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Booking related queries
What is an e-ticket?

An e-ticket is an electronic ticket that contains all the information shown on a paper ticket (or itinerary) but is stored as an electronic record in the airline's computer system. When the e-ticket has been issued, the passenger needs to print out their ticket/itinerary with the booking reference shown. At the departure airport, the passenger goes straight to the airline check-in desk.

How do I make a booking?

Follow these steps to make a booking:

  • Select where you are flying from.
  • Select where you are flying to.
  • Select your departure date.
  • Select whether you want a return trip or one way (it defaults to return).
  • Select your return date.
  • Select how many passengers are travelling (it defaults to 1 adult).
  • You can choose to specify a particular airline if you prefer (this is optional).
  • Click the 'search' button and you're off!
  • You will be taken to a page of results (the cheapest fares from each of the airlines that fly to your destination).
  • Click 'select' for the flight that best suits you.
  • You will then be taken to a screen where you will see your flight details. When you are ready to pay, click on 'Continue to traveller information' and fill in all the passengers details, then click on 'Continue to payment'.
  • Finally, you will be taken to a booking page where you can review your choices and enter your credit card details. Click the 'Pay Now' button when you're ready to pay. This may sound like a lot, but it's much simpler when you actually try it out!
How do I know that my booking is confirmed?

Your booking can only be confirmed once your payment has been processed. We will send you a 'booking confirmation' e-mail. This contains:

  • Your booking reference number.
  • Your flight details.
  • Your e-ticket.
  • Your invoice.

Please be informed that we reserve the right to cancel the booking and refund the amount paid, and we reserve the right to adjust prices and taxes before the ticket has been issued if this is considered necessary.

Can I cancel or change my booking through almosafer?

Almosafer currently does not accept online cancellation or amendment requests. However, you can contact Almosafer customer support team 24/7 to assist you with that. Please remember to check the cancellation policy before making any changes to your reservation. Non-refundable services and other special deals may have different cancellation policies. cancellation information can be found under booking details. Apart from the cancellation charges levied by the airline, Almosafer charges a cancellation/amendment fee of SAR 40 per ticket.

What is the difference between a direct flight, a Nonstop flight and a flight with a connection?

Many people think non-stop and direct flights are interchangeable terms, but there are differences between the two.

A nonstop flight does as its name suggests: flies from one airport to another without stopping.

A direct flight, on the other hand, makes a ‘technical’ stop along the way at a mid-point airport. Passengers are not allowed to disembark from the flight during these stops, which normally lasts for 45min to 1 hour.

An itinerary with connecting flights requires passengers to change planes at a mid-point airport, which may be in a different terminal or on a different airline.

How do I know if my booking has been cancelled?

Once you have cancelled your reservation, you should receive an email or SMS on your registered number confirming the cancellation. Please check your inbox and spam/junk mail folders. If you don't receive an email or SMS please contact us .

Do I have enough connection time between my flights?

The Minimum Connecting Time (MCT) is the standard amount of time needed to make a connecting flight at a particular airport. This standard is determined by the air traffic controller and varies according to the airport and the airline. The connection times we offer on our website are set according to these standards.

In the event that you miss your connecting flight due to an earlier flight delay, it is the airline’s responsibility to re-route you onto the next available flight. Should there not be other flights available that day, the airline should offer you accommodation. This is only valid if your journey and all transits were booked on one ticket.

Can I book a flight with an outbound departure from another country than the one I am presently situated in?

Yes, you can book tickets between any two cities across the globe.

Are my credit card details safe?

Almosafer uses a secure connection for your booking:

  • Your payment is processed directly through our bank partner site which uses state-of-the-art secure server technology.
  • We do not store your credit card information in our database and we will never ask for your credit card secure information through phone or e-mail.
  • Your personal data details are encrypted and secure.
How do I use my voucher code?

Copy the voucher code and paste it in the 'voucher box' after you select your flight. Click on 'Apply Voucher' and the discount will be applied to your fare price. Once the voucher has been successfully applied, you can click on 'continue to traveller information' to complete your booking

Can I make reservation for more than 9 passenegers in the same booking

It is not possible to book for more than 9 people at the same time. BUT you can make two separate reservations on the website. Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee that there will still be seats available when you make the second reservation as you might have grabbed the last seats with your first booking. If you need any further assistance please call our customer support team.

