Travel Glossary

Learn the different terms, acronyms, and jargon used in the travel industry. Having a deeper understanding of travel definitions will be beneficial for every step of your trip.

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ABC Islands: An acronym for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, which are the three western-most islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea north of Falcon State, Venezuela.

Adjoining Rooms: Two guest rooms that are located next to each other and connected by a locked door.

Airport Code: A code that consists of three or four letters that identify a specific airport. It’s defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Airport Terminal: A building at an airport where flight passengers depart or arrive.

B&B: Bed and breakfast is a small lodging establishment or home opened to the public offering overnight accommodation and breakfast.

Blackout Dates: Specific dates where special fares, rewards, and promotions don’t apply.

Boarding Pass: A document that permits passengers to get on the plane.

Bulkhead Seat: A seat immediately behind the bulkheads or walls of an airplane that separate different classes, such as between first class and coach.

Business Class: A class of seating between first class and economy or coach. It’s intended for business travelers.

Domestic Flight: A flight where the departure and arrival take place in the same country.

Economy Class: A term for the airplane’s main cabin or rear area of the aircraft where the fares cost less.

International Flight: A flight where the departure and arrival take place in different countries.

Jet Lag: Fatigue felt after a long flight across several time zones.

Layover: A stop between flights, also known as a connection.

Non-Transferable Ticket: A ticket that can’t be transferred from one passenger to another.

Off-Peak: A less expensive time to travel due to a decrease in demand.

OTA: Online travel agency.

Overbook: When a company accepts more reservations than it has room for.

Peak Season: A time where more people are traveling, which results in higher prices.

Red-Eye Flight: An overnight flight. The term comes from passengers getting red eyes due to lack of sleep.

Round Trip: A journey that returns to the same place of departure.

Travel Itinerary: A schedule of events relating to travel plans.

TSA PreCheck: A Trusted Traveler program by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which allows you to speed through security. You also don’t need to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or light jackets.

Voyage: A long journey by sea or space.

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