This might seem really dumb as e-tickets seem to be quite common these days BUT... I've never used them before (only the paper kind) and I recently bought an international ticket from an australian based online company and they issue e-tickets.
So I have a couple questions:
1. Do you have to print it out and take it with you to the airport counter (when you check in)?
2. Since it is an online company and not with a travel agent I'm guessing I have to confirm my own flights- does anyone know when you do this? I've always had a travel agent and I'm not actually flying until April 09.
3. Has anyone had any problems I should be aware of with e-tickets? I googled it before I bought the tickets and it seems that it is very popular these days so I should just get over it but I don't like my first experience with it being a big international flight. I have nightmares about getting there and the woman at the counter telling me I need the credit card I paid for it with and I don't have it or something like that
Please allay my fears ppl!!
1. I usually take my pasport and e-ticket number, those two things you need, but even the e-ticket number itself is rarely asked for. Just your pasport is usually enough. Still, I print my reservations just to be sure.
2. Some airlines require you to reconfirm, but the larger ones don't is my experience. The last time was in Brazil with a small airline, which was recommended to reconfirm.
3. I wouldn't know, but taking your credit card at least is always a recommended thing. Also check whether you are able to check in online. You can choose your seat and it save a lot of time checking in.
To see what the best seats are, check seatguru.com
Usually a travel website will let you print off your e-tickets 24 hours before your flight. When you print off your e-ticket, the website considers that "checking in," and so they let the airline you're flying with know. So when you show to the airport, all you have to do is check your baggage.
And even if something prevented you from printing your e-ticket, your seat will still be reserved for your flight. In my experience, I've rarely even needed the e-ticket. So if you can't print off your tix, the airline still has all your flight information on hand so when you check in - they will just print a new ticket for you after you present a photo ID.
You have put my mind at ease!!!