How to change or correct the name on your flight ticket – and what it will cost you

How to change the name on your airline ticket

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.


Air Canada: Click here for details

Name change: Changing names on tickets is free if it’s within 24 hours of booking. Contact airline for details on changes outside this period.
More information: Click here to contact Air Canada to discuss your request.


Air France: Click here for details

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.


Wizz Air: Click here for details

Name change: Changes to names on Wizz Air tickets will be charged at €45 (£40) per per person per flight.
More details: Find out more about amending names here.



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10 comments for “How to change or correct the name on your flight ticket – and what it will cost you

  1. Srikanth
    24/10/2018 at 5:06 am

    I have change my last name on my confirmed air aina flight tickets

  2. L
    27/09/2018 at 10:53 am

    This page is incredibly helpful – thank you!! :)

  3. fiona
    18/08/2018 at 6:35 am

    hi
    i’m flying with a group booking on China airlines from Sydney to Taipei. one of my clients ticket is missing a letter on her first name, I mad the mistake when I sent the details. they want to charge me $230.00 Australian dollars to correct. this is the same airline that tried to charge me last time, again a group booking, for our surfboards, $100 AUD, even though they were included in our 30kg luggage on the way over to Taipei. apparently they changed the rules whilst we were in the air!! When we were returning to Sydney, they charged my clients $100 per person for their surfboard, I fought for 6mths to have the money refunded, yes I won!, but here we go again!

  4. Peter K
    16/07/2018 at 11:15 am

    I recently booked a ticket to NZ but spelt first name wrong. Airline wanted to charge full price for a new ticket £750.After a bit of research I discovered that I could change my birth cert name for £40 and airline fee of £50. Saved me a pile of money.

    • Shital
      05/08/2019 at 5:31 pm

      How did you managed to do that? can you please give me information? I was just recently forced to buy new ticket for the same reason and I didnt had no option at the very last moment.

  5. Sharie
    25/02/2018 at 2:38 am

    My middle name was somehow left off when I booked. My middle name is in my passport. Will I be allowed to fly with just my first and last name. Am flying from Inverness to Belfast.

  6. Sonia
    20/02/2018 at 11:44 pm

    How much does turkish airlines charge for 1 letter mistake in first name

    • Colin
      08/11/2018 at 11:49 pm

      Hi Sonia
      Did you get an answer to this as I have the same situation?

  7. Rose Ann Miessner
    09/08/2017 at 11:23 am

    thank you for the information!

    • Pete Barden
      09/08/2017 at 4:20 pm

      You’re welcome.

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