An airline ticket reissue is an alteration to an airline journey that requires the issue of an entirely new ticket, usually because a traveller has changed travel date and therefore flight number or price. Tickets can also be reissued for changes to origin, destination or stopovers.
The rules for which tickets need to be reissued are set by the particular airline. Airlines can also charge a penalty fee to make an amendment – details can be found in the ticket’s conditions.
What’s the difference between reissue and re-validation
Reissuing is when the airlines book an entirely new ticket with your changed travel date and flight number.
Revalidation is when the date for your flight is changed in the airline system. You can just show your original ticket at the airport for check in, even though your new itinerary is different.
Reissuing a ticket is more time consuming and costly than revalidation, but not all date changes require reissue. The rules for which tickets will need to be reissued are set only by the particular airline and can be updated by them at any time. For this reason, it’s advisable to contact your travel specialist or the airline to see if they are able to simply revalidate your ticket on their own.
Why would you change your flight?
If you are a frequent flyer, it is almost impossible that you haven’t had to deal with a flight change. Even the most thorough-planned trips are likely to change. When this happens, just trust your travel specialist, otherwise you will need to spend hours comparing airline’s flight change fees.
How much does a ticket reissue cost?
It is the most frequently asked question among travellers around the world. However, given that every particular airline tends to have its own set of rules, it is unfortunately no straight answer to this question. In general, airlines tend to have a “penalty fee”, which may vary from airline to airline.
A ticket reissue follows each airline’s change policy. Most of the times a reissue fee is applied except for fares that initially have no reissue fee. As a traveller in those unprecedented times, you can always ask our team to offer fares with no change fee, if available and needed. All travellers need to mind that change or reissue fee is different from “fare difference”. In case of changing a ticket to another date, fare difference might apply if the flight does not offer the same fare with the one initially booked.
Some general rules to keep in mind are:
- Tickets may not be exchanged from one airline to another.
- You cannot change the name on an airline ticket or give the ticket to someone else to use (non-transferrable).
- Tickets usually cannot be exchanged if you did not cancel your itinerary prior to the scheduled departure time of your original flight. This is called a “no show” and the airline considers your ticket to be null and void with no further value for an exchange. (Note: There are some airlines that require itineraries to be canceled 24 hours prior to originally scheduled flight to retain credit)
- If you have already taken a portion of your flight, additional restrictions up to and including no changes permitted may apply