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Gateway Tourist Inc.

PO Box 642027
Los Angeles, CA 90064-9998
CST: No. 203443-40

(800)413-3313 or (213)413-2277

Office Hours
Pacific Standard Time
MON Through FRI: 07:00AM to 05:30PM
SAT: 08:00AM to 12:30PM


Airport Check In Counter - A location in the air terminal designated for passenger and baggage check in.

Agent Assistance - Currently some fares provided on the website do not have real time availability or booking functions. Therefore, these booking require assistance by our staff.  Once a travel request is submitted, then a travel agent will contact you by telephone or my email to acknowledge your request and proceed your travel request.

Airline Record Locator Number - A unique confirmation number issued by an air carrier when a reservation is booked.

Availiblity - This could pertain to air/hotel or car which means if space is open to sell to the public.

Base Fare -  Is the airfare with no taxes or service fees added to this amount.

Baggage Allowance - Amount of baggage a passenger may transport without having to pay extra charges. This allowance is determined by each air carrier.

Boarding Pass - A paper document issued to the passenger that allows boarding on a ship, plane, train, or other form of transportation.

Business Class - The class of service between first class and coach class, most commonly offered on international flights as a popular alternative to the more expensive first class.

Cancellation Fee/Cancellation Penalty or Refund - The amount charged when a traveler cancels a reservation.

Change Fee - Fees collected by the airlines when a passenger makes changes to a restricted or penalty ticket.

Commuter Carrier - air carrier that operates smaller aircraft and provides service to airports that cannot support large jet equipment.

Concourse - The area in an airline terminal where the gates are located. Many airports have multiple concourses.

Confirmation - The acceptance and acknowledgment of a reservation by a travel supplier.

Connecting Flight - Air transportation arrangement that requires a passenger to change planes before reaching their final destination.

Destination - The point at which a trip ends.

Direct Flight - A flight that does not require a passenger to change planes although there may be intermediate stops. Also known as a through flight.

Double (DBLB) - A hotel room for occupancy by two people which may contain a double, queen or king-size bed.

Double Occupancy Rate - The rate for a room shared by two people. The rate is quoted for the room and not on a per person basis.

Drop Charge - An additional fee that is often charged by a car rental company when the customer rents a car in one location and returns it to another location.

Economy Class - Also known as tourist or coach class.

Effective Range - Airfares are valid only between these departure dates.

Estimated Flying Time - Estimated flying time between departure city and destination or connecting point.

Equipment - Type of aircraft

Fare Rules - To distinguish one fare level from another, the airlines assign special purchasing rules and restrictions. Generally, the lower the fare, the more restrictions a fare has (such as 21 day advance purchase or Saturday night stay or travel on a certain day of the week).

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - The government agency responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in the United States; functions include airline security regulation and enforcement, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance and pilot licensing.

Frequent Flier Program - A membership program offered directly to the traveler by the air carrier enabling members to accumulate miles (points) and redeem them according to the terms and conditions of the air carrier.

Gate - The area in an airport where passengers board a plane.

Guaranteed Reservation - A lodging reservation held for a passenger's late arrival, usually secured by a credit card obligation to pay even if the traveler never arrives at the hotel.

In-flight Service - Entertainment, meals, beverages and miscellaneous items available during a flight.

Itinerary - The complete schedule of a trip.

King Room - A room with a king-size bed.

Layover - The amount of time a connecting passenger has between flights, before reaching the final destination.

Limited Mileage Allowance - The number of miles included in the car rental rate before additional per mile charges are accessed.

Mileage Charge - Charge made for each mile a rental car is driven beyond the established limited mileage allowance for the rental rate used.

Minimum Stay - A fare requirement that requires the passenger to stay for a designated period of time. (Example: one week, or over a Saturday night)

Multi-Leg Trip - A journey from point A to point B to point C, and back to point A.

Nearby Airport or Multiple Airport City - A term used to describe a city or metropolitan area that has more than one major, commercial airport. (Examples: Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway, New York JFK and New York LaGuardia, etc.)

Nonrefundable Tickets - "No money back" purchases. Although nonrefundable tickets cannot be returned for a refund, the cost of an unused nonrefundable ticket may be applied to future travel. The airline may charge a change or reissue fee for modifying a non-refundable ticket.

Nonstop - A flight that does not stop between point of departure and destination.

Occupancy Tax - The tax levied by many cities on a hotel stay. In addition to local taxes, there may be a set tax per room or per person added to the hotel bill.

One Way Ticket - A flight that starts in one location and ends in another location, without returning to the starting point.

Origin - The point at which a trip begins.

Passenger Type - Provide the capability to specifiy fare related to classifications for each passenger.

Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) - A per passenger airport tax authorized by the US Congress for upgrading and expanding local airport facilities. Currently, the tax can amount to no more than $3 for any one airport and no more than $12 for any single itinerary.

Penalty - The amount charged for canceling or changing a reservation.

Private Fares - This is a negotiated contract rate between the airline carrier and Gateway  Tourist. These fares are normally discounted from the published fares.

            Refund Comment - Provides Cancellation penalty/fee for a refund on this private fare.

            Change Comment - Provides Change fees on this private fare.

            Other Comment - Additional rules on this private fare.

Proof of Citizenship - A government issued document that establishes the traveler's nationality to the satisfaction of a foreign government. It may be an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, or a passport.

Proof of Identity - A government issued document that establishes a traveler's identity. Proof of identity may be a driver's license, birth certificate, or a passport

Published Fares - Normal fares provided from the airlines that are available to the public for domestic and international.

No Penatly or  Refundable Fare - Refundable tickets can be returned for a refund to your credit card and allow you to make changes without paying a penalty.

Regional Carriers - Airlines serving specified areas or regions of the country.

Restricted Fares - Special fares available only for specified times of day, or days of the week.

Restricted Travel Dates - Specific period during which specials fare or rates apply.

Room Tax - State or local tax charged on hotel stays.

Round Trip - A journey from point A to point B and back to point A. Different from a multi-leg trip.

Routing - Are specific city pairs by which an airline designates to travel.

Service Fees -  This fee is non-refundable ticket fee This may appear as a separate charge on your credit card statement.

Special Services - An airline term that designates a passenger who has special requests, such as requiring assistance boarding or departing the aircraft, or special meal requirements.

Taxes - This amount is added to the base fare to make up the total airfare.  Each destination and  routing  will determine taxes. There are US ticket tax, Passenger Facility charges, surcharges, Federal Segment fees, 9/11 security fee and non-us destinations taxes.  Not including internatinational taxes or domestic taxes. These taxes are per ticket and include, without limitations.

Ticket - When completed and validated, the electronic ticket or paper ticket becomes a contract for transportation between a carrier and a passenger.

Travel Protection - A combination of travel insurance benefits and emergency hotline services, designed to give you protection for your travel investment, health and belongings while traveling.

Unlimited Mileage - A rental car rate that allows the renter to drive an unlimited number of miles without additional mileage charges.

Upgrade - If fare permits, you may use your frequent flyer miles to upgrade when using this fare. Although, you need to meet the mileage program eligibility, need sufficient miles in your account and meet other requirements given by your mileage account per airlines program.

Visa - A validating document placed in a passport by a foreign government, indicating that the traveler's passport has been examined and the passport holder may travel to that specific country. Not all countries require visas.

All fares do not include taxes or surcharges, and are subject to change without notice.
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