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Booked a flight on Alaska with BA miles (Avios) and they incorrectly spelled my 3-year-old daughter's first name (one letter off).  I called BA and they said they can't fix it but called Alaska and noted the record and that it's okay as long as it's 3 letters of fewer that are wrong. 

I then called Alaska twice.  The first agent told me it is a problem and to call BA back to have them fix it.  The second agent said that when I call back with the passport information, the correct name can be added then and that's the info sent to TSA.  She said that the misspelled first name on the ticket won't be a problem b/c the TSA will have the correct name and security won't be a problem because she's a minor. 

Any thoughts?

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 11:19:34 AM »
No worries. Have had this many times and it has never been an issue

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Re: Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2011, 11:20:37 AM »
Booked a flight on Alaska with BA miles (Avios) and they incorrectly spelled my 3-year-old daughter's first name (one letter off).  I called BA and they said they can't fix it but called Alaska and noted the record and that it's okay as long as it's 3 letters of fewer that are wrong. 

I then called Alaska twice.  The first agent told me it is a problem and to call BA back to have them fix it.  The second agent said that when I call back with the passport information, the correct name can be added then and that's the info sent to TSA.  She said that the misspelled first name on the ticket won't be a problem b/c the TSA will have the correct name and security won't be a problem because she's a minor. 

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2011, 06:22:40 PM »
No worries, I actually change sometimes names with intend.

As long as it looks like the real name, and, NOT like another name.

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2011, 06:23:51 PM »
Not to worry. I've had similar experiences and never had an issue.
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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2011, 08:35:23 PM »
No worries, I actually change sometimes names with intend.

As long as it looks like the real name, and, NOT like another name.

Curious as to why?

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2011, 08:47:29 PM »
U should be fine.  I once flew with a minor and i didnt realize till I got to the airport that his tickets had a few letters of his first name and a few of his last name. 
His name is tzvi Menashe and iy said "tzmens"!  This was a flight flying out of China. I just told the chinese it was a messup.  We were fine


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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2011, 08:51:01 PM »
i once flew with my named spelled with an a instead of an o. no prob
ex. boruch - baruch, binyomin - binyamin ect

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2011, 11:45:12 PM »
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Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2011, 12:05:24 AM »
Legally TSA can let you through even if your name does not match the ticket at all. As long as you have valid ID.

I once flew and my wife only had maiden name ID and ticket was new name. No proof of marriage. Airline tried charging me $150 for name change. Another agent tipped me off to try to go through security anyway. She said the name matching thing is an airline rule. TSA doesn't care as long as you have valid ID.

We got through Security and as we were finishing up the TSA agent that checked us told us "as they say in Italian " gay gezunt aheit" .

I guess YMMV and we got lucky

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2011, 12:49:00 AM »
It probably isn't a problem but since you mentioned British Airways, let me share my story and rant about how ridiculous they are (and their system).
I once booked a Lan ticket with BA miles over the phone for an infant named Devorah and the agent told me that I must pick a title before the name, I didn't know infants have titles as well but he wouldn't book it unless I picked something so I settled at "miss". (Don't even get me started on THAT one! Did you see how many choices they have on their website?? I pity the people who have to carry most of those titles including "Tengku", "viscountess" and "Graaf".
Anyway, to make the long story short the system turned "Miss Devorah" into "DMiss" that's how the name appeared on the ticket, DMiss.
BA said they couldn't change it although they clearly saw in the reservation that the name was Devorah but since the ticket was already booked the only thing they were offering to do was cancel and rebook which meant cancelling the ticket of the adult flying with the infant and risking not finding availability.
It took multiple calls and escalation until they finally changed the name on the ticket without cancelling anything.
So if you want peace of mind, it IS doable, just gotta keep on trying.
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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2011, 01:14:12 AM »
It probably isn't a problem but since you mentioned British Airways, let me share my story and rant about how ridiculous they are (and their system).
I once booked a Lan ticket with BA miles over the phone for an infant named Devorah and the agent told me that I must pick a title before the name, I didn't know infants have titles as well but he wouldn't book it unless I picked something so I settled at "miss". (Don't even get me started on THAT one! Did you see how many choices they have on their website?? I pity the people who have to carry most of those titles including "Tengku", "viscountess" and "Graaf".
Anyway, to make the long story short the system turned "Miss Devorah" into "DMiss" that's how the name appeared on the ticket, DMiss.
BA said they couldn't change it although they clearly saw in the reservation that the name was Devorah but since the ticket was already booked the only thing they were offering to do was cancel and rebook which meant cancelling the ticket of the adult flying with the infant and risking not finding availability.
It took multiple calls and escalation until they finally changed the name on the ticket without cancelling anything.
So if you want peace of mind, it IS doable, just gotta keep on trying.
Good luck!
Oh, I love picking titles I actually have admiral on one of my accounts. For my wife its Dr as that is gender neutral (so I can be the Dr).

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2011, 02:25:17 AM »
"Graaf".
I pity the person with that title, and a name like "Shel R'eai"
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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2011, 02:47:50 AM »
For my wife its Dr as that is gender neutral (so I can be the Dr).
Why would the neutrality of Dr. help in this case?
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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2011, 03:13:37 PM »
i as a t/a always dbl/ triple ck spelling but when a mistake does happen we a)add a note in the reservation with the correct spelling
b)call airline and ask them to  notate the reservation as to the correct spelling this can avoid any surprises @ the airport as u can always tell them the airline was advised about the mistake b4 hand
as long as goldstein doesnt turn into hershkowitz your safe  one letter wont affect your flying
can get messy though when girls  change their names after marrige and are still tvling under maiden name etc   they forget to book it with maiden name etc

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2013, 10:22:14 PM »
Wondering if anyone has any recent experience with this. A friend of mine is flying with 2 kids tomororow Alitalia LAX-FCO.  One of his kids first names is off by one letter.

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2013, 10:57:50 PM »
As a TA, I already had a client fly with one letter missing in last name (DL/KL/SU) and missing in first name (LH/SQ)

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Re: Misspelled letter in first name of international flight --- Problem?
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2013, 10:58:26 PM »
Thanks.
As a TA, I already had a client fly with one letter missing in last name (DL/KL/Aeroflot) and missing in first name (LH/SQ)
Thanks