I live in the US, I wanna buy a round trip ticket for someone to fly from Brisbane to stl and back (about a week), can I purchase the ticket here and them pick them up at a kiosk there in Brisbane?

  • Which country Brisbane? There might be several around. – Willeke Jun 15 '19 at 7:34
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    Can be done, have done it several times. However depending on the airline, they can’t just pick it up. You will have to provide a signed authorization form to the airline and/or a copy of your credit card etc. Call the particular airline you’re buying the ticket from for their specific requirement. – Augustine of Hippo Jun 15 '19 at 8:32
  • Just to be clear, is this ticket for someone you personally know, or for someone you have only met over the internet? – Peter M Jun 15 '19 at 19:39

Different airlines have different policies so you need to check with them before buying. I've bought plenty of tickets for other people in other countries and never had a problem using the following process:

  1. Make sure you have user account and profile with the airline
  2. Setup up the actual passenger as an additional "traveler" on your profile. You can typically add as many as you want.
  3. Buy the ticket through the airline's website and select the desired traveler from your profile.
  4. Don't bother with a paper tickets: the e-ticket and confirmation number are enough and can easily be e-mailed.There is no need to pick up anything.

Again, it's different from airline to airline, so you should talk to them first or buy the ticket over the phone confirming that the other person does NOT need to present the booking card at check in


Different people (clients and conferences) routinely buy plane tickets for me, and I buy tickets for family members to visit me. Generally the whole thing can be done entirely by email and I have never been asked to show the credit card it was booked on, etc. The people I have booked for have never had a problem using the tickets I bought them. Not when I book on the airlines own website, not when I use expedia or equivalent, not when the client uses a travel agent. Sometimes there is wording on the web page or in the emails that warns you may be asked for it, but it has never happened to me or my people in over 20 years of doing this.

That said, it may depend to some extent on privilege. If I show up at the airport in business clothes to check in for a flight from Canada to Germany, two roughly equal countries, perhaps that's why nobody asks. Perhaps if I showed up dressed like a person who can't afford plane tickets, or was flying from a very poor country to a rich one, there would be more scrutiny. I expect Australia to the USA to be a less-scrutiny situation.

  • It has happened to me at least once on a ticket I bought myself to have to go to the ticketing desk to show the card before the boarding passes could be issued. It was a while ago (over 10 years ago, maybe even 15), though. – jcaron Jun 15 '19 at 22:24
  • Indeed, a large fraction of airline passengers are travelling on business, and probably most of them will have had the ticket bought by their employer. – David Richerby Jun 16 '19 at 14:22

Something similar happened to me once when my father bought me an air ticket through his credit card. It was a hassle and I was asked to provide the airport security with my fathers ID card and my relation to him to confirm the ticket was actually bought by someone for me. It was strange because it wasn't even international flight. If you are buying a ticket for someone, they will have to clearly state their visit is being sponsored by you. Otherwise it might cause some issues at airport. Regards.

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