Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14091 times:
Well there's suppose to be NO difference between travelling with an e-ticket or travelling ticketless. However, some airlines do advise (soemtimes even require) their passengers to print out a copy of their itinerary to be presented during check-in. It defeats the purpose indeed although I find a lesser amount of airlines requiring this nowadays.
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COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1079 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14040 times:
I;ve never needed my booking number when traveling with an e ticket. I just walk up to the machine and stick my credit card in and wah la. Simple as that. However I do always print a copy of my confirmation reciept just incase.
Carnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 14029 times:
Strictly speaking, there is a difference between an E-Ticket & a Paperless Ticket, in particular for international flights.
In a number of states (nations), international passengers are required to have printouts of their E-Ticket confirmations in order to evidence their flight details to other third parties apart from the airline carrier (otherwise a number of third parties have the right to deny a passengers to enter, exit the state, refuse to board the flight etc), and many airlines do still issue what is so-called E-Ticket Confirmation or Proof of Purchase (E-Ticket) for the convenience of the general flying public.
However, a Paperless Ticket is strictly a form of flight booking that has absolutely no need for any paper documents, and E-Ticket normally could be classified as a form of Paperless Ticket for domestic travel, but it is often not seen as a form of purely Paperless Ticket when it comes down to international travel.
Aussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 14021 times:
Put it this way the biggest difference is when the passenger loses the paper ticket and you have to go through all the s**t of filing a LTI (Lost Ticket Indemnity) form and getting the ticket reissued. At least no one can lose an e ticket.
N801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 14017 times:
Does WN use Ticketless Travel phrase more because there are no IATA codes/interlining to deal with? I've had CO (005) tix for NW travel (012) where a real airline ticket number makes sense. Maybe I'm just rambling...
I print the reciepts and usually have checked in online anyway...
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3241 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13976 times:
There is a difference, though to the average passenger it is not apparent, and made worse since some airlines like Southwest use the term Ticketless Travel when they are really using E-Tickets.
With an e-ticket, the usual paper ticket data, including a ticket number, is generated, but rather than being printed onto paper, the information is instead loaded into the reservation in what is called the ETR (E-Ticket Record).
Ticketless travel, on the other hand, generates no ticket information at all, all that is needed to the airline is a record that the reservation is paid for. Some travel agencies, particularly those that are highly automated, can't handle this, so instead a paper ticket is generated; the ticket number is inserted into the reservation and the airline accepts that, along with the paper tickets presented by the passenger at check-in, as proof of payment. This is why you will get paper tickets from sites like Cheap Tickets, for ticketless travel airlines like AirTran and Spirit.
Southwest does e-tickets; if you look on your "Ticketless Travel" receipt, you will see a ticket number. Or at least, they did in 2000, the last time I flew WN. Southwest's ARC number is 526.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 13917 times:
Sometimes the wording between the two confuse alot of pax thinking they dont need to have a ticket or boarding pass if it is ticketless when you actually do need a boarding pass to get through security.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 13890 times:
There is a significant difference between Electronic Ticket and Ticketless Travel. Electronic Tickets are just that - you have a ticket, its just electronic instead of paper. It is a cash document, and has a face value. It resides on a server and is accessed at check-in by the check-in system to ensure validity and to mark it as Lifted (then Flown). They can be interlined and can be cleared through IATA or a BSP.
Ticketless travel involves the airline making a direct charge against your credit card, and indicating in the PNR that travel has been paid for (by means of a credit card authorisation code). No coupon, electronic or otherwise is issued, and no ticket is lifted at check in, electronically or otherwise. There is no BSP or IATA involvement.
Cragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 13885 times:
OK from an airline/agent perspective Etickets are great cause in effect 'you can never lose your ticket'. It cuts out the LTI and loads of paper work.
Etickets take 2 seconds to reval and gone are the days of reval stickers.
All you really need for an eticket is the airline reloc or reference and you're set. If there are any problems you give them the reference and they can track it.
International travel can be an ass if the agent at the other end wants proof of onward journey. You can show him your eticket receipt if necessary but I doubt he/she will be able to read it. Generally there are no problems.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13833 times:
There is no significant difference between an electronic ticket and a paper ticket in terms of the information they contain. The difference is in the way the ticket is handled, validated, and cleared.
Re travelling on a ticket for which no equivalent electronic record exists - most carriers would treat that as a NOREC and allow you to travel if space was available on the flight for which you were ticketed. After all, the ticket is the thing with the cash value, not the booking - the carrier can claim the fare paid from whoever issued the ticket, whether or not a booking was actually made.