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Do I Need My Credit Card To Check In With US?  
User currently offlineAirCatalonia From Spain, joined Nov 2007, 572 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10186 times:

I recently booked JFK-LAS on US airways and now I wonder if I need the credit card I used to buy the tickets to check in at JFK. The thing is that I bought the tickets with my father's card and I won't be taking that card with me.

It doesn't say anything about the card on the confirmation e-mail but I thought I'd better ask someone who had flown US before.

So do you need the credit card to check in if you booked your tickets with someone else's card? I know some airlines do require you to show the card you used. That's why I am asking

Thanks!
airC

[Edited 2008-06-03 04:23:11]

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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6162 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10180 times:
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Quoting AirCatalonia (Thread starter):
So do you need the credit card to check in if you booked your tickets with someone else's card? I know some airlines do require you to show the card you used.

I doubt it. What if you had someone, like your employer, book the tickets? Sometimes my mom and dad will buy me a ticket, to come and visit on their card. Never had any trouble checking in. That has always been on NW though.



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User currently offlineAirCatalonia From Spain, joined Nov 2007, 572 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10175 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 1):

Quoting AirCatalonia (Thread starter):
So do you need the credit card to check in if you booked your tickets with someone else's card? I know some airlines do require you to show the card you used.

I doubt it. What if you had someone, like your employer, book the tickets? Sometimes my mom and dad will buy me a ticket, to come and visit on their card. Never had any trouble checking in. That has always been on NW though.

IIRC I've had to use my credit card to pick up boarding cards from automatic check-in counters here in Europe. Although I guess this is just a process of identification you can skip by just going to a normal counter and showing your passport instead. I guess that is what I will do.

Thanks.  Wink


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6162 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10172 times:
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Quoting AirCatalonia (Reply 2):
IIRC I've had to use my credit card to pick up boarding cards from automatic check-in counters here in Europe.

We have the same thing in the US at many airports. All the auto check ins I have used you may use a credit card, your FF card, or your passport.



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User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10162 times:



Quoting AirCatalonia (Thread starter):
So do you need the credit card to check in if you booked your tickets with someone else's card? I know some airlines do require you to show the card you used. That's why I am asking

Never had a problem, though it's been over a year since I flew US.

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 3):
We have the same thing in the US at many airports. All the auto check ins I have used you may use a credit card, your FF card, or your passport.

The PNR (6 digit alphanumeric code), FF #, or name + flight work too (no physical item needed). A driver's license or the bar code from the OLCI BP works for some airlines (e.g. CO).;


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10154 times:

I have purchased tickets for many people on my credit card. In not one instance were there any hassles or problems in checking in. Hawaiian Airlines was even good enough to call to confirm that I had purchased a ticket for another person.

The airlines' biggest concern is matching that the name on the ticket is the same as the name of the traveller. You will be asked to provide proof of identity - usually a driver's license is sufficient - but that's really it.

The last time I tried to use my credit card to check in, the agent politely smiled and said, "that's okay sir, I just need a photo ID". They didn't even need my six-character confirmation number!!

The faster you're checked-in, the happier everyone is.



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10152 times:

to use the E-ticket machine you can use the Credit Card, or ID. I don't know if the US e-ticket machines have the capability to read passports or not.


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User currently offlineIliriBDL From Germany, joined May 2007, 1205 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10141 times:

You can actually just use your name to check in, and thats about it. We get so many customers that ask the same question and then we get people that come in and say that they purchased a ticket for their child (or something like that) and how can they check without the credit card? You never need the credit card when you check in, just an ID or passport.


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User currently offlineASFlyer81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 10134 times:

When I lost my Wallet In Newark, when i was trying to fly back home, the only people asked me for my id was the securaity, all they wanted to know what the confirmation numbers and they printed my boarding passes and that was was US AIRways, from Kona- Anchorage via Phoenix- Las Vegas

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