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How to Correctly Read the Air Ticket?

Having looked for the first time on the international air ticket, it is possible to get confused with a lot of incomprehensible symbols, digital codes and abbreviations. As we know, railway as well as bus travel documents are usually very easy to interpret, while air tickets contain a lot of signs obscure for many people. Nevertheless, these tickets for flight are issued in accordance with uniform standards so that the document of any carrier can be accurately interpreted by employees of other airlines and all related services.

In fact, the rules of the IATA professional association prescribe fully comprehensive coding, no matter where on the planet you are located. For this reason, each airplane ticket contains complete information about:

  • all the nuances of the trip on board,
  • the route,
  • the calculation of the tariff,
  • and the limits inherent in this airfreight tariff.

Nowadays there are three variants of paper ticket being used all over the world and e-ticket that doesn’t even need to be printed.  

Let’s decode the most “mysterious” records:

  • “Carrier” is a field for indicating the specific airline, and by international standards the name is affixed using the code of the relevant company.
  • “Flight” is an item for indicating the flight number.
  • “Class” means a section in the plane where the passenger will have a sit. Certain Latin letters go for the first class or business class and the economy class. Search in the net for more specific explanation.
  • “Farebasis” – a field for specifying the fare on which the ticket was purchased.
  • “Farecalculation” – here we calculate the cost of the ticket. “Fare” means the currency of the country in which the ticket was purchased.
  • “Total” line, as you guess, means how much you paid for this flight.

Then follows the service information:

– cash means “payment in cash”;

– invoice, or INV – is “payment by bank transfer”;

– CC – means that payment is made by credit card (online payments). 

  • “Origin / Destination” – a field where the code for the entire route is indicated.
  • “Endorsements / Restrictions” stipulates if you can enjoy services of another air company or not.
  • “RES CHG USD50” is an inscription meaning that all corrections to the ticket can be made upon payment of a penalty (its size is $ 50).

In addition to all of the above, there may be other entries, but even if you do not understand all the marks, do not worry – the airline staff will help to figure it out.