experience about e-tickets?

Feb 25th, 2005, 08:19 PM
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experience about e-tickets?

Hi all,
Since I have never travelled using e-tickets, I thought I'd just get an opinion. Any good/bad experiences? Any things I should be worried about, or need to keep in hand? I'm planning to book my tickets thru travelocity for Paris-Copenhagen and return. Any airport specific recommendations? Thank you in advance.
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Feb 25th, 2005, 08:23 PM
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I don't know Copenhagen airports, but both Orly and CDG are major airports at Paris, so I'd go with whatever gives you the best flight times and costs.

I use e-tickets all the time, can't remember the last time I had a paper ticket. There's nothing special to worry about them, it's just a reservation they have in their computer. I always take a printout copy of my resrvation I got by computer, and you'd have to have appropriate ID with you if you are traveling internationally. They haven't always asked for it from me, but be sure to carry the credit card you used to make the e-ticket purchase, just in case.
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Feb 25th, 2005, 08:36 PM
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I agree, I cannot remember when we last used a regular ticket.
It is very easy, printing them out at home. I always make 2 copies after the time I lost a 'real' ticket ~
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Feb 25th, 2005, 08:45 PM
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Besides bringing a printed copy of whatever confirmation they send you by email, I make sure that confirmation email is in an account that is accessible when I am traveling. In other words, I make sure there is a copy in my hotmail account so I can always print another copy if I need it.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 02:32 AM
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Are you aware of the budget airline options between Paris and Copenhagen?

www.whichbudget.com
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Feb 26th, 2005, 04:48 AM
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Airlines will charge extra fees for paper tickets if E-tickets are available on the route you choose. The minimum fee I've seen is $20.
I generally buy the ticket on-line and print the e-mail confirmation at home.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 04:57 AM
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Hi aya,

An e-ticket is identicalto a paper ticket, except that you have to rint it out yourself.

They both certify that you have been entered into the computer.

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Feb 26th, 2005, 04:58 AM
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I too can't remember the last time I had a paper ticket. I would check to make sure you can't get the same or better price on the airline's own website rather than using travelocity. 3rd party webistes often charge an extra fee. The only slightly negative experience I can report is when I bought a ticket for my husband through travelocity, I could not reserve a seat or print a boarding pass for him because I hadn't used the airline's own website. I would make sure there isn't a low cost airline option that might not be on travelocity.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 05:17 AM
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We always have E-Tickets. I do the same thing Marilyn does except I have Yahoo.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 05:22 AM
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Over the past several years I have averaged just under 100 flight segments per year all on e-tickets and have never had any kind of problem. My flights are both domestic and international and involve several airlines foreign and domestic.

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Feb 26th, 2005, 01:40 PM
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I confess to still using paper tickets for multiple-destination Europe trips.

But I do think e-tickets are superior because all you need to keep track of is that confirmation number which you can print out or write down numerous places. A paper ticket is like cash (or that's how I've treated them in the past and fortuantely never lost one).
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Feb 26th, 2005, 01:44 PM
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I'm sure that printing out a confirmation or reciept is a good idea, but honestly, I've never done it. I just hand the counter rep. my passport and get my passport. No problem at all! (I think once I printed a receipt for EasyJet)

It's a bit of an adjustment to get used to trusting things like e-tickets and truly paperless transactions. But once you do, you forget you ever had a moment's hesitation.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 01:47 PM
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If you print your e-ticket receipt, you have a "paper" ticket.

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Feb 26th, 2005, 03:17 PM
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I do usually print the "receipt" just so I have a record of the times and everything (and I think they tell you to do that), but I also think that it is not really required, as Grasshopper says. You have a paid ticket in the computer, that's kind of the whole concept of "e" in the e-ticket. It does not depend on having a piece of paper to have value. So, if you lose it or forget it, do not despair, as I think the last few times I have flown, I didn't even dig it out to give to them. They just look it up in the computer and the important thing is your proof of identity. That's the good thing about e-tickets, they are sort of foolproof-- unless those computers crash, I guess, which is what happened to some airline in December, but if that happens, I don't think they can deal with anything.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 03:35 PM
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..my travel agent said that in some south east asian countries they dont yet know what to do with an eticket..anybody heard of this?
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Feb 26th, 2005, 04:00 PM
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Yes, certain airport--like Genoa--can't handle e-tickets. And paper tickets are supposed to be better if a flight is cancelled or the airline suddenly goes out of business. With a paper ticket it's easier to get a replacement seat on another airline.

But you have to guard a paper ticket like cash. I usually end up memorizing my eticket code. Subtracts 5 lbs off my waistline.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 04:51 PM
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The only time I've had a problem with an e-ticket was when I booked a return ticket through a well-known travel website the day before the flight.
When I got to the airport, my flight reservation didn't come up on the airline's computer system, but they did say my loyalty card had been credited with the flight...anyway, I gave them the confirmation printout from the website and after half an hour's discussion among themselves the airline gave me a boarding pass. On the return journey I arrived at the airport and was told I could only have a standby ticket, despite having booked a specific flight and being one of the first passengers to arrive at check-in.

As it happened it wasn't particularly important that I got either of the flights I'd booked, but if it had been important this would have been very stressful. So I guess the moral of the story is to always take your confirmation email and to be careful of getting e-tickets through a third party website at last minute in case the reservation doesn't get through the computer system in time.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 06:17 PM
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Never had a problem with an e-ticket, which I've come to really appreciate after losing a paper ticket. I didn't realize I didn't have it until it was time to go to the airport. In order to get on the flight I had to buy a new ticket and then file a claim for the lost one. What a hassle!

I just booked a trip to Europe this week and was relieved when I was told it was an e-ticket.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 10:06 PM
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I do e-tickets domestically in US all the time and also once to Hong Kong. No problems at all - just take a copy of your itinerary just in case.
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Feb 26th, 2005, 11:16 PM
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Seems to be mostly positive experiences so far. I really do not have a problem with online transactions. However, I have some more specific doubts. Travelocity site says that the seats may not be confirmed, etc. and that overbooking is a possibility. Is the e ticket a liability in these situations? How often does a flight get overbooked? If it is by any chance overbooked, will the airlines just put me on the next flight without any hassles? Secondly, will they insist on me holding the credit card with which the tickets are booked? Since travelocity says their transactions are more reliable with US billing addresses, I've asked one of my friends in the US to book the ticket using his credit card. This means of course that I won't be carrying that particular credit card, although I'll have at least 2 photo IDs on me. Ideas, anyone?
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