Check-in
Should I check-in online?

Online check-in allows you to save time at the airport by checking in via the airline's website. Please note that online check-in is not supported by all airlines.

Name Correction
What do I do if my name is misspelled on the booking?

Most airlines allow for minor corrections to misspelt names (e.g. Mohammed/Mohamad, Ali/Aly), but do not allow name changes to the travellers originally booked. If there is a spelling mistake, we can ask the airline for a name correction. The final approval comes from the airline. Kindly make sure you always enter the correct name as mentioned on your passport in order to avoid any inconvenience.

How do I transfer my booking?

Airlines do not allow you to transfer your airline tickets to another traveller, you must cancel your original reservation and book a brand new ticket following the airlines rules and regulations.

What should I do if I changed my name since I made the flight booking?

If a female traveller booked a ticket in her maiden name (i.e. her original name before marriage) but is travelling with a new travel document that has her new married name, then she should provide a copy of her marriage certificate so that the airline can make a note of it.

Do I need to give my middle name? Changes

It is not a requirement to add middle names when making a booking with us; most airlines will keep note of your middle names in their system but it will not appear on your ticket. For example, Mr Ahmed Ali Jabbar will appear as Jabbar/AhmedMr on your ticket.

Changes and amendments
What is an e-ticket?

Unfortunately, we cannot change your booking to another airline due to airline restrictions. However, you can cancel and rebook with your preferred airline. Normal airline cancellation penalties of the original ticket will be applicable.

If you are booking a flight with a low-cost airline (e.g. flynas, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia etc), changes can only be done by contacting Almosafer customer support team 24/7.

However, if you are flying a full-service airline (such as Emirates Airlines or Saudi Airlines), the ability to change or cancel your airline ticket is dependent on the type of ticket you purchased. Rebooked flights must be for the same traveller and on the same airline as the original booking. Apart from the amendment charges levied by the airline, Almosafer charges a cancellation fee of SAR40 per Ticket.

Additional charges on rebooked flights shall be calculated as below:

  • Difference in airfare (if the cost of your new flight exceeds your booking amount).
  • The total cost of your change will depend on your airfare, your ticket details, and any applicable penalties or fees.
  • Ticket change cost example.
  • Today's flight cost: SAR500.
  • Original booking amount: SAR400.
  • Difference in airfare: SAR100.
  • Airline change fee: SAR100.
  • Almosafer processing fee: SAR25.
  • Total amount payable by passenger: SAR225.
What do I do if I miss my flight?

Unfortunately, if you missed your flight there is no refund and you will have to book a new flight. Some airlines, however, may permit you to pay the difference and be on standby for the next available flight (with an applicable penalty fee). We suggest you contact us as soon as you see a possibility of a delay on your way to the airport to assist you with changes to your booking (a missed flight penalty fee may be applicable).

How do I cancel my booking?

Unfortunately, most bookings are non-refundable with low-cost airlines (such as flynas, Flydubai etc). Cancellation can only be done by contacting us directly. Usually, the airlines may provide a non-refundable, non-transferable credit shell for future use.

Fortunately, for most full-service airlines (such as Emirates Airlines or Saudi Airlines) you can cancel flight bookings with us according to the fare rules booked.

Please be aware that some fares are non-refundable. Review your itinerary for fare rules, restrictions, and ticket cancellation fees prior to booking. Airlines may permit cancellation 24 hours prior to departure. Usually, airlines may charge an additional 'no show' penalty if the booking is cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled departure time. Apart from the cancellation charges levied by the airline, Almosafer charges a cancellation fee of SAR 40 per ticket.

Schedule changes
What do I do if my flight is rescheduled?

Occasionally, airlines can make changes to their flight schedules to accommodate changes in equipment, routeing, or capacity. Airlines may also make changes due to adverse weather, mechanical or crew issues. We will notify you by email if your reservation is impacted by a planned airline schedule change. However, sometimes we do not receive advance notice, so we always encourage you to check your flight status 24 hours before departure. The airline will always offer a replacement flight in case of a schedule change, but alternative flights are at the discretion of the airline and vary based on the rules associated with the fare of your ticket purchased. We will always work with the airline to find you an alternative flight as close to your original schedule as possible or a refund as per your convenience.

