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When buying flight tickets online you may feel a familiar wave of panic wash over you before you click ‘confirm’. A million questions cross your mind: have I filled it out correctly? Have I missed something? Have I booked the correct flight?

In all honesty, clicking confirm may be the most stressful part of your whole trip. But don’t panic, we understand this ‘pressure moment’ and with our checklist you will be able to sleep peacefully until your departure.

6 mistakes to avoid before confirming your purchase 

1. Typos on your passenger information

Probably the most common mistake people make is misspelling their name, or entering the wrong passport number. It sounds silly, but it’s easily done when you are typing fast.

Even a small spelling mistake could prevent you from flying since the name you enter in your booking has to match your passport number. It is possible to alter data once the reservation is confirmed, but this will come at a cost too. To prevent paying extra double, or even triple, check your passport number and the spelling of your name.

Same with dates, double check the month and day are correct.

Of course passport ID is not always required. Until January 22, 2018, residents of all states will still be able to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel. Passengers can also continue to use any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA (such as a Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID).

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2. Clicking confirm without double checking the price

The time between clicking on the flight you want and the time of payment is enough time for the price to change. Be sure you are paying for exactly what you want and no sneaky additional costs are added on without you noticing. Look at the breakdown and if you’re happy with that, confirm to purchase. has a simple breakdown showing you exactly what is included in the price, so you won’t get any unwelcome surprises.

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3. Not choosing the cheapest means of payment

The ticket price can sometimes vary depending on your method of payment. So be certain you are using the cheapest mode of payment possible. Here’s a sneaky tip: Paypal is frequently the cheapest way to pay. It differs, but as a general rule paypal and debit carry lower charges, whereas credit cards carry the highest.

Of course using the airlines co-branded credit cards will gain you bonus points for flight tickets purchased directly with them through So it is also worth taking this into consideration.

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4. Not taking into consideration transfer time between connecting flights

You may find that it is cheaper to buy your flight ticket in ‘sections’ e.g., you could split a flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles into a flight from New Orleans to Dallas, and a cheap flight from Dallas to Los Angeles.

If you opt for this formula it’s important you check twice that you have enough time to reach your transfer flight and that you land and then fly from the same airport. tip: we advise you to avoid buying in ‘sections’. Book your connecting flight with a single operator. Thus, in case of problems, it’s the company’s responsibility to re-route you to your final destination.

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5. Not checking the information on your luggage transfer

There are two situations in which you must be particularly vigilant:

  • If you have organized the route yourself with transfers
  • If you take two airplanes, with the same company, but from different airports

In both cases, your checked baggage does not automatically follow you from one aircraft to another.

It will be your responsibility to collect your baggage from the first plane and re-check it for the next flight.

Major effort right? That’s why we advise you book your connecting flight with a single operator.

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6. Not knowing your free baggage allowance

With most low-cost airlines the basic price includes only hand luggage. You can add a checked bag for an additional fee.

Depending on your travel needs, checked luggage may be essential. If this is the case then pay the additional charge when you book your ticket – it will be cheaper than checking your luggage in at the airport.

For regular companies, there is also often a charge for checked baggage if you are flying within the U.S. and Canada.

If you’re traveling on an intercontinental flight, you are often entitled to 50 lbs of checked baggage with your ticket, but not always. So be careful when you are confirming your reservation – double check.

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8 responses to “6 common mistakes to avoid when booking your travel online

  1. Regarding item 5 in your “6 Mistakes …..” article: I have never had problems with automatic bag transfer on two different tickets (“sections”) so long as the airlines are partners in the same frequent flyer program, e.g. OneWorld.

  2. I work for one of the top carriers. You are right in most of your post except checked baggage.
    most carriers do not give 1 free checked bag. All major carriers charge for all checked bags except carry on The only one I know that gives you free bags
    is Southwest Airlines. but you have to double check prices. Sometimes their fare is higher
    to off set bag fees. this is a constant problem for checking in passengers because they are under the impression they are not going to have to pay for bags and also bag fees are per direction. And don”t forget their are size requirements for carry on.It is info websites like your that cause arguments at major carriers checkin. thank you for listening

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your comment and we appreciate the information.

      On many international flights, tickets often include one free item of checked baggage – however as you have correctly pointed out, this is often not the case within the U.S. We apologize for any confusion and will update the article to make the information clearer!

      Thank you and have a great day!

      Best wishes,
      The team

    2. I always compare prices and have found that when adding the cost of checked baggage (both ways on RT), Southwest has always been the better deal when they are an option. They are also almost always on time, and almost always completely bookended. I also like that they don’t charge you for ticket changes. BTW you get 2 free checked bags with SW.

    3. United airlines offers 1 free carry on for above storage- but dimensions are 22x14x9, including handles and wheels. I cannot find a carry on bag that doesn’t have a handle stick out past this, they all measure 24x14x9, will the airline make me check it vrs carry it on, or are they lenient for handles? It’ll fit in the box airlines have for measuring your luggage, but the handle sticks out the side with the V opening.

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