Travel Agents

What are the strangest phrases used by travel agents?

Every job, regardless of the industry it’s in, has some strange phrases that are sort of just accepted to say in the workplace.

For example, did you know that it’s perfectly normal to use the sentence ‘swim lane’ in business when talking about the responsibilities of an organisation?

Venture capitalists often use the phrase ‘moving the needle’ while talking about consumers’ reaction to something.

The phrase is not, as we originally assumed, a measurement of how quickly someone could knit.

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And agents, before you judge these nonsensical phrases, may we now draw your attention to some of your own silly words and names.

This article most certainly follows on from last week’s What are the most ridiculous airport codes article which focused on things like DOG and POO.

Have we inadvertently come up with a new Friday feature where we simply poke fun at the language in the industry? Potentially.

Will we do it again next week? Only if we remember.

So, agents, we’d like some answers about what the following phrases mean.

Until then, we will simply keep using the definitions we’ve crafted ourselves.

Activity provider

A person who was once gifted with a surplus of activities, who now gives them away when other people are running low.

Code share

Like the activity provider, someone who shares their codes with anyone who does not possess a code.

Open Jaw Ticket

Oh, the definitions we could come up with for this. We’ll settle on ‘a fare being so cheap, a passenger’s jaw drops to the ground’.

Base Fare

We assume these are fares reserved specifically for bands and DJs who want a lot of bass on the flight?

No show

Well, this is obviously referring to a situation where a traveller expects a show; a song and dance, and sadly, doesn’t receive one.

Hidden City Ticketing

We once tried to get into the Hidden City without my ticket. We were quickly told to disappear. We are aware that is in no way a definition.

Rack Rate

While booking flights and accommodation, some agents also offer travellers the option to research the cheapest shoe racks available for purchase at the destination.

Bulkheads

So people either have slim heads or bulk heads. Personally, we have a bit of a moon face shaped head.

Pitch

An ongoing competition in the travel industry where agents ask travellers to sing at their highest pitch. If they shatter the windows they get a free flight.

Red-Eye Flight

Similar to the ‘red-hair flight’ the Red-Eye flight is offered exclusively to passengers with red eyes who are so often forgotten about.

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