How to change the name on your airline ticket – and what it’ll cost you
From spelling mistakes to swapping passengers altogether, there are many reasons you might need to adjust your airline ticket. Negotiate this tricky topic with our easy-to-read guide. Here’s the information you’ll need to change or amend…
Q&A: Changing names and correcting mistakes on air tickets
First up, here are a few FAQs to help get you started… Read these before contacting your airline.
One of my party’s names is spelt incorrectly on their airline ticket. Does this matter: Click here
One of my party’s names is spelt incorrectly on their airline ticket. Does this matter: Yes! While most security officers will not refuse you entry for a missing or transposed letter, there are countries and staff that will. Heightened security on airlines will also make this more likely. If the name on your ticket and passport don’t match, you need to get the ticket changed.
Many airlines will change a small mistake for free, while other will charge a fee that depends on the size of the error. See out list of top airlines lower down this page for costs.
One of my party has dropped out, can I change their ticket to bring a different person: Click here
One of my party has dropped out, can I change their ticket to bring a different person: Some airlines will allow you to do this, but fees will often be much higher than for simply correcting a spelling mistake. However, some airlines will insist you cancel the booking – taking any cancellation penalties – and make a brand-new reservation.
I have just go married; do I need to change my ticket: Click here
I have just go married; do I need to change my ticket: It might be a romantic gesture to buy a honeymoon ticket in your married name on – but if this doesn’t match your passport then your trip is not getting off the ground. Make sure your passport and ticket match.
Not wanting to dampen the mood, but this advice applies to those bringing marriage to an end.
In either case, you will most likely need to send supporting documentation to the airline before the change can be made – so contact your airline as soon as possible. On a positive note, some airlines will make such changes for free.
Can I make changes online or will I need to call the airline: Click here
Can I make changes online or will I need to call the airline: If you can do it online, this will usually be cheaper than calling the airline; Ryanair will charge £110 for name change online, but doing it by phone will set you back £160.
How will charges for changing names on tickets be applied: Click here
How will charges for changing names on tickets be applied: Many airlines will charge the change fee for each flight – so a simple flight to your destination will attract two charges.
How much: Charges for changing or correcting names on air tickets
Here we look at the fees charged by major airlines for altering or changing names and how doing it online or through a call centre could affect your bill. Pick your airline from below.
Aer Lingus: Click here for details
Name change: £80 per passenger name change and these can be made up to two hours before departure. Small spelling mistakes are likely to be corrected for free. Call the airline. More information:Click here.
Name change: According to Air France’s website, changing names on tickets is not possible: ‘The name indicated on your ticket cannot be modified. If it contains a typo or if you have changed names, please contact your point of sale or the sales department by phone.’ More information:Click here to find out more and contact Air France.
American Airlines: Click here for details
Name change: Stringent security, visas and waivers mean amending or changing names can be a complicated task for travellers booked with American Airlines. Our advice would be to call the carrier or whoever issued the ticket as soon as possible. More information:Click here.
British Airways: Click here for details
Name change: Changing names is free of charge within 24 hours of booking the ticket (with some exceptions, see link below for more details). Outside of the period, the flight will need to be cancelled and rebooked, which can attract additional fees and the original price may not apply. Minor name changes and spelling corrections are undertaken without charge. More information:Click here to view more
easyJet: Click here for details
Name change: Passengers flying with easyJet can change the name on a ticket, but a charge will be payable. The amount your pay depends on how close you are to departure. Prices range from £15 – £50 as follows: Online – Changes made more than 60 days before departure: £20 Online – Changes made 60 days or less before departure: £47 Telephone/At the Airport – Changes made more than 60 days before departure: £25 Telephone/At the Airport – Changes made 60 days or less before departure: £52 More information:Click here for details of cost and timings.
Here’s an example of how ‘easy’ it is to change a passenger’s name through easyJet’s website.
Emirates: Click here for details
Name change: According to Emirates, tickets cannot be transferred to other passengers, and any error in name or spelling will mean the ticket will have to be cancelled (with the applicable cancellation charges) and a new one purchased. Be very careful when making your booking. More information:Click here to view more.
