Sometimes they ask and sometimes they don’t, most of the times that I’m asked to show an onward ticket I fly with Airasia, they are a little bit more tricky with this rule. I showed them my ticket and they even checked it online to verify if it’s fake or not. However I always have an onward ticket when I fly international, I don’t plan, I just book a random cheap ticket for the date that my visa expires, eventually if I want to go to the country I’ll use the ticket, otherwise I’ll just forget it, it’s cheap though. Normally I book tickets directly from the airlines but last week I bought one through Expedia and noticed that the ticket can be refunded within 24 hours, so I’ve been thinking of booking a random ticket a few hours before I checkin and claim for a refund a few hours later, it should work.
I am almost all the time asked about my return tickets.
Just answering, yes I got my onward ticket to country XY works. Have a printed plan or a plan on your phone about any leaving flight within the next month ready, in case they want to see it.
If they claim that you did not actually book that flight: Just act like you had no clue…
You got to book a flight then before they let you check in. I had that problem only once: Shanghai to Manilla / Philippine Airlines.
Flew yesterday with AirAsia, I checked in with the AirAsia mobile app and proceeded straight to customs, showed the e-boarding pass in my phone to them and nobody asked anything.
Entering the Philippines especially on a one way ticket is always a problem! I had two buy a full priced ticket when they asked to see proof of onward travel and then go to the trouble of getting a refund once I arrived in the Philippines. I now use onwardflights.com to buy an onward ticket for $5. You can’t use the ticket (it’s a deposit you pay only) but it’s cheaper and less hassle than the alternatives and works without any problem.
Are you sure you have used it before @JamieBond? The domain was registered on June 21, 2015, only 2 days ago? I guest you just built it today?
I found this site yesterday and it’s amazing, I tested with them and it worked flyonward.com I booked a test ticket from Thailand to Vietnam and they sent me a Vietnam Airlines ticket from Bangkok to Ho Chi Ming city, the code was valid when I checked with VNA’s website. I love it
meh. it’s easy to just do it yourself. why pay someone else? i guess if money less of an issue than time.
United States, Canada, UK, Australia: Yes.
Everywhere else: Itinerary works fine in 90% of the cases.
Flyonward.com is a good solution though - +1 for that
I like flyownward.com because it’s only a $10 risk. If you forget to return a ticket (e.g., through Expedia), or you get caught/delayed somewhere without an internet connection and pass the 24-hour deadline, you’re on the hook for the whole fare.
I just used onwardflights.com to “rent” a return ticket from Guatemala and it worked just fine. I flew Spirit Airlines from Denver, connected in Ft. Lauderdale, and then on to Guatemala City. The really promising thing was that the rented ticket they gave me was also from Spirit Airlines and just I provided them with the confirmation number and date of the flight, the agent punched it into her computer, and she handed me my boarding pass without asking any other questions.
I will say this, onwardflights.com looks (and feels) a little janky, but I was willing to take the risk because it’s only $5, they use PayPal so it’s pretty secure, and you can get a flight from anywhere. Right now, with flyownward.com, they only book certain destinations (200 per day) and you can only “rent” whatever they have available for that day. They do not book tickets in Central/South America. It is a much more legit operation, but onwardflights.com got the job done for me in Central America. I will use them again.
Very interesting to hear of this onwardflight.com site. I have traveled to over 70 countries and usually do not bother with onward tickets. I have only been asked by immigration to show an onward ticket 1x (Thailand) but have been asked by airlines numerous times (United, Copa, etc.). Luckily the few times I have been asked I had an onward ticket.
A trick I use is to buy a cheap bus ticket where possible. Oftentimes these are refundable and I buy the shortest one I can find (so let’s say I am flying into Bangkok, I would find a bus ticket to a neighboring country). The onward ticket you need to show doesn’t need to be air… just needs to show that you are leaving the country. this puts less money at risk and again, I’ve found I’m reimbursed about 85% of the inexpensive bus fare upon reimbursement. But this onwardflight site is another option although since it photoshops actual tickets… it’s more concerning to me than a real bus ticket.
Ditto what @grum said. Chances are you may not be asked for proof of onward travel but it’s better to be prepared. If you don’t have it and need it, it can be a pain.
it’s hard to forget when you book it then seconds later cancel it. but to each their own.
I used flyonward.com to print an onward ticket for thailand. But, no one even asked to see it
Yes, but if they start checking to see if the flight is legit, then yeah, that’s a problem.
Maybe it’s because I travel on a 3rd world country passport, but I’ve been asked for my onward/return ticket a few times when clearing immigration. Better safe than sorry.
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Andrew wrote about onwardflights.com:
So how could this be “only” a photoshoped ticket??
I’ve heard of people using www.returnflights.net.
You look up a real flight, then use those details to produce a booking itinerary that looks like the one Expedia provides.