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Wizz Air has announced that it is introducing the ability to book anonymous tickets for the second or more person on a single reservation for a fee.
This does not mean that someone can travel without submitting their passenger details prior to departure, but rather it means that when making a reservation for more than one person you only need to add the name of the person making the booking initially. You can then decide to add the other names and travel document details at a later date. The fee for the service is $12 per passenger.
How It Works
The process is simple, all you need to do is start to make a reservation as you would do normally. Once you have selected the flight and you are prompted to add the passenger names, you are only obliged to add the first passenger. Below is an example of a flight from London Luton/LTN to Prague for 4 passengers.
After that, when you scroll down to add the passenger names you have the option of ticking a box that will allow you to add each passenger name later.
You can do this for all the passengers in the group.
The service costs $12/£9.50 per person whom you opt to add at a later date.
Is It Worth It?
Ultimately this is a very handy tool especially if you are traveling with a big group and are the main trip organizer. Booking the cheap flights when they are available and then getting confirmation from everyone who is going is much easier than trying to get firm commitments from the other travelers first.
Booking this way could prove much cheaper in the long run when making a reservation where you have to chop and change travelers’ names since the service to change the name on a ticket costs €45/$54 per person.
One thing to remember is that despite the fact that you can book a ticket this way, you are not able to head to the airport with a group of anonymous tickets. You will have to add the names prior to departure and check in online as normal so that all the usual advance security checks can be completed.
This is a neat move from Wizz and will make life easier for those organizing a bigger trip where who exactly is traveling is not fully confirmed at the time of making the booking. It will also make it easier to plan surprise trips since you don’t have to enter all the passenger information immediately. Hopefully, this move will prove popular, and other low-cost carriers will start implementing similar schemes.
Source: One Mile At A Time
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