Flybe: Click here for details
Name change: You’ll need to contact the call centre to make the changes and there will be a charge of £40. Corrections made via the call centre or at the airport will cost £50. Changes can be made up to two hours before the scheduled departure time. If you have made a spelling mistake when making your booking, contact the customer call centre where this will be rectified free of charge. More information:Click here to view more information.
Jet2.com: Click here for details
Name change: You can change the name on tickets up to five hours before the scheduled departure time using Jet2’s ‘Manage My Booking’ facility. Changes can be made up to four hours ahead of departure by ringing the call centre, or in many cases at the airport. The charge for making changes is £35. However, if there is an increase in the price you originally paid, or taxes have gone up, then the difference will be added to the change fee… any decrease in the former will not be refunded. Spelling errors of up to three letters will be corrected for free. More information:Click here for more.
KLM: Click here for details
Name change: If your name has been spelt incorrectly, you can either contact KLM on social media (see the link below) or head to KLM.com and correct it yourself using the ‘MyTrip’ feature. Click the ‘Passenger Details’ link and request a correction. Both these methods are free providing flights were booked direct with KLM. Corrections take 24 hours, so get in contact as soon as you can. KLM will not transfer tickets, meaning reservations will need to be cancelled and rebooked. More details:KLM social media contacts can be found here.
Lufthansa: Click here for details
Name change: You cannot transfer a ticket to another person. Spelling mistakes of 1-3 letters should be okay to correct. For bigger changes or name changes, you will need to cancel the ticket within 24 hours of booking. More details: Call the hotline on 0371 945 9747
Norwegian: Click here for details
Name change: Norwegian will let you change names on short-haul flights for £50 and £90 for long-haul. Flex and Premium Flex tickets offer this service for free. Correcting a minor spelling mistake should be free. It is also worth remembering, that like most other airlines, charges for changing tickets will be applied for both outbound and inbound flights. More details:Click here for more details.
Ryanair: Click here for details
Ryanair: Name change: Minor name corrections can be made for free within 24 hours of booking, using the ‘Manage Booking‘ service. Minor changes to names outside the 24-hour period are likely to cost £10. Changing names completely will cost £110 online and £160 if altered by phone or at the airport. More details:Click here for more details.
SAS: Click here for details
SAS: Name change: Most tickets purchased on flysas.com can be rebooked for around £57 per person per leg within Europe. If rebooking to a higher price category, you will pay the difference between the two fares plus the change fee. More details:Click here for information.
Thomas Cook Airlines: Click here for details
Name change: Names can be changed at the following costs: £35.00per person, per leg, per change for short/medium-haul flights. For long-haul flights the administration fee rises to £50.00 per person, per leg, per change. If your flight is leaving within the next 25 hours (flight duration 7 hours or less) or 80 hours (flight duration over 7 hours) or have checked in online, then 100% cancellation fees apply. Changing a minor spelling error should not attract the full admin fee; contact Thomas Cooke Airlines for more. More details:Click here for information on how to amend or change your ticket.
Thomson Airways: Click here for details
Name change: The cost of changing a name on your ticket will vary depending on the amount of time before departure; 29 days or more will cost £50, 28-15 days will be £90 while anything from 14 days will be charged at 100% of the original fare. Minor spelling mistakes will be charged at £50. More details:Click here for more details.
United Airlines: Click here for details
Name change: Minor name changes and spellings can be changed free or charge, whereas more significant changes will need supporting documents such as marriage certificate and divorce decrees. Tickets cannot be transferred and will need to be cancelled and a new booking made. Cancellation fees may apply. More details:Find out more about amending names here.
Virgin Atlantic: Click here for details
Name change: Minor name changes and spelling errors will be corrected for free. If you notice a mistake has been made you may still amend the name on your booking and ticket to reflect the correct spelling in your passport up to 2 hours before the flight is due to depart. You cannot transfer the ticket to another person. If you have a legal name change, through the likes of marriage or divorce, you will be able to change your ticket to reflect this for free – if you provide the relevant legal documentation. More details: Find out where to change here.