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The jargon that makes your journey

There’s much more to your travel itinerary than meets the eye. The travel industry thrives in a world of jargon, acronyms, numbers and codes. Of course your average business traveller need never know what it all means, but sometimes you’d like to understand the shorthand used on your booking or itinerary. So below we’ve demystified just a few of the common, mainly airline, terms for your interest – and so you can impress your travel manager.

BAR

Looking for the bar doesn’t mean you need a strong beverage. It means you’ve secured, or you are requesting, the Best Available Rate.

Carrier

Carrier is simply code for the airline you will be flying, while KK stands for Carrier Confirmed - an abbreviation used when booking airline tickets.

PAX

Pax  - that’s you. This abbreviation is travel industry jargon for passengers. So if you are travelling with business colleagues, your itinerary may show 2pax or 3pax.

PC

PC simply refers to the number of pieces of luggage you are travelling with – 1pc or 2pc. Each PC may also have a maximum weight, such as 23kg, so check the fine print.

Segment

Unless your flight is direct and non-stop, your journey will consist of different segments in the form of separate flights. A trip to London for example, may include many segments or just two segments – Sydney to Perth and then Perth non-stop to London.

Layover

The period of time spent between connecting flights, when you can get off the plane and stretch your legs at the airport – or sometimes you can even go further afield if your layover is many hours. But you may also have an MCT.

MCT

Minimum Connect Time is the shortest time required for a traveller to successfully transfer to a connecting flight – and this will depend on the airport and the type of flight, such as domestic or international. It is recommended selecting a connecting flight that exceeds the minimum connection time – especially if you have to change terminals or airports.

Offline Connection

A connection that requires switching to both a new aircraft and carrier – which can mean a change of terminals or even airports. Make sure enough time is allowed for this change, because you don’t want to be an unintentional NS (No Show).

Through Passenger

Sit back and relax. This is a passenger who remains on the plane at a connecting stop on the way to their final destination.

TTL or Ticket Time Limit

This is the time limit that airlines (or other suppliers) give for the sale of a ticket. The ticket is often available at a special price until this time, after which it expires. So act quickly

Blackout Dates

There are often dates when particularly fare types don’t apply. This is usually because of peak holiday periods or big events where suppliers anticipate an increased demand during that time.

Bumped

Getting bumped usually means the airline has overbooked seats (quite a common practice) and today you are the unlucky one. Often the last to check-in is the first to be offloaded, so avoid being late and use a travel manager with good connections – to negotiate on your behalf.

Codeshare

This means you may book your tickets with one airline, but fly with a partner carrier. For example, flying to Honolulu with Virgin Australia will actually have you seated on a Hawaiian Airlines plane.

PFC - Passenger Facility Charge

This is an additional fee charged in some countries for the use of the airport. The fee is included in the traveller’s ticket and the collected funds are used to maintain and improve airport infrastructure.

 

The good news is that all business travellers need is a booking and a ticket, leave the rest to the experts at Stage and Screen. Then you can blissfully have your head in the clouds and just concern yourself with arriving at the airport on time.