How do I cancel my flight?

If the airline makes a decision to cancel a specific flight or route and you are not comfortable with the new flight provided by the airlines, we shall speak with the airlines to claim a refund on your existing ticket. The refund shall be processed to the same channel that was used to book. This refund will be subject to the airlines' approval.

Refund & Payments
How will I receive my refund?

All refunds are made back to the same channel used during booking. For example, if you used your credit card, we will make an appropriate charge reversal. If you used your debit card, we will credit the money back to the debit card. Please remember that the cancellation charges along with Almosafer fees, cashback, discounts availed shall be deducted from the refund amount. The refund process will take 2 working days and the amount will reflect in your account within 15-20 working days depending on the issuing bank.

Do I have to bring the credit or debit card I used to pay for my flight to the airport?

It is not mandatory to carry the credit/debit card that was used to make the payment at the time of the booking.

What is a service fee?

To help cover the cost of providing access to certain airlines, we a service fee every time a reservation is confirmed.

Is the service fee refundable?

No, the service fee is not refundable.

Will I receive a receipt or invoice for payment?

You can get the invoice of your booking by logging into your Almosafer account and clicking on the trip invoice you want to print. You can view, email and print this invoice from your accounts page.

How do I use the voucher code?

Copy the voucher code and paste it in the 'voucher box' after you select your flight. Click on 'Apply Voucher' and the discount will be applied to your fare price. Once the voucher has been successfully applied, you can click on 'continue to traveller information' to complete your booking.

How is the service fee calculated?

The amount of this service fee varies based on a percentage of the booking total. This is applicable on a per passenger basis.

Which airlines have this service fee?

The fee is applicable to all the low-cost airlines such as flydubai, flynas, Air Arabia, SpiceJet, and Pegasus.

What do I need for making an online payment

All you need is a valid credit card.

Other service requests
What do I do if a booking fails?

In the unlikely event that a booking has failed, we shall call and assist you in confirming the booking offline. Please avoid making more booking attempts, as you may end up being charged twice. These are rare instances that happen when there is a huge demand for a particular seat and the time taken by the gateway exceeds the regular period. In such scenario, the seat may have been booked by another passenger resulting in your failed booking.

How do I get in touch with the airline directly?

Please refer to this list of airlines and their contact details here.

What is the baggage policy for my flight?

Baggage policies vary between airlines. Please check your itinerary when booking your ticket where the allowances will be clearly mentioned. We will also offer the option of purchasing additional baggage allowance for your trip.

ou can find information about baggage allowances, prohibited items, and sports equipment on the respective airlines' website. Please see the below link to your airlines' baggage policy. For a comprehensive list of permitted and prohibited items in carry-on and checked baggage, please read the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Prohibited Items. You can often save money by checking in and paying baggage fees on your airline's website before your flight. click here.

How early should I be at the airport before my flight?

How early you need to check-in varies by airline, departure airport and destination. However, the following are general guidelines if you're checking-in baggage:

  • International Flights: check-in at least 3 hours before departure.
  • European Flights: check-in at least 2 hours before departure.
  • Domestic Flights (i.e. flights within the same country): check-in at least 90 minutes before departure.

We recommend that you check-in online where applicable to save yourself time.

You should aim to be in the departure hall in good time for boarding which usually begins 60 minutes prior to departure. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete all check-in formalities and security screening. Remember that airport security is extremely thorough and this can cause delays in reaching your desired boarding gate. Some airports are large enough where it takes anywhere between 15 - 20 minutes to reach the boarding gate.

How do I avoid airsickness and jetlag?

Flying internationally causes jetlag because you're crossing three time zones. Some precautions to take include:

  • Drink plenty of water and no alcohol.
  • Stick with a bland diet.
  • Set your watch to your destination's time so, when you arrive, you can get into a normal sleeping schedule as soon as possible.
Can I bring pets onboard a flight?

If you are travelling with your pet, contact the airline to make a booking for them. Your airline might require your pet to have the following:

  • Collar with ID and license number.
  • Recent certificate of good health (no older than 30 days) from your veterinarian.
  • Rabies vaccination certificate (if travelling internationally).

