Someone else is booking international ticket for me using their credit or debit card. Do they need to be present physically at the time of check in?

  • If someone else is booking international ticket for me using his credit or debit card, does he need to be present physically at the time of check-in?

    Suppose I am coming back from Singapore to my home country and my ticket is booked by my friend for me, who lives in my home country. Do airlines in Singapore ask for the person to be present physically to check in?

    To clarify, as there was some debate below, are you actually flying from Singapore and wanting to know about that, or are you asking about all airlines anywhere?

    ..and if it's meant to me Singapore sprecific, with whom are you/others flying with? This is airline-specific.

    as people start moving my answers and comments around, I'm going to stop answering and commenting here, and delete my contributions.

    @jwenting mods moved your answer to a comment because it wasn't an answer in the first place, it didn't attempt to answer the given question in any way. It's best fit was a comment

    To avoid this problem you can use a travel agent to pay for the tickets. I've only heard of this problem happening when buying directly from the airline.

    For what it's worth, if an airline does enforce this you should be OK with a photocopy (back and front) of the card and a signed letter saying "I, Mrs X, bought this ticket for Mr Y". But, as the answers show, it depends and you might be pretty much rolling the dice depending what the counter agent is like -- phone the airline and explain. (Also, @user27478, has a good solution -- pay a travel agent -- if you're willing to pay a little extra to be sure).

  • Geeo

    Geeo Correct answer

    8 years ago

    First of all, it doesn't matter where you're flying from. What really matter is what airline you are flying with, so the short answer is: it depends.

    Some airlines, in an attempt to fight frauds, may ask you to show the card and if you fail to do so they CAN refuse to embark you.

    I once flew Royal Jordanian from Milano Malpensa to Amman and I was asked to show the credit card. Since I paid that flight with my father credit card, I didn't have it with me. They refused to embark me and I had to call home and make my father fax a self-certfication signed by him along with a copy of the credit card used to book the flight.

    Another time I was leaving from Amsterdam to Atlanta flying Delta and I was asked the same. That time I had my credit card with me and I pass the control flawlessly.

    Always read the conditions very carefully. It's always stated somewhere if they may ask you to show the card or not. If unsure, write an email or call them.

    Here some examples:

    Singapore airlines [click on "What happens if I don't comply with the credit card verification requirements?"]

    If the booker does not bring his or her card used for the booking at check-in for verification, then passengers on the booking will not be allowed to check in and will be asked to purchase a new ticket using a new credit/debit card. However, the ticket price will remain the same. A refund will then be manually processed for the earlier purchased ticket.


    On the Enter billing information page where the credit card details are entered, if the "Cardholder name" can be typed in, you would be able to pay for the booking even if you are not travelling. If the "Cardholder name" appears in a drop-down menu and cannot be changed, you would unfortunately not be able to pay for the booking unless you are travelling.

    In some countries, for security reasons, the holder of the credit card used to book a ticket or group of tickets must be one of the travellers on that itinerary, and will be required to show the actual credit card at the airport check-in counter prior to receiving boarding passes.

    Skywards members may make a redemption booking for friends and family, and pay for the applicable taxes online with their own credit cards, if the country of departure offers credit card payment.

    Business Rewards administrators may also pay for their organizations members bookings by credit card, if the country of departure offers credit card payment.

    Delta [click on the credit card link]

    To safeguard against credit/debit card fraud, the purchaser may have to show us the credit/debit card along with a valid photo ID. The time varies based on the billing address of the credit/debit card or the country of travel. If the purchaser is not traveling, they can show us their credit/debit card and ID at an airport ticket counter or another ticket office location, whichever is most convenient.

    Air France

    Due to increased credit card fraud problems, Air France does not accept third party payments (the credit card holder not being the passenger or part of the group traveling together). Exception: We allow payments for family members with the same surname. Please make sure the family member you book for brings the personal identifier you specified during booking to check in at the airport or to Customs and Immigration if required (this applies to e-tickets only).

    British Airways

    If you have booked directly with British Airways, either through or a British Airways Telephone Sales office, and you paid with your debit/ credit card you must present that debit/ credit card at check-in. This is to assist the check-in process and to provide debit/ credit card verification.

    Thai Airways

    Yes, the check-in counter staff need to check the card number and name on the credit card for reference only. If you are purchasing tickets for family members or other persons with your credit card or Visa/MasterCard debit card, and not travelling yourself, please follow the specified Regulation (

    maybe you look like con so they keep asking you... I have never seen or heard of this :D

    It really is airline-dependent, I can confirm that Singapore Airlines also does this -- although I can't find anything on the website saying that they do! *boggle*

    @jpatokal I managed to find it and added to the answer, thanks for your suggestion

    Just to improve this answer, from personal experience: Turkish Airlines also requests the credit card holder to be present when flying out of Turkey, but not when flying into - odd indeed. And as @Geeo points out, unless the person who asked the question clarifies the airline he's flying in, there's no way to know if the credit card holder will be needed or not.

    It is to avoid troubles like these that my company requires us to pay our flights via our personal credit card, following which we're reimbursed.

    @Jonas, so you are expect to hope they are still trading and will repay you......

    @OsvaldoM, I think they are assuming that they know about the use of a stolen credit card by the time the persons comes to leave Turkey, so no need to check it on the way in. (Most people will wish to be able to get our of Turkey....)

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