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Is it legal to purchase airline ticket on a foreign website?

Travel Forums General Talk Is it legal to purchase airline ticket on a foreign website?

1. Posted by gringgo (Budding Member, 2 posts) 17 Jul '08 10:21

I used airlines miles to get tickets from Florida to Sao Paulo, BR. I still need tickets from Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre and was looking at flights on the GOL Airlines website (travel agent suggested). Their flights are cheaper than anywhere else and I was wondering if it was legal for me to purchase tickets on their website while still located here in the US.

I went through the process of purchasing the ticket and when the system asked for my email address it was rejected. I am fairly confident that they wanted a ".br" email address to make sure I was in the country. This seems easy enough to get around, but will I run into trouble later on at time of purchase?

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

John

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 17 Jul '08 10:48

I believe it's perfectly legal to purchase a tic on a foreign website (I did just that this week on the Thai carrier PB Air). As far as an email address not having the .br code as a reason for rejection - doesn't make sense since many Brasilians have no .br on their addresses (those that use Yahoo and Gmail for instance).

While legally possible, some consolidators require you to be residents of home countries because of their own banking/credit card restrictions.

3. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru, 255 posts) 17 Jul '08 12:20

sure it's legal! you can buy your ticket ( and actually , everything that you'd like to buy online) in ANY place that you want.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru, 768 posts) 18 Jul '08 02:06

It is legal but some airlines may charge different prices for foreigners buying tickets if the airline is from a poor country so that their own people can get the tickets at a reasonable price for them. Also I know that Cebu Pacific airlines (Philippines) used to sell to anyone from any country but now, because of the amount of fraud, before they sell to you, if you are not a resident of the Philippines, they need you to email them a bank statement and some ID.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 18 Jul '08 05:55

Some websites are extremely picky about what characters you use when filling out an online form. I had to call American Airways twice to find out 1) I horridly used the "#" sign to denote an apartment number! and 2) my credit-card mailing address did not match my home address (I still haven't changed the address from my parents' yet). It took about an hour to sort it out.

Maybe you should call and see if they can help you complete their form.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru, 880 posts) 4 Aug '08 19:01

I shake my head at the craziness of this idea. If I was in Prague, let's say, and I needed to buy a ticket to somewhere, I couldn't imagine that someone would deny me the opportunity to spend my money there in Prague.

I have purchased plenty of tickets online while abroad....I think you are fine.

D

7. Posted by fernanda.k (Budding Member, 7 posts) 6 Aug '08 16:19

It's legal... But if you had problems... Did you contact the airline company?
Anyway, if still need the tickets, maybe I can help. I live in São Paulo and I can ask a friend that works on a travel agency to get the tickets for you. I think that she can even get better prices (she does for me!!)...

8. Posted by gringgo (Budding Member, 2 posts) 6 Aug '08 17:26

I want to thank all of you that have responded to my question. I did manage to get my tickets and yes, it is legal to purchase tickets as many of you have noted.

Thanks again,

John