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What Is A PTA?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:01 am

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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RE: What Is A PTA?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:05 am

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.
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RE: What Is A PTA?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:13 am

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.

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RE: What Is A PTA?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:14 am

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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RE: What Is A PTA?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:31 am

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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RE: What Is A PTA?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:14 am

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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RE: What Is A PTA?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:52 am

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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