Name on Ticket not matching Passport

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  1. Eddie

    Eddie Newbie

    Mar 8, 2007

    I've done a really dumb thing and whilst booking a FF Lon/Hong Kong flight for my family have entered my son's name as "Sam" instead of the full Samuel, which appears on his passport. BA won't change the name.

    Are we likely to be able to board the flight? Any thoughts greatly appreciated.


  2. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    Assuming this award ticket was obtained through the Qantas FF program, then section 13.7.2 of the published terms and conditions applie:
    So the only way to change it is to cancel the award (at a cost of 5000 points) and book a new one. And be aware that there is no certainty that when you cancel the award that the seat will be released back into award inventory. Better to book the new one first if it is available.

    I suggest you contact the consulate for the countries you will be flying to/from and ask them if you will experience any problems. And try to get a response in writing. Personally I expect you would be ok, but it is better to ask the respective authorities for each country to be sure.
  3. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

    Dec 25, 2004
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    Sam vs Samuel is only a small error, and unlikely to cause alarm anywhere.

    Peter vs Patricia or Paul vs Pauline is more likely to get attention.

    As NM says though, best to get confirmation from the countries involved.
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    As far as the airline goes, the standard allowance is , iirc, something like 1 character being of no issue. Sam vs Samuel isn't that small a difference since Sam could be short for Samantha et al

    The countries being visited shouldnt be an issue, but do get a confirmation that BA will allow travel

  5. Soundguy

    Soundguy Member

    Jun 15, 2006
    Rudd's Banana Republic
    I don't recall ever booking a flight using my full Christian name. Even the super paranoid American Customs and Immigration have never questioned me about this.

    I really doubt you would have a problem..... but then I can't speak with authority of course.
  6. Zulaiha

    Zulaiha Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Are not they normally just print the abbrv. on the name and full family name on the tickets? i.e Smith, S/Mr?

    I had the the same issue before with my maiden name vs my married name some let me go without any question, other insisted to talk to their manager, but all and all I always allowed to goon board, was just a hassle.
  7. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I doubt there'll be a problem. I've flown (internationally) on similar mismatch of name before.
  8. sully

    sully Member

    Jul 31, 2003
    Wolloomooloo, NSW
    Just get some liquid paper and blot out the 'uel' in his passport. No probs then.
  9. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    I'm sure you'll have more luck than a guy I saw at a QF checkin counter next to me a few weeks ago who was abusing the checkin girl for not giving him a boarding pass. He wanted to travel on an international flight without a passport. Hmmm...

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