Size and number restrictions:

  • Airlines limit the number and size of pets allowed to travel in the cabin. You can usually carry-on small pets, provided their carrier fits under the seat in front of you.
  • Airlines restrict the number of animals travelling in cargo, depending on the aircraft and the weather.
  • Additional fees: Most airlines impose fees for pets travelling in the cabin or in cargo.
How do round trips with two one-way trips work?

When the cost is lower, we may offer a round-trip flight that consist of two separate one-way fares. Each flight will be subjected to its own rules and restrictions. At the time of booking, you will be notified that your itinerary consists of two separate one-way fares.

After booking, your confirmation e-mail will display one booking number and two airline locators.

Each airline will have a different baggage policy. Please check each airline's policy to determine how many bags you can check-in and the fees associated with extra baggage.

If one of your flights is affected by a change made by the airline (cancellation or schedule change) and you do not want the alternative flights offered by the airline, then flight change fees may apply. If you would like to make a change to your ticket, you'll need to make changes separately and a change fee may apply to each ticket. Please contact Almosafer for assistance with any changes. Rules and restrictions may be different for each ticket. Apart from the cancellation charges levied by the airline, Almosafer charges a cancellation fee ofSAR 40 per ticket per Trip ID.

What kind of documents do I need in order to travel?

Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the outbound date of travel. All travellers must have individual passports including children and infants.

Visa: You must be in possession of a valid visa for countries that do not facilitate visa on arrival. You may require travel insurance and a pre-determined amount of foreign currency to qualify for a visa to certain countries. Check with the consulate of the country you're visiting to ensure what your visa requirements will be.

Transit Visa: Some countries require you to have a valid transit visa even if you’re not stopping en route. For instance, Saudi nationals flying to Canada via any of the US airports will need to hold a valid US transit visa. Entry and transit requirements are subject to change and you are advised to check the requirements prior to travel.

Foreign currency: Check the foreign currency requirements for the country you’re visiting. Sometimes there is a minimum currency requirement and in most cases, one should be in possession of a credit card that can be used internationally.

Vaccination: The yellow fever vaccination is the only compulsory vaccination required when visiting countries in South America and Africa. This vaccination needs to be taken 10 days prior to entry in any of yellow fever affected areas. On return to your home country, you may be asked to produce your yellow fever vaccination certification. If you don’t have one, you’ll be kept in quarantine for about 6 days. To find out where the yellow fever vaccination centres in Saudi Arabia are, please contact the Ministry of Health directly here. To enable screen reader support, press shortcut ⌘+Option+Z. To learn about keyboard shortcuts, press shortcut ⌘slash. here.

After paying online if I did not receive my eticket, what shall I do?

If you did not receive your e-ticket within 24 hours or your flight is soon, please contact Almosafer customer support team.

How do I travel with an infant / request a baby basket?

Children under the age of 2 will not get their own seat. They will have to sit on an adult's lap. Most airlines offer baby baskets to be requested on long haul flights. To make this request, please contact us. A service fee may apply to process this request.

Can I redeem airmiles when I make a booking with you?

Unfortunately, we can't help you redeem your air miles (for example if you would like to book your flight using your accumulated credit). This must be done directly through the airline. You will also need to contact the airline directly if you want information about the status of your frequent flyer account.

What we can do is make sure that your frequent flyer air miles are credited to your account when you book with us. Please contact us, via email on Flightsupport@almosafer.com or by telephone on +966 920000997.

A service fee may apply to process this request.

How far in advance can I book an air ticket online?

Since we use the same reservation system used by airlines and travel agencies around the world, the system permits reservations for travel within 330 days. This means we are unable to display availability for reservations further in advance than this. To reserve a flight on, please wait until your travel falls within this range.

Why does my itinerary say there are seats available, but when I go to reserve them it says none are available?

Since we use a real-time reservation database, availability can change between the time an itinerary is created and when a ticket is reserved or purchased. Tickets are constantly being sold around the world so a flight can be fully sold out minutes after your search.

Can I hold a reservation?

Airline regulations prohibit us from holding reservations. You need to purchase the ticket(s) immediately as airfares are not guaranteed until being ticketed.