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Fare Class: A category assigned to airline tickets based on pricing, flexibility, and benefits, such as first class, business class, premium economy, and economy class.

FAM (Familiarization) Tour: A trip offered to travel agents, journalists, or other industry professionals by hotels, resorts, or tourist destinations to familiarize them with the facilities, services, and attractions, often aiming to promote and generate bookings.

Familiarity Tour: Similar to a FAM tour, it’s an opportunity for travel industry professionals or media representatives to become acquainted with a destination, hotel, or attraction, typically with the goal of promoting tourism.

Family Plan: A special pricing or accommodation package offered by hotels or travel providers specifically designed for families, often including discounts, family-friendly amenities, or larger room configurations.

Family Vacation: A trip taken by members of a family unit for leisure, relaxation, and bonding, often involving activities suitable for various ages and interests.

Familymoon: A honeymoon-like vacation taken by a newly married couple along with their immediate family members, allowing for shared experiences and celebration after the wedding.

Fare Aggregator: A website or online platform that collects and displays fares from multiple airlines, hotels, or other travel providers, allowing users to compare prices and book travel services.

Fare Basis: A code or identifier used by airlines to denote the rules, restrictions, and conditions associated with a particular fare, including ticket validity, change fees, and refund policies.

Fare Type: The classification of a ticket based on its pricing structure, flexibility, and included services, such as economy, business, or first class.

Final Boarding Call: The last call made by airlines before the boarding gate closes, signaling that passengers should immediately proceed to board the aircraft to avoid being left behind.

First Class: The highest class of service offered by airlines, providing passengers with premium amenities, spacious seating, gourmet meals, and personalized service, often at a higher fare compared to economy or business class.

First Officer: Also known as the co-pilot, the first officer is the second-in-command pilot on an aircraft, responsible for assisting the captain in flying the plane and ensuring the safety of the flight.

Fishing Trip/Tour: A recreational excursion focused on angling or fishing, often guided by experienced fishermen or charter companies, and conducted in rivers, lakes, oceans, or other bodies of water.

Fjord: A long, narrow inlet with steep cliffs or mountainsides, formed by the submergence of a glaciated valley, often characterized by picturesque scenery and popular for cruising and sightseeing.

Flight Attendant: Also known as cabin crew, flight attendants are responsible for ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers during flights. They assist with boarding, serve meals and beverages, provide safety demonstrations, and handle passenger inquiries or emergencies.

Flight Crew: The collective term for the personnel responsible for operating an aircraft, including pilots and flight attendants, who work together to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the flight.

Flight Delay: A situation where a flight does not depart or arrive at the scheduled time, often due to weather conditions, mechanical issues, or air traffic congestion.

Flight Route: The predetermined path followed by an aircraft between two airports, often determined by air traffic control and weather conditions, and can vary depending on factors such as air traffic and fuel efficiency.

Fly-Drive Package: A travel package that combines flights and car rental into a single booking, offering convenience and often cost savings for travelers who plan to explore a destination by road.

Food Allergy: A condition in which the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to certain foods, potentially causing severe reactions or symptoms, travelers with food allergies should take precautions and communicate their dietary restrictions to airlines, restaurants, and accommodations.

Foreign Exchange: The process of converting one currency into another for travel purposes, typically done at banks, currency exchange booths, or ATMs.

Foreign Independent Tour (FIT): A type of travel package that allows travelers to customize their itinerary and travel independently without being part of a group. FIT tours typically include accommodations, transportation, and some activities, but travelers have flexibility in their schedule and activities.

Foreign Transaction Fee: A fee charged by credit card companies for transactions made in a foreign currency or in a country other than the cardholder’s home country.

Form of Payment (FOP): The method used to pay for travel services, such as cash, credit card, or electronic payment. FOP may also refer to the specific details provided to a travel agent or airline regarding payment authorization.

Frequent Flier: A person who travels frequently and accrues miles or points in a frequent flyer program based on their air travel activity.

Frequent Flier Program: A loyalty program offered by airlines to reward frequent travelers with points or miles for each flight taken. These points can be redeemed for free flights, upgrades, or other travel benefits.

Frequent Independent Travel (F.I.T.): A style of travel where individuals or small groups plan their own itineraries and arrangements, rather than joining organized tours or packages.

Full House: A term used in hotel management to indicate that all available rooms or accommodations are occupied by guests.

Full-Service Carrier: An airline that offers a wide range of services to passengers, including meals, entertainment, and checked baggage, typically at higher fares compared to low-cost carriers.

Full-Service Hotel: A hotel that offers a wide range of amenities and services to guests, typically including restaurants, room service, concierge assistance, recreational facilities, and meeting or event spaces.

Function Room: A dedicated space within a hotel, convention center, or other venue used for meetings, conferences, banquets, or other events, often equipped with audiovisual equipment and seating arrangements.

Funnel Flight: A flight pattern or approach used during landing, where the aircraft follows a curved path resembling a funnel to align with the runway and reduce altitude gradually.

Fuselage: The main body or hull of an aircraft, housing the cockpit, passenger cabin, cargo hold, and other essential components.

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