Why you shouldn’t provide your middle name on a plane ticket

It is very costly to make a mistake when purchasing airfares, but it is easily avoidable.
It is very costly to make a mistake when purchasing airfares, but it is easily avoidable.

It's always good to be extra prudent when travelling but including your middle name when purchasing your airline tickets isn't just unnecessary but risky.

You might think it's a no-brainer because your middle name is included on your passport but according to an aviation worker on Quora, it isn't worth it.

"When buying your ticket, don't give your middle name(s). The name fields on the ticket are first/last. Including your middle name increases the chance of error and incurring a change fee," Andrew McLeish, who identifies as an aviation manager, explained.

"Just ensure that if you are double barrelled, the other name is officially part of your surname."

Mr McLeish said you don't technically need a title either, as it isn't recorded on your passport, but if a company requires it, make sure you choose it from their drop-down menu rather than manually typing it.

"If they have a drop down field, use it. I kid you not, a month or two ago we had customers booking through the website who manually typed in the title and also used the drop down. So we had MR DOCTOR JOHN SMITH and MRS DOCTOR JANE SMITH," he wrote.

"They were embarrassed when we called but less happy when they incurred a name change fee of £60 ($A106) per person."

His last piece of advice involving your name when booking flights is to always, always confirm.

"If you are phone booking and have an unusual name, spell it, even if the agent says they have already. This means if the name comes up incorrect, it is on the phone recording that you spelled it and they got it wrong. Liability no longer yours," he said.

"When you get your confirmation through, for Pete's sake, check it. Carefully. It only takes a moment but if you don't it can be expensive. We had a customer last week who didn't check (and) was denied boarding. His wife and child flew on, but he had to buy a new ticket for almost £1900 ($A3300) - the family were flying business class London to Phuket - and fly 10 hours later."

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