Whenever you plan traveling to Germany or any other country in Schengen Area, dealing with a pack of requirements to get Schengen or any visa is inescapable. Amongst many other things to arrange for a successful visa application, booking or reserving flight itinerary together with hotel reservation, has to be on your top list.
The visa consulates acknowledge the fact that it is not wise to purchase a flight ticket before you get your visa. Even if you do so your are suggested to get one which you can avail “free cancellation”. But flight tickets which you can cancel are at least 25% more expensive than non cancellation flights. So the European Union’s visa consulate advice has been amended.
“Round trip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen state. Some Schengen authorities accept the itinerary when applying for the visa but request the original airticket when visa is collected“.
So it is clear that you can submit a flight itinerary or reservation to get your visa and once your visa is confirmed, then buy the actual tickets.
How to get flight itinerary & Hotel bookings for visa application online?
You can use the visa consultation services of a travel agent or find one online. Travel Visa Bookings is a website where you can get a support for most of your visa requirements such as flight itineraries, hotel reservations along with free consultation over email.
What is a flight itinerary?
Flight itinerary is a confirmed document which can be verified online about the schedule of a given flight. This contains the following information:
- Airport IATA code with complete arrival and departure schedule of the flight including terminals.
- Airline number and its flight durations, its complete schedule as it appears in a flight ticket in pdf format.
Usually you would be able to get a flight itinerary from a travel agent. This has to come from GDS platforms such as Amadeus, Sabre etc.
What is a flight reservation?
A flight reservation is the arrangement you make through a personal reservation number, to save a place in the airplane for traveling to your destination, typically with a week validity. In case you do not purchase the ticked within a week period, your reserved seat will be cancelled any longer.
What is a hotel reservation?
A hotel reservation is done in most cases to approve an empty room kept for you upon your arrival; it does not consist of paying the total accommodation price and in case you get your visa rejected and you will not be completing the total payment your reservation will be invalid after the exceed of reserved room deadline.