CoolGuy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 414 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15609 times:
A reservation agent messed up my name. It was correct on the first reservation I made, then the agent on the phone copied it to a new reservation (I changed the dates) and added and extra letter "i" to my last name. As an example, it's like spelling a name as "Bill Cliinton". This is with Virgin Atlantic, EWR-LHR (Upper class), flying tomorrow. I called up and made them put a note in there about this, but I emailed and the response was that no such note existed. But then I called again, and the agent said everything would be fine and that she did see a note.
HBDAN From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 661 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15570 times:
Do not worry!
Name + Surname have to contain 3 wrong elements in order to be considered not valid for pax identification and therefore boarding. So enjoy your flight tomorrow!
At least in Switzerland. But i'm pretty sure it's an international rule.
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1064 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15504 times:
I agree with HBDAN, it is OK up to 3 wrong letters. I made a reservation for my boss and mispelled his name with just one letter and he had no problems (or rather I should say, I had no problems). I doubt the boss even saw it.
Jetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15255 times:
Quoting Swiftski (Reply 6): I had an issue with VS today in fact. My reservation was made at the Hong Kong ticket office and was spelled wrong.
It was down as Firstmiddle Surname
First Middle Surname
I don't think that is considered is an error. I frequently see such things...hyphonated also names give our systems fits. Generally you just run the two names together.
What we watch out for is John Smith, Jr. showing up with a ticket that just says John Smith..no Jr. or Sr. or anything listed.. Or a completely different name than is presented on the ID. My father, for example, has his drivers license issued as his first initial, period, middle name, last name .. i.e. J. Paul Smith....his first name does not appear on his license at all. This has caused him to undergo some scrutiny at airports in the past. He's always been able to explain himself, but it is something that raises eyebrows.
Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
VgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1527 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15229 times:
I've never heard that you are allowed to have three letters incorrect, and I used to work check-in for DL. To my knowledge your ticket and e-ticket names much match specifically your ID/passport/etc. Typos as the one CoolGuy mentioned shouldn't be a problem though. The only problem that may arise is when the computer compares the name entered off the passport to the ticket name, and it may give the agent an error. In addition, what I saw a lot at DL was problems with the Frequent Flyer account name not matching the ticket name, which will give the agent a "NO FF ACCT/NAME MISMATCH" error. For example if you're Bob M Smith, your SkyMiles account would me SMITH/BOBM. If your boss or corporate travel agent booked your ticket as SMITH/BOB, then it wouldn't match and might not automatically credit your miles to your account.
At any rate, a quick chat with the sup at EWR on checkin should be able to correct your ticket name and negate any problems you might have. VS staff at EWR is generally pretty good...especially as you'll be checking in for J you should have an experienced agent that will be able to fix the name for you.
CoolGuy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 414 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15217 times:
Got it. I think the easiest thing to do is just leave it as is and deal with it at the airport if necessary.
I'm a little upset because I want to check in online and I doubt the system will allow me to do so, it's a 747 and I really wanted to try for the upstairs, which are not assigned until check-in time, or the first row downstairs. I hope I get it!
MCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15172 times:
My name is Matthew but my credit card says "Matt". Last time I bought tickets with it the tickets said "Matt" to match my credti card. My drivers license says "Matthew" and it wasn't and issue at all. This was on US.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15043 times:
My first name (Ashley) is a common girl's name in the US, but I am male, and frequently have travel agencies and/or the airlines themselves think they are doing me a favor and change MR to MS or even worse, MRS! Most of the time a note is added, but sometimes the agents refuse and say I just have to deal with it. In all of the cases, it has never been a problem in the US or abroad at the actual airport...
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4718 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15021 times:
Couple of years back in VIE, the agent at the gate caught a space missing between my name and middle initial on my ticket compared to my passport. It was an OS VIE-JFK flight, and to my surprise he pulled out a palm-pilot and checked my name and in a second he said "Have a nice flight sir"
TPAPDX From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14981 times:
According to the TSA website, it only indicates that "The absence of proper identification will result in additional screening" at check-in. However, it doesn't address the implications if your name "mispelling" is an attempt to thwart the dreaded no-fly list, especially for an international trip.
I too have been told on many occasions that the TSA allows upto 3 letters wrong and/or missing from the reservation without causing any issues. And of course the usual Tim/Timothy, Mike/Michael, Teri/Teresa spellings don't usually even get a second-look by airline or TSA personnel, as reasonable assumptions can be easily made.
