How do I get a copy of a boarding pass from a past flight?

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How do I get a copy of a boarding pass from a past flight?
Obtaining past boarding passes is easier today due to them being sent digitally. (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

As boarding passes are more often than not sent digitally these days, you'll stand a pretty good chance of being able to reproduce a copy of an old one if the need should arise. If you're the type of person who never deletes an email or text message and refuses to clear temporary files from your computer, a copy of your old boarding pass could be a matter of a few clicks away.

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Many airlines email boarding passes as PDF files either on request or automatically. Log into the email account you used to book your flight and search for the name of the airline you flew with, your destination or the airports you used on your journey. You'll be able to redownload and print your old boarding pass, provided you didn't delete the message it was attached to. If you flew relatively recently and have only just deleted your itinerary email, check your email account's bin. Messages transferred to email bins are typically deleted permanently after 30 days.


If you had a boarding pass barcode sent to your smartphone, grab your handset and scroll through your messages to find it. Speed the process up by using your device's text message search function. You may even be able to recover your boarding pass SMS if you deleted it or have bought a new phone since you flew. If you had an app installed on your phone that backed up SMS messages to the cloud or a PC suite that saved text messages to your computer, check out the relevant program or log into your cloud storage account.

Hard drive

You probably downloaded your boarding pass before printing it. If you did, it will still be on your computer's hard drive even if you didn't save it, provided you haven't intentionally or inadvertently deleted it in the meantime. Hit your computer's "Windows" button and the "E" key to bring up an Explorer window. Click downloads in the left pane and search for your boarding pass PDF.

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Your boarding pass isn't the only document you can use as proof that you travelled on a certain flight. If you need to provide evidence of carriage to an insurer or any other company, a travel itinerary or flight receipt may suffice. If not, you may be able to request confirmation that you flew from your airline. If all else fails and you need to track down a physical boarding pass, check through the travel documents and luggage you used on the trip in question.

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