I am flying to Moscow from USA in August. I opted to get e-tickets instead of having paper tickets sent to me. A good friend of mine told me that he had a huge problem with e-tickets one time in Europe. Since then he has always purchased paper tickets. Has anyone else ever experienced difficulties using e-tickets in Europe? I have already sent a request to the airline for paper tickets just to be safe. The last thing I want is problems getting back home.
I almost always fly on an e-ticket using Delta and have never had a problem. I am going again next month to bring my girl back and I have e-tickets for both of us. Actually the only time I had a problem was when I used a printed ticket that had me flying through Paris. (A freebe using frequent flyer miles). With the printed tickets and Air France I had to recheck in at each stop. With my e-ticket with Delta they gave me all boarding passes at my origination and it was very easy. I don't believe you can get e-tickets for domestic flights inside Russia. There you will have to have paper tickets. Siberian Airlines has a good web site and will send paper tickets to your USA address out of their NYC office if you request it.
LOL...If you thought that I implied that Europe was in the dark ages then I apologize. I don't think that at all. This is my first flight overseas and I'm a little nervous. I just wanted to make sure everything goes smoothly on this vacation.
eTickets in western europe are as good as etickets in the states. Going to places like Russia If its a major airline your using to get to Moscow you would be fine, just take confirmation of the eticket.
ahh the first overseas trip, I remember mine very well Jay. Are you going alone without that tour bs? I did. To this day anyone that knows me and knows what I did say I have the biggest balls ever to do what I did going there like that. Actually I think its pretty funny everytime I hear it. I can understand how you feel. I was pretty nervous too flying halfway around the world not even knowing the language hoping to god she would be there to meet me. But you know what, it was the best decision I ever made in my life. I hope you will have the same experience. Good luck.
Martin...I thought maybe you were joking but I don't like drawing flames so I wanted to make sure.
Ok...this is freaking hilarious. I talked to my friend today at work. There was one small bit of information that he left out. It was his first flight overseas. He went to meet a Russian woman. He didn't fly to Moscow.
He flew to TURKEY!!
When he told me this my first thought was, Why in the hell did you, an American, fly to Turkey??!!
There is absolutely no way in hell I would go anywhere near Turkey.
My second thought was, No wonder they gave you a hard time. You're lucky you didn't get your ass shot off!!
Or get thrown into a Turkish prison. (Ever seen Midnight Express?)
They charged him $370 to fly out of there. They told him that they had no idea what an e-ticket was.
No wonder he gets paper tickets now. LOL
Talk about balls......
Skiired, I am going alone. The one thing I am NOT worried about is if she will be there when I arrive. I'm 100% certain she will be there. I'm 46 and she is 38. She is about the sweetest woman I have ever talked to. I am studying a little Russian so I'll be able to get around a bit. I'm nervous now. I can imagine how I'll be in July...LOL. I am sure that it will be a great experience for me. I can't wait to go.
Oh, and I will use e-tickets :)
Funny story. Actually i was in turkey this year and used etickets so things have improved. Turkey is quite nice actually and has the advantage is being easy to get into even for russians and its much warmer than russia.
Good luck, learning a bit of russian is a good idea mate.
Your rite Jay, if anyone has any second thoughts about there woman being there to meet them you should reconsider their plans. I knew mine would be there too, but it didnt stop me from thinking about what if when I was flying into Russia the first time. For the solo traveller like us, its imperative to learn some Russian unless your lady knows English or you have a translator you can trust that was recomended by someone you know.
As far as etickets, I only used them in the states. When I go to Russia I like having the paper tickets on me. Its my preference, but I can see others here are using them with no problem
Ben, what was Turkey like? Is there any hostility toward foreigners there? I might be going this summer.
Hi Skiired. It was great, very interesting place. Lots to see but lots of traffic. We stayed in Istanbul the whole time and itís pretty much like any major city and not like the real Turkey, so I canít comment on the rest of the country. No hostility, but then I don't go around wearing a Yankers cap and Chicago bulls t-shirt and talking loudly. Turkey gets a lot of Tourists from the UK so I would say are pretty used to tourists.