(Closed) Help! Airline ticket in new name — No documentation with new name yet.

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

This happens all the time! lol

My recently married friends made the same mistake & they did have difficulty returning to the US because of the mismatched names. Are you flying within the US? If not, you’ll definitely have some problems! Your passport name must match the name on your ticket. 

If the airline said the marriage certificate was enough then you’ll be fine! Just be ready to show your marriage certificate, along with ID, to the TSA ID checker. Oh and pray for a nice person… I’ve dealt with some TSA jerks over the years. 🙂

Post # 5
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Oh yikes!  As long as it’s a domestic flight the marriage certificate should do.  But I’d get to the airport an hour earlier than you planned just in case!

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

my sil went on a cruise about 4 years after her wedding and forgot to get a new passport, it was still in her old name. she just brought her marraige certificate and it was fine. hopefully that will be good enough for you too!

Post # 8
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’m sure it will be ok!!  Especially since the airline instructed you to bring the marriage certificate!

Post # 9
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I actually just had to do this (ticket in new name but hadn’t changed it yet) AND we were flying internationally!  I just brought my marriage certificate and crossed my fingers.  The boarding pass/bag check lady said that wasn’t good enough but then she was able to just change the ticket to my maiden name.  Well, actually she apparently did it wrong so the lady at the gate had to fix it again but it all worked out.  I’d say just allow for some extra time and be stubborn.  Good luck!

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