Recently we were chatting with a girl who was sharing her current travel itinerary with us. She began by saying her travel style is to work hard, save money and then travel until she runs out of cash. Then go back to work and start the cycle all over again. She mentioned how she recently avoided getting denied entry into a country even though she didn’t even need a visa. When I asked her why she would be denied, she said it’s because she didn’t have an exit or ‘onward’ flight booked out of the country. This is when I learned about something I had never heard of before. Buying a fake flight ticket for onward travel.
A fake flight ticket is exactly what it sounds like. It’s fake. At fakeflighttickets.com, for $5 you can purchase a ‘dummy’ ticket that has been made from the same confirmation template that the airlines use with all your personal and flight info like flight #’s and times. Looks just like a regular ticket. Minus a real PNR (Passenger Name Record) or Itinerary number.
Why Would You Need One?
On our current trip through the South Pacific we are doing mostly one way flights. Almost every time we check in the ticket and customs agents want to see our onward ticket exiting the country. Because I have everything pre booked I never really thought about it. But for those who are wandering aimlessly on a loose schedule in and out of countries, this is a handy tool.
Now I know many travelers like to plan last minute and I get it. Prices may be cheaper. Availability may open up. Plans may change, etc. There are a few things I like to know ahead of time when we travel. Where I’ll be sleeping and how am I getting from A-B. So when I begin to plan a trip I’ll always start with the main flights to and from a destination. Then I’ll start to fill in the middle with the smaller flights, land transportation, hotels, Immigration visa’s etc and have 95% of the trip booked before we even begin it.
How Does It Work?
Right on the main page you plug in:
- whether you want a one way or return
- where you are traveling from and to
- date and Let’s go!
Then all the ‘real’ flight options pop up and you can select which one you what.
Enter how many people, names, email and your payment choice.
I get it. Buying a fake flight ticket for onward travel can be useful. If entering a country and not knowing 100% where and what I’m going to do, how can I plan on buying an exit flight? Purchase a more expensive flight with cancellation insurance? Purchase a refundable ticket and then cancel it after I enter the country? Buy a refundable ticket, screen shot it and then cancel it before even entering the country? Not our style of travel but a notable tool for the travel tool box.
Have you ever used a Fake Flight ticket? Do you have any other immigration tips and tricks to share?