My girlfriend and I are two poor college students saving money for trips. Are there any sites that let you pay with two cards, so we can pay for a flight? Meaning, I pay, say, $300 for the flight, then select another card (hers), and pay the other $300?

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    For normal airline tickets, it's an issue dependent on the specific airline rather than the site. Travel agents or sites don't actually charge your card for the ticket themselves, the number is passed on to the airline who handles payment. The exception is if it's a package. – user71659 Apr 21 at 18:19
  • Oh, wow. I had no idea :O – user31078 Apr 21 at 18:23
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    Is there some reason why you can't each buy your own ticket? Or one of you send money to the other to who buys both? – skifans Apr 21 at 18:41
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    Sounds like a job for a brick-and-mortar travel agent. Doing a money order or sending a check (if you reside in the US) should be the easier option, though. I don't think that online travel agencies want to deal with this. What if one transaction is accepted, but the other one is denied? From an IT standpoint, allowing the customer to pay with multiple cards is a nightmare. Perhaps you find an OTA that allows PayPal usage and you transfer the money to your PayPal account before booking? – DCTLib Apr 22 at 8:32
  • Have you looked into buying a prepaid card and paying with that? You can get them at grocery stores who usually split transactions easily. – jdouglas Apr 22 at 23:26

I looked into this a while back because I wanted to put some portion of any trip on my Citi Prestige credit card, which has excellent trip delay coverage. After spending a lot of time researching, I found one online travel agent that allows payment with two cards: CheapOAir.com. As far as I can tell they are the only option.

I think it's also usually possible pay with two cards in person at an airline ticket office like an airport ticket counter, but sometimes there are also locations in big cities. But I don't know if that's true for every airline (or even true at all).

I decided not to use CheapOAir, because there are many complaints about their customer service, and if I remember correctly, a tendency for them to sometimes inexplicably cancel reservations. I'd suggest you do your own homework about them and make your own decision.

Also, just to see if they still allowed payment with two cards, I just did a dummy flight booking search on their site (one way NYC>MCI 7/17/18) and it missed about half of what all the other search engines showed, and what it did turn up was more expensive than elsewhere. I don't know if it's an anomaly or a consistent issue.

If you really wanna get stupid about this, you could fly Southwest, which lets you cancel flights without penalty. You could book a cheaper flight to some arbitrary place with your card, cancel it, and the value of the ticket would go into your Southwest travel bank. You could then apply the travel bank funds to the booking you really want and put the balance on her card. For other airlines, you could try experimenting with their 24-hour refund policies, or their fully flexible tickets -- if you can get them to issue you a travel certificate rather than a refund to your credit card, you might be able to accomplish the same thing.

I would rather recommend you refrain from this practice. I understand that you want to share the load and that is fair enough, but you can also do that by transferring one's share into the other's account, whenever you need to make bookings. Also, platforms like Paypal where you can add multiple cards and choose payment options by changing default payment cards can be used.

Preferably, if you are asking from the terms of earning points, then in that case, you should avoid saving the card details (by unchecking the save the card option on the payment gateway). In this case, do NOT rely on only one source (lets say only airline for both cards) for earning your points. You can split up your cards for earning points for different categories- Eg - your card for air travel and your friend's card for hotel bookings.

Thirdly, since you mentioned that you are saving money for travel, I would say, when you do that, make the most of every penny that you save, and convert it into an investment. If you are using a debit card, you can always earn miles for your expenses by using the techniques I have described on this free e-book

Secondly, if you use credit cards, you can always use miles consolidators such as Award Wallet, Trip It OR Points to consolidate all your airline miles accounts, earn and use miles which you earn by spending your hard earned travel savings.

Hope that works for you.

Regards

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