Life Style / Travel Glossary
A La Carte: Referring to meals, an indication that each dish is priced separately; also that a choice of meals may be vailable, such as on a tour.
Aaa: American automobile association.
Aba: American bus association. A trade association representing inter-city and charter bus companies.
Abc: A reference to the caribbean islands of aruba, bonaire, and curacao, in the netherlands antilles, just off the northern coast of south america (venezuela). Fabulous for diving, snorkelling a . . . View Full Definition
Add-On: a supplementary charge added to your cruise fare. Typical add-ons are travel insurance, airline flights to and from the cruise, pre- and/or post-cruise hotel packages, and pre-or post-cruis . . . View Full Definition
Adjoining Rooms: Neighboring hotel rooms that do not have doors connected between them.
Advance Purchase Excursion (Apex): Generally the lowest and most heavily restricted airfare.
Advance Purchase Requirement: An airfare that must be purchased a certain number of days ahead of departure, usually 7, 14, or 21 days, for the best fare.
Aft: Near, toward, or at the rear (stern) of the ship.
Agent Assistance: Travels websites have available staff that will contact a customer by telephone or email when they request information about time availability or booking functions. Agents are capable of tak . . . View Full Definition
Air City: The city chosen by you to serve as the origination and termination point for your flights to and from the cruise.
Air Mile: A distance of approx. 6076 feet.
Air Transportation: The optional, extra-cost air travel portion of your cruise booking.
Air Travel Card: A credit card sponsored by the airlines, for the purchase of air travel only.
Air-Sea: A comprehensive package that combines both the cruise itself and air transportation to and from the cruise's ports of embarkation and debarkation. Air/sea programs are usually add-ons availa . . . View Full Definition
Airline Record Locator Number: A confirmation number issued by an airline company when a reservation is booked.
Airlines Reporting Corp (Arc): The airlines reporting corporation is responsible for supervising payments from travel agencies to airlines along with the manner in which tickets are issued to consumers.
Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) : Responsible for supervising the tracking of payments to airlines by a travel agency, upon issuance of tickets.
Airport Access Fee: A fee paid by the car rental companies to the airport authority, for the use of shuttle vehicles, etc usually passed on to the consumer.
Airport Check In Counter: Every air terminal located inside an airport have a location designated for passenger and baggage check-in. Many check in counters are now combined with automated check in machines.
Airport Code: Three-letter codes used to identify airports.
Airport Transfer: A transport service to/from an airport to hotel, etc, normally prepaid as part of a package tour, but available separately as well.
All-Inclusive: Should mean a plan that includes all meals, drinks, tips, service charges, accommodations, some watersports (usually non-motorized), etc. Not all plans are equal be sure to inquire as to jus . . . View Full Definition
Allotment: A certain number of rooms, cabins or other items held by an operator to sell, usually by a certain date.
Amenities: Services and extras offered by a travel supplier.