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How to Use an Airline E-Ticket

An e-ticket provides information from your airline's computer database, including your name, the date and time of your flight, and your seating assignment. Get to your next destination with an airline e-ticket.


  • Step 1: Research Research online for the best airfare and accommodations for your upcoming flight.
  • Step 2: Buy Contact your preferred airline directly or use a travel agent; or buy your ticket online with a debit or credit card.
  • TIP: You will need your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, destination, travel dates, and credit card information.
  • Step 3: Check your e-mail Check your e-mail for your confirmation and print the documents detailing your trip.
  • Step 4: Check in online Log on to your airline's website and look for an online check-in tab. Enter your last name and record locator, which will allow you to pick your seat on the plane, check bags, and print your boarding pass.
  • Step 5: Claim ticket If you don't check in online, check in with your airline at the counter or self-serve kiosk to claim your ticket and boarding pass. Have your government-issued photo identification and the credit card you used to purchase the ticket ready.
  • FACT: According to the International Air Transport Association, the switch to total e-ticketing will save approximately 50,000 mature trees each year.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Travel agent
  • Debit or credit card
  • E-mail address
  • Legal photo ID
  • Printer
  • Record locator (optional)

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