How to fly with a one way ticket
Sometimes to enter a country even if you don’t need a visa you can be asked to show your exit ticket to confirm that you’ll leave it in time without overstaying. Many travelers don’t have fixed plans, booked flights and detailed itinerary. Booking an exit ticket from a country can become a big problem. Here comes the question “How to book flights without paying?”.
To have a return flight can be necessary for visa application as well . In this case try to find a flight that more or less suites your plans because sometimes you can get a visa right for the dates of your flight. Make sure your booking is valid for the whole period of visa application process.
How to book flights without paying?
For such situations we always use Agent.ru website. Depending on the airline policy you can book a ticket for up to 10 days without paying or even entering your credit card details. And the good thing about it that it’s a real booking just in case somebody decides to check it.
How it works
Step 1. Go to Agent.ru, if for some reasons it opens in Russian change the language at the top left corner for English. First choose an original country (the one you need an exit ticket for) and a date. Then click “Search”.
Step 2. You’ll get a list of all possible flights. The first one will be the cheapest and the most convenient.
Step 3. Go through the list and try to find the airlines that keep booking for the longest period (if it’s necessary) or just ones that keep booking (check the list of airlines below). Press “Choose”.
Step 4. Next you go to the personal data page. Fill the all required fields; make sure they are identical to those in your travel document. You can enter your phone number but if it’s not Russian number probably you won’t get any message. It’s not important anyway. Press “Next”.
Step 5. You go to “Additional service page”, we don’t need any insurance so just “untick” it and press “Confirm”.
Step 6. Next page is for payment BUT we are not going to pay. Your flight is already booked. A booking code (PNR code) you can find under “Checkout of order”. At the bottom in a grey field you’ll see how much time your booking will be on hold. Depending on the airline it can be from 24 hours to 10 days.
Check your booking and print a ticket
After you made a booking you can go to one of these sites to see the confirmation of your flight. You’ll need the PNR code (6 digits) from your booking and the surname.
Enter your booking code and surname and you get a page with your flight with possible options to print it right from there or to save as a PDF file on your computer. If for some reasons PNR code doesn’t work try Access code, you can find it in your booking above PNR code, it’s usually 6 digits as well.
To print a ticket we use Checkmytrip, it usually works. From a laptop or computer it’s possible to save your ticket as a PDF file or print it from the website. On a tablet or phone it doesn’t give this option.
With most airlines you can check your booking on their official website and sometimes even print a ticket from there or save it as a PDF file. For this use the same PNR code and your surname.
List of Airlines you can book without paying
Not all airlines have an option of booking without payment, e.g. budget airlines usually don’t.
Here are some of the airlines:
- Aeroflot booking up to 3 days;
- AirBaltic booking up to 3 days;
- AirBerlin booking up to 4 days
- AirFrance up to 4 days;
- Al Italia up to 24 hours;
- American Airlines up to 32 hours;
- Avianca up to 3 days;
- Delta up to 3 days;
- Europe Air up to 7 days;
- Iberia up to 32 hours;
- KLM up to 24 hours;
- Lufthansa up to 10 days;
- SAS up to 2 days;
- TAP Portugal up to 10 days;
- Turkish Airlines up to 10 days;
- Qatar up to 10 days;
- UIA up to 10 days.
* All indicated periods are maximum periods for the airlines; they can vary depending on your destination and dates.
Of course we haven’t checked all airlines just some of them you can check it by yourself on Agent.ru site.
Other booking sites
There is a similar free website Yatra.com that we have used successfully to make bookings without paying fees.
It works the same as the previous one but offers only three days on hold for all airlines. To put your booking on hold you need to enter a valid phone number to get a confirmation code.
Make your own ticket
If you are sure nobody is going to check whether your booking is real or not you can make your own ticket. We used fake tickets several times for land border crossing and for check-in at the airports and never had any problem. There are several sites for creating fake tickets, we usually use Return Flights, it’s easy and fast.
Before creating a fake ticket find a real flight that meets your requirements and copy all the details so your fake ticket looks as real as possible. For flight searching you can use for example Skyscanner or Google flights.
Once you know the details of a real flight fill all the required fields and click “Create ticket”. Make sure your flight is direct there are no fields for connections.
I wouldn’t use this option for applying for a visa since your ticket is fake.
NOTE! If you need an exit ticket to check in at the airport don’t make a fake ticket for the same airline you are flying with.
Book a flight through an agency
Booking for Visa is an online service you can use to make a flight reservation for a small fee. The bookings are real and verifiable and payments are secure.
If you want to have an official booking and don’t mind paying for it you can use an agency providing the flight booking service.
Sometimes booked train or bus ticket can be enough to show if you cross border overland.
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