please contact your travel agent who will be best qualified to advise you with this.

Airlines generally allow you to board with 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item (e.g. handbag, backpack) without charge. These would be subject to weight and size restrictions.

You may be allowed one checked bag free of charge subject to the class of service by which you are travelling. Each airline has its own rules regarding Baggage.

Your travel agent can guide you accordingly.

We strongly suggest that you effect cancellation of your reservation at least 3 hours prior to the flight departure by contacting the airline or the travel agent with whom you transacted the tickets.

Failure to cancel will cause your ticket to become null and void.

Once cancelled though, the ticket is valid for one year from the date of issue and can easily be re-issued when you are ready to travel with relevance to its ticketed fare value.