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Passport help

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Passport help

We are trying to book a USA to Mexico flight. We just found out that two people in our party have expired passports.

Does anyone know if we can book the flights with the expired passport numbers and then renew the passports, or do we have to renew the passports before we can make the reservation?

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1. Re: Passport help

You can choose not to give passport info when booking international flights.

posts: 1,192
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2. Re: Passport help

I'm trying to book online and coming to a screen that asks for the numbers. Is there a way around that?

Magog, Canada
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3. Re: Passport help

Call the airline.

Nashville, TN
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4. Re: Passport help

You should be able to use the numbers you have and then amend them later. If this is a trip coming up in the near future, I'd suggest going to the passport office in Chicago and doing it in person. Doing it by mail could take 3 to 4 weeks (or longer if they're very busy).

Park City, Utah
Destination Expert
for Utah, Winter Sports
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5. Re: Passport help

The airline has no way to crosscheck that at booking. Just use the old numbers.

Destination Expert
for Bangkok, Air Travel, Thailand
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6. Re: Passport help


Agreed with #5.. Passport numbers can change from the date they're disclosed to the airline at booking, as compared to the time of actual travel.

You can still change passport numbers as a passport number (for US and most nationals) do change at each renewal period, but the actual NAME of the person traveling (thus the passport holder) won't... so the airlines aren't looking here for a hidden ticket-change situation.

Also, the new passport will still have the same DOB as the old one-- so there's a few ways to double check IF they even suspected this in the first place.

Travel Safe,

Southern California
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7. Re: Passport help

I would not suggest trying to route around not have a up to date passport, as you are looking at a lot of trouble getting out of the US and/or getting back in. There are express services for obtaining a passport quickly although they are expensive.

Houston, Texas
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for Air Travel, Business Travel
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8. Re: Passport help

The current passport is your current passport. Use its number and then update the information when the new passport arrives. It isn't difficult and it*certainly* can't be considered trying to get around not having an up to date passport on the travel day. If the system balks because of the expiry date, then you have to call the airline. Airlines will always take your money.

9. Re: Passport help

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