I am trying to book a plane ticket with Cathay Pacific Airlines. I am Spanish so I have one name and two last names. When I try to introduce the information in the webpage of the airline I can't use spaces in the "Surname" field so I can either put just the first one of them or both of them without any separation.

What should I do? I'm leaning towards the second option but I don't know if I would have any problems. I have also contacted the airline because I couldn't find any information in their web.

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    Another option would be to use a hyphen. Falsehoods programmers believe about names strikes again. Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 11:43
  • I have two first names and many times in online reservation systems I've seen (at least in Brazil) "if you have two names, put them together without a hyphen or space". So for John James Smith I'm putting first name field as "JOHNJAMES" and I never had issues (at least so far ;) )
    – Kuba
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 12:40
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    Related, almost the same: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/67600/…
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 13:18
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    If you were adventurous you could try inserting a Unicode no-break space :-) Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 16:38

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I just got a reply from the airline saying exactly:

In that case it is preferable to write both your last names without any separations between them.

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