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Budget airlines charging up to £160 to correct mistakes on tickets

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From The Mirror yesterday.


Hidden costs: Budget airlines charge up to £160 to correct mistakes on tickets


Ryanair will hit you in the pocket if a mistake needs correcting at the airport





Travellers+queue+up+at+the+Ryanair+desk Budget airlines can end up not being so cheap after all Getty



Passengers on budget airlines are being charged up to £160 just to correct spelling mistakes on tickets.

Others have to shell out for a whole new ticket if they turn up at the airport with one letter of their name in the wrong place.

Ryanair has a £160 admin fee if the mistake needs to be corrected at the airport while Thomson charges from £50 to up to the full cost of the ticket on the day of departure.

Experts say it’s *another example of airlines squeezing extra cash out of passengers.

Fees *apply when the name on the ticket is different to the name in the passport – even simple variations like Dave and David in the passport.

And new brides can be caught out if they book with their married name.

Airlines say the passenger lists they provide to authorities have to exactly match names on tickets.

So airlines can refuse to allow anyone on board if there is even the slightest difference between the name on a ticket and in a passport.

Bob Atkinson of Travelsupermarket.com, which carried out the research, said: “Mistakes can easily happen, so it’s worth taking the extra time to double check.”

A Ryanair spokesman said: “The name on the boarding card must match the name on ID with any airline.”



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