How to Book A Flight Online

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Use your home or office computer to book your reservations for business or pleasure traveling. The process is not complicated, but it can be intimidating for the first-time user. Airline websites and commercial booking services are user-friendly, and if you have questions, take advantage of FAQ pages or make a call to customer service. Begin the process and you will have your reservations in minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Printer

Search online for the website of the airline you wish to use or locate an online booking service.

Enter information regarding your desired departure airport, destination airport and dates for flying. This basic information is usually requested on the home page. There may be additional information requested here as well. The various airline sites and booking services vary slightly in the order in which they ask for your information. Press the search or continue button after you enter your information.

Study the flights offered. You can narrow your choices by customizing your search with additional information. For example, narrow your search by choosing a direct flight with no stops, a flight with stops but no plane changes or a flight with plane changes. Make your choice and go to the next page.

Supply additional information as requested. This may include codes for discounts, flight insurance and special needs information. The site will ask for personal information such as address and telephone number. You must give your full name, birth date and gender as required by the TSA.

Enter your email address where indicated so that you can receive your flight confirmation.

Fill in your payment information. You will need a valid credit card. Debit cards may be used, but keep in mind that they generally have daily limits on the amount you can withdraw.

Complete your purchase following any prompts given during checkout.

Watch for your confirmation email, which should arrive within minutes of making your reservation. Print it out so that you can take it with you to the airport.

Tips & Warnings

  • Airline booking services give you the choice of adding a hotel, rental car or other services to your flight purchase. Add your preferences when prompted.
  • Take the credit or debit card you used to the airport.
  • The name on your government-issued photo identification must be exactly the same as the name you enter when making online reservations. You will be asked to produce your ID at the airport.

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