It is always an exciting task booking a flight somewhere. Whether it is your first flight or you are a seasoned traveller, it is very important to check your air ticket to make sure the details are all correct. Having booked your flight and travelled to the airport it would be devastating to have a problem with your ticket knowing you should have just checked it first.
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Things you need
- Booking reservation
- Travel itinerary
Go online to check your ticket details. The majority of tickets are e-tickets, which have no physical component until you print them yourself. Unless you have booked through a travel agent who will possibly still send you your travel documents, you must go on-line to check your ticket details.
Search for your issuing airline. Visit the airline's website; the exact details will vary from airline to airline, but there will be a link allowing you to manage your booking or reservation.
Log in to your booking. The airline will usually ask for your locator reference, which is an alphanumeric reference (this will be listed on your reservation confirmation email or letter) and passenger name.
Check the details of each individual passenger that is travelling. Check that the names of the passengers and the origin and destination airports are correct. Passengers; names must appear on the ticket as they appear in their passports. The itinerary should show the full airport name as well as the abbreviation. The flight number should match the details on the travel itinerary. Similarly, make sure that the date and time are correct. Reservation and locator references- this should match the details on the travel itinerary or confirmation letter. In most cases this is all you will need to take to the airport for the airline to issue your boarding pass (but still take all your paperwork just in case). It is important to check the baggage allowance before you travel, you don’t want to get to the airport and find that you have 5kg too much in your case and need to either pay extra or leave it behind.
Print your boarding pass and tickets once you have confirmed the details. If you have got tickets issued by an agent make sure you put your tickets somewhere safe.
Tips and warnings
- If you are unsure of any of the details on your ticket visit the issuing airline's website for further information; they all provide useful travel tips and advice.
- If there are any errors on your airline ticket, you may be forced to purchase a new one; it is essential to double check all information before you confirm your reservation.
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