I have booked my airline ticket using my credit card (my name) but for some reasons, I don’t have anymore the physical CC. I heard that airlines need the CC used to book the ticket. Will this be an issue?

Thank you

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First if you have lost your credit card, or don't know where it is, you should absolutely definitely report it to the card company and get it cancelled right now.

Airlines often want you to show the credit card the tickets were booked with as identification, but it is not usually necessary. I've never travelled with an airline that didn't accept an alternative form of identification. You will probably be OK as long as you have sufficient ID, such as a passport or drivers license.

  • Reporting a card lost/stolen is excessive when you are certain it is "in the house somewhere". Check it for unexpected charges; usually crooked people who find and use credit cards waste no time using it. Mar 30, 2019 at 21:30
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    In my mind if my credit card has been missing for long enough to start asking internet questions about what to do when I don't have it, it's lost. Mar 30, 2019 at 21:33
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    @Harper Your liability on a lost card ends when you report it. Waiting until you see fraudulent charges leaves you open to some liability. If the card is lost, report it
    – user90371
    Mar 30, 2019 at 21:34
  • Interestingly, my wife’s card was stolen once at a TSA checkpoint(!), and they waited weeks to start using it, on the other side of the country. That tipped off the issuer's fraud unit. Apr 1, 2019 at 4:32

Usually not. They may require it if it's on a different name, say, of your wife.

At least you can show the internet banking of your card.

  • From questions and answers on this site, it may depend on the country you travel from.
    – Willeke
    Apr 8, 2019 at 19:45

Contrary to DJClayworth's answer, here's a report of an experience a traveller once had with SriLankan Airlines. His credit card was swallowed by an ATM, and while the airline did not require to see the actual card, they insisted on at least verifying the credit card number before letting him check in.

So, depending on the policy of the airline you're flying with, this might be a problem. Therefore, I would suggest sorting this out with the airline's customer service in advance.

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