There are many times it helps to have a printed e-ticket itinerary, and even a printed boarding pass. An itinerary can be helpful:
- Getting into the airport Many airports in Asia — such as Bali, Male and Manila — will have security checking for itineraries on the way into the terminal.
- Showing your onward travel plans at immigration. You may need to demonstrate you have an onward ticket when being admitted into a country, or for that matter when transiting. Transi security will often need to see either a boarding pass or itinerary.
- Interlining bags across multiple itineraries. If you are traveling on separate tickets and checking bags, and want the airline you’re checking in with to interline those bags to the next airline in your journey, they’ll be much more willing to do so if you can show them an itinerary with details of the second ticket.
I use electronic boarding passes much of the time, but what happens on the rare occasions that airline computer systems go down? A printed boarding pass can be manually collected.
One reader months ago made a great suggestion to me for use of electronic boarding passes as well, when you pull it up on an airline’s mobile app take a screen shot.
I find that logging into the app can take awhile sometimes, especially without a great internet connection. That means delays getting into a club lounge or onboard a flight, and that can be awkward with a line of people behind you. Don’t be that traveler.
We’re not yet in a reliably all-electronic world.