Name change on a flight reservation: Does Alaska Airlines allow this operation?
Can a simple letter error when booking a plane ticket prevent you from flying? Does it matter if first and last name are accidentally swapped? Is it important to correctly specify the gender of the passenger? And what do people do after marriage or divorce if their new last name is different from the one in the passport?
Without a doubt, there is nothing more embarrassing than missing your flight because of a wrong letter in your name. Sometimes Alaska Airlines passengers manage to notice a mistake while there is still time to correct it, but those who arrived at the airport with such a ticket are most often not helped by scandals with the airline or cries for help in tears. Usually, for an urgent name change on a ticket, large sums are demanded, which can easily equal its cost. So what to do in this case?
The need to change the name on an Alaska Airlines ticket reservation can arise for a variety of reasons. It can be a mistake in the spelling of the name, a common typo, a desire to change the ticket purchased for another person, or simple curiosity. In any case, it will be useful for each passenger to know how, when and in which cases it is possible to change the name on a reservation validated with Alaska Airlines.
Changing or modifying its name may be due to the following reasons:
– An error in the surname or first name;
– Surnames and first names exchanged.
– Buy a ticket with an old passport, while the new passport includes a new civility (Madam instead of My young lady, married instead of single, or divorced instead of married, etc.)
– An error made in the booking form, for example (misspelling).
Change or correct your name/surname for free
Alaska Airlines enforces the 24-hour rule. This rule is that you can modify your reservation free of charge on the same day as the initial reservation of your ticket.
However, it is important to note that it is possible to modify its data online, but make simple corrections (change of three characters), but in the event of a gross error, you must call Alaska Airlines customer service to resolve the problem.
Online, the modification is made on the My Trips section using your last name and your flight reference.
It is important to note that the online modification service is intended only for passengers who have made simple spelling errors, which do not change the meaning or affect the name or surname on the ticket in any fundamental way.
Confusing the passenger’s first and last name
This confusion is not considered an error. In my experience, no one has ever been banned from using an airline ticket for this reason. In any case, it is strongly recommended to call the airline and report the error to resolve the problem without any complications.
Changing the name for another person: How much does this service cost?
This means transferring an already validated ticket to another passenger, in this case the answer is YES. Unlike many other airlines, Alaska Airlines does not refuse to change your name, but it does mean a $125 fee if you don’t do so within 24 hours of purchasing your flight.
However, it is preferable to call the call center to find out more about the possibility of changing the name in order to transfer an unused ticket to another traveller.
You cannot change the name if the outbound flight has already started. It is also impossible to make the modification within two hours before departure or after the start of check-in. Customers wishing to change can also go through the airline’s customer service.
Change and modification of departure date
Changing the date is also possible and feasible, but the charges applied by Alaska Airlines may differ. This is why you have to call the customer service of the American company to find out.