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1. Posted by m0nkz0r (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I can't seem to find the answer to this question anywhere. So this seemed like a good place to ask. I'm planning a trip for my wife, but she doesn't know yet. I want it to remain a surprise, but I need to order the plane tickets now so I don't get charged an arm and a leg. Anyways, can anyone tell me what shows up on my credit card bill when I order a ticket through an airline's website? Is it just the airline or does the airline and flight number etc show on the bill? I would sincerely appreciate it if someone could help me. Thank you :)

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just got my MC bill for a flight, and all that showed up was the airline name and reservation number. No mention of the destination! That may vary from airline to airline, but I doubt it. The reservation number is what holds all the necessary info.

3. Posted by m0nkz0r (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Awesome, I can deal with that :) Thank you so much!

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'll send Beerman over this way to post also.
He arranged a surprise trip for my 5Oth birthday (Florida and Antigua) without me suspecting a thing and I'm the one who looks at the CC bills! Maybe I just didn't want to "see" anything on the bill so I didn't - but he may have some tips for you too. ;)

5. Posted by m0nkz0r (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You guys are great :) Thanks again!

6. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey TC

Surprise vacations are always nice, but tricky to pull off properly without a little help.

I found the most important thing was to simply say "Honey, I'm going to ask you to trust me on this. I need you to NOT look at or pay the bills for the next few months (or however long it takes). Please just trust me on this."

With luck, she will go with you on this. If she is the kind of person that just has to know everything, your job will be that much more difficult.

Make sure that you plan carefully that you both will have the time off work. About two weeks before the trip, tell her "Start to get a wardrobe together, we're going someplace warm (or cold, or wherever). Don't give in to questions, she'll want to know, but don't give in. Keep re-assuring her that you're not up to anything devious (or deviate), but do not give in to questioning.....firm but polite.

Make sure to let her know that on (such and such a day), we're going away for (some period of time). At the airport, try to handle all the check-in arrangements yourself. Curbside baggage check is a great way to do this (just tip the porters and ask them not to say a word!). Do the e-check-in, making sure that she is looking the other way, or stands back 20 or 30 feet. Ask, don't tell her, to stand "over there". If you have to go to the check-in desk, get her passport, licence, whatever, and tell the agent that you're planning a surprise for your wife, here are her documents, she's standing over there ("wave, honey!"). Most people will go along with this little ploy. Make absolutely sure to smile and be very friendly to these need their help!!

At the gate is where it gets tough. Try sitting at the opposite gate so you can still here the announcements form the gate you're supposed to be at. She will be terribly confused at why you're taking her to Muncie, Indiana!! Once you board, the cat will be somewhat out of the bag, and she will know where you're going. But, she still won't know where you staying or what you have planned. My suggestion is an all-inclusive resort, complete with spa service....well worth the $10,000USD you could spend on it!!!

The key to the whole thing is getting her to let you lead. Just like dancing. You have to make her trust that you are not doing something bad. And the spa massages usually make any suspicions melt away.....

Good luck, and you're welcome to PM me for more advice.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The destination never shows up, on my credit card bills.
But other things come by mail, from the airlines, stating where I am going.


8. Posted by m0nkz0r (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks a lot for the tips! I think this is going to go well :)

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting m0nkz0r

Thanks a lot for the tips! I think this is going to go well :)

Let us know how the planning gets along!!! ;)