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Flight Ticket Name Changes and Spelling Mistakes

Name Changes on Flight Tickets

Whether you've misspelt a name on an airline ticket or you've changed your name since you made your booking, there are plenty of reasons to request a name change. With our helpful guide, you'll learn how to change the name on your reservation and what to do if you're flying with a different name from when you booked.

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Travelling during a Name Change

Can I travel with my maiden name on my passport after marriage?

If you have changed your name after marriage, or for any other reason, and your passport is still showing your maiden name you will still be able to travel as long as the name on your ticket matches the name on your passport. If you are going on your honeymoon immediately after your wedding, it is best advised to book your flights using your maiden name as it may take up to three to five weeks for a new passport to be issued. Planning a destination wedding? Check out our blog on the best places to get married around the world

What happens if accidentally use my maiden name when buying my flight ticket?

If you have accidentally bought a flight ticket using your maiden name, and then changed your name after marriage, you will need to contact the airline and provide them with the relevant documentation (such as a marriage certificate) as proof of the name change. Some airlines will make the change for free, however, this is normally decided on a case-by-case basis.

What happens if I buy a flight ticket and then change my name?

The general rule for travelling during a name change is that the name on your flight ticket must match the name on your passport. For this reason, travellers are encouraged to reserve flight tickets using the same name, gender and birth date that is present on their passport. If you make a flight reservation and then change the name on your passport or identification, you should contact the airline to request a change of name. The airline may ask for documentation as proof of the name change. Whether the passenger will be charged for this service is normally judged by the airline according passenger's individual case. Passengers flying during a name change should try to make the airline aware of the name change as early as possible.

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Name Changes and Spelling Mistakes on Flight Tickets FAQs

Can you change a name on a flight ticket?

You can change the name on most flight tickets but the airline will normally charge you an administration fee to do so. Some airlines will allow you to change the name on your reservation because of a spelling mistake but won't allow you to transfer your flight to somebody else. These changes may be limited to one or two characters. Some airlines may not allow any changes at all. If you need to change the name on your Alternative Airlines ticket, please contact our customer support team who will be able to go through the administration fee and let you know how much it will cost to change the name on your flight ticket.

How to change the name on a flight ticket

To change the name on a flight ticket you should always contact the airline or travel agent you booked with as soon as you realise the name change is needed. This is because many airlines will have a cut-off point for name changes (generally up to 24 hours before the flight). Mistakes of up to three letters are normally undertaken without charge, however, major name changes will normally incur an additional cost. In certain cases, the flight booking may even need to be cancelled and then rebooked. To request a name change on your Alternative Airlines flight, please give us a call on +441293 874 920 from 8am to 8pm UK GMT.

What happens if you've made a spelling mistake on your flight ticket?

If your name has been misspelled on your flight ticket then you should endeavor to call the airline you are flying with or Alternative Airlines to correct the spelling mistake as soon as possible. You may not be able to fly if the name on your ticket does not match the name in your passport. In the majority of cases, a small correction may be done without additional cost to the passenger, however, this will depend on the individual airline's name change policy. Please visit our travel documents page to learn more about travel documents, and discover whether you need a passport to fly.

What happens if your second surname is missing on your flight ticket?

If you have a double-barrelled surname and the second surname is missing from your flight ticket you should contact the airline or the travel agent who booked your ticket to amend the name on your flight reservation. Passenger details on their flight ticket should always match the passport or identification they are travelling with. If you have special characters in your name, please ommit them when making your booking. Alternatively, visit our guide to adding your name to your Alternative Airlines booking for more information. 

How much does it cost to make a name change on a flight ticket?

The cost of making a name change on a flight ticket will vary depending on the airline you're flying with. Many airlines will change a small typo for free but may charge to transfer the flight details to another passenger. In some cases, passengers may incur a cancellation fee if the flight needs to be rebooked under a new name.