You can buy a plane ticket for someone else with your credit card. You just need to clearly state whom the ticket is for when you book the flight. You’ll see two separate entry spaces on the site: one for billing information and another for the traveler’s information. Put your name and card information in the billing section and the name of the person you’re buying the ticket for in the traveler section.
It’s important that you enter all the information correctly, or the passenger may not be able to board. And in general, airlines won’t refund the ticket price for a clerical error on your part. To make sure everything is squared away, read through the following checklist when you buy the flight.
Here’s how to buy a plane ticket for someone else with your credit card:
Select your travel dates: You can do this directly on the airline website or using a site that helps you find the lowest price, like Kayak or Expedia.
Choose a flight and enter passenger details: There will be a clearly marked section to enter the full name and birth date of the traveler (or travelers, if you’re buying multiple tickets). Make sure this information matches what’s on each traveler’s ID or passport.
Enter your payment information: This includes your payment method and card number as well as the card’s expiration date and security code. You’ll also need to provide your name and billing address.
Make sure your information is correct and book the flight: You may also be able to choose a seat before checking out or buy extras like travel insurance. But it’s worth noting that booking a flight with your credit card can often give others traveling on your reservation coverage for cancelled trips, lost baggage and travel accidents. So you may not want to buy the airline’s insurance until you’ve checked your benefits guide.
It’s not difficult to buy a plane ticket for someone else with your credit card. You just need to pay attention to the details. But if you make a mistake, check your airline’s policy. Some, like Delta and Alaska Airlines, allow cancellations within 24 hours of buying tickets.
It’s also important to note that on some occasions, the airline will ask to see the credit card used to book the flight before boarding. You should contact the airline ahead of time to see if this is the case. If it is, you may need to give the person flying a signed confirmation that you booked the flight for them, along with a photocopy of your card.
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