AlnessW
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Is It Possible To Get Paper Tickets These Days?

Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:34 am

Hello,

I am wondering if it is even possible to get paper tickets on US airlines these days. I don't care about international/overseas carriers, just major US airlines like DL, UA, CO, WN, B6, F9, etc etc.

I'm not really sure how I feel about all the electronic/online/paperless-ness that all the airlines are going the way of.

Thank you,
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ATCtower
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RE: Is It Possible To Get Paper Tickets These Days

Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:46 am

You can still get them on B6. It is not cardstock if that is what you are looking for, but the tickets are still typical paper tickets.
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AlnessW
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RE: Is It Possible To Get Paper Tickets These Days

Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:51 am

Quoting ATCtower (Reply 1):
You can still get them on B6. It is not cardstock if that is what you are looking for, but the tickets are still typical paper tickets.

Are they mailed to you?
 
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RE: Is It Possible To Get Paper Tickets These Days

Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:03 am

United in a few limited circumstances can issue paper tickets for itineraries that involve other airlines, but as I recall there is an additional charge fir such.

Anyhow, why would you want a physical ticket? It makes travel so much more complex especially of anything changes, you would need them reissued to reflect and changes plus the risk of loosing them.
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AlnessW
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RE: Is It Possible To Get Paper Tickets These Days

Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:19 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3):
Anyhow, why would you want a physical ticket? It makes travel so much more complex especially of anything changes, you would need them reissued to reflect and changes plus the risk of loosing them.

Very true. I was just wondering if it was even possible to get them anymore.
 
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RE: Is It Possible To Get Paper Tickets These Days

Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:13 pm

Basically IATA doesn't allow any paper tickets to be charged through their Billing and Settlement Plan. This means that a travel agency i.e. cannot issue any paper tickets, since they will not be able to proceed with the payment through the BSP.

Nevertheless basically every airline can still issue themselves Paper Tickets on their own stock, since if the airline issues the ticket themselves, they don't need to use the BSP, as they already collected the money directly from the client without the need to use the BSP. I don't know for the US, but here in Europe this will be done only in some very rare cases, i.e. when there is a constellation of different airlines that don't allow interline e-ticketing. But this is almost non-existent anymore (this was still an issue at the beginning of the paper ticket ban by IATA, i.e. when Infant-Tickets were issued). The only case I know where Paper Tickets are issued is in Germany when a train ticket is involved (i.e. American Airlines which sells german rail tickets i.e. from NUE to FRA with AA-flight number) since German rails want a ticket coupon to keep for their account (i'm not talking about Rail&Fly, I mean a very specific train with AA-flight number).

Sometimes you will get a paper ticket on the spot as well, in case of an irregularity, but this is mostly a Flight interruption manifest and therefore not exactly the same.

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