What is an electronic ticket?

What is an electronic ticket?

Everybody has used at least once an electronic ticket. But even as common as it is for us nowadays, there are still some confusions over: What is an electronic ticket? How should it look like? Should it be in a PDF file? Does it have a bar-code? Is it necessary to print the electronic ticket? Does the electronic ticket can be transmitted to another person? These are the most common question about the electronic ticket. Let’s try to answer all these questions.




1. What is an electronic ticket?
An electronic ticket is nothing more than a record of your booking that is stored in the airlines’ reservations system. From the moment you receive by e-mail the confirmation of electronic ticket you have a ticketed seat that is confirmed on the flight.
The first electronic ticket was offered in 1994. The electronic ticket replaced the paper ticket (it is still available) and since June 2008 was mandatory for all IATA members.

2. How should it look like?
An electronic ticket is a digital ticket containing 13 digits: e.g., 124-9465342637. When the reservation and its payment is confirmed the airline issue the electronic ticket.

3. Should it be in a PDF file?
An electronic ticket can be sent by e-mail as an attachment, PDF file, either as a text. The format of the electronic ticket really doesn’t matter.
The Travel agencies or airlines can dispatch in two e-mails: confirmation of your booking and confirmation of the electronic tickets, or you can receive only one e-mail: the confirmation of your electronic ticket.
In any cases, the confirmation messages are sent for passengers.

4. Does it have a barcode?
An electronic ticket does not have a barcode or any other special sign.

5. Is it necessary to print the electronic ticket?
Theoretically, it is not necessary to print the electronic ticket. The airline will find the booking in the reservations system on the basis of your identity, that is proven by the passport.

6. Does the electronic ticket can be transmitted to another person?
The electronic tickets are nominal and cannot be transmitted to another person. That means that if you want to change the passenger it is not possible.

In addition, it is good to know that:
– in the case of multiple surnames and names, on many sites, you wouldn’t have the possibility to write them with space or hyphen and in this case, you will write them together (e.g., AndersonMoss for the surname and   JohnAndrew for the name).
– the title n the electronic tickets for adults is Mr (men), Ms/Mrs (women) and for children is Mstr (boys), Miss (girls).




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