For proof of your conversation with the airline agent, I always write down their name (and agent code, if they'll give it to you), where they are, and I note the date and time I spoke to them. This is handy at the airport when the check-in agents/supervisors ask "Do you know who told you that?" It's nice to have a legitimate response with details to back you up.
JJeff From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14943 times:
I too use only my first initial followed by my full middle name. All credit cards, bills, and most importantly mileage programs correctly reflect this arrangement. (In some cases I've had to have them enter my first initial and full middle name in the first name field on their systems.) As such, airline tickets are always issued as I prefer they be. However, I have been challenged twice now when travelling internationally as my passport and CA drivers license reflect my full first and midlle names. Ultimately, a note in the reservation record for international flights seems to be fine and to do the trick as others have noted.
Domokun From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 14918 times:
When my wife and I got married her ticket had my last name and her IDs had her maiden name. One person in OGG asked questions but really did not care too much. So out of about 20 people who saw the mismatch, barely one cared.
Of course, this is in addition to my passport being way out of date (10 years old) which nobody caught either. It was amazing actually since my picture was from when I was about eleven years old. I would have thought *someone* would mention it... I had my DL on hand just in case someone asked though it was not needed.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 14826 times:
Legal first name and that on the major credit card I use to make purchases have a one letter difference. I have always used the name on the credit card to book, and it has never been an issue on flights within North America and overseas. Have had gate agents check drivers' license/passport, same with immigration on all ends in different countries.
Also have my Air Canada Aeroplan name the same as what's on my credit card. But, AC being the $&*($% that it is, has a rule taking effect on the 15th barring mileage accrual on mismatching legal/aeroplan names. I sent in a name change request to Aeroplan the other day, and will have to start my legal first name to book from now on...
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 14795 times:
I've flown international legs with the tickets (paper ones) with my name as Surname First. So now my last name bears no relation to my passport, yet I flew a few legs before anyone noticed. I sure didn't notice. I've also had extra letters added to my name, and only an FA ever said anything, since the addition made my name sound more "ethnic" than I appeared.
GregQuinn From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 14786 times:
My recent ten-month exasperation on this matter demonstrates that there's some variance among airlines, perhaps even within alliances. As part of a RTW last summer I flew the end of June EWR-FRA-FCO-FRA-ICN on LH. I arrived in ICN the morning of July 1st. Subsequent flights involved OZ, NZ and SQ. When I returned in mid-July I looked up my Mileage Plus account with UA and all four LH flights were recorded. After two months nothing happened so I investigated .... had to send in my boarding-passes and a copy of the receipt demonstrating that I had in fact paid for the flights. Then I receive the rejection letter from UA that I wasn't being given any mileage at all (including the LH miles, 'though they didn't deduct those) because the name on the boarding-passes did not match the name of the MP account. BP name matches my passport: First Name/Middle Name/Surname, whereas the MP account was First Initial/Middle Name/Surname. Now smoke is pouring out of my ears. I called UA, and the solution was amazing: send a copy of the main page of my passport, request that the name on the MP account be changed to FN/MN/S, and reapply for the mileage. Finally, after much dilly-dallying around and the elapse of much time, the missing miles were put into my account EXCEPT for the Asiana ones: OZ was turning my "request" down because they couldn't find me in their records. This time I sent UA a sweet let's-kiss-and-make-up letter and asked if they couldn't try again on my behalf. After all, I had done my part and had provided all of the requested documentation, and it felt as if I were being penalized because of Asiana's shoddy record-keeping. I got the OZ miles. Moral of story: try to have as much as possible match, and be prepared to do Battle Royale if need be.
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14748 times:
Quoting HBDAN (Reply 1): Name + Surname have to contain 3 wrong elements in order to be considered not valid for pax identification and therefore boarding
While this may be accepted by most airlines, it's not always a guarantee when it comes to the immigration, at least not in Saudi Arabia anyway. Few months ago, my colleague had to spend 2 hours with Riyadh Airport immigration before he could enter the country. Since Saudi govt always insists on a return ticket, the issue arose when they noticed his ticket does not tally exactly with his passport name - if recall correctly his name was misspelt by only 2 letters.
Unless you are travelling to a country whose immigration officers are famous for being notoriously paranoid or always on the look out in picking up a fight with the visitors, then you should be OK.
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