What is an e-ticket?
An e-ticket is a receipt in the booking system of an airline, containing all the information about the flight, passenger, and payment.
After booking a flight, it can take up to 24 hours before receiving your e-ticket number via email.
What is the difference between an e-ticket and a booking reference?
Once you purchase a flight online, you will first be emailed a booking reference outlining the itinerary. The booking reference, also referred to as a PNR (Passenger Name Record), is merely the airline’s internal record of the booking.
Shortly after, the e-ticket will follow. The e-ticket mimics the paper ticket of old, which is used to check-in at the airport. So, when you purchase a flight online, make sure to wait for your e-ticket before making any further plans.
Do I need to bring my e-ticket to the airport?
Despite airlines instructing passengers to bring their e-ticket confirmation when checking-in, it is actually rarely required. Your passport is enough for the airline to find your booking in their system.