“Dear Sagetravels.com, Pls, I booked a ticket on Arik Air, unfortunately, I may not be able to travel again. Can you help me keep the ticket open?”
“Hello! I booked a ticket on Air peace and I have used the first flight but something came up, I may not be able to use the return ticket on that day. What should I do?”
“Hi Sagetravels.com, I got your number on your blog and I need your assistance. I want to book a return trip but I don’t know when I will return. How can I keep the return date open?”
These and more are some of the questions travelers ask concerning open tickets. For the sake of those that don’t know what open ticket means, let me explain briefly. Open ticket means to suspend a ticket for future use (You must use the ticket within the validity period. Some tickets are valid for 1 year.). A ticket that is opened (suspended) cannot be charged a No-show fee. When a passenger misses a flight, the passenger will pay a No-show fee, fare difference, and other administrative charges. To avoid the no-show fee, it’s better to open the ticket for future use.
Why People Open A Ticket
People opt to open a ticket for many reasons. For instance, when a round trip fare is cheaper/better than a one-way ticket. Secondly, when there is an emergency (like Covid-19, Endsars), a traveler may decide to open the return ticket or a one-way ticket. Whatever the case may be, an open ticket is not a new phenomenon. Unfortunately, most airlines do not offer open tickets online again but there are still ways of getting an open ticket.
How To Open A Ticket.
There are several ways to open a ticket. All are discussed below.
If you booked any of the domestic airlines like Arik Air, Air Peace, Aero, Dana, etc and along the line, something came up that will not allow you to travel as proposed. All you have to do is to contact the airline and ask them to open the ticket for you.
Through A Travel Agent.
Most travel agents can open a ticket. Why I recommend a travel agency is because they have a booking platform assigned to them by the airlines to carry out bookings on their behalf. With that platform, they can make bookings, change tickets, and others with ease. For instance, if you book an Arik air flight and the airline change flight time, automatically, you cannot have access to the ticket again. If you book through an agent, and there is a change, the agent can still have access to the ticket and work on it anytime.
The Airline Website
You cannot open a ticket on the Airline (Arik Air, Air peace, dana, or med-view) website. This is an alternative way to open a ticket. Go to any of the domestic airline websites (Arik Air, Air peace, dana, or med-view) enter your departure date, then select a far date that is in the same class of service as the one you booked and complete the booking. (using the same class of service will help to avoid payment. If you go for a lower fare, you will pay more when you want to change the flight later). When you want to use the ticket, contact the airline to change the ticket and pay the charges (change and fare difference fee if there is any). That’s all.
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Things To Consider Before Booking An Open Ticket
There are things you need to consider before booking an open ticket. Below are things you seriously need to find out before you say okay, I want to book or open my ticket.
Ticket Rules: Every airline has rules governing their tickets. These rules are very important to the airline and the passengers. Read ticket rules on the airline website to see if the rules are okay for you. Some tickets are not changeable, not refundable, etc.
Change Fees: Some ticket class of service does not require an additional charge to make a change (like business class and first class) while some (economy) require additional cost to change a date, route, or time. Find out the amount it will cost you to change a ticket just in case you decide to change the return date. Can you afford the change fee? Find out before you book.
Ticket Validity Period: This is very important. You need to know the ticket validity period. Some are valid for a year like Air Peace, Azman, Dana, Arik Air while some are just for 3 months like Overland. Don’t assume they all have the same validity period. Find out the validity period.
No-show fee: No-show fee is the fee passengers pay whenever they miss a flight and want to reschedule for another date or time. This is different from the fare difference you will still pay (if there is a difference in new date or time). Before you open a ticket, check the No-show fee.