A few years ago, I published a Financial Travel Tip about Providing Onward Travel Tickets. In it, I detailed some of the hassles I’ve had at airports and immigration desks, in some cases not even being allowed to check in for my flight because I didn’t have an onward ticket. Such are the woes of traveling the world on one-way tickets, not knowing the departure date or next destination.This freedom of agenda is a gift for the lifestyle traveler, but a curse when facing airline check-in agents and immigration personnel.
Since then, I’ve had even more hassles, and also come up with a few more strategies to get around the onward ticket requirement. One of these strategies has been made possible by a new influx of services that provide “rentable” onward tickets. Here’s the scoop:
Best Onward Ticket
Best Onward Ticket provides you with a perfectly legitimate flight ticket that lasts for the duration of your journey (long enough to get you through airport check-in and immigration on arrival).
Once you order your ticket, they purchase a fully-refundable flight out of the country on your behalf (and send it to you within three hours), and they cancel it 48+ hours later. This saves you the hassle of buying and cancelling a ticket yourself (which I’ve also had trouble with in the past).
They charge $12 for a 48-hour ticket. For an extra $1, you can order your ticket in advance (which is terrific, since we can’t always order and print an onward ticket right before hitting the airport), and for another $5 you can select the destination for your onward ticket (since normally they just choose a random destination).
I have used Best Onward Ticket a few times, flawlessly.
Ticket Onward is a new addition to the onward flights scene. $10 will get you a 24-hour ticket, $17 for a 48-hour ticket, and $26 for a 72-hour ticket (handy for those really long trips). Interestingly, this service requires you to upload a photo of your passport to book your ticket; something I’m personally a bit leery of.
Worth mentioning (but possibly not worth using), is Onward Flights, which provides an onward ticket for $7. However the website is really simplistic and provides very little information. For example, they don’t say how long your onward ticket will last (24 hours? 48 hours?) and the order form doesn’t instil confidence.
If you have experience with any of the above (or other) “rentable” onward ticket agencies, let us know in the comments!
Other Onward Travel Strategies
For some extra strategies to get around the onward ticket requirement, check out this post I wrote for Credit Walk: 9 Options for Providing Proof of Onward Travel, which includes some interesting suggestions in the comments as well!