Shit, I'm an airline newbie again

Glancing at my passport recently, I noticed that I haven’t left Taiwan for ages - despite promising to do so permanently every week for the last eight years.

So I go online, discover Air Asia, and miraculously my credit card actually works long enough for me to book a flight. Great! I’m off to Kota Kinabalu in a few days. Probably.

Now I’m sitting here like a retard. I got to a page that says ‘reservation confirmed’ but I can’t actually remember ever having done this before. I’ve always bought tickets from someone who provided me at the very least with a piece of paper saying that they sold me a ticket. I’m a bit lost. Is that it? Do I just show up at the airport and tell them my name?

Please don’t tell anyone I’m posting this, as I’m a seasoned world traveller with a reputation to maintain. If word gets out that I don’t know how to buy a ticket, I’ll lose about a million backpack-cred points.

Please tell me what to do!

I think you’re good with ‘reservation confirmed’. No need to call, no need for a paper ticket. But printing the confirmation code – if there is one – might save you a headache later.

Yeah, your passport should suffice, but printing out your e-ticket (or at least your confirmation code) could prove helpful, just in case.

It’s always good to print the e-ticket if you have one, or the confirmation code. But generally all you need now is your passport. The attendant at the counter usually asks your destination and keys in your passport number to check your reservation.

I have to remember where I’m going? That’s not like the old days either. I used to just show up, show my papers, and be herded along like a good sheep. I’m not sure I like this new system.

I have to remember where I’m going? That’s not like the old days either. I used to just show up, show my papers, and be herded along like a good sheep. I’m not sure I like this new system.[/quote]

I think knowing the general continent is okay. :laughing:

I always print out the e-ticket and bring it with me.

printing it out can help for checking in at kiosks - some of them need your confirmation number. Other than that, I’ve never needed anything but my passport. Unless you have a tendency to forget when your return flight is. Then that printout can come in pretty handy :slight_smile:

Your ticket/receipt/confirmation/email should have a number on it, the long name is Global Unification Number, more commonly known as its acronym, so clearly tell the person on the checkout that you have a “gun”, and also tell the cabin crew so they can find your seat quicker.

:roflmao:

Kota Kinabalu?

What’s worth seeing in KK? I really am asking because I’d like to go sometime. Is it true that on the hotels’ walls there are notices that no stinky fruit allowed in?

Anyway, is there a lot of nature to see there or nearby?

Thanks

The city of KK is fairly non-descript, but there are some nice things in the Malaysian state of Sabah. However, be aware that they charge like a wounded bull to visit them and the Southeast Asia on a Shoestring LP I was using was woefully inaccurate. Also bear in mind that private transportation is very pricey and public transportation takes a long time (because Sabah is quite big). Climbing Mount Kinabalu is an extreme rip off as it is entirely controlled by a private company and you cannot do the climb by yourself. Other attractions are similarly ridiculously overpriced (and watch out for dodgy operators who run the river cruises on the Kinabatangan River-- we booked our tickets and they said everything was fine, despite the fact that the entire area had been flooded for over a week and we saw very little wildlife when we got there), although the diving at Sipadan is supposedly some of the best in the world. It was pretty impressive and we saw sharks, turtles and all manner of fish and other sea life. This was the one good thing in what turned out to be the trip from hell. You can get to Sipadan by plane, but when we went, there were only taxis from the airport (which was a long way away at Tawau, and quite expensive, and we then had to spend the night at Semporna, which had nothing going for it). Also, I thought seeing the orang utan feeding at Sepilok was extremely overrated and not worth the time or expense as they weren’t close and only hung around for about ten minutes. There’s also a two-tiered pricing system throughout Sabah, which always really rubs me the wrong way and screams “arse-backwards third world country” no matter how much Malaysia aspires or pretends to be on a path to development. To be honest, if I had my time again, I wouldn’t go to Sabah because I thought the whole thing was a blatant tourist trap. Maybe I’d go to Sarawak instead, but I’m still not sure. Maybe it’s the same.

[quote=“enn”]Kota Kinabalu?

What’s worth seeing in KK? I really am asking because I’d like to go sometime. Is it true that on the hotels’ walls there are notices that no stinky fruit allowed in?

Anyway, is there a lot of nature to see there or nearby?

Thanks[/quote]

There’s good info found in this thread.

viewtopic.php?f=55&t=89433

Have a good trip, Loretta. We’re booked to go this coming Chinese New Year. I can’t wait! :discodance:

Fluffie is poking Loretta with the GUN joke. (The “acronym” is PNR, passenger name record.)

Loretta, about 24 hours before departure, you should be able to print your boarding pass using the Air Asia website. THAT is what you want to take to the airport… sort of the modern “ticket”. When you print it, look for a check box on the webpage for “no weather and destination” information and click it, otherwise you print an advertisement with your boarding pass at the top.

Yeah, it is a brand new world in the airline industry. No more paper tickets. It was hard to get used to not having the security and confidence of holding a paper ticket in your hand when you went to the airport. Feels like an enormous leap of faith.

Having a confirmed reservation (usually 6 character code, combination of letters and/or numbers) is not the same has having a paid-for ticket (13 digit number). At the minimum, get the ticket number, even better, print the e-ticket receipt.

In the old days, wouldn’t you be royally screwed if you lost your paper ticket? These days with the e-tickets I believe that as long as you have your passport, you’re fine to fly. That’s good for those that are prone to misplacing documents.

As I recall, most airlines will provide you with a PNR and you can input this and your name into www.checkmytrip.com to get a full itinerary which you can then print off. Dunno if it works with low cost carriers though.

Having a PNR (passenger name record) only means you have a reservation, not necessarily a ticket. You should get the ticket number at least, and try to get a printout of the e-ticket receipt.

You get to go straight to passport/security check if you print your boarding pass prior to arrival … and don’t have luggage to check.

I once got a nasty interrogation by a power hungry US customs guy that involved a lot of aggression. Nasty, nasty man. At least my other interrogators over the years have been polite, or at least moderately so.
What seemed to set him off was that I didn’t have a printout of my e-ticket to depart the US. Just the PNR , confirmation code, flight number and such written down.
Lesson learned. Don’t give them any excuse. Always print out the e-ticket.
Saving paper, my foot.