Post # 1
Plenty has been written about booking honeymoon tickets under maiden names because there isn’t enough time to change the name on the passport.
However, I have a different question. I’m getting married in September and planning on changing my name. My fiance (by then husband) and I are traveling to India in late December/January, and I have plenty of time between September and December to get a new passport and an Indian visa. However, we’re trying to book our plane tickets now.
My mother (who is handling the travel plans) insists that she cannot book tickets under my married name because that person doesn’t exist yet. Is this really an issue? As far as I’m aware, a “ticket booking” is not a legal document. My married self is the one who will be traveling in December (with full documentation of my married name), so why should I be unable to book a ticket under that (currently fictitious) name right now?
Anyone have any experience with this?
Post # 3
@blingbean: It’s my understanding you can book a ticket under any name you want. My only concern would be if you are required to enter a passport number when booking (I’ve seen that on international flights) and the mismatch there would be there.
If there’s any doubt, she should just call the airline and ask.
Post # 4
I’m not sure if this well be of any help at all, but I have a friend who changed her name but didn’t get around to changing the passport, she has to show some extra ID but she’s still able to travel internationally. I THINK you would probably be ok booking with your new married name even if your passport wasn’t updated yet. Can you call the airline and ask them?
Post # 5
@blingbean:Hi, I am a travel agent, so here is the situation:
You have to book your flights under the name you will have ALL of your documents in when you are traveling. Because it is international, you will have to have your pasport and license in your married name.
I am getting married in September and we are leaving two days later for our honeymoon, so I don’t have the time to change everything so I booked my flights under my maiden name.
Bottom line: Your names HAVE to match up with all of your documents! Have a fantastic time!!!
Post # 6
I’m pretty sure it’s cheapest to buy tickets 2-3 months before traveling, so I would put off tickets until October, at least. That’s just my 2 cents, though
Post # 7
@KatNYC2011 thanks! i thought of the passport number issue, but it turns out that my fiance’s passport expired in february, which means his passport number isn’t valid anyway. not to mention, i do think it happens that people without passports book tickets and then have to get a passport before the actual flight…. the lack of a passport number shouldn’t keep me from booking a flight, right?
My mom says it’s a lie to book a ticket for someone who “doesn’t exist.” I fail to see how it’s any more of a lie than traveling under documentation that’s still under one’s maiden name 3+ months after the legal name change. (I don’t think either one is actually a “lie.”)
Post # 8
Thanks guys, but I’m not worried about the documents not matching. I *WILL* have a passport in my married name, and all my travel documents *WILL* match if we book the ticket under my married name. The question is whether I can book a ticket under my married name before I am married in the first place.
Post # 10
I work at a travel agency… I would suggest to keep everything in your MAIDEN name. Also you might not have enough time to change your passport either. Passports can take up to 6 months to change. september to december is WAY to close to risk it.
Dont risk not being able to go on your honeymoon, dont change anything till you get back
Post # 11
@blingbean: I think your mom is a little too concerned with “lies” 😉
Book the ticket under the name you will be traveling for.
Also, you may not get your marriage certificate for 4-6 weeks post wedding. Then you have to change your Social Security card – another 2-3 weeks. THEN you have to change your passport – another 4-6 weeks. Book under your maiden name – you will not be traveling under your new married name, I guarantee it.
Post # 12
I am really quite confident I can get a new passport in 3 months. I am actually changing my first name along with my middle and last names, which I can’t do on my marriage license, so I’m having to get a legal name change in court. That legal name change is schedule to coincide with the week of the wedding, and I don’t have to wait for the certified marriage certificate to apply for the new passport. I just need the legal name change document which I’ll be getting in mid September. From then, you can request an expedited passport which takes 3 weeks door-to-door (it’s only $60 extra). That still gives me 2 months before the travel start date.
Really, the only question I am asking is whether I can book a plane ticket in my married name before I am actually married. It sounds like yes, right?
Thanks everyone for all the help!!
Post # 13
@cyneswith btw, if you wait til 2-3 months before the flying to book tickets to india during christmas break you are almost guaranteed to pay over $2k per person. traveling to india during the holidays is far cheaper the longer ahead you book :).
Post # 14
If your passport, drivers license and visa to enter into India (if a visa is required) all have the same name then you will be fine to book your plane ticket in that name. If the name is different on any of the things i listed then you need to fix it and whatever name is on all three you can book your tickets in that name.
your mom is wrong, if you know that you will have the proper documents all in your new name then it isnt illegal to book a ticket in your new name even tho legally its not… does that make sense LOL