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What Is A PTA?  
User currently offlineThe_Greq From Netherlands, joined Sep 2000, 181 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 20606 times:

This is more a airline ticketing question, but I didn't know where to post it. So, does anybody know wat a PTA ticket or PTA passenger is?

I see it very often as an addition to a Passenger Name List. So in my opinion it is a passenger which paid his ticket but isn't on the namelist yet.

Thanks in advance,

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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 20585 times:

A PTA stand for Prepaid Ticket Advice.

They still exist, but rarely. It's when someone other than the pax would prepay for a ticket, usually from another location, and the customer would pick up the actual ticket at the airport they are departing from. Happened a lot with young kids traveling, and their parents living in another city.

With the advent of Etickets, and the decline of paper tickets, PTA's rarely happen anymore.

User currently offlineVictorTango From India, joined Jan 2005, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 20569 times:

PTA is Prepaid Ticket Advice.

When a ticket is sold in one city and ticketed in another city it is known as a PTA ticket.

A passenger who is currently in city 'A' travelling to city 'B'.
However his chooses to buy his ticket from a travel agent in city 'C' (assuming 'C' is his home city). He makes the payment for the ticket in 'C' through a representative. But the ticket is collected by the passenger in 'A'.

Hope this helps.

Rgds, Olly

User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1204 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 20565 times:

Not only that, but it used to be that the person who bought the ticket had to show the credit card they used to buy the ticket. I suppose this would make the above named scenario impossible.
Funny, though, as many times as I was told to bring the credit card used to the airport counter, I don't recall ever having been asked to see it.

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User currently offlineN405MX From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1378 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 20547 times:

Prepaid Ticket Advise

Used when somebody buy you a ticket anywhere else where you are starting your flight, for example, you are travelling MIA-ORD, and somebody bought your ticket in ORD, there is where the PTA is used, now is being replaced by the E-TKT (Electronic Ticket)


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15356 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 20516 times:
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FWIW, most carriers charge a sometimes hefty administrative fee for setting up a PTA, since it takes time for the agent to put together and for the funds on the FOP to be secured.

As others have mentioned, PTAs are a rarity these days thanks to the advent of e-ticketing and interline electronic ticket agreements.

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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2410 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 20486 times:

A Prepaid Ticket Advice was used mainly by travel agents having an airline issue a ticket in a different country, e.g. when a passenger changed their itinerary enroute.

It's exactly the same as a TOD (Ticket on Departure) but for some reason the airlines only called it a TOD if it was issued in the same country as the travel agent.

They are still used where e-ticketing is not possible.

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