I bought two plane tickets, one for me and one for my now ex. I don't want her to be able to use it, can I do something about it? I want to stress again that I am the one who paid for them.


Did you try to call your airline? IMHO you should not mention about the ex.

But many airplane tickets cannot be really cancelled, reimbursement is also seldom on usual fares, but eventually you can change the person name.

On the other hand, if you gave the ticket to your ex, she owns the ticket. You did the error. Past is past.


Any ticket bought can be cancelled by the purchaser. Not all tickets are refundable though, so you may not get your money back. Many but not airlines allow name changes on a ticket, so you could call and see if you can have it changed to someone else. There is a fee associated with this, expect $100-200 USD for standard carriers.

The Airline is going to be your easiest point of contact. No need to give them any reasons. Call and ask to cancel the ticket in question. If it is refundable, they will let you know and ask for information to process the refund. Even if it is refundable, you may not get all money back but it will not be usable by anyone.

It is possible to have a travel agent do that for you. Mostly, if you purchased the ticket through them. Again, they do not need reasons, just to know that you are cancelling that ticket.

You did not specify the itinerary but in some cases the ticket cannot be used without the presence of the purchaser who must show the card used to buy the ticket at check in. Personally, it never occured to be but it is apparently a common practice of some Asian and Middle-Eastern airlines.

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    The airline might says that the ticket is non-refundable, but they might only mean that the money you paid them is now theirs, you might get the money that was airport taxes and other fees back. I was once in a situation where I couldn't use a ticket, and had come to terms with having lost the money, then the airline contacted me about another flight, and when I was talking with them, I thought it would be nice to tell them that I wouldn't be using that ticket. I ended up getting ~50% of my money back. – Henrik supports the community Aug 30 '17 at 14:36
  • That's what I said in my first sentence. Cancellable and refundable are not the same but you can cancel a non-refundable ticket. – Itai Aug 30 '17 at 14:48

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