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"red-eye" = an passenger airplane that flies at night

"We took a red-eye so we would arrive earlier in the morning for the meeting."

"wait on someone hand and foot" = do everything for someone, attend to their every need

"When you fly first class, the flight attendants wait on you hand and foot."

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Travel Arrangements
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary and Grammar
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Consulting travel Web sites can be very helpful in planning trips. After deciding where to travel, would you prefer to talk to a travel agent about your vacation plans, or make all of the arrangements online yourself? How important is it to you to find cheap or discount plane tickets versus flying first or business class? Can you think of situations where you could have problems on a trip and you would need to file an accident abroad claim?

HELPFUL TIP: You can find some really good deals on plane tickets if you shop around. Take your time and make sure the flight schedule and any layovers suit your needs.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the man's destination?
A. Salt Lake City, USA
B. New York City, USA
C. Helsinki, Finland
D. Stockholm, Sweden

2. When is the man's departure date?
A. the twenty-first
B. the twenty-second
C. the twenty-third
D. the twenty-fourth

3. What is the flight number for the second half of his journey?
A. 555
B. 90
C. 1070
D. 830

4. How long is the man's layover between flights?
A. less than an hour
B. less than two hours
C. less than three hours
D. more than three hours

5. What request did the man make regarding his flight?
A. He asked for a specially-prepared dinner.
B. He wanted an aisle seat.
C. He requested a bassinet for his baby.
D. He asked for a seat near the front of the plane.

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3. Vocabulary and Grammar Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

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4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

With a partner, create your own dialogue based on the conversation in this quiz. Consider adding information on the destination of the flight, departure and arrival times, ticket price, layovers and transfers, discounts for children and frequent fliers, meals, cancellation charges, and tour packages. Use the Internet to search for specific flight information from a major airline or travel company. Of course, there are many forms of travel. If you travel by car, why would it be important to have reliable car insurance?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Imagine that you are have received $3,000 to take a three-week vacation to one or more of these cities: Las Vegas, Hawaii, or Paris, and one city of your choice. Use the Internet to determine the cost of airfare and train/subway travel to get there from your current location. Compare prices offered by different travel companies.

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