experience about e-tickets?

Feb 27th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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When I print the e-ticket confirmation at home, my intention is to have all the info regarding the journey on one little piece of paper for my own use(intinerary, flight numbers/times, confirmation and ticket numbers). No airline employees have ever asked me to produce the receipt, all I ever need is passport and the SAME credit card used to purchase the tickets on-line to obtain boarding passes. I also use the self check-in e-ticket kiosks whenever possible, though this can't be done when flying internationally.
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Feb 27th, 2005, 11:28 AM
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If I were you, ayakkadan, I would contact the specific airline on which you are flying and ask them if there will be a problem because you do not have the same credit card that was used to pay for the ticket.

Some airlines check other ID's (like a passport), but if the check in is via electronic kiosk, they sometimes say you MUST have the same credit card. So you should find out before you head for the airport!

As for overbooking, it's done all the time, and I don't think having an e-ticket puts you at any disadvantage in terms of getting bumped. Just don't be the last person checking in for the flight.
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Feb 27th, 2005, 09:46 PM
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Hi,Fodorites, thanks coz you've been really helpful. I've finally decided that I'll skip Paris for now, and travel Chennai- Copenhagen by Lufthansa [e-tickets of course, but using my own credit card at least]. Its more expensive, and I don't get to see Paris, but then I'm still young, and opportunities will come in the future. At least I won't have to worry about whether they'll let me on the plane or not! Cowardice, maybe, but altogther safer I think. WIll write regarding Copenhagen once I get back. Thanks again!
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Mar 13th, 2005, 06:32 PM
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Hi Fodorites. Sorry for not posting this earlier, but I found the answer to one of my questions. This happened about 14 days back, and hence the apologies. I found that expedia.com accepts credit cards from outside the US without any hassles, and so I booked my tickets through expedia. Saved about $300 in the process. So if anybody wants to know what websit ethey can use from Asia without problems, the answer is expedia.com!
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Mar 13th, 2005, 06:45 PM
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The last time I had a paper ticket it was from American, and although ticketing online with them, I opted for the paper tickets even there there was a charge of something like $15 each, as the flights were a long time away.
About a week after ticketing, the flight schedule was changed and we received notice that our flights were changed, but that no new tickets would be issued.

I'm unsure to this date what we accomplished by paying to have a paper ticket that was immediately made invalid.
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Mar 13th, 2005, 07:25 PM
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Paper ticket = Treat it like cash. The airline(s) on your itn will NOT issue a boarding pass without it. As far as the ticket agent is concerned all s/he sees in the computer is a reservation. S/he needs the paper coupon to verify payment and only then s/he will issue a BP. The biggest problem with paper tickets for the airlines was the theft of blank tickets.
You loose/misplace your paper ticket, you WILL have to buy a new ticket to take your trip or to get home. Only after all the flights on your ticket took place will the airline work with you to get you a refund for the original ticket. Whatever you paid for a new ticket is your loss.
So be very careful when holding/traveling with a paper ticket. It's not a joke and no mercy will be shown by the airline(s).

e-ticket = no such issues. Your PAID reservation is already noted in the computers. All you need to prove is your identity.

There are still many instances when paper ticket is unavoidable. In that case the issuer will not charge (at least most issuers), but if it's your request then they will charge extra.

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