Airline e-tickets, facilitated by online reservation, are becoming the norm today. An e-ticket is basically an electronic record of the air traveler’s reservation stored in the airline’s database. It is yet another addition to the world of convenience made available by the e-culture.
Most air travel companies require e-ticket passengers to produce their valid photo identification, along with the itinerary receipt, at the time of check in. The itinerary receipt contains the key information about the reservation and is generated by the system once the full payment is made online. Reservation details, particularly PNR (passenger name record) and ticket number, must be kept handy while boarding the plane. Airlines websites allow e-ticket purchases without registering, but a one-time registration allows passengers to take advantage of services, such as accessing booking details in future, changing requests and receiving updates and offers. This is because the passenger’s personal and travel information is stored in the profile; subsequent reservations can be done without re-entering information.
E-tickets place passengers at an advantage due to many reasons. Many airlines services and online travel agencies have plugged into ultra-modern mobile devices that have revolutionized communication. Therefore, e-ticket passengers can receive all the relevant information through e-mails and text messages sent to their computers, cell phones or personal data assistants. E-tickets allow for real-time updates, with regard to schedules and delays. Further, they facilitate web check in, a convenient online check in process that helps avoid long queues at the airport.
E-tickets allow passengers to book different classes for inbound and outbound legs of the air travel. They also allow passengers to book a journey with stopovers, by furnishing separate information about each leg of their journey. Additionally, consumers can book for multiple passengers, including adults and children in the traveling group. They can also request for special services, such as a special meal, or make requests for seating assignments. Many air travel companies have ties with other businesses, allowing passengers to book car rentals and hotels. Consumers can also check availability and fares of e-tickets to purchase later.
To summarize, e-tickets are hassle-free and time-saving as they enable passengers to fulfill their air travel requirements with practically no assistance. Passengers just have to access the website pertinent to the airline service, search flights, make a reservation, and pay online. E-ticket has allowed air travel companies to save printing and distribution costs, thereby allowing passengers to benefit from competitive fares. The advent of all economy airlines and online travel portals has made air travel more convenient and readily accessible. The advantages of e-tickets, in terms of cost, convenience, flexibility and safety will allow for a complete transition from paper tickets to e-tickets in the foreseeable future.