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.

giphy

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.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • Upandaway

    Point of turnaround – a location where you stop to see if someone is following you :)

Tourism

Travel insurance company issues warning after series of animal-related claims

Apparently, there’s been a ton of travel insurance claims over incidents with animals overseas, so think twice before you feed that cheeky monkey. Send the snacks our way instead.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Here’s what Santa looks like across the world

Start getting excited, because Christmas is two weeks away TODAY! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some Santas from around the world. And sadly, none of them surf.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“Price isn’t the barrier it once was” Intrepid and Chimu launch new Antarctica trips

Intrepid just became a seven-continent operator! We chatted with CEO James Thornton to find out what that means for the company.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Five places every Singapore first-timer needs to visit

Visiting a new city can be overwhelming and we should know; we’re overwhelmed by just about everything. Let these handy tips take the edge off.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Opinion: Tammy Marshall on why agents should target NEO consumers

Who on Earth are these NEO people you speak of? We have no idea, so we got Marshall to pen this handy explainer. And no, it’s got nothing to do with Keanu Reeves.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Big Fat Airline Wrap

Dreaming of flying away? Well, we’re sorry to say this airline wrap will probably just make your wanderlust worse. But only once more before Christmas!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin adds 1,000 more flights for top Christmas destinations

Our top Christmas destination is our bed, where we plan to take our midday siesta after eating our weight in prawns and pavlova.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Bendigo is getting regular flights to Sydney for the first time in 30 years

There are not many things we love more than a new route! Except maybe caffeine, but the margin is paper thin.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Is New South Wales getting a fast rail?!

Fancy getting from Sydney to Canberra in just one hour? It could soon be a reality. Let’s just hope it doesn’t face as many setbacks as Sydney’s light rail.

Share

CommentComments

News

Toxic chemicals found at popular south coast tourist hotspot

Tourists are being warned to steer clear of certain parts of Jervis Bay after toxic chemicals were found in the water ahead of peak holiday season.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

This massive Amsterdam tourist attraction is gone for good

BREAKING: the I amsterdam sign has been removed! We’ve also been removed from the cafe downstairs after emptying the entirety of their chocolate powder onto our cappuccino.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Big Fat Wholesaler Wrap

Start getting excited, because there’s only two more Mondays until Christmas Eve! Which means this is our second last wholesaler wrap of the year – and boy, is it a goodie.

Share

CommentComments