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Where have all the tickets gone?

Where have all the tickets gone?

Postby judgegeoff » 06 Aug 2017 20:07

Where have all the tickets gone?

In the (now distant) past whenever we flew we received tickets from the airline that gave us details of the flight, the persons travelling and the luggage allowances etc. Nowadays we receive 'e tickets' that basically consist of a series of numbers and letters, eg. '7FBQFG'. If we didn't have a computer they would mean nothing.

I have just received a letter from a travel agent including our 'cruise tickets' but, on examination, there is no sign of a ticket - just a sheet giving details of our cruise ;- cabin number, itinerary and excursions booked etc. But nowhere does it state the word 'ticket'.

Am I the only person who mourns the demise of proper tickets?
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Postby divingbrit » 06 Aug 2017 22:44

Remember the days you got, tickets, leather luggage labels and on one holiday a travel bag, (still got it in the loft somewhere)
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Re: Where have all the tickets gone?

Postby tomvet » 07 Aug 2017 19:34

My current favourite cruiseline Phoenix Reisen give you an attractive wallet with your tickets and when you arrive in your cabin you get a nice rucksack - we got 5 on our last cruise, 4 more due in our December cruise and 5 more due next Easter!!! 14 rucksacks in 1 year! Will be holding a car boot sale shortly!

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Postby Camela » 07 Aug 2017 21:43

Last cruise on Regent was all electronic and luggage labels given out at check in. Time was when Silversea couriered a box with tickets, itinerary, luggage tags and leather(faux) address tags.
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Postby sparkiethecruiser » 07 Aug 2017 23:16

RCI make you print your own luggage labels :lol: and they have the cheek to specify in colour if possible
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Postby Gillzajoker » 08 Aug 2017 11:05

They are cutting corners everywhere. However, if it makes the price of a cruise still possible for me, I can live with these 'economies' :D
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Re: Where have all the tickets gone?

Postby khkate » 08 Aug 2017 13:10

Yes, certainly miss the plane tickets. We noticed this when we flew to South Africa in January - you used to almost get a mini-booklet of tickets with all the carbon copies that were detached by the check, in etc and that was where you attached the sticky labels for your luggage too when it was checked in. Like you Geoff, we had the sheet of paper with random numbers, just not the same.

On our ocean cruises, we also used to get a ticket voucher which you would hand in at check-in. However, now even Saga have gone ticketless, as when you check in, all you need now is your passport. Quite a panic the first time that happened to us. At least, they still send out proper tie-on luggage labels.
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Postby Marrob 33 » 28 Aug 2017 20:06

Gillzajoker wrote:They are cutting corners everywhere. However, if it makes the price of a cruise still possible for me, I can live with these 'economies' :D


If all the corners are cut off, that may help things to go "round" ha ha
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Postby keith6400 » 28 Aug 2017 20:26

Gillzajoker wrote:They are cutting corners everywhere. However, if it makes the price of a cruise still possible for me, I can live with these 'economies' :D


I used to work in the travel industry for a major company and when I started each airline had it's own tickets. So when you went into a travel agents shop they needed the right ticket blank to issue. If you booked Iran Air, Egypt Air or TAM the odds are they would not have those blanks in stock. It then became a bit complicated and a blank would have to be ordered in. Sometimes they would issue a ticket by phoning Egypt Air and giving you a British Airways ticket with the coded information from the telephone call with Egypt Air. After a couple of days you needed to return to the travel agency to get your ticket re-issued on the correct Egypt Air blank.

After a while it was decided to have a common ticket all the same but to identify them as relating to the different airlines using the NCR set and a credit card style Airline Card which went into the machine. Some people might remember the credit card machines which took the embossed impression off credit cards.

Any of the aforementioned stuff could be stolen and tickets were considered to be owned by the bearer and also you could forge documents. Nowadays the company's own website, cruise line or airline has a private section for travel agents and themselves too. This is much more sensible as the cabin is available in only one place and now. Previously with time lag the last cabin could be sold in different agencies and the confirmation telephone call or written confirmation might cross in the post leaving disappointment.

So whilst it is about cost it is primarily about security and making sure clerical errors and other technical issues are eliminated. All arrangements on their websites are linked to your passport information. So now it is actually possible to turn up at the quayside with your passport and tell them everything has been stolen including your car, all your travel documents except your passport but you can still sail previously without tickets you were in a fix as it was not known if these had been cancelled, refunded and you were trying to sail anyway.

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Re: Where have all the tickets gone?

Postby Meg50 » 28 Aug 2017 21:24

we have an APT river cruise soon, and it says we will get a wallet with tickets etc.

we'll see...
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