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Reservation Systems Help: Mr. Vs. Dr.

Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:41 pm

Whenever I travel with my dad I always have problems at check in because we both have identical name and surname. For some reason the reservation systems are not designed for the possibility of two passengers travelling togather having the same name and we often spend dozens of minutes at checkin desk.
I have booked myself a longhaul itinerary from Europe to Asia: A to B via C. Booked and ticketed without any problems. A day later my dad decided to join on that trip me so I booked him through the same vendor for the same flights as I will travel. To avoid any confusion and possibility the second reservation will be considered as a duplicate of the first one I selected prefix Dr. instead of the usual Mr. Now I am not sure it was such a good idea...
My dad really IS a medical doctor so there is nothing wrong in this regard. However, his passport only states name and surname, no mention of the suffix MD (which actually is a prefix based on local tradition) as he uses that with his name only in professionally-related matters.
Could that be a problem? Could the airline demand some sort of a proof of his "doctor" status? Is it possible to have it reversed back to Mr. if I make sure the vendor (ebookers) understand we are two different people traveling together, not one person with duplicate reservation?
Thanks for any advice.
 
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RE: Reservation Systems Help: Mr. Vs. Dr.

Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:04 pm

This doesn't answer your immediate question, but don't most reservations systems allow the use of the suffixs Jr. and Sr.? I would suggest that as the best way to differentiate you and your father in the future.

Edited to add: And I'm not completely sure, but I doubt they'd need to see his credentials. I'm pretty sure the title it just there to indicate how you prefer to be addressed.

[Edited 2013-03-25 15:09:38]
 
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RE: Reservation Systems Help: Mr. Vs. Dr.

Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:36 pm

One way to get around this is if either of you have a second name put that in.

EG: SMYTH/JAMESMR SMYTH/JAMESMARKMR

Would be alot easier.
 
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RE: Reservation Systems Help: Mr. Vs. Dr.

Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:45 pm

We get the CANCELLED AS DUPE message in our GDS at times when we have clients with the same names, so we usually try to use a pax second name eg SMITH/JOHNMR and SMITH/JOHNMICHAELMR

For us as agents we are only supposed to use MR MRS MISS or MSTR as titles, no DR SIR CAPT etc. if pax want a title we should use SMITH/JOHNMR*DR or SMITH/JOHNMR*PROF

There is nothing to stop you adding your middle name to the first name field.
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RE: Reservation Systems Help: Mr. Vs. Dr.

Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:17 am

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 1):
don't most reservations systems allow the use of the suffixs Jr. and Sr.

Not outside the USA AFAIK

Quoting offloaded (Reply 3):
us as agents we are only supposed to use MR MRS MISS or MSTR as titles

It really depends on the vendor. For example, if you book through etihad.com you can choose from a pretty extensive list, including HRH!


To answer the OP's question, I'm not aware of any country that endorses titles or professional qualifications on passports. This means that they will never actually know whether your dad was a doctor or not. Similarly, if I booked a ticket for my (unmarried) girlfriend and called her Mrs X, then that is highly unlikely to be a problem. Without asking her directly if she was married the agent will never know, and they're not likely to do that.
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RE: Reservation Systems Help: Mr. Vs. Dr.

Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:58 am

Sometimes my title shows up on my boarding pass, either as DR or MRDR. I have never been asked for any sort of proof, altough Germany does allow to have the title mentioned in your passport which is the case in my passports.

I wouldn't be worried about someone asking for a proof of his title, I'd only not be looking forward to the usual discussion you may have at check in. Maybe you can call the airline and advise them upfront of the name-issue?

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RE: Reservation Systems Help: Mr. Vs. Dr.

Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:46 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 5):
Sometimes my title shows up on my boarding pass, either as DR or MRDR.

I had that happen to me when I booked my travel on LH through the Miles&More Profile where I am registered as a Dr. At some moment it was causing problems with UA code shares so I try to avoid it.

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