Thursday, May 08, 2008

All Electronic Tickets Coming June 1

According to Breaking Travel News, a large Australian travel agency (Flight Centre Limited) is concerned about the impending June 1 death of the paper ticket and the switch to all-electronic airline ticketing. There has been nary a peep from the U.S. media about the switch, yet Flight Centre makes some interesting points, including:

“...significant issues had not been resolved in relation to: Customers travelling with infants, as most carriers would not allow infants to travel on e-tickets; Some codeshare and interline fares involving more than one carrier; Some round-the-world fares.”

We’re not sure how much – if any – impact there will be for U.S. air travelers, but in today’s aviation environment, anything that throws a wrench in the system can have cascading effects down the line.