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Old 07-01-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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Hello, I want to book a flight to Panama from the US for December. I have not ever had a passport before and will be applying for it July 7th, so I will not receive it until (at the latest) September. I do not want to pay the expedite fee but in order to get a good price on the flight, I'd like to book it now. Will online booking through Orbitz let me book the ticket without the passport info?
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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Why not just go ahead and try to make the booking. If you can you can, if you can't you can't.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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I've done alot of reading online, people say to put in a fake number for people who are not renewing and dont have one, but it's on the way. I'd really rather not do that... other people say call the airline directly but I can't get the same deal if I do that. Urgh. Why is traveling so dang difficult!
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:44 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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In the passport info box, can you type in Applied for? When you get your passport go to the reservation and update your profile with your passport number.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Why can't you get the same rate directly through the airline as from Orbitz?
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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I HAD to have passport numbers for boarding passes to go from ORD to Paris tomorrow. It was required by American Airlines. I was surprised but I do understand.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Well I'm sure to receive the boarding pass you need it, but to just reserve the flight I'm thinking I should be ok. I'll try putting in applied for
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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My last two trips out of the country (both on USAir) did not require me to enter my passport number at the time of booking, just when it was time to get my boarding passes.

You should be fine.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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You do not need a passport to reserve an international flight.

If Orbitz has some BS requirement to enter passport number at time of booking just book directly with the airline. You will most likely get a cheaper flight as well.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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You can book the ticket without one . But you'll need it to get on the plane.
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