By now, e-tickets are a common feature of the air traveler's
experience. Almost every transaction with e-CheapAirlines.com will
result in an e-ticket, some carriers do not participate with this
ticketing method and in that case paper tickets will be sent. Still,
if you don't know all there is to know about e-tickets, here's a
It's a fairly simple concept: instead of receiving a paper ticket in
the mail, you simply get a confirmation number that guarantees your
seat on the plane, every passenger will also receive an email
providing them with the details of their reservation, pricing, and
important statements that CheapAirlines.com needs to convey to the
Be aware that the FAA has introduced new regulations which only
allow ticketed passengers beyond security checkpoints. So if you
have one, be sure to bring your printed receipt with you, along with
any ticket documentation CheapAirlines.com has provided such as
reservation confirmations. It is also extremely important that you
bring various forms of identification. Make sure that one of them is
a government-issued ID. If you have an international flight, be sure
to have your passport handy.
Although the majority of airlines require the same type of
information from e-ticketed passengers, please keep in mind that
certain airlines might have varying guidelines. Hence, always
remember to pick up the phone before you hop in that shuttle or
catch that cab. It could make the difference on whether you'll be
allowed to fly or not.
Are E-tickets safe?
E-tickets are very safe provided you have taken the necessary
steps. It is very important that you print your confirmation after
purchasing your ticket online. That little slip of paper, along with
various forms of proper identification, could mean the difference
between whether or not you'll be allowed to board your flight.
Another very significant factor is being on time. Due to increased
security measures, the earlier you are, the better! E-ticket holders
should arrive at least two hours before domestic flights, and three
hours before international flights.
Why would I want an E-Ticket?
When you're in a rush, if you buy your tickets very close to your
travel date, if you plan on making any changes to your reservation,
or you have a tendency to misplace your airline tickets are all very
good reasons for using E-tickets.
While traveling on that
long awaited family vacation you decide that you would prefer to
change your current reservation. With paper tickets you will be
required to mail the tickets back to our agency to have them
physically changed vs. with electronic tickets your change can be
done with a five-minute phone call.
Have you misplaced your
tickets before or are you traveling somewhere that if you lost your
ticket you would have no way home? Well with paper ticket the
minimum fee to file a lost ticket application is $100 plus the
airline you are traveling on may require you to purchase another
ticket at the same price. If after 90 days the lost ticket has not
been used they will issue a refund for the second ticket. With
electronic tickets there is nothing to lose.
E-Tickets are Convenient: Late Bookings are Easy; Make a phone
call, get your confirmation faxed to you or print it out from
online, and it's over. No worrying about the ticket arriving in the
mail. You can easily purchase tickets for other people in disparate
locations, just make sure you get them the official confirmation
printout. For late purchases, there's absolutely minimum hassle; no
scurry to the local ticket office. Online booking can be even more
convenient, as addressed below.
Another advantage to getting an e-ticket is being able to use new
self-service kiosks provided at many airports. Rather than waiting
in line at check-in, you can insert your credit card and get your
boarding pass from these new automated machines. You will be given a
receipt, which you should carry with you; but you will still need to
show valid identification before boarding the plane.
Because they are a fairly recent development, you'll often find that
not many travelers are unaware of them, so they can be a great way
to save time! But also due to their novelty, you won't find them at
every airport -- just the busier ones. In addition, they are
currently only for use on domestic flights.
- You must present a government-issued picture ID, your passport if
traveling internationally, and your printed receipt or confirmation
- With some e-tickets bought directly from the airline, you need to
present the credit card with which you bought the ticket. This
varies according to each airline. Be sure to inquire at the time of
- Problems and flight or airline changes will be greatly facilitated
if you just remember to bring a copy of your reservation with you.
- It is recommended that you respect check-in times, and arrive at
check-in at least two-three hours prior to departure.