A Pass To The Sky: What Information Is Contained On The Ticket

The time has come for the long-awaited vacation, and here you are at the airport. Check-in for a flight and get a boarding pass for your plane.

What are your next steps? Of course, you can try to examine the ticket and understand where to go for boarding - what is the exit number, your seat on the plane... However, you see a lot of different numbers and letters on the ticket, which makes it possible to get confused, not fully understanding what exactly this information is.

Despite the fact that ticket form and design may vary depending on the airline. All information on the boarding pass is always the same and contains clear notation.

In this article, Travellizy will tell you in detail how to navigate these marks and easily read a ticket.


Make sure how simple it is:

● Passenger's First Name and Last Name (Name)

It is indicated in Latin letters only, like in a passport. The data must fully coincide with the passport. According to international standards, up to 3 mistakes are allowed in the name that does not distort the pronunciation. However, it is worth remembering that any typo is considered as a mistake, and the traveler may be denied a flight because of it.

Gender is also indicated here: MR - male, MRS / MSS - female.


● Departure Date (Date) is The Flight Date for This Boarding Pass.

● Airline Code (Carrier) and Flight Number (Flight)

The code on the ticket is indicated as the two-letter code of the airline carrier in the IATA system (International Air Carrier Association). The following is a three-digit number, which is the flight number.

By flight number, you need to look at the status of the aircraft on the airport display.


● Departure City (From) and Arrival City (To)

The English spelling of the names of cities and airports is used on the ticket.

If there are several airports in a city, the name of the city is followed by three-letter airport code.

A stopover is a special indicator in which, as a rule, X/O is indicated (yes or no). This indicator shows the presence or absence of a temporary stop (connecting flights), that is, a transit point.

If at this point, there is a stop on the route for more than 24 hours, then this field is empty or "O". If this is a transit point, then there is “X” opposite.


● Gate Number (Gate)

All passengers should expect boarding at the indicated gate. Typically, the boarding gate number is an abbreviation of a letter (zone) and one or more digits (for example, D 2 or G 12). Sometimes the exit number may change, so carefully monitor the information on the electronic display in the departure area.


● Boarding Time

Boarding begins at this time, most often it is 30 minutes before the plane takes off (departure time). When boarding ends, the gate closes. So, you should always listen carefully to the announcements about the start of boarding or follow the information on the airport board.


● Booking Class (Class)

These are examples of Latin letter coding for a class of seats on an airplane:

F, P, A - First Class

J, C, D, I, Z - Business Class

W, S, Y, B, H, K, L, M, N, Q, T, V, X - Economy Class.


● Row and Seat Number on The Plane (Seat)

On airplanes, the number is a row, and the letter is a seat in a row. In the cabin, all seats are indicated above the seats.


Departure Time

Please note that all tickets always indicate the local time of the point of departure and arrival.

While boarding the plane, airline employees tear off a large left part of the ticket. The passenger has only a tear-off spine, the right side of the boarding pass. This is the reason why all information is duplicated on this spine.

Make sure to keep this spine until the end of the flight. It can come in handy during baggage claim, passport control or filling out a migration card.


And What Is Actually An Electronic Ticket?

An electronic ticket (e-ticket ET) is a contract with a unique booking number. This number is included in the Global distribution system. It is the electronic ticket that you receive from the airline when buying an air ticket. And only after registration, you receive a paper boarding pass.


We recommend you to print out an electronic ticket, although this is not necessary. Practice shows that printing a ticket is very convenient to have all the necessary information about the flight in front of you. If it is not possible to print out a ticket, you can download it to your smartphone.

By electronic ticket, you can verify the flight details and, if necessary, show it at the check-in counter at the airport.

The designations on an electronic ticket, as well as on its paper version, are passenger's personal data and all information about his/her flight.


What else you should definitely pay attention to before the check-in is the weight of the luggage indicated in your electronic ticket. Be careful and make sure that your baggage does not exceed the number of seats declared on the ticket, as well as weight and size. Otherwise, you will have to pay extra for the overweight, which at the check-in counter will be much more expensive than with advance online payment. There is no single cost for excess baggage. Each carrier gives its own norms and tariffs. They depend on many factors, one of which is the destination country, the airliner size and the prestige of the airline.

If you are able to read a paper boarding pass, it definitely wouldn't be hard for you to understand the information on an electronic ticket, since their designations are identical.


It’s very easy to deal with all this stuff. And don't let the fear of the unknown stop you from travelling. Read Travellizy's blog, book tickets and discover new countries, because so many wonderful things are about to happen!